XXVIII “Arrasate Hiria” International Accordion Competition - Spain

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The XXVIII “Arrasate Hiria” International Accordion Competition will take place in Arrasate-Mondragón (Basque Country) from December 4th to 7th, 2021, organised by Hauspoz Euskal Herriko Akordeoi Elkartea, the Town Hall of Arrasate and The County Council of Gipuzkoa.

The competition is open to soloists of any age and nationality. Test piece music will be provided to all contestants free of charge upon request.


V International Competition "AccoPremium" 2021 - Belarus

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Acco Premium posterThe V International Competition "AccoPremium” will take place in Rechitsa, Belarus from November 1st to 4th, 2021.

This live event will include competition categories for bayan and accordion (academic and pop nominations), bandoneon, harmonica (or any kind of harmonica), digital bayan-accordion, as well as ensembles (from duets to octets).


Martynas Levickis Concert with the Gewandhausorchester – Germany

Martynas LevickisMartynas Levickis (Lithuania - picture left) will perform two concerts with the Gewandhausorchester (picture below - conducted by Andris Nelsons) in Leipzig, Germany this month as a special tribute for Sofia Gubaidulina's Anniversary.

The concert will coincide with the opening of the orchestra's 241st season and Martynas will share the stage with Baiba Skride (violin) and Harriet Krijgh (cello) to perform one of Gubaidulina's most recent works “The Triple Concerto” plus works by Sergej Rachmaninoff.



Astoria Marathon: Four Concerts in Mons - Belgium

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Christophe DelporteAccordionist Christophe Delporte (picture left) and his ensemble “Astoria” will perform a set of four concerts at the Arsonic Arts and Cultural Centre in Mons, Belgium on September 25th to celebrate 100 years of the great Argentinian master Astor Piazzolla.

The event entitled “Astoria Marathon” will include four concerts as follows:


Doorslaande Tongen Workshops - Netherlands

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Following the cancellation of 2020 workshops due to Covid-19, a weekend of Doorslaande Tongen Workshops will be held from 19th to 21st November 2021 at the Beukenhof in PJ Biezenmortel, Netherlands, organised by Stichting Volksmuziek Nederland.

The workshops will include the following:


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Now in Russian, German and Spanish, Friedrich Lips 2021 Interview by Herbert Scheibenreif, Moscow - Russia

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Prof. Friedrich LipsDr Herbert ScheibenreifThe amazing stellar career of Prof. Friedrich Lips as a performer, professor, author, arranger is well known around the world.

The interview is now online in Russian, German and Spanish.

He was originally interviewed in 1999 and now 22 years later, on the occasion of the publication of Lips CD030 Double Mirror, Moderator: Dr Herbert Scheibenreif interviews him again.

The co-operation between Prof. Friedrich Lips and Dr Herbert Scheibenreif has now produced an incredible 30 CD's for the accordion world.

View the 2021 Interview,
English: Lips2021
Deutsch: Lips2021-de
España: Lips2021-es
Russian: Lips2021-ru

Original 1999 Interview at: Lips1999


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Excellent Entries for 'Live' 74th Coupe Mondiale in Munich - Germany

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Mirco PatariniConfédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) Secretary General Kimmo Mattila writes: "The CIA congratulates the 2021 Coupe Mondiale host, the Deutscher Harmonika-Verband e.V. (DHV) upon attracting 74 entries from 22 countries for the 74th Coupe Mondiale, 13 - 17 October in Munich."

While Covid is causing problems for travel from some countries, a live Coupe Mondiale with live jury is clearly very popular with the contestants and their teachers.

Additionally, the CIA has received 44 delegate registrations from 23 member countries for the CIA International Congress with many Delegates also participating as jury for the Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships.


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Kevin Friedrich Releases 'Reflections' CD - USA

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Kevin FriedrichNew York based accordionist Kevin Friedrich has recently released a CD of his live performances titled ‘Reflections’, catalog friedrich02. Kevin says “Over the course of my accordion career I have had the joy of performing an array of music spanning transcriptions, showcasing the genius of the great Masters such as Johann Sebastian Bach through to creative original works for the accordion.

Many of these performances were in conjunction with my days of competing in International competitions such as the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) Coupe Mondiale (1979, 1980 and 1981) and Klingenthal (1986) and during my Conservatory studies in both Kansas City (USA) and Paris (France).”


Updated Information: National Accordion Convention Request for “Expressions of Interest” for the 2022 Convention – USA

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The National Accordion Association (NAA) is inviting you to submit your “Expression of Interest” for the 2022 convention, which will be held in Richardson, Texas from March 16th to 19th, 2022.

The convention will consist of traditional activities plus a focus group discussion related to 2022 popular styles of music. The 2022 Planning Committee is looking for individuals to participate in both the focus group discussion and to present workshops related to new opportunities.


Updated Site: Accordion Russia News

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The Accordion Russia News has been updated with new additional articles.


2021 CIA Video Archive and Education Project, Munich - Germany

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Coupe Mondiale logoThe Scandalli Accordion Factory is the sponsor of the 2021 Video Archive and Education Project.

The "Video Archive Education Project" is a project initiated in 2010 by the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) with assistance from sponsors and Accordions Worldwide.

Videos should be online approximately 1 hour after the live performance or live competition and viewers will have free downloads of Coupe Mondiale competitions playing a vast range of different types and styles of music.


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