Tefta Tashko-Koço in the 1930s
|Birth name||Tefta Tashko|
|Born||2 November 1910|
|Died||22 December 1947 (aged 37)|
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.
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.
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.
- Koço, pp. 60–62
- Koço, p. 53