Accordion Open Day and Concert at the Royal Academy of Music – 8th November 2018

RAM Accordion Dept

Two RAM Accordion events for your diary

Thursday November 8th sees a concert of chamber music by the accordion students of the Royal Academy of Music followed by an accordion open day given by Owen Murray the professor of accordion. Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London NW1 5 HT. Please see below for details.

Accordion Chamber Music

Performance
Thu 8 Nov 2018, 1.05pm

A concert of chamber music with classical accordion.

Free, no tickets required.

Accordion Open Day

Performance
Thu 8 Nov 2018, 2.30pm

Tickets: Free, no tickets required.

For further information please email accordion@ram.ac.uk

Head of Accordion Owen Murray gives a talk on the Accordion Department, career possibilities and repertoire development to prospective students. Young accordionists will also have the opportunity to play and receive advice on how to further their development. Anyone wishing to play should email the above address. Teachers are also welcome, and everyone attending is invited to the Accordion Recital in the David Josefowitz Recital Hall at 1.05pm, see above.

 

Accordionist Iosif Purits at the Purcell Room – 3rd July 2018

Iosif Purits

Former Royal Academy Post-Graduate Student Iosif Purits plays accordion at the Purcell Room

Tuesday 3rd July 2018, 7:45pm, Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

 

We are delighted to bring to your attention the third SCHOLARS’ SHOWCASE CONCERT presented by London-based

music scholarships organisation, the DRAKE CALLEJA TRUST (Patron: Joseph Calleja).

 As per the trust’s two previous London concerts, the forthcoming concert promises to deliver the high quality of performance that the Drake Calleja Trust is associated with.

Seven outstanding musicians – all scholars of the DCT – will be performing solo and chamber music repertoire

at a concert that aims to promote and celebrate these wonderful musicians’ artistic merits.

 

Iosif Purits accordion

Harriet Eyley soprano

Laia Braun violin

Margarita Balanas violoncello

Artur Haftman, Vitaly Pisarenko, Alexandra Vaduva piano

 

 To view the programme and to book, please visit the concert listing:

 

https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/120091-drake-calleja-trust-scholars-concert-2018

 

Further information can be found on the Drake Calleja Trust’s website:

 

https://www.drakecallejatrust.org/events

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Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution – RAM Accordion Students

RAM Accordion Dept

Royal Academy accordion students perform with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy

The Royal Academy accordion students will also be performing with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy at St David’s Hall, Cardiff on Friday 18th May and again at the Royal Festival Hall, London on Sunday 20th May both at 7.30 pm.

In an all-Prokofiev programme, Conductor Laureate Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts the Crouch End Festival Chorus and Philharmonia Voices.

The show-stopping finale combines rousing melodies with a huge ensemble of chorus, orchestra, brass band, accordions, machine gun sounds, and the voice of Lenin: the dazzling Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution.

“You are a revolutionary in music, we are revolutionaries in life. We ought to work together. But if you want to go to America I shall not stand in your way.” So said a ‘People’s Commissar’ to Sergei Prokofiev, when the composer left to escape the chaos of the new Soviet Union in 1918. It would be 18 years before Prokofiev would return home permanently.

Two dramatic cantatas by Prokofiev were composed just before and after his self-imposed exile. Seven, They Are Seven (1917) takes its text from the Russian translation of an ancient Mesopotamian script. The massive Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the Revolution, featuring an accordion orchestra, military band, megaphone and maxim gun, brings the series to an earth-shattering close.

The concert also features Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 – violinist Pekka Kuusisto.

Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor

Soloists include:

Pekka Kuusisto, Philharmonia Voices, Crouch End Festival Chorus, students of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

PROKOFIEV Autumnal

PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 1

PROKOFIEV Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution with the accordion students of the Royal Academy of Music

Here is the link to the Philharmonia page which gives all the details:

http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/conductor/1/ashkenazy_vladimir

https://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/1760?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=e-flyerVoR20180520choral&utm_content=VoR_20180520_version_A

 

 

 

 

Ben de Souza Concert Dates Spring/Summer 2018

Ben de Souza

Ben de Souza Accordion Recital/Concert Dates

It’s a busy few months ahead for RAM student Ben de Souza, now in his fourth undergraduate year! What a wonderfully varied set of concerts he has coming up.

Friday 4th May, 7:30pm, Royal Academy of Music, NW1 5HT – The Spirit of Tango with Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi. Tickets TBC.

Friday 18th (St David’s Hall, Cardiff) and Sunday 20th May (Royal Festival Hall, London). Both 7:30pm. Performances of Prokofiev’s Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy.

http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/cardiff_voices_of_revolution

http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/…/voices_of_revolution_exile_

Saturday 26th May, 7:30pm, St John’s Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London, NW3 1NU – Solo accordion recital. Free entry (retiring collection).

Sunday 3rd June, 4pm, Old Blue Coat School, Thatcham RG18 4JT. Solo accordion recital. Tickets £10 (£5 children) available on 01635 869 869 or simon@witcombs.co.uk https://oldbluecoatschool.org.uk/category/events/

Friday 8th June, 3:25pm, Royal Academy of Music, NW1 5HT – BMus Final Recital. Free entry.

Saturday 16th June, 7:30pm, Bell Street Methodist Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 8AL – Accordion and violin duo recital with Chloë Meade. Free entry (retiring collection)

Saturday 30th June, 7:30pm, St James’ Sussex Gardens, Paddington, W2 3UD. Voices of London Festival – Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose by Alexander L’Estrange.

Ben De Souza – Accordion Concerts for 2018

Ben de Souza standing next to red pillars

Ben de Souza announces concerts for 2018

Thursday 15th February, 7:30pm, Royal Academy of Music. Accordion Chamber Music: The Emperor’s Nightingale. An evening of chamber music by DvořákMozart and Efrem Podgaits, as well as Václav Trojan‘s beautifully descriptive and poetic The Emperor’s Nightingale for violin, guitar and classical accordion.

Tickets £7.50 (concessions £5.50) from the Academy Box Office. http://www.ram.ac.uk/whats-on/event/accordion-chamber-music-the-emperors-nightingale

 

Sunday 18th March, 2:30pm, St James the Greater Church, Leicester – All Squeezed In! A concert for BabyGigs, an organisation that exposes babies, young children and their parents to a wide range of music and instruments. Tickets available online. https://www.babygigs.co.uk/concerts

 

Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy. Royal Academy of Music accordion department plays the accordion parts in Prokofiev’s Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution. Tickets available from the Philharmonia Orchestra box office.

Friday 18th May, 7:30pm. St David’s Hall, Cardiff.

http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/1982/cardiff/st_davids_hall/18_may_2018/cardiff_voices_of_revolution

Sunday 20th May, 7:30pm. Royal Festival Hall, London.

http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/1760/london/royal_festival_hall/20_may_2018/voices_of_revolution_exile_and_return

 

Sunday 3rd June, 4pm, Old Blue Coat School, Thatcham RG18 4JT. Solo recital. Tickets £10 (£5 children) available on 01635 869 869 or simon@witcombs.co.ukhttps://oldbluecoatschool.org.uk/category/events/

Keep up with Ben de Souza on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/desouzaaccordion

 

 

 

 

Claudio Jacomucci – Accordion master class at the Royal Academy of Music – 29th January 2018

Claudio Jacomucci

Claudio Jacomucci Master class with Royal Academy of Music accordion students

Monday 29th January from 10.00 am – 1.00 pm

The Royal Academy of Music
Marylebone Road, London NW1 5HT
www.ram.ac.uk
T: 020 7873 7380

This event would be of particular interest to accordion teachers and students because it enables them to observe the RAM students being taught by internationally-respected accordion teachers.    The RAM would welcome any interested audience.  The event is free and doesn’t require tickets.

Claudio Jacomucci is a leading light on the International accordion scene in a very understated way.  He is not one that you will hear blowing his own trumpet about his achievements but gets on with the job of teaching brilliantly and performing at the highest level whilst devoting his time to recordings that have become a benchmark for other accordionists to measure up to and publications that are of great benefit to the accordion world. Working with accordion students he has a very hands on approach and demonstrates ideas with his accordion on.  He is fascinating to watch.

He graduated with honors as a classical accordionist from Grenoble Conservatory (France) in 1992. He has studied accordion with Jean Luc Manca, Mogens Ellegaard and Vladimir Zubitsky. He also graduated as an Alexander Technique teacher from the Alexander Technique Centre in Amsterdam in 2000 and has written a book called Mastering Accordion Technique applies his knowledge to accordion playing.

He studied Indian Music (karnatic) at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Winner of international contests such as Grand Prix International d’Accordéon in St. Etienne (1988), Trofeo Mundial de acordeón (C.M.A.) in Cuenca (1990), Premio Città di Castelfidardo (1990) and Arrasate Hiria (1994).

He has premiered a number of new works collaborating with composers such as Luciano Berio, Franco Donatoni, György Kurtag, Luis De Pablo, Boris Porena, Nicola Sani, Mario Pagliarani, Lucio Garau, Gabriele Manca, Dimitri Nicolau, Miguel Ruiz Gil, Fernando Mencherini, Giorgio Tedde, Carlo Crivelli, Akemi Naito, Francoise Barriere, Maxim Seloujanov, Oliver Schneller, Paolo Marzocchi, Riccardo Vaglini, Daniel Glaus, Rico Gubler (who often dedicated their work to him) and as a composer himself.

He has performed in Europe, USA, China, Mexico, Russia in many festivals and institution such as Cornell University (USA), Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Messiaen in Paris, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Gaudeamus Foundation in Amsterdam, Synthese Festival in Bourges (France), Nuova Consonanza in Rome, GoG/Teatro Carlo Feilce in Genova, Sala Chavez – Unam in Mexico City, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Beethoven Haus in Bonn (Germany) to name a few.

He runs an intense pedagogic project developing and promoting an original approach in teaching based on the principles of the Alexander Technique, He is the founder and teacher of the Italian Accordion Academy in Urbino/Amsterdam and he holds masterclasses all over the world: Paris Conservatory of Music, Royal Academy of Music of London, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Danish Royal Academy of Music of Copenhagen, Chopin University Warsaw, Conservatory of Barcelona, Yoliztli Academy in Mexico, Tianjin’s Conservatory (China), “S.Cecilia” Conservatory in Rome, Conservatory of Enschede, Tilburg and Arnhem (Netherlands). He has taught accordion at the “Luisa D’Annunzio” Conservatory in Pescara (Italy) from 2011 to 2014.

He has also played with Francesco Dillon, Joel Rubin, Stefano Scodanibbio, Prometeo String Quartet, Michel Godard, David Moss, Terry Riley, Kálmán Balogh, Pierre Favre, AlterEgo and as a soloist with the Orchestra of “La Scala” Milan, Haydn Orchestra Bolzano, Filarmonica Marchigiana, Sinfonietta del Teatro Lirico Cagliari (Italy), Ostrobothnian Chamber Trio (Finland), Romanian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Since 2002 he has worked with Kathleen Delaney (choreographer and dancer) exploring the frontiers of dance and music creation in its diverse aspects: live interactions, electroacoustic music and video-dance.

His CDs are published by Schott Wergo, W & B Music, Bridge Records, Stradivarius, Rivoalto, StileLibero, Musica & Poesia, Ema Records, Adatto, Blowout Records. His performances were broadcasted by Radio3 RAI, ORF, DeutschlandRadio, RNE2, Vatican Radio, SFB, RSI, Radio Unam-Mexico, RadioFrance.

He is regularly invited as a jury member by international accordion competition in Castelfidardo, Klingenthal, Arrasate, Moscow, Pula and Valtidone. His book Technique I for button accordion about the modern accordion technique is published by Bèrben.

He has edited the publication Modern Accordion Perspectives (2013) and Critical Selection of Accordion Works, 1990-2010 (2014), coordinating an international expert panel of the leading classical accordion performers and teachers.

Claudio Jacomucci

Autumn Open Day and Master class for the Accordion Department at the Royal Academy of Music

Royal Academy of Music

Royal Academy of Music Events, October 2017

 

05 October, Accordion dept. Open-Day.

Lunchtime concert at 13.05 followed by a talk by Owen Murray on the work on the accordion department.

At 15.30 to 17.00, there will be an opportunity for young accordionists to play and receive advice on further development.  Anyone wishing to play should contact the accordion dept. administrator, Karin Ingram (k.ingram@ram.ac.uk) giving details of age, some examples of pieces in your repertoire, and the title of a composition to play in the session.

Ben de Souza

Inigo Mikeleiz-Berrade

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 October, RAM students Master class taken by Peter Katina, 10.00 to 13.00

Peter Katina

 

Ben de Souza – Autumn Concerts 2017

Ben de Souza

Ben de Souza – Autumn Concerts 2017

Great to see Royal Academy Student, Ben de Souza is managing to fit in some concerts around his studies. Catch him at a venue near you this autumn.

 

Wednesday 4th October 2017 – Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester – Time TBC

Accordionist Ben de Souza features as Royal Academy of Music students present a concert of Russian Chamber Music at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester. Time and ticket details TBC.

Programme:

Shostakovich – Four Waltzes for flute, clarinet and piano

Derbenko – Choral Prelude (solo accordion)

Zolotaryov – Chamber Suite (solo accordion)

Rimsky-Korsakov – Piano Quintet in B flat for piano, flute, clarinet and horn

 

Thursday 5th October 2017 – Royal Academy of Music, London – 1:05pm – Free entry

Royal Academy of Music accordionists present their first event of the year. Concert followed by the accordion department open day.

Programme:

Mozart – Church sonatas K328, K67 and K336 for accordion, two violins and cello

Takahashi – Like Swans Leaving The Lake – accordion and viola

Podgaits – Rondez-vous with Haydn – accordion and clarinet

 

Sunday 26th November 2017 – South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell – 4:30pm – Tickets £10

2017 26 Nov WFS Chamber concert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join the West Forest Chamber Ensemble and Royal Academy of Music accordion student Ben de Souza as they demonstrate the versatility of the classical accordion and its transcription repertoire. Featuring Mozart’s Rondo and Adagio for glassharmonica (KV 617), Dvorak’s Six Bagatelles for 2 violins, cello and harmonium (Op. 47) and a selection of Mozart’s Church Sonatas (K328, K67, K336) for 2 violins, cello and organ, this concert will showcase the sound of the accordion and its similarities and differences with the instruments for which these pieces were written.

Tickets are priced at £10 and available from South Hill Park Arts Centre – http://www.southhillpark.org.uk/

 

Friday 12th January 2018 – Brunel University – 1:10pm – Free entry

As part of Brunel University’s Friday lunchtime recital series, Royal Academy of Music accordionist Ben de Souza presents a programme of solo repertoire by composers including Zolotaryov and Scarlatti.

 

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

Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi – Bandoneon Virtuoso – The Art of Tango- Concert 19.30, Thursday 2nd February 2017

Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi

Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi – The Art of Tango

Royal Academy of Music. 19.30, Thursday 2nd February 2017.

Brilliant bandoneon virtuoso Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi will be in concert with Academy accordion students and string quintet from the Royal Academy of Music, ‘The Art of Tango’ 7.30 pm in the DJ Recital Hall. admission £7.50 (concessions £5.50)

Tickets from Academy box office, tel. 020 7873 7300 or online at www.ram.ac.uk or at the box office on day of concert.

See a clip of Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi playing Piazzolla

BOOK TICKETS

Masterclass

1st February, 10.00 – 1.00 pm in the DJ Recital Hall.

As well as having a very active concert career on bandoneon and accordion Maestro Pietrodarchi is also Professor of accordion at Torrefranca Conservatoire in Vibo Valentia, Italy. He will also give a masterclass the day before his concert which is open to the public on the 1st February, 10.00 – 1.00 pm in the DJ Recital Hall. Free admission. No tickets required