Biography

Adelina Hasani began violin lessons at the tender age of four. Two years later she was enrolled at the Conservatory of Durrës (her native city, in Albania), later continuing in Tirana, where she graduated Cum Laude in 1992. Subsequently she responded to the invitation of Piero Farulli, the violist of the Italian String Quartet, to further her studies at the Fiesole Music Academy in Florence, Italy. She participated in master classes held by Pavel Vernikov, Ilya Grubert, and Zinaide Gilels, and was instructed in the arts of the string quartet and chamber music by Mr. Farulli as well as Renatto Zanettovic.

Adelina - a frequent performer in Italy went on to found the Hasani String Quartet, which came away from the Casale Monferrato International Chamber Music Competition with first prize. Her awards as a violinist have been numerous: a first at the Città di Tortona and the Astarita International Competitions, and a second in the Postacchini International Competition, to mention just a few. She is the artistic director of the annual Florence Chamber Music Festival, which she co-founded; calling upon the talents of pianist Daniela De Santis, she formed the violin/piano duo known as Hasani and De Santis, who concertize on a regular basis and received a first prize in the Città di Pavia International Chamber Music Competition and a second from the Città di Gubbio, among other honors.

An invitation from Ilya Grubert led Adelina to move to The Netherlands in 1996 for the purpose of pursuing post-graduate violin studies at the Rotterdam Conservatory. These she completed Cum Laude in 2001, having taken part in master classes given by Zakar Bron and Tibor Varga.

In 2002 Adelina became concertmaster of The Brabant Philharmonic Orchestra in Eindhoven, now The Philharmonic of South Netherlands. Her solo performances with that symphonic ensemble have elicited such comments from the critics as, “…played the Brahms Concerto exactly as it should be…with cries from the heart” plus “musical insight and a passionate musicality”, a “spellbinding Sheherezade” with “an authentic voice, alternately fragile, sensuous, and passionate”, and “…brought Mozart’s music {Concerto for Violin nr. 4 in D} to life…with shining, radiant sound, unhampered by the slightest technical limitation”.

As soloist Adelina has also appeared with, to name but several groups, the TOB Orchestra of Tirana and the Marchigiana Symphony Orchestra as well as the Chamber Orchestras Galilei and Accademia San Felice, and she has played under such conductors as Marc Soustrot, Roy Goodman, Jean-Pierre Faber, and Jean-Claude Casadesus.

Some of Adelina’s “extra-curricular activities” have been as co-leader of the second violins in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; she has been a most welcome guest concertmaster at various locations, including The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, The Orchestra of the Residence (The Hague), the Holland Symfonia (with whom she gave acclaimed solo performances in the Sleeping Beauty ballet music by Tchaikovsky), and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

Adelina plays on a Pietro Guarneri, ex Joachim, courtesy of Mr. L. Lykles.

Adelina Hasani

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