Marigona Qerkezi - Soprano and Flutist.
Born in Zagreb in 1993, where she began her musical education for flute.
Daughter of the mezzosoprano Merita Juniku, who continues to be her singing teacher.
She had her first concert as a singer at the age of 6 in Ljubljana, and has already performed in: Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Montrenegro, Kosovo, Albania, Russia, Italy, Spain, Oman, Turkey, Netherland, Germany, USA and Japan.
Qerkezi graduated in Singing and Flute (where she holds her Masters degree) at University of Fine Arts in Prishtina.
Along with her music degrees, Qerkezi has also graduated for Business Management in Staffordshire University Programmes at Riinvest Institute.
Qerkezi made her operatic debut in the age of 22 (April 2015), performing the role of Königin der nacht (Die Zauberflöte by Mozart) in production of AsLiCo at Royal Opera House Muscat. She was re-invited to performed the same role in the same production, at Royal Opera House Muscat in March 2016.
Qerkezi has performed the role of Contessa d’Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro) in National Theatre of Opera and Ballet -Tirana.
She has also performed the role of Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro in Opera Lombardia : Teatro Sociale Como, Teatro Ponchielli Cremona, Teatro Grande Brescia, Teatro Fraschini Pavia, Teatro Donizetti Bergamo , and also in Teatro Valli Reggio Emilia and Teatro Regio Parma.
In 2017, she debuted the role of Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari.
Qerkezi has won many prizes in International Music Competitions since the age of 13 as Flutist and Singer.
She is a winner of 6 Prizes in International Singing Competitions, all of them obtained during one year:
2nd Prize “International Opera Competition Maria Kraja”,
Winner of the Esordienti in "Concorso per giovani cantanti lirici d’Europa AsLiCo",
2 nd Prize at "Concorso Lirico Internazionale Salice D’Oro” ,
1 st prize at “Concorso Lirico Internazionale Magda Olivero”(2015).
Finalist in Francisco Vinas Opera Competition.
Qerkezi is the winner of the 1st prize at Leyla Gencer Opera Competition, and also winner of Accademia Teatro alla Scala special prize (2015).
In 2017 Qerkezi debuted the role of Madama Cortese (Il Viaggio a Reims) at Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro and at Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) and debute the role of Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus) at Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari.
In 2019 , Qerkezi will debute the role of Donna Anna ( Don Giovanni ) at New National Theatre Tokyo.