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Sunday 10 June 2012    Saturday 09 June 2012

2012 Results Page

Master Class on Jazz Improvisation
and Master Class on Accordion Performance

Nick Van Dijk of Wellington, New Zealand, is a very experienced lecturer of Jazz and Improvisation in Wellington. Nick Van Dijk made an excellent Master Class that was particularly interesting for teachers with his insights on improvisation and ways to start students. Here with Emma Smith.
This was also a group "discussion" of improvised music with Edin Kocic and Emma Smith. Prof. Primoz Parovel (Slovenia) made a Master Class on Accordion Classical Perfromance. Primoz is the Winner of the 12th “Arrasate Hiria” International Accordion Competition in Arrasate, Spain 2004 and 3rd Prize Winner of the 36th International Accordion Competition in Klingenthal in 1999. Here with Edin Kocic and Emma Smith (not pictured) also performed.

AATA 2012 Concert Poster

AATA  Gala Concert  and Trophy Presentation

After lunch, the Gala Concert was opened by Rebekah Grieg as compere. First to perform was international performer Lionel Reekie from New Zealand who quickly showed the audience why he has been so successful performing concerts, radio and TV in many parts of the world.
Lionel sang and played a selection of popular melodies from around the world which was also a demonstration of combining his superb voice and playing talent very professionally and skillfully.

Lionel Reekie in full voice.

and moving with the music to expressive melodies.
Emma Smith Emma Smith with some of her trophies from several category wins, so mum was called on stage to help carry them!
Jessica Jin Joyce Ly
Jessica Jin and Joyce Ly Richard She.
The very youngest competitor William Zhang - 4 or 5 years young and certainly the winner of the cutest and youngest. Richard She and Edin Kocic with a 1st equal for the 20 years and under International Pacific Junior Championships.
Edin Kocic and Nejc Grm receiving their trophies. Edin Kocic and Mihailo Jankovic performing folk music.
Teacher Iryna Stepko (ex Ukraine) with pupil Edin Kocic and some of the trophies he wond during the weekend. Teacher Primoz Parovel (Slovenia) with pupil Nejc Grm (Slovenia) with the trophies for the Australian International Open Accordion Championships.
Junior accordion ensemble “The Accordigles” was formed in 2008. The members are :  Brendon Thai, Brendan Wang , Allen She, Kiara Thai, Marina Jin, Jessica Jin, Aleyah Ashimajy, Masud Ashmajy,  Clarysa Panuccio ,Mihailo Jankovic, Dusko Lavrnja. Conductor and Musical  Director is  Tania Lukic- Marx.
Lionel performing with backing tracks from his latest CD of songs from stage and screen “From Russia with Love”, recorded with the Siberian Festival Orchestra in Russia. Lionel returned with his accordion to finish off the concert.
Lionel asked the crowd if they wanted the small ending or the big ending? Well - I think you can guess which ending this is. Lionel received a very long applause from the very appreciative audience.

AATA President Tania Lukic-Marx officially closed the 2012 Australian International Accordion Championships and Festival with a speech thanking all those who had helped make the event possible.

Particularly thanked were parents, competitors, her committee, the adjudicators and a number of individual former students, all of whom were so important.

Tania welcomed everyone to return once again to the Marconi Club for Queens Birthday Weekend, early June in 2013.

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