Composer Rubin Kodheli is a celebrated, versatile, genre-transcending creative rebel. The inspirational tapestry of his work is intentionally woven from blended threads of rock, jazz and classical influences, a stylistic trademark that has afforded Kodheli a career rich in its diversity of output. From his compositions appearing in feature films, to his original symphonic rock compositions, to his collaborations as a performer with genre defining artists - including Philip Glass, Henry Threadgill, Christian McBride, Meredith Monk, Joan Jett, Tom Harrell, Snoop Dogg and recently Laurie Anderson.
Kodheli began his musical journey as a cellist in Albania at the side of his mother, singer and actress Justina Aliaj. At fifteen, he moved to Belgium to study at the Académie d'Uccle and later at the Richard Strauss Konservatorium in Germany. A scholarship brought him to The Julliard School where he was taught by cello visionary Fred Sherry. Post-Juilliard, his creativity pushed him into the study of composition.
His multitude of unique musical experiences, from childhood to the present, continues to organically guide and shape his work with filmmakers, rap artists, dancers, choreographers, fellow composers and other creative professionals in New York City and around the world.