Petrit Çeku

 

Born in Prizren, Kosovo, in 1985, Petrit Çeku began his musical training with Luan Sapunxhiu. After moving to Zagreb, Croatia, in 2002, he continued his studies first with Xhevdet Sahatxhija and then under the mentorship of Darko Petrinjak at the Zagreb Music Academy, from which he graduated in 2008. Pursuing his youthful dream, Çeku spent the years 2009-2013 refining his craft under the instruction of Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, USA.

Throughout Europe and North America, he has given many solo recitals and has accompanied symphonic orchestras such as the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, the Albanian Radio-Symphony Orchestra, the State Hermitage Orchestra from St. Petersburg, the Kosovo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra.  He has also been preforming regularly alongside the well-known string ensemble of Zagreb Soloists and the Elogio guitar trio.

During his rich musical career, Çeku has won nine first prizes in international guitar competitions, most notably the Parkening International Guitar Competition in Malibu, USA (2012), the Schadt String Competition in Allentown, USA (2011), the Maurizio Biasini International Guitar Competition in Bologna, Italy (2011), and the Michele Pittaluga International Guitar Competition in Alessandria, Italy (2007).

Çeku’s first studio recording was made in 2008 by Naxos Records and in that same year he won the Young Musician of the Year award from the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and the Croatian Postal Bank.