Adam Ørvad was born in 1976 and began playing the accordion at the age of eight. He is the son of composer Timme Ørvad and singer and composer Hanne Ørvad.
He studied from 1996 to 2005 at The Royal Danish Music Conservatory with James Crabb and Geir Draugsvoll as teachers. He passed music teacher exam in 2000 and diploma exam in 2002 – both with maximum marks ensuing admission to the soloist class.
In March 2005 he made his debut with one of the most comprehensive programmes ever played on the instrument, consisting of Kalevi Aho’s accordion sonata no. 1, first performances of Mogens Christensen and Hanne Ørvad, transcriptions of music by Franck and Rameau as well as the Scottish composer Gordon McPherson’s “Lame God”.
Adam Ørvad is attached to a wide array of ensembles - incl. musikFabrik | Ensemble für Neue Musik, Köln, where he has been a free member since 2002 and Ensemble Modern, Frankfurt. He har performed as a soloist with a.o. Orchestre Filharmonique de Nice.
Festival de Radio France i Montpellier, Le SALON de la musique à la Vilette - Paris, Internationale Ferienkurse für neue Musik Darmstadt, MusikTriennale Köln, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Ars Musica - Bruxelles, Musica - Strassbourg, Holland Festival, Festival d'Avignon, Easter Festival of Contemporary Chamber Music - Sofia, International Festival of Chamber Music - Plovdiv, Festival de de la Música Contemporánea de la Habana - Cuba, Festival Jazz Sous Les Pommiers - Coutances, Suså Festival, Wind & Bellows - Frederikshavn, NattJazz - Bergen, Vendsyssel Festival, Aalborg Opera Fesival, Ebelfestival, Horsens festival of Children's Theatre, Lyngby festival of Children's Theatre
During 1992-99 Adam Ørvad won the first prize four times at The Danish National Competition for Accordionists. In 1999 he was a finalist in the international „Coupe Mondiale” for accordion soloists, and in 2000 in „Arrasate Hiria” in Spain.
He has performed in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Austria, Luxemburg, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, Argentina and Cuba as well as on radio and TV - a.o. DR, WDR, NDR .
The great commitment to expanding the repertoire of the accordion results partly in numerous innovative arrangements and transcriptions of music for the instrument, and partly in inspiring new composers to write for the accordion.
Adam Ørvad has premiered music by:
Louis Aguirre, Oscar Bianchi, Mogens Christensen, Richard Dubugnon, Stefano Gervasoni, 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.
Since childhood Adam Ørvad has played folk music from the Balkans, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria. He is well versed in the various styles of this area; particularly the east-Serbian "Vlasko" he has acquired as his own. Adam Ørvad has previously been educated by Lelo Nika and Andrei Mihalache, and is incidentally fluent in Serbian and Bulgarian language.
Adam Ørvad also performs music from the Middle East, klezmer music, celtic music and many other styles..