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Djordje Gajic

Accordion Lecturer

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.

As an international prize winner, Djordje has won 1st prizes at:

1985 – 2ndConcorso Internazionale“Trofeo G. D’Annunzio ,Pescara, Italy;1986 -Concorso Internazionale Di Musica“Per I Giovani”,Stresa, Italy;1986 -11th Concorso Internazionale Di Fisarmonica,Camalo, Italy;1987 -Grand PrixInternational’d’AccordodeSt-Etienne, France;1987 – International Accordion Competition“Prva HarmonikaYugoslavie”,SoloBana, Serbia;1987 -12th Concorso Internazionale Di Fisarmonica,Camalo, Italy;1988 – 38th CMA World Championship“ Confederation Mondiale DeL’accordion, Fontainebleau, France and 2nd prizes at1988 – 25 thInternationaler Akkordeonwettbewerb, Klingeltal, Germany and1994 -International Accordion Competition “Kubok Severa” Cheraparvetz Russia. Following his phenomenal success on the international platform Djordje received a number of prestigious awards which led 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), the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra (BBC Proms, London), the Fibonacci Sequence Ensemble, Locrian Ensemble, Research Ensemble and 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 Australia, Russia, Bahrain and Tunisia.

Since arriving in Britain Djordje has given solo recitals across the United Kingdom and performed at many international music festivals including Darlington, Norwich, Salisbury, Buxton, and Birmingham.

Djordje currently teaches at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Edinburgh University, Douglas Academy and St. Mary’s Music School. He gives masterclasses in the UK, Italy, Germany, China, Serbia and Russia, and is frequently invited to sit on the jury for international competitions. In 1988 he co-founded the International Summer School and Competitions in Kragujevac, Serbia, and in 2013, started Scotland’s first international summer school for classical accordion at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He regularly participates in seminars and workshops for composers and promotes classical accordion in schools, universities and festivals. Djordje performs as a soloist and in the duo AdLibitum with the violinist Andrea Gajic.