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A passion for music and the performing arts runs through the generations in Teuta’s family: her grandfather was a baritone and her grandmother was Tefta Tashko-Koço, a prominent soprano with an international reputation. Teuta’s father, Eno Koço, is one of the country’s most prestigious conductors and her mother, Raimonda Koço a much-respected violinist.
Musical family: Teuta’s parents
Living in Leeds, Raimonda Koço works with the orchestra of Northern Ballet, and tours the UK regularly. She also teaches violin at Leeds University and mentors a range of exciting young violinists.
Teuta lives in South London with her husband Olivier and their daughter Anna, who, at 3 years old, is a musician in the making.
Inspiring : Tefta Tashko-Koço
Born into such a musical family, Teuta began playing the piano at the age of 4 and this became her main focus for the next 10 years. Between the ages of 6 – 10 she won several competitions in her home country of Albania.
After the fall of the Berlin wall, unrest started to spread in the very strict communist country of Albania too. During this time, Teuta’s parents were heard in a concert (Raimonda performing the Tchaikovsky violin concerto and Eno conducting) by an English lady, June Emerson, who had (unusually) travelled to Albania. She decided to invite the husband and wife team to the Ryedale festival, which her husband, Geoffrey Emerson, run at the time. Teuta, and her brother Gent, joined their parents and travelled to England for the first time, the parents performing two concerts and the children taking part in master classes.
Teuta was subsequently offered a place at Chetham’s School of Music, studying piano. Alongside the newfound freedom with life in England, Teuta also discovered her love of performing. At the age of 15 she started singing lessons as her second study and once she had taken part in one of school’s concerts as a singer (as opposed to a pianist) she knew that this was where her true passion lay.
At the age of 18 Teuta was offered scholarships at all the main music colleges in the UK and she decided to continue her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and then the CNIPAL in Marseille, France.
The musical traditions continue in her family: her brother, Gent Koço is a violinist in the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Teuta now works as a freelance singer and lives in London .
Eno Koço lives in Leeds and conducts throughout Britain. He also works regularly with musical institutions of the Balkan countries and he has been nominated “Honoured Artist” by the Albanian state.
Tefta was esteemed by national and foreign critics as a lyric soprano with a cristaline intonation, brilliant vocal technique, discreet gestures and delightful phrasing.