Upon arriving in France at a very young age, Tedi Papavrami discovered a country and a culture that were entirely foreign to him. His natural curiosity and need to tame the French language in order to make the country his own, coupled with his profound loneliness in the early days, drove him to devour books – always in French: Stendhal, Proust, Flaubert, Dostoevsky, Kafka... His boundless curiosity, coupled with his exacting intellectual and artistic standards – enabling him to rapidly bridge the gap between his homeland and far-flung horizons – helped this rare artist stand out in the musical world.
In 2000, after the death of the Albanian translator Jusuf Vrioni,he picked up the torch and carried on the translation of the works of Ismail Kadaré. This venture into the literary world continued in 2013 with the writing of "Fugue pour Violon Seul", published by Robert Laffont. This autobiographical account, which met with universal critical acclaim, tells of his journey from being a child prodigy in Albania to freedom in the West. The instrument which has always been a part of his life was given to him aged five by his father, a brilliant professor. Tedi made rapid progress – three years later he performed Sarasate's Gypsy Airs in concert, accompanied by the Tirana Philemon Orchestra. Aged 11, he performed Paganini's Concerto No.1 with the fearsome pace of an Emile Sauret. The young virtuoso was invited to Paris where he studied under Pierre Amoyal at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris. This period was marked by appearances on various television programmes, such as Le Grand Echiquier, as well as a number of concerts.
After garnering several prizes, Tedi embarked on a career as a soloist and chamber musician in the 1990s. As a soloist he worked under conductors such as K. Sanderling, A. Papano, A. Jordan, E. Krivine, M. Honeck, F.X. Roth, Th. Fischer, G. Varga, M. Aeschenbacher... As a chamber musician, he was a member of the Quatuor Schumann, an ensemble that includes a piano, for nine years. He has appeared in concert with partners such as Philippe Bianconi, Nelson Goerner, Maria Joao Pires, Martha Argerich, Garry Hofmann, Marc Coppey, Paul Meyer and Lawrence Power.
Since 2011 he has been working on a project based on Beethoven's Sonatas and Trios with cellist Xavier Phillips and pianist François Frédéric Guy, with whom he regularly performs. Tedi now lives in Geneva in Switzerland where he has been a violin professor at the HEM since September 2008. He plays on a 1727 Stradivarius, Le Reynier, lent to him by the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy Group.