The first Albanian conductor, Rozmari Jorganxhi, has passed away at the age of 83. The mother of singer-songwriter Gjergj Leka has passed away in Trieste, Italy.
Rozmari was born in a family with musical traditions. Her father, “Merited Artist” Gaqo Jorganxhi sang for 65 years as a soloist in the city of Korca, since 1920, when the first musical bands were established in this city.
She studied at the Artistic High School “Jordan Misja” in Tirana, taking singing lessons from the”People’s Artist” Marie Kraja. At that time, she was among the first lyrical singers like Jorgjie Truja, Gjyzepina Kosturi, Mihal Ciko.
Then she went to study at the Moscow Conservatory for canto together with Avni Mula “Honor of the Nation”, Mentor Xhemali “People’s Artist”, Gjoni Athanas “Grand Master”, Ibrahim Tukiqi “People’s Artist”. The only girl among them was Rozmari, also the youngest in age, only 15 years old.
Rozmari Jorganxhi started her career since 1959 as a lyrical soloist. She was a”mezzosoprano” in the Opera and Ballet Theatre and has interpreted professionally at high levels roles from international opera, but also national ones. From 1967-1984 she conducted the Opera and Ballet Theatre Choir, being the first female conductor of this unique institution of Albanian culture.
In 1993, at the age of 56, Jorganxhi won the audition and started as a professional singer at the Giusepe Verdi Theater in Trieste, where she sang for 10 years. Jorganxhi has taught for decades at the University of Music, bringing to the Albanian culture renowned artists in the field of conducting as well as singing. In 2017, at the age of 80, she received the title of “Grand Master”.