Performing Organ Works on the Bayan Accordion
The bayan is an instrument that has a similar design and operating principal to the accordion, the most notable difference being in the design of the right-hand keyboard: instead of the piano-like keys of the accordion, the bayan has five rows of buttons. Since the bayan is a relatively new instrument (1870), transcriptions of works for various other instruments play an important role in its repertoire. The repertoire that lends itself particularly well for bayan transcriptions is that of the pipe organ because of their similarities in design and sound production.
Marko Petricic holds DMA and M.M. degrees from Indiana University, where he studied with Dr. Christopher Young. He teaches organ and sacred music at the University of Indianapolis and is music associate/organist at Northminster Presbyterian Church. He has won numerous organ competitions awards, most notably First Prize at the San Marino National Organ Competition. He was twice a jury member for the Fort Wayne National Organ Competition. His recital at the 2008 Organ Historical Society National Convention was highly praised in The Diapason. His organ recording French Accent was released by Pro Organo in 2009. As an accomplished bayan-accordion performer, he has won awards at International competitions in Italy, Germany, Yugoslavia, and the United States. He has performed for the Yugoslav National Radio and Television and with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Naples Philharmonic. He is represented by Crimson Concert Artists.