Biography

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Acclaimed pianist Redi Llupa has distinguished himself performing in important venues throughout Europe, North America, South America, and Asia. His repertoire reaches from Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt, and Debussy to Berio, Takemitsu, Messiaen, Lutoslawski, Furrer, Cage, Bejo, and Peçi.

Born in Albania, into a musical family, he initially studied in Tirana with Nadjezhda Porodini. In 2005, Llupa received a merit scholarship to continue his studies at the United World College of the Adriatic in Italy, under the eminent pianist Dario De Rosa (Trio di Trieste), and Alberto Miodini. After graduating from the Boston Conservatory as a student of Max Levinson, Llupa earned a Master’s degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with renowned Menahem Pressler.  In 2016 he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance at Frost School of Music at University of Miami where he studied with the acclaimed virtuoso Santiago Rodriguez. Throughout the years he has also received meaningful artistic input from Richard Goode, Cyprien Katsaris, André Laplante, Jorge Federico Osorio, and Matti Raekallio.

In June 2014, Llupa was chosen by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Albania in the United Nations to perform at the Weill Recital Hall—Carnegie Hall. This marked Llupa’s debut at this prestigious hall, as well as the first time an All-Albanian program is introduced to the New York audience. As an avid advocate for contemporary piano repertoire, Llupa  has performed Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques, under conductor Gary Green at Gusman Hall (Miami), as well as been part of the New Music scene in Boston, focusing on the performance of Luciano Berio’s works. With the Frost Percussion Ensemble, Llupa recorded Alejandro Viñao`s Water, a sextet for piano and five percussionists. He regularly performs at the International Piano Festival “Pianodrom” in Tirana, working closely with the Albanian composers in a continuous effort of promoting Albanian contemporary pianistic literature. Llupa is also a founding member of the Kaleidoscope MusArt Piano Concert Series in Miami, which strives to introduce the audience to rarely heard compositions and provide thematic connections between piano repertoires from the Baroque to the most recent twenty-first-century works.

As a chamber musician, Llupa and cellist Juan Sebastian Delgado have performed in Austria, Brazil, Croatia, Italy, Japan, Slovenia, and USA. As a duo, they were awarded first Prize at Ravenna Chamber Music Competition, and the Honors Chamber Music Competition (Boston Conservatory), as well as the Davis Project for Peace—a grant given by the Kathryn Davis foundation in the United States, with the purpose of developing a music curriculum for the children of the favelas in Natal/Mossoro of Rio Grande Do Norte of Brazil. In July of 2015 the duo Llupa-Delgado was invited from Fundación Batuta Caldas in Manizales, Colombia with the purpose to help in the teaching system of the foundation. Also they were engaged in various chamber music workshops and performances with the Universidad de Caldas – Facultad de Bellas Artes.

Redi Llupa has performed as soloist and chamber musician in numerous prestigious venues such as the Auditorium Parco Della Musica in Rome, Mozarteum of Innsbruck, ACROS Hall in Fukuoka, National Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Tirana, Music Academy of Zagreb, Teatro Rivoltella in Trieste, Auditorium of Ljubljana, Gallery Inn in Puerto Rico, Auer Hall at Indiana University, Gusman Hall at University of Miami, Zankel Music Centre at Skidmore College, and Margaret Comstock Concert Hall in Louisville University. His national and international top prizes include Kengët e Tokës, and EPTA Competitions in Albania, Ohrid Pearls International Piano Competition in Macedonia, International Competition for Young Musicians Città di Barletta, Rome 2004 and the Paolo Spinchich Cup.

Redi Llupa is currently residing in Miami with his wife, pianist Inesa Gegprifti.