Tefta Tashko-Koço (pronounced [tɛfˈta taʃˈkɔ kɔtˈʃɔ]; 2 November 1910 – 22 December 1947) was an Albanian singer and soprano. She was a leading figure in the regional music industry and considered one of the most influential personalities of the 20th century in the Albanian-speaking world.
Tefta Tashko-Koço in the 1930s
|Born||2 November 1910|
|Died||22 December 1947 (aged 37)|
She was posthumously awarded the prestigious title People's Artist.
Tefta Tashko-Koço was born on 2 November 1910 into an Albanian family in Faiyum, Egypt. In 1921, the family moved to Korçë, Albania, and in 1927, Tefta left for France to study 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 operatic and chamber music as well as Albanian urban songs. She was asked to encore several times each concert when she performed in Albania.
She married Kristaq Koço and had a son, Eno Koço (sq), an Albanian musical director and scholar. Tefta Tashko 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.
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