The RDAM CAMP for accordionists is a unique opportunity to receive individual tuition, masterclass and group lessons with the renowned RDAM Professor Geir Draugsvoll and Teaching Assistant Hanzhi Wang.
The course content is focused on the highly acclaimed Scandinavian tradition of accordion performance, with a special focus on repertoire from this region.
The course allows you to meet other young accordionists to strengthen both your musical network and performance skills. All participants are invited to attend concerts and selected students are also invited for a recording session in collaboration with the RDAM CAMP for Sound Engineers.
Free choice of repertoire. You will receive information after May 15 on how to submit your repertoire.
We welcome applicants with different levels of expertise - this includes both current music students and potential applicants to a degree in music performance.
A certificate of participation will be issued for all participants. Full attendance and satisfactory course participation at university/conservatory level will earn you 5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).
Professor in Accordion
The Royal Danish Academy of Music
Geir Draugsvoll is internationally considered to be one of the most important musicians on his instrument, the bayan. Through collaborations with many composers, Geir Draugsvoll must also be characterized as one of the pioneers on this young instrument, and he has premiered a large number of works. This includes "Fachwerk" by Sofia Gubaidulina, which is dedicated to Geir Draugsvoll, and today widely acclaimed as one of her most important works for classical accordion.
He has performed all over the world in festivals and concert-arenas like Concertgebouw (Holland), Alte Oper Frankfurt (Germany), Barbican Hall (London), Mariinsky Hall (Skt. Petersburg), Gasteig (Munich), Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory (Russia), Philharmonie Luxembourg, Lockenhaus Festival (Austria), Edinburgh Festival, (Scotland), Rheingau Festival (Germany), Mittelfest (Italy), Konzerthaus (Berlin), Musikhalle (Hamburg), Bergen International Festival, (Norway), CCB (Lisbon) NGA (Washington), Zellerbach Hall (Berkeley) and many others. As soloist with orchestra, he has performed with London Symphony Orchestra, Münchener Philharmonic, Mariinsky Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Russian National Orchestra, Maggio Musicale Firenze, Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Kremerata Baltica, Moscow Soloists, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Trondheim Soloists, and collaborates frequently with conductors like Valery Gergiev, Donald Runnicles, Vasily Petrenko, Andres Mustonen, David Geringas, Joana Carneiro, Marc Soustrot, Alexander Mayer, Yuri Bashmet and many others.
Geir Draugsvoll is Norwegian, but now lives in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he is a Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.
Teaching Assistant in Accordion
The Royal Danish Academy of Music
In 2017, 26-year-old Chinese musician Hanzhi Wang became the first accordionist to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and was also awarded 5 special Prizes: the Candlelight Concert Society Prize (MD), the Sinfonia Gulf Coast Prize (FL), the Tri-I Noon Recitals Prize (NY), the Vancouver Recital Society Prize (BC), and the Washington Performing Arts Prize (DC). She won First Prize in the 2007 Beijing International Accordion Competition in China, the 2013 Arrasate International Accordion Competition in Spain, the 2015 International Accordion Competition in Castelfidardo, Italy, and Third Prize in the 2017 Societa Umanitaria competition in Milano, Italy
She has performed throughout the United States, Germany, Denmark, China, Japan, Sweden, Italy, Belgium, Portugal, Serbia, Montenegro and Taiwan. For the upcoming season, she will play concerts in the United States, Denmark, Holland, China, Japan and Taiwan.
With her provocative yet sensitive performances, Hanzhi Wang has also become very popular amongst contemporary composers. Several of them have dedicated their works to her, such as Martin Lohse (DK) and James Black (UK).
To inspire the next generation of young accordionists, Ms. Wang has lectured and given master classes at the International Summer Campus at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, the Tianjin Music Conservatory of China, and the Music College of Capital Normal University of China. She also served as a jury member for the Accordion Competition of Rome, the International Accordion Festival in Alcobaça, Portugal, and the 42nd International Castelfidardo Accordion Music Festival in Italy.
Hanzhi Wang earned her Bachelor’s degree at the China Central Conservatory of Music, and her Master’s degree at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, where she studied with Geir Draugsvoll. She was invited to be a visiting scholar at the Manhattan School of Music in United States, and is now an assistant teacher at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.
In 2018 she will release her first solo CD on Naxos, with works by Danish composers. The CD is called "In the Path of H.C. Andersen", and teaches listeners about the heritage of Danish adventures. This is the first solo accordion CD Naxos has ever released.