Ra kambana i Papandisë - Elina Duni
Born in Tirana, Albania, in 1981, in an artist family,
Elina Duni makes her first steps on stage as a singer at the age of five and sings for the National Radio and Television.
In 1991 after the fall of the communist regime, she arrives in Switzerland and settles in Geneva together with her mother where she starts the classical piano and discovers jazz.
Some musical, film and theater projects after, she studies singing and composition at the Hochschule der Künste Bern, in the jazz department.
During this time she develops the Elina Duni Quartet with Colin Vallon on piano, Patrice Moret on double bass and Norbert Pfammatter on drums -- which represents a return to her musical sources, a combination of Balkan folk songs and jazz.
After two Albums «Baresha» (2008) and "Lume Lume" (2010) on Meta Records the quartet
releases in september 2012 it's debut Album on ECM/Universal
«Matanë Malit» (Beyond the Mountain), a musical homage to Albania.
Prizes and Stipends
2012 : Jazz Pott Prize, Essen, DE
2010 : Pro Helvetia "Priority jazz encouragement 2010-2012" for Elina Duni Quartet, CH
2008 : HKB Stipend "Trachsel-Stipendium-Best-Berufseinstieg ", CH
2008 : "Coup de Coeur 2008" Prize from Kanton Bern, CH
2007 : Friedl Wald Stipend, CH