Adlibitum coming on August 20th
Another wonderful musical evening to be enjoyed by all
AdLibitum / violin/accordion duo
Andrea and Djordje Gajic make up the exciting violin/accordion duo, AdLibitum. Both extremely proficient artists in their own solo careers, together they perform an exciting repertoire and have given concerts in Scotland, England, Servia, and at the Victoria International Arts Festival in Gozo, Malta.
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.
Her freelance work includes performing with husband Djordje Gajic on accordion as duo AdLibitum. She has also led the Fibonacci Sequence chamber ensemble at the Conway Hall in London and worked with the Research Ensemble, which resulted in a number of contemporary music performances including birthday celebrations for Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and James MacMillan. In April 2013 she gave a recital of Beethoven Sonatas in the Max-Joseph-Saal at the Munich Residenz with pianist Michael Leslie.
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.
Last year she performed the Glazunov Violin Concerto in A minor op 82 in February and closed the Victoria International Festival with the Sibelius concerto on July 13th.
She plays on a violin made by Nicolaus Gagliano in 1766.
Djordje Gajic began his musical studies in Serbia at the age of six, finally graduating from the Russian Academy of Music in 1993 gaining a ‘Master of Music’ degree and Honorary Title, ‘Solo Performer’. Following the recommendation from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music for post-graduate study he continued his studies there and was appointed Assistant to professor Yuri Dranga.
Djordje has won many International Competitions, amongst them Tropheo Mondiale CMA in 1988 and the Grand Prix, France in 1987. He has also received many awards of outstanding merit leading to television and radio broadcasts. He has performed with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Yvgeny Svetlanov and the RSNO, as well as giving many solo recitals throughout Europe: Russia, Serbia, Andorra, Holland, France, Germany, Poland, Latvia, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Norway and Britain. Since arriving in Britain he has given solo recitals in London, Leeds, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Blackpool, Birmingham et al. He has also performed at international music festivals in Dartington, Norwich, Salisbury and Birmingham.
Djordje is an accordion professor at the RCS and St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh