"Kiss Me Again: A Memoir of Elgar in Unusual Places" book cover by Alda Dizdari (Author)

“Kiss Me Again: A Memoir of Elgar in Unusual Places” book cover by Alda Dizdari (Author)

From the darkness of life in Europe’s most isolated country, to international musical acclaim, this is the story of a courageous woman whose violin gave her a way out.

Now a British citizen, Alda was born into a family of musicians and left her native Albania from an early age to pursue her career in music. She studied in Romania with distinguished soloists and received a Bachelor Degree from the University of Bucharest.

“This is a gem of a book, unlike any other work that I can think of. The stunningly gifted violinist Alda Dizdari fell in love with Elgar’s violin concerto, and decided – against many odds – to introduce it to two South-East European countries where it had never been played before, Albania and Romania. The result is a fascinating book.” Sir Noel Malcolm, Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford.

A very special event is now planned to take place on the 14th of October when AldaDizdari performs Elgar’s Violin Concerto with the Southbank Sinfonia in the Cadogan Hall to mark the completion of a three year journey taking the work of Elgar through Eastern Europe.

Her book will be launched at the time of the concert. To add to the importance of this occasion, the conductor Alexander Walker, who has journeyed with her, will be presented with the Elgar medal, the prestigious award previously held by Sir Colin Davis, Sir Mark Elder and Daniel Barenboim.

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“A gem of a book” – ‘Kiss me again, a memoire of Elgar in unusual places’ by violinist Alda Dizdari being launched at a Cadogan hall concert in London on October 14th