Memli KELMENDI (Composer, Conductor and Producer) was born in 1986 in Peja, Kosovo.
He completed his postgraduate studies in conducting (vocal and instrumental) in Prishtina, and in Composition and Music Production – Sound Engineering in North Macedonia. He is currently attending Doctoral Studies for Choir Conducting in the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. His most well-known compositions are: Agnus Dei, Ater Umbra, Silentium Est Pax, Another Noise, Renuo, Dies Lunae etc. His composition for mixed choir “Ater Umbra” (2017) was published in France by the Choir “EVOC Ensemble “and is already part of the CD from the label “Les Choristes Aux Milles Couleurs “. The composition “Silentium Est Pax” for the vocal ensemble was performed and recorded last year on the CD of “Sottovoce Ensemble” in Les Musicales de Redon, France.
Memli Kelmendi is also known as a film composer. He has composed for long featured films, short films, theater, documentaries, etc. He composed the music and designed the sound for Samir Karahoda’s film ‘In Between’, with Kosovo appearing for the first time at the ‘Berlinale Film Festival’ 2019. Also, at Samir Karahoda’s film “Displaced”, which was selected among ten short films to compete for the ‘Golden Palm’ at the prestigious “Festival de Cannes” etc. he composed the music and designed the sound.
He completed three years of training in Composition, Musical Theory, and Piano Tuning for Blind Children at the Conservatory “Jana Deyla” – Prague. He currently works as a professor at the High Music School ” Halit Kasapolli ” in Peja and as a professor at AAB University in Pristina as a lecturer of Film, Theater, Advertising Music, Orchestration and Choral Conducting. He is the permanent conductor of the most known Choir in Kosovo “Siparantum Choir”. Before Siparantum Choir, he founded and for a short period, was the conductor of the City Choir “PEJA”.
He has conductrd in some of the major music venues, such as; Berliner Philharmonie, Basilica di San Marco, Venice, The Queen Elisabeth Hall, Antwerp, Hrvatski Glazbeni Zavod, Croatia etc.
His mixed choral composition “Me nji lule – With a Flower” commissioned by Neerpelt – European Music Festival for Young People, was performed by many participating countries. At the Neerpelt – European Music Festival for Young People he conducted a Workshop related to this composition and presented the Choral Music of Kosovo.
As a composer and conductor he has been presented in many countries around the world, such as Charleston, New Jersey, New York, Los Angeles California, Florida, Chicago, Czech Republic, Germany, Finland, Spain, Austria, Italy, Romania, Philippines, Argentina, UK – London, France, Austria, Croatia, Chile, Bosnia, Turkey, Belgium, North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, etc.
Memli Kelmendi is also the Winner of Scholarship for Conductor (Award given by INTERKULTUR) at the 6th International Conductor’s Seminar Wernigerode (2019). The Kosovo Ministry of Culture awarded him Composer in the duo category (2020). He is also a winner of the scholarship at CHORALSPACE – International Academy for Choral Arts, Berlin (2020).
Recently with the Kosovo Philharmonic Choir (2021), he conducted a highly acclaimed concert by the musical community in Kosovo.
Memli Kelmendi is a member of World Choir Council – INTERKULTUR, representing Kosovo for the first time. Recently he has been entrusted with the function of National Ambassador of Kosovo to the INTERNATIONAL CHORAL CONDUCTORS FEDERATION (ICCF).
- Scholarship for Conductor (Award given by INTERKULTUR) at the 6th International International Conductor’s Seminar Wernigerode, 2019
- The award for solo work and duo is given by the Ministry of Culture, 2020
- Scholarship at CHORALSPACE – International Academy for Choral Arts, Berlin, 2020
- “Golden Plate” at the International Choir Festival “The Golden Lime of Tuhelj”, Croatia, 2021
- Winner of Categeory “Musica Contemporanea” Open Competition – World Choir Games, 2021
- Golden Diploma, Musica Contemporanea – Open Competition, World Choir Games, 2021
- Conductor of successes (Personalities of the year 2021), KOHA, 2021
- Career Award – “Peja Culture through the Years”, Municipality of Peja, 2022