The musical commitment of Adam Ørvad (b. 1976) extends over a wide variety of music forms and genres. The repertoire contains a selection of the cornerstones of the accordion literature, many new works emerged in collaboration with contemporary composers - as well as countless innovative arrangements and transcriptions for accordion and for many different chamber herds. In addition comes music theater and opera - and then Adam Ørvad is also a capacity in the field of Balkan folk music.
Adam Ørvad was educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhaged with James Crabb and Geir Draugsvoll, where in 2005 had his debut from the soloist class to wide critical acclaim, with one of the most comprehensive programs ever played on the instrument.
He is an active soloist and chamber musician, and has performed internationally in countless contexts and with a large number of Danish and international ensembles - including Ensemble Modern, Frankfurt and musicFabrik, Cologne.
Adam Ørvad has performed at music festivals such as: Festival de Radio France in Montpellier, Le SALON de la Musique à la Vilette - Paris, international holiday for new music Darmstadt, MusicTriennale Cologne, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Ars Musica - Brussels, Musica - Strassbourg, Holland Festival, Festival d'Avignon, Easter Festival of Contemporary Chamber Music - Sofia, International Festival of Chamber Music - Plovdiv, Festival de la Musica Contemporánea de la Habana - Cuba, ppIANISSIMO Festival - Sofia, Festival Jazz Sous Les Pommiers - Coutances, Suså Festival, Wind & Bellows - Frederikshavn, NattJazz - Bergen, Gergina Festival - Serbia, Vendsyssel Festival, Aalborg Opera Fesival - and many others.
He has premiered works by:
Svend Aaquist, Louis Aguirre, Georgi Arnaudov, Oscar Bianchi, Mogens Christensen, Stefan Dragostinov, Richard Dubugnon, John Frandsen, Stefano Gervasoni, Noris Getov, Edina Hadziselimovic, Johannes Kalitzke, Erik Moland, Finn Mortensen, Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm, Ivan Olsen, Enno Poppe, Stefan Pöntinen, Tomi Räisänen, Andys Skordis, Helle Solberg, Hanne Ørvad, Timme Ørvad and others.
Adam Ørvad has made a number of CD recordings - including the critically acclaimed double-solo album "WING SPAN" containing first recordings of contemporary Danish accordion works, as well as baroque and romantic music.
Besides his work as a musician, Adam Ørvad also teaches at several institutions, among which: Rythmic Music Conservatory Copenhagen, Malmö Academy of Music, Goldschmidt Music Academy, Copenhagen and Zealand MGK.
Since his childhood, Adam Ørvad has played folk music from the Balkans, and masters several music styles like a native. Since 2014 he has led his own Orfeus Balkan Ensemble for Bulgarian folk music and given out books and CDs with Bulgarian and Serbian music.