Join the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation for the opening of the Free2Be exhibition at Dupont Underground. Albanian classical pianist Dr. Elida Dakoli will speak about the impact communism had on the creative development of her life and will give a live piano performance.
The Free2Be exhibition at Dupont Underground will feature VOC’s Witness Project Series and selections from The Gulag Collection, paintings by Nikolai Getman, which are dedicated to the memory of those who survived the Gulag and those who did not.
Cash bar available.
Dr. Elida Dakoli
Born in Albania, Elida Dakoli started playing piano at the age of six. By the age of 12, she had performed her first solo recital, followed by concerts throughout the nation’s cities.
At age 16, Ms. Dakoli received a Diploma at the National Piano Competition “Pianisti i Ri”, performing contemporary music. She studied at the University of Music, Tirana, Albania where she earned a Bachelor of Music. At 22, Ms. Dakoli launched her first international tour across Europe. After her debut tour, she began working at her alma mater as a professor of music.
Ms. Dakoli studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria, earned a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Baylor University, and earned a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) in Piano Performance from Louisiana State University. Ms. Dakoli is a Mason & Hamlin Artist as well as the face and recording artist for PianoDisc.
She has received numerous awards, including the prestigious “Artiste e Talentuar” grant from the Albanian Ministry of Culture, first prize at the International Piano Competition “Music World” in La Spezia, Italy and grants from Pro Helvetia, the Soros Foundation, Austrian Airlines, and the Austrian Embassy.