REGI PAPA

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Hailed as “an exciting young violinist with brilliant technique and an excellent sense of style” (The Strad Magazine), Greco-Albanian violinist Regi Papa is one of the most sought-after violinists today. In 2006, Papa made his Carnegie Hall debut, performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the New York Senior Concert Orchestra under the baton of David Gilbert. Papa has won 1st prizes at the 2002 Eurovision Competition, the Greek Ministry of Education’s Pan-Hellenic Competition, the Wieniawski Competition (Kosciusko Foundation, New York City). Papa was chosen to participate in the prestigious Carnegie Hall Chamber Workshop as a member of the Amici Piano Quartet, where he worked intensively with Leon Fleischer, Pamela Frank, and Yo-Yo Ma. He has also attended the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, where he studied with Ana Chumachenko. In 2013, Papa joined the Tallis Quartet and was invited to attend Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival, where he collaborated closely with Colin Carr, Laurence Lesser, Paul Neubauer, Ian Swensen, and the Danish Quartet. Papa is also a founding member of the Olympus Piano Trio, winner of the 2016 Chamber Music of New England Competition, 2nd prize winner at the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition, and received 2nd prize and the audience prize at the Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition. In 2015, the Olympus Trio had its New York City debut, sponsored by the Onassis and Hellenic-American cultural foundations, to critical acclaim. The trio released their debut album on LP Classics label in 2017. A noted pedagogue, he has held residencies at Northern Michigan State University and Shenandoah University. Papa was a teaching assistant at Stony Brook University and is currently on the faculty of the Chamber Music Institute for Young Musicians in Stamford, CT. Many of his students are prizewinners and have been accepted into the Juilliard School. Regi Papa studied with Kyung-Wha Chung at the Juilliard School, where he completed his Master of Music degree as a recipient of the Marie and George Vergottis Memorial Scholarship. In 2017, Papa received his Doctoral of Music Degree in Violin Performance from the State University of New York at  Stony Brook, under the tutelage of Soovin Kim, Phil Setzer, and Hagai Shaham. Papa has recorded for LP Classics, Navona/Naxos, and Sony Classical labels.