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Ryan Corbett (accordion)

BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist


Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV.533 Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV.549

Domenico Scarlatti

Sonata in F Sharp, K.318, L.31 Sonata in B minor, K.87, L.33 Sonata in D major, K.214, L.165 Sonata in D minor, K.141, L.422

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Adante in F major, K.616 Victor Vlasov

The Holiday in Moldavanka


Edvard Grieg Holberg Suite, Op.40

Sarabande Gavotte-Musette-Gavotte Air

Vaclav Trojan

The Ruined Cathedral

Felix Mendelssohn

Rondo Capriccioso, Op.14 Vyacheslav Semyonov

Gelder Rose

Vladislav Zolotaryov

Rondo Capriccioso

All arrangements are by Ryan Corbett

Born in Glasgow in 1999, Ryan Corbett is a classical accordionist who has been described as “one of Scotland’s most exciting young musicians” (The Scotsman). When Ryan was eleven his grandmother gave him a small accordion on which he taught himself to play Scottish traditional music, he started learning with Djordje Gajic at the age of fourteen and continues to do so. Ryan graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he is currently enrolled on the master’s course.

He was awarded the Keyboard Prize, first prize and Gold Medal at the Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition, first prize at the Bromsgrove International Musicians’ competition and prizes at international accordion competitions in Italy, Germany, and China.

Ryan is a Tillet Debut scheme artist, Munster Trust Recital Scheme artist and the first accordionist to be part of the prestigious BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist scheme since its launch in 1999. As a member of the BBC scheme, he will be introduced to a wide audience through radio broadcasts, appearances at major venues including Wigmore Hall, and performances with BBC orchestras.

Ryan performed his accordion trio arrangement of Rameau for King Charles III on his official visit to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and subsequently he was invited to perform his arrangement of a Scottish tune at the King’s Honours of Scotland ceremony in St Giles Cathedral. The latter was broadcast live on BBC One and BBC Radio 3.

Ryan has given concerts across Europe and the USA at venues including the Berlin Philharmonie. In the UK he has performed at major festivals including Bath, Norfolk & Norwich, St Magnus, Buxton, Cambridge, Ryedale, Lake District, Edinburgh, Lammermuir, Perth, Paxton, Oxford Lieder, Cumnock Tryst, and the Keyboard Festival at St George’s Bristol. Ryan recorded Bach’s fourth keyboard concerto with the Berliner Symphoniker and has appeared as a soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland.

Ryan plays a Bayan Spectrum classical piano accordion made by Bugari Armando in Castelfidardo, Italy. This was made possible by the generous support of private sponsors, the John Mather Trust, and Dewar Arts Awards. Ryan is grateful to the Cross Trust, Drake Calleja Trust, Countess of Munster Musical Trust, RCS Scholarship Fund and Help Musicians UK for supporting his studies