Italy-based Albanian violin virtuoso electrifies in Tirana performance
- "Thank you Mother Albania for last night. You blast it. I feel blessed to also have had with me the Albanian diva Inva Mula whom I meet again after several years since the Albanian centenary independence in 2012," said Cesari, a 42-year-old artist who grew up as a violinist in Albania in the 1980s under communism
TIRANA, April 20 – Italy-based Albanian violin virtuoso Olen Cesari and his International Clandestine Orchestra electrified Albanians in a comeback concert this week, two years after he promoted his first “Unexpected” album.
Albania’s internationally renowned soprano Inva Mula, who has performed in some of the world’s best Opera Houses, including Paris, Milan and provided the voice of the ‘Diva’ alien in “The Fifth Element” Hollywood movie during her three decades of career, was a special guest along with Mexican musician Calros Paz and Italy’s Lavinia Mancusi.
“Thank you Mother Albania for last night. You blast it. I feel blessed to also have had with me the Albanian diva Inva Mula whom I meet again after several years since the Albanian centenary independence in 2012,” said Cesari.
The 42-year-old artist grew up as a violinist in Albania in the 1980s under communism when he was considered a child prodigy and managed to get a university degree at the age of 13 before leaving to study in Italy in 1989 on a scholarship.
“Improvising is part of my life. I adore it. There is kind of interaction with the public in my concerts, we set up a relation and when the public transmits energy, I give it back,” Olen Cesari said about his new concert.
The musician who has toured about 90 countries with his band, says parents in Albania should motivate their children to engage in arts at a young age considering Albania’s prestigious schools.
“Music is like foreign languages, I would advise everybody to put their children in contact with sports and music at a certain time in life and then it is up to them if they continue. We have good arts and ballet schools, but we are okay only with arts,” he told reporters.
Olen Cesari performed for two consecutive nights on April 19 and 20 in sold-out concerts. His International Clandestine Orchestra includes six musicians from three continents which Olen describes as a ‘culture mix” making it more special.
“Albania and Italy where I live are really special and I feel comfortable,” says Cesari.
His “Unexpected” first album comprises nine traditional classics and four original tracks all composed and arranged by Olen who take one to various countries around the world, “perhaps those dearest to the musician’s heart in a kaleidoscope of expeditions into the very heart of these nations, explorations accompanied by voices and musicians of the highest caliber.”
Born in Durres, Albania, Olen started studying violin at three years of age guided by his mother, herself a concert violinist. Granted a scholarship, in 1989 Olen moved to study in Italy and embark on an international career.