Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Newly appointed professor of accordion at RDAM

Geir Draugsvoll is per 1st September appointed professor of accordion at the Royal Danish Academy of Music
Geir Draugsvoll is a leading international capacity in his field and with this appointment the already strong accordion department at RDAM is further strengthened.

Geir Draugsvoll was born in 1967 in Voss in Norway and is an eminent performer, who as a soloist has made his mark at the highest international level in a repertoire, that embraces both baroque music and the newest contemporary music. Through more than 25 years he has worked as a soloist as well as a chamber musician. He has performed as a soloist with a series of prominent European symphony orchestras and ensembles. He toured for instance in the autumn of 2011 with London Symphony Orchestra, where he under the direction of director Velery Gergiev was soloist in Sofia Gubaidulina's accordion concert, a work that he in the spring of 2012 also played with St. Petersburg Philharmonics. Besides Gubaidulina's accordion concert he has performed in more than 70 premieres of new works for accordion, of which many today are part of the standard repertoire for the instrument.

Geir Draugsvoll studied at RDAM with the late professor Mogens Ellegaard as his main subject teacher and had here his soloist debut in 1992. Through the years he has won several prizes, among which are the first prize in Hugo Herrmann Wettbewerb in Trossingen in 1987 and the first prize in the Nordic Soloist Biennale in 1988. He has performed at numerous international festivals and has recorded many CD's for Naxos, EMI, dacapo and others.

Geir Draugsvoll is a much valued and very experienced teacher, who since 1997 has been employed as associate professor at RDAM and he has also been visiting professor at Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst i Graz from 1996 to 2003. In his time as teacher he has brought many accordionists to the highest level and he has held master classes in several European countries.

If some exciting visions for further development of the subject accordion are added to all this, the contours of a renowned artistic personality appear, who is in possession of the right qualifications to take on the task as professor at RDAM.