An Raskin

An Raskin, born in Belgium, plays the bajan, a variant of the push-button accordeon, an instrument which developed within the confines of Russian folk culture into a full scale concert instrument. She studied at the Netherlands Conservatories in Tilburg, Groningen (accordeon), and The Hague (chamber music). She then went to the ‘Gnessin-academy’ of Moscow, where she pursued specialised studies with professor Friedrich Lips, a renowned bajan player. She has concertized both as a soloist and as a chamber ensemble player in most European countries, the United States (New York), and Japan (Osaka). She has performed with ensembles including the Telesto Trio, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, and the ASKO Ensemble. In December 2002 An Raskin gave the world premiere of ‘Rogues’ Gallery’, a concerto for Bajan and Orchestra by the Canadian composer Andrew Stewart. In 2003 she was invited by the Russian compser Sofia Gubaidulina for a work session devoted to her own compositions.