Tefta Tashko-Koço

Tefta Tashko-Koço (pronounced [tɛfˈta taʃˈkɔ kɔtˈʃɔ]; 2 November 1910 – 22 December 1947) was an Albanian singer and soprano.[1][2] 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

Tefta Tashko-Koço in the 1930s
Tefta Tashko-Koço in the 1930s
Born(1910-11-02)2 November 1910
Faiyum, Egypt
Died22 December 1947(1947-12-22) (aged 37)
Tirana, Albania
  • Singer
  • soprano
Years active1936–1947
Spouse(s)Kristaq Koço
AwardsTitulli "Artist i Popullit".svg People's Artist
Musical career

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.[3]

She recorded Albanian urban lyric songs for the Columbia Society in Italy in 1937 and 1942, and was a regular performer on Radio Tirana since its foundation in 1938.[4]

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

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.


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.


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


  1. ^ "Tefta Tashko-Koço–Biography". teksteshqip.com (in Albanian).
  2. ^ "Tefta Tashko-Koço". enokoco.com.
  3. ^ Koço, pp. 60–62
  4. ^ Koço, p. 53

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