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, 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.
Throughout her studies, Andrea has received generous financial assistance, being the youngest recipient of The Scottish International Education Trust and also receiving awards from The Martin Trust and Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarships.
Andrea has performed as a soloist and chamber ensemble player in Britain, United States, Russia, Lithuania, Finland, Germany, Australia, Yugoslavia and France, and she has been invited to give recitals and Masterclasses in Serbia, at the Victoria International Arts Festival, Gozo, at Dartington International Music Festival, and at the Menstrelle International Chamber Music Academy, St Petersburg.
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.
For radio, she has recorded for BBC Radio, Bavarian Radio, Lithuanian Radio, Yugoslavian Radio and Radio Baltimore. On television, she has appeared on BBC, STV, ITV, and on Russian and Yugoslavian stations. CD releases include a recording of Beethoven’s Theme and Variations Op 107, performed with Michael Leslie, Thomas Rugge and Michael Shopper for Bavarian Radio and released by Büchergilde Gutenberg.
Her most recent concerto performances include the Prokoviev Concerto no 2, Sibelius’ Violin Concerto no 2 in D minor and Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy.
In addition to her numerous performing commitments, Andrea is a dedicated teacher. International pop star, Madonna studied with Andrea for several months before pulling out of Wes Craven’s Hollywood film “50 Violins,” also known as “Music for the Heart,” which eventually starred Meryl Streep. Andrea was also the strings advisor on the film.
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. In March 2018 she was in the US, giving masterclasses and concerts in Delaware, Baltimore and New York. Andrea also gave a class at the Victoria International Arts Festival in Malta before heading back to the UK to teach and perform at the Encore International Music Projects international summer course held in Wells.
On the 25th October 2018 she was honoured to receive a professorship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
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.
In August 2018, Djordje was invited to be on the panel for Harbin’s International Music Festival, China and during September/October he was on tour with Opera North.
Djordje is an accordion professor at the RCS and St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh.