Borut Zagoranski accordion masterclass with Royal Academy students – Thursday 9th May 2019


Former Student, now professor, gives accordion masterclass

Thursday 9th May 2019 from 10.00 am – 1.00 pm in the Henry Wood Room, Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London

It’s wonderful to welcome back Borut Zagoranski to the Royal Academy of Music who is coming to give a masterclass with Academy students next Thursday 9 May.  It is a free event with no tickets required.  Borut is now accordion professor at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana and a former student of Owen Murray at the Academy! The masterclass is open to a public audience so will be of special interest to students and teachers who can observe a wonderful teacher at work with the students.


Royal Academy of Music Accordion Department Events for Spring 2017

Iosif Purits

Accordion Department Events for Spring 2017

A wonderful programme of concerts and masterclasses organised by the accordion department of the Royal Academy of Music this spring featuring no less than three visiting accordion professors from around the world.

Wednesday 3rd May 2.30 – 5.30 pm  Free – Accordion Lecture-Recital with Corrado Rojac, professor of accordion at the Giuseppe Tartini Conservatorio di Musica of Trieste, who gives his first UK lecture on The First Italian Accordion Method 1839 by Giuseppe Greggiati and plays some of the many pieces from the book.  This book, which feature rare original romantic repertoire written for the accordion, was first featured in an article by ZZ Music in 2015 (Read Article)


Tuesday 9th May 1.05 – 2.00 pm – Iosif Purits Recital in the David Josefowitz Recital Hall, Free (no tickets required).  Solo-chamber pairing of pieces with Cecilia Bignall on cello.  Programme details will be found on the online Events listings soon.


Monday 15th May 2.00 – 5.00 pm – Accordion Masterclass with Borut Zagoranski, Associate Professor of Accordion at the Academy of Music, University of Ljubljana, and Juraj Dobrila University of Pula.


Friday 19th May 7.30 pm – David Josefowitz Recital Hall – Tickets £7.50 (concessions £5.50) from the Academy’s Box Office.  CONCERT – Solo and chamber music works by JS Bach, Scarlatti, Piazzolla, Efrem Podgaits and Berio.


Thursday 22nd June 10.00 am – 1.00 pm Free (no tickets required) – Accordion Masterclass with Mie Miki, professor of accordion at the Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen.

Friedrich Lips- Lecture and Masterclass- Royal Academy of Music – 23rd & 24th February 2017 and Accordion Dept. Concert

RAM hand on acccordion close-up

Royal Academy of Music Accordion Events for February 2017

After the incredible success of the Art of Tango event with Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi earlier this month the Royal Academy of Music Accordion Department focuses on another important part of the accordion repertoire: the Russian school.  Friedrich Lips arguably the foremost authority on this repertoire will be in residence for this wonderful free event to which all accordionists, accordion teachers and students will find extremely interesting and enlightening.

Russian Chamber Music  Concert – De Profundis (Free)

Thursday, 23.02.2017 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Katariina Ahjoniemi, Junchi Deng, Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade, Iosif Purits, Benjamin de Souza and Ilona Suomalainen accordion
Henry Hargreaves cello
William White clarinet

Zolotaryov Sonata no.3 (excerpts)
Sofia Gubaidulina De Profundis
Efrem Podgaits Ave Maria; Rendezvous with Haydn
Zolotaryov Rondo capriccioso

This concert will be followed by a lecture on Russian bayan repertoire by Visiting Professor of Accordion Friedrich Lips

Free, no tickets required 

Russian Bayan Lecture (Free)

Thursday, 23.02.2017 14:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Friedrich Lips, professor at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music and Visiting Professor of Accordion at the Academy, gives a lecture on Russian bayan repertoire.

Free, no tickets required

Prof. Friedrich Lips
Prof. Friedrich Lips

Accordion Masterclass (Free)

Friday, 24.02.2017 14:00, Henry Wood Room


Accordion Masterclass with Friedrich Lips, renowned Russian accordionist, Visiting Professor of Accordion at the Academy and professor at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow.

Free, no tickets required

Royal Academy Accordion Events for March 2016 – March 8th 2016

Raimondas Sviackevicius

Master class

March 8th will see Professor Raimondas Sviackevicius, Head of accordion at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, in Vilnius, Lithuania take an accordion Masterclass at the Royal Academy of Music.  This is open to the public and is free. The session is at 10.00 am – 16.30 pm with a lunch  break between 12.00 to 13.00.

This is a great opportunity for accordion teachers and students alike to see a visiting professor work through pieces with the accordion students of the Royal Academy of Music.


Concert Exam

Later the same day at 17.00 you will be able to see two of the students perform in their accordion concert exam.  An audience is welcomed.  This will take place in the David Josefowitz Hall at the Royal Academy.

Iosif Purits

Iosif Purits will play Efrem Potgaits’s – Concerto Viva Voce



Bartosz GlowackiBartosz Glowacki will play Mikolaj Majkusiak’s – Concerto Classico