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Geir Draugsvoll

Geir Draugsvoll is considered to be one of the most important musicians on his instrument, the classical accordion. 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 concertos like “Fachwerk” by Sofia Gubaidulina, “Ad Astrum” by Anatolijus Senderovas, “Tropic of Cancer” by Magnar Åm and several others. As soloist 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), Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory (Russia), Gasteig (München), Philharmonie Luxembourg, Lockenhaus Festival (Austria), Edinburgh Festival, (Scotland), Rheingau Festival (Germany), Mittelfest (Italy), Konzerthaus (Berlin), Musikhalle (Hamburg), CCB (Lisbon) NGA (Washington), and many others. As soloist with orchestra, he has performed with London Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Münchener Philharmoniker, Russian National Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Kremerata Baltica, Moscow Soloists, Trondheim Soloists, and collaborates frequently with conductors like Valery Gergiev, Vasily Petrenko, David Geringas, Yuri Bashmet and many others. Geir Draugsvoll is Norwegian, but now lives in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he is Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.