|GEIR DRAUGSVOLL - CLASSICAL ACCORDEON||
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Geir Draugsvoll is considered to be one of the most important musicians on his instrument, the classical accordion/bayan. The last decade, he has caused headlines like “Breaking boarders”, “Fantastic”, “An Overcoming”, “All hail the accordion” and “Musical Sensation”. And with a repertoire ranging from Bach, Mozart, Grieg and Stravinsky to contemporary classics like Gubaidulina, Hosokawa, Berio, N¯rgaard and Piazzolla, he has performed all over Europe, and also toured China and Japan.
Among festivals and concert-arenas, he has performed at; Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory (Russia), Queen Elisabeth Hall (London), Lockenhaus Festival (Austria), Aldebourgh Festival (England), Edinburgh Festival, (Scotland), Rheingau Festival (Germany), Brandenburgische Sommerkonzerte (Germany), Octobre Normandie (France), Mittelfest (Italy), Konzerthaus (Berlin), Musikhalle (Hamburg), Al Bustan Festival (Lebanon), Ultima Contemporary Festival (Norway), Bergen International Festival, (Norway) and many others, and he has played together with orchestras like Bergen Phil. Orchestra,Russian National Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica,Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Nederland Phil. Orchestra, Moscow Soloists, Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra,Portuguese Chamber Orchestra, Kammerakademie Potsdam,Trondheim Soloists,Trondheim SO,Camerata Nordica and London Symphony Orchestra (Luxembourg,Frankfurt,London)
Selection of released CD's:
1994 “Classical Accordion” (Simax PSC 1096)
1995 “Works by Sofia Gubaidulina” (BIS-CD 710)
1996 “Works for classical accordion” (DaCapo/Marco Polo 8.224028)
1997 “Duos for classical accordion” with James Crabb (EMI)
1999 “Viaggio” Concerto by Gunnar Valkare† (Phono Suecia CD 115) (with orch.)
2002 “Klaus Ib J¯rgensen - portrait CD” (DaCapo)
2003 “Quasi Improvisata”† (Dreyer-Gaido) with David Geringas
2004 “eX” (Intim Musik) with Aniara String Quartet
2005 “Sensations” Concertos by Piazzolla with Lithuanian CO and David Geringas (Delos†DE3349)
In 2009 Geir Draugsvoll world premiered Gubaidulina "Fachwerk" dedicated to him, and world premiered recorded in 2011 (Naxos 8.572772) in the presence of the composer. The recording and concert performances have received euphoric international reviews throughout, and the leading German culture newspaper Die Zeit has named the recording 'Best Album of the Year'Concert performing highlights have include London Symphony Orchestra (on tour) and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra (both w/Valery Gergiev).Upcoming performances include Munich Philharmonic.More info on Geir Draugsvoll: www.draugsvoll.dk
Through collaborations with many composers, Geir Draugsvoll must be characterized as one of the pioneers on his young instrument, and he has premiered a large number of works.
Geir Draugsvoll (b. 1967) is Norwegian, but now lives in Copenhagen where he is associate professor at the Royal Academy of Music.
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