Blerim Grubi

Viola (1965)

Started his first viola classes in his birthplace (Skopje-Macedonia), where he went on to “Ilija Nikolovski Luj” music school. His mentor there was Prof. P. Nikolov. His further studies were at the Faculty of Music Arts in Skopje, where his mentor was Prof. L. Gospodinov. He graduated in 1989. He continued his postgraduate studies for viola at the same faculty, finishing in 1999. Except his postgraduate classes he also had a master class course in the Chigana Academy in Sienna, Italy in 1994/95 in Juri Basmet’s class. After finishing his studies, he started working in the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra. During the 80’s he was the leader of the viola group in the Orchestra of Youth Music Room in Skopje, which was conducted by A. Surev.

Blerim Grubi had many appearances as a soloist and member of all kinds of chamber music ensembles. In doing so, he was active in Kosova and Macedonia’s cultural life. Some appearances that are worthwhile mentioning are: recitals in the “Days of Music” festival and the FAM festival in Skopje in 1989. In the same year, Blerim Grubi was the representative from Macedonia in the young string instrument player’s meeting that took place (at the federal level, of ex-Yugoslavia) in Osijek at the “Franjo Krežman” concert. He took part in the concert dedicated to UNICEF in Skopje, with a recital. He also had recitals in the “Summer of Skopje” and “Summer of Ohrid” international festivals.

1999 meant a special year in Grubi’s involvement in music (as it was for all other artists of that region) as culture life of the region was stabilized. During that time, Grubi had solo concerts with Tirana’s String Orchestra in Tetovo and Skopje, which were conducted by A. Leka, and another one in Prishtina, which was conducted by R.Tiseo.

During the last few years, Grubi had some solo concerts, among others with the Chamber music Philharmonic Orchestra (Skopje), conducted by B.Canev and String Orchestra of Kosova’s Philharmonic (Prishtina), conducted by Le Fi Fi. In Detmold (Germany) he had a concert with Detmold’s Chamber music Ensemble and soloist E.Fischer. This year he performed as a soloist with Macedonia’s Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by B.Canev. In the “Days of Music of Macedonia” he had another solo performance with the Philharmonic Orchestra, which was conducted by C. Van Alphen. Blerim Grubi took part in important music activities in Kosova, especially after 1999, when the cultural life took off. In cooperation with S.Badivuku, From 2000’—2018’, Grubi worked with some outstanding musicians in chamber ensembles and String Trio Kosova  such as: Pavel Vernikov, Boris Previsic, Kevin Kenner, Roland Xhoxhi, Lejla Haxhiu-Pula, Xhevdet Sahatçiu, Arian Paqo, Antonio Gashi and Aristidh Prosi,Derek Han, Matthew Barley, Dino Mastroyiannis, Boris Previsich, ,Pierluigi Camicia,Francesco de Zan,Bertrand Giraud, Alfredo Oyaguez, Desar Sulejmani ,Driton Gaxha,Yesim Gokalp, Stephen Prutsman, Frank S.Dodge Naomi Niskala Alexander Sitkovetsky(Spectrum Concerts-Berlin) 

He recorded two album cd’s for viola and piano (2006 and 2013). He was invited by the University of Colombo in Paris-France (2012/2013), he is invited to teach at the masterclass for viola. He has also interpreted in the famous concert hall of the Berlin Philharmony with the organisation of Spectrum Concerts, and the hall of Ankara at the Philharmony of Turkey.

From 1989—2004 was violist/leader  of Macedonian Philharmony.He is also a member of the Kosova’s “String Trio”, one of the founders of Kosova’s Philharmonic Orchestra andVice -president of the ArsKosova foundation- a foundation that promotes new talents and organizes musical activities in Kosova as well as board member of Kosova KamerFest(2000-2016)& ArsKosova Music Competition for youth(2003—2016) founder of the Albanian Music and Ballet Artists’ Society in Macedonia as well as founder & president of the Multi Kulti festival in Skopje. 

Blerim Grubi is also the co-founder and member of the Committee for the scholarships for Albanian students in Macedonia.

From 1994 is Viola professor at University of Prishtina .Porfessor of Viola in State University of Tetova from 2004, as well as Viola leader of Kosova philharmony form 2000—2012.

In 2016 he receives the “Presidential Medal of Merit” from the President of Kosovo, for the contribution given to Kosovo for Culture and Education.