Agim Hushi

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Agim Hushi's cover album "Amore Grande" was released in 2013

Agim Hushi (born 1 May 1967, in Kavajë) is a world renown Albanian-born, Australian-naturalized spinto tenor currently living and working in Vienna, Austria.

Life[edit]

After his University studies for literature and psychology in Tirana, Agim Hushi was discovered as a musical talent with an extraordinary tenor voice. He pursued his studies at the Albanian Academy of Arts in Tirana from which he graduated with excellent results in 1991.

From 1991-1992 he was principal tenor with the Albanian State Opera, where he performed the main tenor roles in Tosca, Cavalleria Rusticana and Il Trovatore. From 1992-1995 Agim Hushi continued his postgraduate studies at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest where, in parallel with vocal studies, he specialized in pedagogy of singing.

In 1995 he was appointed principal tenor at the Hungarian State Opera where he performed many major roles ranging in operas including Manon Lescout, Turandot, Il Tabarro, Il Lombardi and Purgacov.

From 1997 Agim Hushi pursued his career in Australia where he was invited to sing first, the role of Des Grieux in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, for the South Australian State Opera in Adelaide under the baton of maestro Richard Bonynge who said: "In my entire experience working with Agim Hushi has been a wonderful discovery. Agim Hushi and Laura Niculescu are the best cast in the world today".

Based on such great success he was invited and contracted for the same opera, to sing for Opera Australia. His Sydney Opera House debut was highly acclaimed and critics compared him to the legendary tenor Beniamino Gigli.

Hushi continued to sing around Asia, New Zealand and USA. In 1999 with an Australian government grant he went for a belcanto experience in Milan with Franco Corelli, who wrote for him: "Agim Hushi's voice is strong and beautiful and he deserve an International career".

Hushi has sung in Australia, New Zealand, China, The United States, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Dubai, Hungary, Germany, Russia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Croatia, Czech Republic, Romania, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Cyprus, Denmark, Italy, Spain, UK, Switzerland, Albania and Austria.

His best roles are those of Cavaradosi, Calaf, Des Grieux, Radames, Manrico, Luigi, Canio and Turiddu.

In 2010 Agim Hushi recorded with Albanian soprano Inva Mula for EMI her new CD, Il Bel Sogno with operatic arias supported by Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra. In October 2012 Agim Hushi recorded his first solo album AMORE GRANDE with the most famous tenor songs under the baton of A. Pavlic and NEW EUROPE SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA. This CD was regarded from Deutsche Grammophon and critics as one of the best CD since Di Stefanos best days in all tenors recordings.

Hushi is currently the Head of the Opera Department at the Vienna Conservatorium and regarded as one of the foremost singing teachers in Europe. He was the founder of Belcanto School of Singing in Adelaide, Australia. Also he was teaching while continuing his singing at Singapore’s National University. Agim Hushi has given master classes around the world in countries like China, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain, Denmark and in many notable vocal institutions in European countries such as Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Ecole Normal in Paris.[1][2][3]

Career highlights[edit]

  • Cavaradosi from Tosca, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. August 2004
  • Cavaradosi from Tosca, Singapore Lyric Opera September–October 2004
  • Calaf from Turandot, Albanian National Opera of Tirana May–June 2005
  • Manrico from Opera Trovatore, XV International Festival of Opera, Russia December 2005
  • July 2005 concerts recitals, Greece-Athens
  • September 2005, Prishtina Kosovo
  • July 2005 Macedonia, Festival of Ohrid
  • April 2006 recital, Albanian National Opera of Tirana
  • October- November 2006 Cavaradosi from opera Tosca, Albanian National Opera
  • July–August 2007 Radames from Aida in Tirana Albanian National Opera
  • September 2007 Recital in Vienna
  • October 2007 Recital in Old Fellow Palace Copenhage, Danimark
  • November Turiddu from Cavalleria Rusticana in Bulgaria
  • December Recital Christmas Concert in Copenhagen
  • December 2007 Recital in Sophia, Bulgaria with Sophia Philharmonic Orchestra
  • December 2007 Recital in Stara Zagora Opera in Bulgaria
  • March–April 2008 singing Manrico from Il Trovatore in Albanian National Opera
  • April concert Recital in Nicosia, Cyprus
  • June Concert Recital with National Opera Orchestra in Albania
  • July Concert, Festival “The tone on the stone” Forlie, Italy Symphonic Orchestra of Bologna
  • August 2008 singing Radames from opera Aida in open air
  • November Concert Recital in London, UK
  • April Concert in Budapest
  • September Concert Recital in Monte Carlo.
  • January Concert Recital in Macau
  • Februar Concert Recital in Hong Kong
  • May Concert Recital in Shanghai
  • Septembre, Concert Vienna State Opera, Tenor Guest in Memorial of Mario Del Monaco
  • 26 May 2012 Concert Recital Qingdao with Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 6 July Concert Recital Agim Hushi and friends with Philharmonic Orchestra of Albanian National TV in Kavajë, Albania
  • 7–12 October recording with New Europe Symphony Orchestra famous tenor songs for his new Album CD, *AMORE GRANDE*, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 10 July till 15 September 2013, concert tour, recitals in China

Awards[edit]

  1. September, 1999 - Agim Hushi was the Winner of the "Jane Potter Foundation" in Australia for his achievmant in Opera and for his high class performances on world opera stages.
  2. April, 2000 - Agim Hushi was awarded the "Emerging Artist of the Year 2000" from the Premier of Australia.
  3. June, 2005 - His Excellency Ammbasador of UNITED NATIONS in Albania, Waheed Waheedullah, awarded Agim Hushi with the Golden Medal of UN.
  4. March 29, 2012 - The President of The Albanian Republic Mr.Bamir Topi awarded Agim Hushi with Golden Medal, GREAT MASTER of Arts.
  5. May 26, 2012 - Agim Hushi received the title of PROFESSOR from Qingdao Technological University, P.R.C.
  6. June 20, 2012 - Professor Agim Hushi was awarded the highest title of HONORARY CITIZEN at his native city of Kavajë.

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