Born in Tirana, Albania, in 1981, in an artist family, Elina Duni makes her first steps on stage as a singer at the age of five and sings for the National Radio and Television.

In 1992 after the fall of the communist regime, she arrives in Switzerland and settles in Geneva together with her mother where she starts the classical piano and discovers jazz.

Some musical, film and theater projects after, she studies singing and composition at the Hochschule der Künste Bern, in the jazz department.

During this time she develops the Elina Duni Quartet with Colin Vallon on piano, Patrice Moret on double bass and Norbert Pfammatter on drums – which represents a return to her musical sources, a combination of Balkan folk songs and jazz.

After two Albums «Baresha» (2008) and "Lume Lume" (2010) on Meta Records the quartet releases in september 2012 it’s debut Album on ECM/Universal  «Matanë Malit» (Beyond the Mountain), a musical homage to Albania.

In 2014 Elina Duni releases in Kosovo and Albania her first solo album as a singer-songriwiter "Muza e Zezë" (The black muse).

In April 2015 the Quartet releases it's second album for ECM "Dallëndyshe" (Swallow) who gains great acclaim from the European Press. The album explores with lighteness and subtility the Albanian folklore and it's faboulous rythms.

Prizes & Stipends

2015 Diaspora Prize, Ambassy of Kosovo in Bern, Switzerland
2013 Kult Prize for "Matanë Malit", Tirana, Albania
2012 Jazz Pott Prize, Essen, Germany
2010 Pro Helvetia "Priority jazz encouragement", Switzerland
2008 HKB Stipend, Bern, Switzerland
2008 "Coup de Coeur 2008" Bern, Switzerland
2007 Friedl Wald Stipend, Switzerland
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