Qianyiu Zhang – Accordion Final Recital Exam – Royal Academy of Music Wednesday 12th June 2019. 17.15

Qianyiu Zhang

Accordion Final Recital Exam

Qianyiu Zhang (aka Samantha) will be performing in her final recital for her post-graduate diploma at the Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road London, on Wednesday 12th June at 17.15 in the David Josefowicz Hall.

It really helps the students if they have an audience to play to so please show support for our young accordionists who play so well and are the future of our much-loved instrument. Those who attend will not be disappointed.  In her two years at the RAM Samantha has really impressed her audiences.

She will be playing:

Gubaidulina: Et Expecto

Zolotariev: Sonata No.2

Mikhail Brönner: Jacob’s Ladder (accordion and violin)

 

Tickets: Free entry

Accordion Showcase – Royal Academy of Music – Thursday 20 June 2019, 19.30

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Accordion Showcase

Performance Thursday 20 June 2019, 7.30pm
Don’t miss the last accordion concert of the academic year at the Royal Academy of Music. There will be a programme of solo and chamber music for accordion, including works by JS Bach, Astor Piazzolla and Sofia Gubaidulina. These concerts never cease to amaze those who attend them and in turn it shows great support for the accordion department within the Royal Academy of Music. Watching these students grow in their chosen field is always thrilling to see.

Nuevo Tango Quintet with Qianyu Zhang on Accordion Friday May 3rd 2019 David Josefowitz Hall, Royal Academy of Music

Tango Nuevo Quintet

A “new” Tango Ensemble at the Royal Academy of Music

Friday May 3rd 2019 David Josefowitz Hall, Royal Academy of Music, 19.00 – 20-00

FREE – No Tickets Required

The Nuevo Tango Quintet invites you on a journey through the streets of Buenos Aires to explore an exciting programme of Piazzolla’s music including:

Escualo
The Angel Series – Milonga del Ángel; Muerte del Ángel; Resurrección del Ángel
The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires – Primavera Porteña; Verano Porteño; Otoño Porteño; Invierno Porteño
Libertango

Violin – Rebecca Bell
Accordion – Qianyu Zhang
Guitar – Plinio Fernandes
Piano – Gus Tredwell
Double Bass – Rhys Lovell

The Nuevo Tango Quintet are incredibly excited to be bringing this music to the Academy and can’t wait to share it with you. This will be a really special evening for them and they would love to see as many of you as possible there! It goes without saying that you are invited to join them for a drink (or ten) afterwards…

https://tickets.ram.ac.uk/sales/categories/other-events/nuevo-tango-quintet

Accordion Showcase at the Royal Academy of Music, March 12th 2019 at 19.30

Royal Academy of Music

Accordion Showcase

It’s been a bust start to the year for the Accordion department at the Royal Academy of Music with two Master classes in the last two months and now an Accordion Showcase. It’s always wonderful to trace the student’s progress as they work their way through the years of study at the RAM under the expert tutelage of Owen Murray, as well as all the visiting professors. They always welcome audiences to their concerts as it gives them good training in concert conditions for the wider music world. Don’t miss this year’s promising you talents at this event where the Academy accordion students present a varied programme of solo and chamber music works.
Performance
Tue 12 Mar 2019, 7.30pm

Emmy Dumitru successfully accepted at the Royal Academy of Music

Emmy Dumitru

London-based accordionist Emmy Dumitru secures place at RAM

Many congratulations to Emmy Dumitru for successfully auditioning for the Royal Academy of Music’s accordion department.  He has been studying with Romano Viazzani for a year and half and will start his studies at the RAM next September under the expert tutelage of Owen Murray.  Emmy has been busy studying free-bass accordion which until a year or so ago he did not play.  Hard work has paid off and Emmy managed to learn the classical accordion alongside preparing his classical pieces for standard bass accordion which he played extremely well managing to master over 11 extremely challenging pieces for that instrument in under a year in preparation for his audition. ZZ Music wishes him well on his new adventure at the RAM secure in the knowledge that his work rate and talent will not let him down.

Accordionist Žika Nikolić – It all began with a small, red Russian accordion – New on-line Interview

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Živorad Nikolić gives a rare interview

It is rare indeed to see Živorad “Žika” Nikolić giving an on line interview even though he’s a hard working accordionist of the highest level living in London and enriching the London music scene with his eclectic mix of musical specialisations, after having settled from his native Serbia and having studied accordion at the Royal Academy of Music. He teaches and also performs solo as a classical accordionist as well as in quite a few ensembles including Paprika alongside his friend and fellow accordionist Milos Milivojević (specialising in Balkan traditional music), the Fugata Quintet (who specialise in Piazzolla and Tango) and She’koyokh who play eastern European and Klezmer music. For accordion anoraks who enjoy such details Žika plays an instrument which has a B griff button system in the right-hand but a C griff button system in the left-hand free-bass.  The story goes that when his parents were looking for a free bass accordion to buy from him, that was the accordion they found so he learned to play the two different systems with out giving it a second thought.

The interview has some wonderful video musical excerpts where you can hear him at his very best playing and even singing with various ensembles. Enjoy.

http://www.ebritic.com/?p=743704&fbclid=IwAR2XFOpv3nzexY1dsTZietwSqfx2YJleKOGrfA7Gg9iZ3Uc0fU2T4qJ04fc

 

Royal Academy of Music – Accordion Masterclass with Friedrich Lips 21st Feb 2019

Friedrich Lips

Royal Academy of Music – Accordion Masterclass with visiting Professor, Friedrich Lips

Thursday 21st Feb 2019, 10.00 – 13.00
Space: Angela Burgess Recital Hall, Venue: Royal Academy of Music, NW1 5HT

It’s always wonderful to see visiting professors from the world’s most renowned conservatoires come to London and work with the accordion students of the Royal Academy of Music. The students really get to show how quickly they are able to pick up on the teacher’s ideas and it’s always inspiring for any attending teachers and students alike to see how much can be achieved within one master class with the RAM students. Friedrich Lips, internationally renowned teacher, professor and Head of Accordion at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow has made many, many recordings and has been a key figure both on the concert platform and in the encouragement of new repertoire for the accordion. Accordion teachers, students and accordion devotees all welcome.

Free, no tickets required.

Accordion Master Class at the Royal Academy of Music with Alfred Melichar -24th January 2019

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Accordion Master Class at the RAM with Alfred Melichar – professor from Anton Bruckner University in Linz, Austria

Thursday 24 January 2019 from 10.00 to 13.00

The master class will be at the RAM in the Concert Room and will be taken by visiting professor Alfred Melichar who is professor of accordion at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz. He will be working with the students of the accordion department on their pieces. He will also talk about the development of the accordion in Austria. All are welcome to come and watch and may be of special interest to both teachers and accordion students. Admission is free.

https://tickets.ram.ac.uk/sales/categories/masterclasses/accordion-masterclass-with-alf

A first solo accordion CD from Miloš Milivojević! Accord for life

Miloš Milivojević - Accord for life - CD

A long-awaited first solo album by Miloš Milivojević is released by Nimbus

ZZ Music is so pleased to present Accord for life this outstanding new album by one of the world’s top accordionists. Miloš Milivojević was part of Owen Murray’s golden generation of accordion students at the Royal Academy of Music in the early 21st century when he studied there after arriving from that other hotbed of accordion talent, Serbia, and has since been very active both in his adopted home city of London and all over the world. The album is well worth the wait. It’s beautifully recorded and played on Milivojević’s super Pigini Nova classical accordion which he has recently acquired.  It is programmed much like a live concert taking us on a journey from the accordion’s popular transcription works of major Baroque composers like Bach and Scarlatti, rarer transcription works from the Romantic period with composers like Mendelssohn and Sarasate and then on to contemporary works by Vlasov, Angelis and Semenov. The Sarasate is saved though for the finale with the blistering Tarantella rounding off what is a really enjoyable and excellent album and shows what a mature musician Milivojević is, with extraordinary technical ability, sensitivity and good taste.

We wish him well with this wonderful classical accordion album and he deserves success as it is rare that one finds one so talented, seriously dedicated and musical in his playing and yet so humble, fun and easy-going in person.

1.  Domenico Scarlatti Sonata in D Minor, K. 1
2.  Domenico Scarlatti Sonata in F Major, K. 44
3.  Domenico Scarlatti Sonata F Sharp Minor, K. 25
4.  Felix Mendelssohn Organ Sonata in D Minor, Op. 65, No. 6: I. Chorale and Variations
5.  Johann Sebastian Bach Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
6.  Viktor Vlasov Five Views on Gulag State: I. A zone
7.  Viktor Vlasov Five Views on Gulag State: II. A stage – Marcia Funebre
8.  Viktor Vlasov Five Views on Gulag State: III. Thieves
9.  Viktor Vlasov Five Views on Gulag State: IV. Wood Cutting Area
10. Viktor Vlasov Five Views on Gulag State: V. Criminal authority and creep
11. Franck Angelis Interieur
12. Viacheslav Semenov Don Rhapsodie, No. 2: II. second movement
13. Pablo de Sarasate Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43
Milos Milivojevic and his Pigini Nova

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.