Born in Korca, Albania, Edison Pashko began studying the cello under the tutelage of Kostika Tanto at the age of six, and then studied under Spiro Tomé. He further studied under the guidance of Gëzim Laro at the Kunstakadamie in Tirana, and under Florian Kitt at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz where he graduated with distinction in 1998. From 1999 until 2000, Pashko furthered his education with Valentin Erben at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. From 2000 he served as a substitute member of both the Wiener Staatsoper and the Wiener Philharmoniker, going on to become a member of the former in 2009 and the latter in 2013. In addition to his successful orchestral career, he was also a prize winner at the International Cello Competition in Liezen. Pashko is a prolific soloist as well, appearing with European and Asian orchestras including the Wiener Kammerphilharmonie, and he has performed with the ensembles "Wiener Collage" and "die Reihe." He is also a passionate chamber musician, having collaborated numerous times with various philharmonic ensembles such as the Küchl Quartet. This is his first appearance at PMF.