Shkëlzen Baftiari was born 1986 in Tetovo, FYR of Macedonia. He finished his primary and high school at the Music – Ballet School Center “Ilija Nikolovski-Luj” in Skopje in the class of Professor Ludmilla Romanova. He graduated with “Cum Laude” from the Faculty of Music in Skopje in the class of Professor Boris Romanov. He finished his master studies in piano with the pianist Simon Trpceski.
Shkëlzen Baftiari has participated in many concerts in Macedonia and abroad. Besides this, he is also the winner of many national and international competitions. Some of them include: first prize in Blagoevgrad (Bulgaria), Laureate at the International Competition “Valentino Bucchi” in Rome (Italy), second prize at the International Competition “Nikolai Rubinstein” in Paris (France), second prize in Torino (Italy), first prize at the International Competition “Schumann-Brahms” in Plovdiv (Bulgaria). In April 2007 he was the winner of the Special First Prize at The Republic of Macedonia Competition on Piano.
Mr. Baftiari has given recitals in Skopje, Pristina, Tirana, Sofia, Belgrade, Ohrid (Ohrid Summer Festival) and has performed as a soloist with Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra and with the Symphonic Orchestra of the Faculty of Musical Arts in Skopje. Beside his recordings at the Macedonian Radio – Television (MRT), at the Albanian Television (TVSH) and at the Radio Television of Kosovo (RTK).