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Tefta Tashko-Koço (2 November 1910 – 22 December 1947) was an Albanian singer. She was posthumously awarded the prestigious title People's Artist of Albania.

Tefta Tashko-Koço
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Tefta Tashko-Koço in the 1930s
Background information
Birth nameTefta Tashko
Born(1910-11-02)2 November 1910
Faiyum, Egypt
Died22 December 1947(1947-12-22) (aged 37)
Tirana, Albania
GenresUrban songs
Years active1936–1947


Tefta Tashko was born in Faiyum, Egypt, where her parents had immigrated at the end of the 19th century. In 1921, the family moved to Korçë, Albania, and in 1927 Tefta left for France to learn singing at the Conservatoire de Montpellier. From 1932 to 1936, she studied singing in the Conservatoire de Paris under André Gresse, Declamation lyrique with Salignac and Maintien and Art Mimique with G. Wague. In 1936 she permanently returned to Albania, where she performed in operatic and chamber music as well as Albanian urban songs. She was asked to encore the songs several times in each concert she has performed in Albania.[1]

She recorded Albanian urban lyric songs for the Columbia Society in Italy in 1937 and 1942[2] Besides, she was a regular performer on Radio Tirana since its foundation on 28 November 1938.

Tefta Tashko was accompanied by Lola Gjoka and she sang songs written specifically for her from the Albanian composer Kristo Kono.

Personal lifeEdit

She married Kristaq Koço and had a son called Eno Koço, a well known Albanian music scholar and music director. She died unexpectedly in 1947, aged 37.


Tashko-Koço on a 2002 stamp of Albania

A painting by Myrteza Fushekrati (1942), made in 1976 [100x120 cm], was devoted to this artist and until 1990 it was exposed at the Gallery of Art in Tirana.


  1. ^ Koço, pp. 60–62
  2. ^ Koço, p. 53

Cited sourcesEdit

  • Eno Koço (2004). Albanian Urban Lyric Song in the 1930s. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-4890-0.

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