JUNE 15—24 2018 Druskininkai resort

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Composing new repertoire for modern accordion, both solo and in a chamber music context. The course is designed for composers and performers and it is based on the collaborative process platform. The 10-day annual event gathers composers & musicians for a wide range of activity including workshops, lectures and individual tuition sessions led by acclaimed music professionals. The Composers+Summer Academy 2018 will be held in Lithuania, 15th-24th of June, 2018, and new applicants are now welcomed.


Composers up to 36 years old.
Accordionists up to 36 years old.


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Deadline for composers: 25th of March, 2018
Deadline for accordionists: 30th of April, 2018

Composers will be asked to provide:

  • Biography;

  • Personal statement describing your aspirations to take part in the Composers+Summer Academy;

  • Description of your compositional ideas for the Composers+Summer Academy;

  • PDF of your recent composition representing your capabilities, techniques and style. (Chamber music piece is recommended for the selection round. Audio recording is an advantage).

Accordionists will be asked to provide:

  • Biography;

  • Personal statement describing your aspirations to take part in the Composers+Summer Academy;

  • Video recording of performance ( or other accessible online platform).

COURSE FEE: € 500.00*

the fee includes:

  • Accommodation, food and local transport during the course on 15th-24th June;

  • One-to-one tuition by the course tutors;

  • Presentation/discussion of participants' music with course tutors and musicians;

  • Seminars and workshops on accordion writing, repertoire, improvisation and chamber musicianship;

  • Free admission to concerts throughout the course period;

  • Performance of participants' work in a final concert;

  • The fee will only need to be paid after passing the selection round.


Candidates will be selected by the organizers of the course. All applicants will be informed whether their application was successful via email by the 31st of March, 2018.


Composers will be asked to produce at least 2 pieces of music.

  • Accordion solo (up to 6 min);

  • Individually allocated instrumentation of chamber ensemble (consisting of accordion and string instruments (5-10 mins)).


During the course all selected candidates will have the opportunity to work in the vand relaxing creative environment of Druskininkai resort, the place surrounded by odorous pine forest (, collaborate directly with performers and other composers, and learn from the course tutors:




DANIEL NELSON (Sweden) is a leading Swedish composer. His music has been described as pulse-oriented with a neo-romantic vein. Critics have also remarked on the „magnificently mobile orchestration“ and „exuberant energy“. Nelson has composed primarily for orchestra. He has worked with orchestras such as the Swedish Radio SO, Orchestre national d‘Île-de-France, Trondheim SO, Royal Swedish Philharmonic Orchestra and several others from all around the world. His Metallëphônic (2002) for tuba and orchestra has been performed more than forty times in Europe, Australia, Asia and North America. Mr. Nelson‘s music has frequently been recorded for radio broadcasts and CD‘s. In addition, his orchestral fanfare Force of Rainbow (2006) has been televised several times, most recently by the Royal Swedish PO at their annual concert in front of an audience of 35.000 people. Nelson‘s music is often performed at concerts and festivals all around the globe. In 2011 his first opera Pride and Prejudice was premiered at the Vadstena-Academy summer opera festival to great critical acclaim as well as an enthusiastic audience response. Mr. Nelson has written a considerable amount of music for dance, amongst other may be mentioned #JAG which was performed 27 times at the Royal Swedish Opera during the 2016 season, as well as the two-act ballet The Little Prince which was premiered by the Nordic Chamber Orchestra and Norrdans in 2015.

In 2015 Daniel Nelson received the Carin Malmlöf-Forssling Prize in composition from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

MIKOŁAJ MAJKUSIAK (Poland) (born 1983) is acknowledged accordionist, composer arranger and producer. He is a winner of more than 20 competitions, some of which for accordion (Klingenthal – Germany 2000, Castelfidardo – Italy 1996, Sanok – Poland 1996) and composition (Warsaw – Poland 2001, Legnica – Poland 2001). Majkusiak had appeared as a soloist with many great orchestras all around the world. His symphonic composition Concerto Classico has been numerously performed by Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra of Croatian Radio and TV, Orquestra Clásica da Madeira, Philharmonisches Orchester des Staatstheaters Cottbus and others. Majkusiak‘s Road to the Unknown and Sailors‘ Symphony appeared in ll Festival of World Premiere in Katowice and Olsztyn Philharmonic, as well as FisConcerto in Warsaw Philharmonic and Concerto in F in Warsaw Guitar Festival. Up to this day Majkusiak has accomplished over three hundred orchestral arrangements, which among others were performed by Chilly Gonzales with BBC Symphony Orchestra, Cornelius Meister with Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jules Buckley with Metropole Orchestra, Nicolas Krauze with Orchestre de Chambre Nouvelle Europe, Marek Moś with AUKSO Chamber Orchestra. Since 2012, Majkusiak co-creates the duo Pulsaciones together with a guitarist Andrzej Heimowski.




RŪTA VITKAUSKAITĖ (UK/Lithuania) (born 1984) is a composer, performer, new music event organiser and teacher. Her musical interests are widely varied – while working in the field of classical composition (PhD at Royal Academy of Music, Masters at Lithuanian Academy of Music), Rūta has also been active initiator of experimental music projects (music visualization, acoustic surround, music personalization). She has also organised an international contemporary music festival Druskomanija (2006-2013) and network of contemporary music workshops The Process. In addition, Rūta performes violin, piano, voice, electronics herself too. Since moving to UK, Rūta has developed deep interest in research on music education (Learning Trainee at BCMG, Fellow at Open Academy at RAM, since 2013 working creatively with people living with dementia) and in research in personal music performance. Rūta has participated in numerous international workshops as well as new music festivals in Lithuania and abroad, including YOUrope Together (Essen, Germany 2008), Gaudeamus Music Week (Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2008), Aldeburgh Festival (England, 2008). In 2015 Rūta Vitkauskaiė’s composition for symphony orchestra and accordion Ashraga was awarded in Music Nail of the Year (category “For the creative drive”). Same year Rūta’s collaboration with Swedish electronic music composer Jens Hedman and opera singer Asa Nordgren received the Golden Stage Cross for spatial opera Confessions.

Compositions produced during the course will be premiered and professionally recorded on the final day of the course.


Accommodation and food will be provided during the course on 15th-24th of June, 2018.


  • The course will be held in English;

  • All applicants must be younger than 36 y.o.;

  • Local transport, accommodation and food is provided;

  • Travel expenses are not covered *.

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* Travel expenses and course fee could be covered by applying for individual grants at Lithuanian council for culture. For more information please visit

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