Altin Volaj

(b. 21 June 1974, Fier).

Albanian composer, now resident in the USA, of mostly orchestral, chamber and piano works that have been performed in Europe and North America.

Mr. Volaj studied composition with Leontios J. Hadjileontiadis at the State Conservatory of Music in Thessaloníki, where he earned his BMus in 2001. He then studied composition with Vladimir Tarnopolski at the P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow in 2003 and with Theodore Antoniou and Lukas Foss at Boston University, where he received his MMus in 2003. He studied composition with André Bon and Allain Gaussin at the Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau in 2005, on the Fontainebleau Fellowship and Robert Casadesus Fellowship, both from the University of Maryland, College Park, and with Lawrence Moss at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned his DMA in 2008.

Among his honours are the Prix pour composition Nadia-Boulanger from the Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau (2005, for being the best music student), First Prize in the competition Walsum of the University of Maryland, College Park (2006, for Phos II) and six annual awards from ASCAP (2003–08). His music has been performed in France, Greece, Italy, Russia, and the USA.

He taught counterpoint, fugue and harmony at the Northern Conservatory of Music in Thessaloníki from 1997–2001 and ear training and solfège as an assistant at Boston University from 2001–03. He taught ear training and solfège as an assistant at the University of Maryland, College Park from 2003–08, where he was also a lecturer in music theory in 2007. He has taught music theory, rock music and 20th-century music at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County since 2008.

He has lived in the USA since 2001.


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Saupade (improvisational text), female actor–soprano, violin, viola, cello, 2005

ION (opera in 7 scenes, libretto by Nick Olcott), 3 mezzo-sopranos, countertenor, 2 baritones, mixed chorus (2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, tenor, 2 baritones), soprano saxophone (+ alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone), piano, 2 percussion, 2007


For Large Orchestra, orchestra (8 winds, 11 brass, harp, 3 percussion, strings), 1999

Fantasy, orchestra (10 winds, 10 brass, piano, 2 percussion, strings), 2004

In Memoriam Witold Lutosławski, large orchestra (12 winds, 11 brass, harp, piano, 2 percussion, strings), 2004

AnoiksiSpring, symphonic band, 2005


Folk Dances, accordion, 1993

Sonatina, flute, 1996

Fluxus, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello, percussion, 2001

For Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 2001

Moments, percussion, 2001

For solo Harp, harp, 2001

For solo Double Bass, double bass, 2002

Lament, French horn, piano, 2002

Moments, flute, clarinet, bassoon, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, percussion, 2002

Solo Guitar, guitar, 2002

Short Fantasy, oboe, 2002

Sextet, flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, 2002

Trio, clarinet, piano, percussion, 2003

Fantasy, flute, 2003

In Memoriam Bledi Llangozi, cello, 2004

Phos I, flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, 2005

Echoes, clarinet, fixed media (4 tracks), 2005

Phos II, string quartet, 2006

Collage à Pink Floyd, clarinet (+ bass clarinet), electric guitar, cello, double bass, piano, percussion, 2006

For Robert Casadesus, flute, harp, viola, 2007

Sequenza, trombone, 2009


Two Songs (Mediterranean SunsSilver Swanne) (texts by Kenneth Koch, an anonymous source in English), mezzo-soprano, baritone, piano, 2003

Seven Songs (text by Panaiotis Argiropoulos), soprano, clarinet (+ bass clarinet), percussion, live electronics, 2008


For solo Piano, 1999

A Short Variation on a Theme of Theodore Antoniou, 2008

Impromptu, 2008