Classical Guitarist from Gjakova, Kosovo
Gjakova is a small city located roughly two hours outside of Pristina, Kosovo. The area is a beautiful mixture between modern and classically designed architecture. Lorik Pylla, a classical guitarist, is a recent high school graduate from Gjakova who is preparing for the next stage of his life. Pylla attended a high school for musical arts fifteen minutes from his home, where he studied classical guitar and vocal performance. Pylla comes from a supportive family; his mother is a television journalist and his father takes the bus to Pristina and works in an office. His parents saved and purchased a 2,500 Euro handmade guitar for Pylla so he could expand on his passion. With the help of his classical guitar professor and the support of his parents, Pylla has never ranked lower than third place in any classical guitar competition he has entered.
Pylla has had to sacrifice more than he anticipated for his music. Pylla practices guitar an average of four hours a day either at home or at school. He has decided that he can no longer play basketball because he cannot risk breaking a finger. He will be traveling to France to perform with his choir but even then he will need to bring his guitar to keep up his practice schedule. Pylla is practicing for the entrance exams for conservatory programs in Germany. He was recently accepted through the first round of selection at one conservatory but he still needs to pass the written exams before he can be accepted. He told me, “If you work hard and if you’re one of the best, you can make money and make it [through your] life struggles.”
Lorik Pylla teaches eleven-year-old Rrita Nushi classical guitar in his home in Gjakova, Kosovo, July 10, 2017.