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Geir Draugsvoll


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, 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 and Trondheim Soloists.


He collaborates frequently with conductors like Valery Gergiev, Vasily Petrenko, Andres Mustonen, David Geringas, Joana Carneiro, Marc Soustrot, Alexander Mayer, Yuri Bashmet and many others.

Collaborating composers: Sofia Gubaidulina, Anatolijus Senderovas, Staffan Mossenmark, Magnar Åm, Bent Lorentzen, Martin Lohse and many more.

Geir Draugsvoll is Norwegian, but now lives in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he is a Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.

Geir Draugsvoll has been Guest Professor at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in Vilnius, Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz, Academy of Music, Sarajevo and at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music in Tianjin, China.


View a list of selected festivals, concerts and activities from 2011 to 2016


For bayan & orchestra

Sofia Gubaidulina  Under the sign of Scorpio (2003)
Anatolijus Senderovas Ad Astrum - Concerto (2007)
Erkki-Sven Tüür Prophecy (2007)
Arne Nordheim Spur (1974)
Magnar Åm Tropic of Cancer (2010)
Salvatore Sciarrino Il Giornale Della Necropoli (2000)
Astor Piazzolla Concierto (1979)
Astor Piazzolla 3 Tangos (1979)
Bent Lorentzen Tivoli (2006)

For bayan & string orchestra

Sofia Gubaidulina Fachwerk (2009)
Sofia Gubaidulina 7 Worte (1982)
Giya Kancheli Kapote (2006)
Anatolijus Senderovas www.dg-gd_song (2010)
Aulis Sallinen Barabbas variations (2000)
Alexander Wustin Das Verschwinden for bayan, cello and strings (1997)
Gunnar Valkare Viaggio (1996)
Torbjørn Lundquist Intarzia (1966)
Astor Piazzolla Dobbelconcerto for bandoneon, guitar and strings (1985)
Astor Piazzolla Dobbelconcerto, version for cello, bayan and strings (1985)

For bayan & sinfonietta

Luca Francesconi Inquieta Limina (1996)
Tristan Keuris Chamber Concerto (1995)
Klaus Ib Jørgensen Temperature (1993)
Klaus Ib Jørgensen Parodos (1996)
Niels Rosing-Schow Granito y arco iris (1999)
Jesper Koch Concerto (2004)
Thuridur Jonsdottir Installation around a heart (2005)