About the Artist

Concertmaster Albanian-American violinist Brunilda Myftaraj has drawn enthusiastic accolades from audiences as well as critical acclaim for her masterful musicianship in Albania, Italy, Greece, France, Morocco, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Israel and in the United States. She has been praised by the New London Day critic as an “especially fine and beautiful player”. Myftaraj’s teachers are some of worlds finest which include 9 times Grammy winner Emerson String Quartet, She graduated with the Highest Honors from the Conservatory of Fine Arts in Tirana, Albania. She furthered her studies in Switzerland, Italy and United States. Her teachers have included Proletare Skenderi, Piero Faulli of the Quartetto Italiano, Alberto Lissy, Phil Setzer, Eugene Drucker,
Rafael Druian and Renato Bonacini, but her true inspiration comes from audiences and her artistic interactions with students and colleagues. Her recordings of “Naked Violin” and “The American Pie” received impeccable reviews from the Fanfare magazine.

Ms. Myftaraj participated and was recognized at several competitions such as first prize winner of the Van Roy competition and the Emerson Quartet competition at the Hartt school of music in Hartford, winner of Trinity auditions in New York, semifinalist in Young Artist Guild in New York, and Lipizer Competition in Gorizia, Italy, as well as Indianapolis International Violin Competition in Indiana. Ms. Myftaraj currently holds the position of Concertmaster for the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, the Connecticut Lyric Opera, and Greve Opera Festival and Chamber Music Academy in Greve-In-Chianti, Italy. She is the director of the Virtuosi Music Academy and the Summer Music Institute in Farmington, Connecticut, where she also teaches violin
and chamber music.