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

2.00–5.00pm

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

Two Final Accordion Recitals at the Royal Academy of Music and Patron’s Award Winners’ Recital

Iosif Purits

Don’t miss the final recitals of two amazing young accordionists at the Royal Academy of Music.  Here are the dates:

On June 6th 2016, Iosif Purits  will play at the Wigmore Hall with , Cecilia Bignall (Cello), Amy Yule (Flute) and Seungwong Lee (Piano) for the Royal Academy of Music Patrons Award Winners’ Recital 2016

JS Bach, Sibelius, Hurel and more

Booking information

£5 tickets are available for staff and students of the Royal Academy of Music. Please call the Wigmore Hall Box Office on 020 7935 2141 to book.

Duration: This concert will be approximately 2 hours in duration, including an interval

£15 Ticket bookings are subject to a £2.00 booking fee. This fee covers the whole booking and is not per ticket.

On June 9th 2016,Bartek Glowacki will play his final recital at the David Josefowitz Hall at the Royal Academy of Music at 17.45, followed by Iosif Purits  playing his final recital at 18.45.

ZZ Music wishes them well in the final recitals and concerts in their last year at the Royal Academy of Music.  They have been incredible students under the wonderful guidance of Owen Murray and it has been wonderful to watch them grow into very fine musicians whilst they have been studying in London.

Bartosz Glowacki-1200

Iosif Purits and Cecilia Bignall – Accordion and Cello Duo – St John’s, Smith Square 22nd April 2016

Iosif Purits Ceclia Bignall accordion and cello - Duo Bayanello

Iosif Purits on accordion and Cecilia Bignall make up a wonderful duo called Duo Bayanello, who met at the Royal Academy of Music. On the 22nd April 2016 they will perform Takes Two by Sally Beamish at St Johns, Smith Square, London.  Performance starts at 18.00 and will finish around 18.50.

Duo Bayanello is a young and inspiring new ensemble consisting of two contrasting instruments, resulting in a surprisingly harmonious tone: cello and accordion. This connection was said by Rostrapovich to be a more organic combination of sounds than cello and piano, and brings a bigger contribution to accordion chamber music repertoire than any other.

Both studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Cecilia Bignall (cello) and Iosif Purits (accordion) have performed around the world, both in solo and chamber music projects.

For ticket information please see: https://www.sjss.org.uk/events/sally-beamish

Sally Beamish is a British composer and violist. Her works include chamber, vocal, choral and orchestral music. She has also worked in the field of music theatre, film and television, as well as composing for children and for her local community

Catch Duo Bayanello in Hampshire too

If you’re in Hampshire the duo will – Braishfield Church Room,Church Lane, Braishfield, SO51

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 

 

UKAAT Workshop February 7th 2016 – A great success

UKAAT 1st Workshop morning session audience

Accordion teachers, students, professionals, composers and UKAAT supporters packed into the Henry Wood Room for UKAAT’s first workshop on February 7th 2016 at the Royal Academy of Music. The day kicked off with a presentation by Romano Viazzani (UKAAT President) outlining what UKAAT’s aims are and what they have been doing since their initial meeting three years ago along with their hopes for the future.

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This was followed by a talk and workshop given by Prof. Owen Murray and Romano Viazzani on teaching basic skills to students. Ideas on all manner of basic skill teaching from posture and confidence in performance to finer points such as articulation and bellow skills were covered with participation from the workshop-goers.  A video clip was also shown to demonstrate the  freedom that comes with good posture. Some exercises were put forward to help improve certain aspects of playing as well as some ideas for chord combinations on standard “Stradella” bass. After a mid morning break the workshop continued explaining how free bass works and its ever increasing importance in the world of Music.  Several systems were explained with Prof. Owen Murray drawing comparisons between the C Griff System Free bass system and the mirror image of the C System Right-hand button-board.  Then Vice President Ian Watson spoke on the B griff System and it’s relationship to the right-hand B-griff button-board. Various diagrams and technical exercise fingerings were made exclusively available to attendees for download.

Basic Skills Workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The end of the morning session was rounded off with a short concert by the tremendous students of the Royal Academy of Music’s accordion department. Ben de Sousa and Soprano Elly Broomfield kicked off with an impactful Haydn’s Benedictus from “Little Organ Mass” and Music for a while by Henry Purcell.  Then Inigo Mikeleiz-Berrade played a beautiful and authentically Spanish, Albeniz’s Cordoba followed by Franck Angelis’s Study on Chuiquilin de Bachin. More chamber music followed next with Iosif Purits supporting Cecilia Bignall on cello for J.S Bach’s Sonata for viola de gamba and harpsichord and Manuel de Falla’s Suite Populaire Espagnole. As if almost to underline the topic of dynamic-shaping and articulation covered in the earlier workshop, this performance was an object lesson in how the accordion’s left-hand can ably support a cello to the point of almost believing there was another cello playing with this duo, so well crafted was Purits’s control of the lines played on his free bass. A very mauture performance of Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonata in A major and Zolotaryov’s Sonata No.3 followed and was so appreciated by the cheering audience that brought Bartosz Glowacki back on for a curtain call.  Finally, a blistering performance of Rodion Schedrin’s short piece Toccata by Iosif Purits.

After a pause for lunch, Roland Williams gave a brief talk on a recent book he and Owen Murray translated and compiled about the life of Toralf Tollefsen (available form this site) and some wonderful archive recording of Tollefsen was heard music to the audience’s delight.

 

 

Karen Street

Karen Street

Karen Street -First participants play

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the initial shyness wore off the accordions were donned by the workshop participants for the very enjoyable and informative workshop given by Karen Street on her rather unique way of playing jazz using almost exclusive free bass. Attendees found the similarity between the way Ms Street plays and the jazz voicings pianists use in their left-hand, particularly stimulating.  Then Simone Zanchini and Karen Street combined to get everyone improvising.  The RAM students who had played earlier also joined in and gave jazz a try too which was very pleasing to see.  Karen Street then gave us a wonderful performance of her solo playing so the audience could fully experience what her sound is really like which was much appreciated by the audience and Mr Zanchini alike.

 

 

Karen Street - More and more

Karen Street - More and more and... Simone Zanchini

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, Simone Zanchini gave a talk on his approach to improvising, what his influences were and some of the jazz accordion greats he had the fortune to play and record with.  He also gave us an insight into his idea of sound and the acoustic experiments and innovation he has incorporated into his accordion.  He talked of the importance of confidence in delivery and sound projection when improvising and the inevitable practise that goes into learning the “coding” of the different styles and genres of music he calls upon during his improvisations some of which he owes to his classical training at Pesaro conservatoire under Sergio Scappini.  He rounded off with a jaw-dropping 30-minute improvisation incorporating many of the jazz styles he had spoken about during his talk.

 

Karen Street and Simone Zanchini

Simone Zanchini

Simone Zanchini

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happily, all the feedback about the event was very positive indeed and it was felt that generally there is a need for this type of workshop and that they should happen more often.

Simone Zanchini

Simone Zanchini

Professor Owen Murray and student Iosif Purits play Piazzolla and Gordon Jacob Accordion Concertos – 5th June 2015

Owen Murray

Professor Owen Murray and one of his students at the Royal Academy of Music, Iosif Purits, along with Guitarist Chris Waddington present an evening of classical music for Accordion, Guitar and String Orchestra in the stunning surroundings of Giggleswick School Chapel on Friday June 5th 2015. Performances will include the Gordon Jacob Accordion Concerto which was rediscovered and edited by Owen Murray in 2014. The Concerto for Bandoneon and Guitar (Hommage à Liége) by  Astor Piazzolla and other works by Scarlatti, Mussorgsky and Vivaldi. An accordion concerto performance is still quite a rare event in the UK and not to be missed.

Tickets for this unique concert are free and can be reserved online at www.giggleswick.org.uk/rwt There will be a retiring collection at the end of the concert.

Further information can be obtained by e-mail rwt@giggleswick.org.uk

Giggleswick School

Giggleswick

Settle

North Yorkshire

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01729 893 180

Giggleswick Concert Poster

Royal Academy of Music – Free Lunchtime Accordion & Percussion Concert Friday 8th May 2015

The Academy’s Percussion and Accordion Departments collaborate for an exciting programme of twentieth-century music, including the UK premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s Metal Work.
Friday, 08.05.2015 13:05, Duke’s Hall

Neil Percy conductor

Oliver Butterworth, Daniel Gonzalez Estevez and James Larter solo percussion

Katariina Ahjoniemi, Bartosz Glowacki, Iosif Purits andBen de Souza accordion

Lundquist Duell
Arvo Pärt arr. Vambola Krigul Fratres
Magnus Lindberg Metal Work (UK premiere)
Param Vir The Drums of Courage
Bo Holten The Veils of Pandora

The Academy’s Percussion and Accordion Departments collaborate for an exciting programme of twentieth-century music, including the UK premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s Metal Work.

Free, no tickets required