As a youngster in war-torn Kosovo, Taulant Mehmeti amazed local audiences with his songwriting talent and musicianship. Under the mentorship of renowned local jazz guitarist Armend Xhaferi, he developed into a leading jazz player in Kosovo and Albania.
Now an active performer on the New York scene, Mehmeti has played, as a leader and a sideman, in venues including Blue Note, B.B.Kings and Iridium just to name a few.
Taulant's performances have taken him to over 20 countries and varied settings, among them: TED Talks and Prishtina Jazz Festival in Kosovo; Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland, International Gypsy Romanian Festival Bucharest; Tirana Jazz Festival and Shkodra Summer Jazz, Albania; Castellon Jazz Festival in Spain, Reykjavik Jazz Festival in Iceland, Jazz a Carthage in Tunisia, Contours of Contemporary Kosovo Istanbul, Turkey, Jazz Appreciation Month at WBGO in New Jersey; and in New York: Stars of Tomorrow- Hudson River Park, Jazz in the Square and Ideas City Festival - New Museum.
He has performed with artists such as Vic Juris, Ingrid Jensen, Armend Xhaferi, Ilir Bajri, Marko Churnchetz, Linda Briceño, Baden Goyo, Nesim Maxhuni & Gabriel Chakarji.
His debut jazz album Pinxhur'n'Pestil with his band Trio of Love, received positive press and garnered airplay, including a New Year's Eve live TV performance on KlanKosova network in Kosovo. Other notable recordings include his performance with Kosovo jazz drummer Nesim Maxhuni’s Hip-Bop Quintet release Syndrome; as well as his appearance on Ernesto Llorens' new album "On My Gypsy Way" featuring legendary gypsy guitarists Bireli Lagrene, Stochelo Rosenberg and Adrien Moingnard with whom he shared tracks.
Taulant Mehmeti finished his BFA at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and his Masters Degree from SUNY Purchase, holding the distinction for being the first jazz guitarist from Kosovo to study in the US.