Djordje Gajic began his music studies in Serbia at the age of six, subsequently 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. Djordje is the recipient of numerous prestigious prizes in international accordion competitions, to include Stresa (Italy), Soko Bana (Serbia), St Etienne (France), and the CMA World Championship, Fontainebleu, France, apart from other awards in Germany and Russia. He has performed extensively with renowned orchestras such as the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra during the BBC Proms, and more. Performances have taken him all over Europe, North Africa, and Bahrain. He is also much sought after to sit on adjudicating panels at international competitions across Europe and Russia. He regularly gives master classes and is the co-founder of the International Summer School, Kragujevac, Serbia. He has also set up the syllabus for the prestigious Trinity College of Music, London. He performs regularly in duo formation, AdLibitum, with his wife, the formidable violinist Andrea Gajic. In addition to a busy performing schedule, Djordje teaches at the Douglas Academy of Music, St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh University, and at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Andrea Gajic made an early mark in the world of music, when, at the age of 12, she performed Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy at St James’s Palace, London, for the celebration of the legendary Yehudi Menuhin’s 60th birthday. Two years later, she won first prize in the Violin Competition organized by the American String Teachers Association. Andrea graduated from the prestigious Gnessin Academy of Music, Moscow, furthering postgraduate study at the Royal College of Music, London. Performances have taken her all over the U.K., the U.S.A., Russia, Lithuania, Finland, Germany, and France, apart from giving master classes in Serbia. As an avid chamber-music player, Andrea has led various ensembles, most notably the Fibonacci Sequence and the Research Ensemble, which resulted in a number of contemporary music performances including birthday celebrations for Sir Peter Maxwell and James MacMillan. She has recorded for BBC, STV, Bavarian Radio, Baltimore Radio, and more. Her vast repertoire includes the Brahms, Bruch, Prokofiev, and Sibelius Violin concertos. She has taught at the prestigious Menuhin School and the Music School of the Douglas Academy, Glasgow. CD releases include a recording of Beethoven’s Theme and Variations op. 107 performed with Michael Leslie Thomas. Music critic for The Scotsman has described her performances as “natural to the last wisp of sound”, while The Herald music critic praised one of her performances as “ravishingly conveyed”. Andrea plays a 1766 Nicolo Gagliano violin.
Bernice Sammut Attard is a Maltese pianist in her final year of her Bachelor of Music degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is a student of Professors Fali Pavri and Petras Geniušas. Most recently, she was awarded the Conservatoire’s Sibelius Essay Prize for her work on Scriabin’s Modernist Ideas. She is the winner of the Malta Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 Competition and represented Malta in Edinburgh. At the age of 16, Bernice left Malta to study at the prestigious music school in Manchester – Chetham’s School of Music. She has performed in many countries including the UK, Poland, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Seattle.