Geir Draugsvoll

Professor, Accordion
Geir Dragsvoll

”Crushed chords droop or judder; mud seems to squelch; fog spreads; a singing bird flies high. These were just a few of the sounds forged through Gubaidulina's extraordinary adventurous ear and the dexterity and iron control of the brilliant Norwegian player Geir Draugsvoll” -The Times

Geir Draugsvoll (b. 1967 in Voss, Norway) is currently a Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, Denmark (RDAM). Draugsvoll himself attended the academy from 1986-1992 earning his diploma exam with highest distinctions, and finally making his debut concert from the Advanced postgraduate programme (Soloist Class). In 1995 he started teaching at RDAM (Professor since 2012), and he has held guest-professorships at the academies in Graz (Austria), Tianjin (China), Vilnius (Lithuania) and Sarajevo (Bosnia). In Sarajevo and Vilnius he was mentor/Professor for the DMA-students at the academies. This in addition to numerous lectures and masterclasses all over the world, amongst others in the academies in Beijing, Moscow, Rome, Amsterdam, Warszawa, just to name a few. 

Geir Draugsvoll is considered to be one of the most important musicians on his instrument; the classical accordion/bayan. With a repertoire ranging from Bach, Mozart, Grieg and Stravinsky to contemporary classics like Gubaidulina, Senderovas, Hosokawa, Berio, Lindberg, Nørgaard and Piazzolla, he has performed extensively as soloist and chamber musician. This includes the accordion concerto by Sofia Gubaidulina; Fachwerk - dedicated to Draugsvoll, and widely acknowledged as one of the composers most important Works.

Playing numerous solo- and chamber concerts Geir has performed in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Russia, Germany, Austria, Italy, China, Zimbabwe, USA, Canada, Lebanon, Argentina, Switzerland, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Korea, Japan, Croatia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Holland, Slovakia, Lithuania, France, England, Scotland, Wales, Armenia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. This includes concerts as soloist with symphony orchestras and chamber-ensembles like; London Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Münchener Philharmonie, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Berkeley Symphony, Stockholm Philharmonic, Maggio Musicale Fiorentina, Staatskapelle Dresden, Kremerata Baltica and Swiss Chamber Soloists. 

Geir Draugsvoll has collaborated with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Vasily Petrenko, Donald Runnicles, Thomas Zehetmair, Joana Carneiro, and he has played several festivals and venues - as soloist with orchestra - in Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory (Russia), Barbican Hall (London), Mariinsky Hall (Skt. Petersburg), Alte Oper Frankfurt, Staatskapelle Dresden and Konzerthaus Berlin. Draugsvoll has also been in several TV and radio productions on European networks and he has performed alongside world class musicians, such as James Crabb (accordion), David Geringas (cello), Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello), Øyvind Gimse (cello), Michala Petri (recorder), Wu Wei (sheng) and many others.

In 2019, Geir Draugsvoll has concluded his Artistic Research Project “Collaborative Spaces”, which is about the collaboration with Sofia Gubaidulina, and development of the accordion concerto Fachwerk. 2 articles about “Collaborative Spaces” is soon to be published.

In addition to this, 2019 also saw the release of a new CD on Naxos International; “Time of Life”, with music by Astor Piazzolla for accordion and piano. Future recordings include portraits of the composers Anatolijus Senderovas, Staffan Mossenmark and Magnar Åm. Composers with whom Geir Draugsvoll has worked closely for several decades, and whose accordion compositions are considered to be cornerstones.

Geir Draugsvoll is also the artistic director of the “Nordaccordion” festival in Norway (www.nordaccordion.com), which showcases many of the important influences and classical directions in the modern accordion world.