Roadrunner Academy is an annual one-week event where young and upcoming composers get
a chance to write for Roadrunner. Edition four will take place from the 20th-26th of february
2023, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
During daily workshops students get a chance to work with the ensemble and the composer in
residence. Ideas can be shared with peers, one can try out new ideas and learn more about the
instruments and different musical approaches.
The finalized pieces will be presented in a public concert at the end of the week in the
Uilenburgersjoel, including a recording of the finalized work.
Roozendaal (Accordion), Marang (clarinet) & Pratsinakis (violoncello), each lauded in their own
field, find common space in a project with doors and windows wide open.
The dynamic Roadrunner Trio plays, improvises, writes and has others write. Music that
balances on the border of modern, classical and traditional music.
Started eight years ago as an experiment, the trio's unique sound combination quickly turned
out to be a bull's eye and now the trio travels around the world, conquering audiences and a
new generation of ambitious, young composers.
This year we approach the academy differently than in previous editions. Roadrunner loves
exploring folk music, improvise, and arrange existing music, and these elements distinguish us
from other contemporary ensembles. To emphasize this, we would like to challenge the
participants to include these elements in their scores, rather than focus on academic new music
There will be extra workshops around how to communicate your idea and turn it into a concrete
musical passage without losing the connection to the performer and the instrument.
We suggest the following three starting points:
- Start from your own roots! This can be traditional music but also pop music.
- Include improvisation in your music, or any other way which involves more freedom than
- It is also possible to start working from an existing work
- Notation can also be a lead sheet, or instructions otherwise. As long as you are clear in
expressing what you want.
Details are available at web pages: