Gjilberta Lucaj is a New York City-based concert cellist with a critically acclaimed international career. A native of Albania, her solo career started at age 13, performing in Vatican City for Pope John Paul II. Her career has taken her to Mexico, China, South Korea, throughout Europe, the Caribbean and even to war-torn Afghanistan.
Nominated in 2016 by the President of Albania as one of the 100 most accomplished Albanian-Americans, she has been hailed across the world for her beautiful tone and mesmerizingly passionate performances. She has been featured in the New York Times, Elegance Magazine, Westchester Magazine, Vogue Italy, TimeOut NY, Couture Fashion Magazine as well as many TV stations domestically and internationally.
Gjilberta pioneered the concept of pairing her dynamic cello solo performances with couture fashion shows in NYC starting 2005. She has performed for Fashion Week in NYC and throughout the USA.
Gjilberta has recorded and performed for Barack Obama and Joe Biden, Sony, Avatar Studios, Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Ricky Martin, Coldplay, THALIA, IL DIVO and Jay-Z among other notables. Versatile in genres of music beyond classical, she enjoys performing tango, jazz, bossa nova and electronic dance music on both acoustic and electric cellos.