Geir Draugsvoll is internationally considered to be one of the most important musicians on his instrument, the bayan.
Foto: Anton Houtappels
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 "Fachwerk" by Sofia Gubaidulina, which is dedicated to Geir Draugsvoll, and today widely acclaimed as one of her most important works for classical accordion.
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), Gasteig (Munich) and as a solosit with orchestras such as London Symphony Orchestra, Münchener Philharmonic, Mariinsky Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Maggio Musicale Firenze, Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra - with conductors like Valery Gergiev, Donald Runnicles, Vasily Petrenko, Andres Mustonen, Joana Carneiro, Marc Soustrot, Yuri Bashmet and many more.
Geir Draugsvoll has performed in national and international TV and radio a numerous of times, and recorded many CDs with well known labels such as Naxos, EMI, BIS, Delos, Simax and many more.