Music Arran concert – ADlibitum

Music Arran present

ADlibitum

Saturday 21st March Brodick Hall, 7.30pm

ADLibitum are violin and accordion duo, Andrea and Djordje Gajic.  Both extremely proficient artists in their own solo careers, together they perform an exciting repertoire and have given concerts in Scotland, England, Serbia, and at the Victoria International Arts Festival in Gozo, Malta. In March 2018 ADLibitum performed with double bassist Nikita Naumov in Rostov, and in June 2018 they were performing again at Victoria International Arts Festival in Gozo.

Violinist Andrea Gajic received her early musical training at St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh. When she was twelve, she performed the Bruch Scottish Fantasy at St James’ Palace, London for Yehudi Menuhin’s 60th Birthday celebration. Two years later, she was invited by Sylvia Rosenberg to study at the Peabody Institute, Baltimore USA, where she won first prize at the American String Teachers’ Association Violin Competition.

From 1990, Andrea studied for five years at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow with Khalida Akhtiamova where she gained her Masters Degree and Diploma in Solo Performance, before continuing her post-graduate studies with Felix Andrievsky at The Royal College of Music in London.

She teaches violin at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh and at Douglas Academy of Music. She has also been regularly invited to give string workshops for the European String Teachers’ Association, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and most recently, Sistema Scotland. In 2014, she was Course Leader and tutor on both the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Summer Violin Course and on the Benedetti Concerto for the Commonwealth. For the last few years, she has been on the panel for auditions and competitions for the European Union Youth Orchestra, RCS Concerto Competition, Douglas Academy and MusicFest.

Djordje Gajic began his musical studies in Serbia at the age of six, finally graduating from the Russian Academy of Music in 1993 with a Master of Music degree and the Honorary Title of Solo Performer. He continued his post-graduate studies at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music and was appointed Assistant to Professor Yuri Dranga.

Djordje has won first prize in International Accordion Competitions in Pescara, Stresa, Camalo (Italy), Soko Bana (Serbia), St Étienne (France) and at the CMA World Championship in Fontainebleu (France). He has also been awarded second prize in equally prestigious competitions held in Klingental (Germany) and Cheraparvetz (Russia). He has also received many awards of outstanding merit leading to television and radio broadcasts for the BBC, RTS Serbia, RTR Russia and RAI Italy.

Djordje has performed with several acclaimed orchestras and ensembles including the Russian State Symphony Orchestra (under the baton of Yvgeny Svetlanov), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra (BBC Proms, London), the Fibonacci Sequence Ensemble, Locrian Ensemble, Research Ensemble, Hebrides Ensemble, et al. He is a prolific recitalist throughout Europe (Andorra, Holland, France, Germany, Poland, Latvia, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Italy, Malta, Norway and Britain) and also in USA, Australia, China, Russia, Bahrain and Tunisia.

In August 2018, Djordje was invited to be on the panel for Harbin’s International Music Festival, China. Most recent engagements were touring with Opera North and solo recitals in the USA. Djordje is an accordion professor at the RCS and St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh.

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