Piano Accordion Accordion Category.
NAO hosted the first Piano Accordion Category, which has now been accepted
by the CIA Congress into the regular curriculum of the Coupe Mondiale
Festival. The required program elements for the contestants were as
Own choice program consisting of at least three pieces of different
styles and character and composer.
Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation,
dress and stagecraft all being important.
Playing time: 15 minutes minimum and 20 minutes maximum.
Pictured here is Rebekah Grieg representing Australia at the competition
venue - St. Johns Church in Harrow.
from as far afield as New Zealand and Australia to Russia and Europe contested
this contest which offered as First Prize, a free trip to New Zealand
and Australia to perform at their national festivals in 2002. In 2003,
in addition to the trip to New Zealand and Australia, the Prize will offer
a second trip to the United States to perform at the American Accordionists
Contestants in the Piano Accordion Class were:
BRANKO DZINKOVIC - YUGOSLAVIA
REBEKAH GREIG - AUSTRALIA
DMITRI RESHETNIKOV - RUSSIA
YRUI CHUBARENKO - UKRAINE
CAMPBELL BETTRIDGE - NEW ZEALAND
PAULA HARRIS - NEW ZEALAND (pictured above right)
ZORAN KIRJAKOVSKI - MACEDONIA
SILVIA DI BONI - ITALY
KOSTO TODOROVSKI - MACEDONIA
KATERINA TSHERNOGOUBOVA - RUSSIA
SARAH DIGGENS - UNITED KINGDOM .
LINDA ACHMETOVA - RUSSIA
Brannelli, United Kingdom Chairperson of the Jury, Fred Parnell, United
Paulo Ferreira, Portugal, Jacques Mornet, France, Tatiana Lantchikova,
Zorica Zarakytouska, Macedonia, Tania Lukic, Australia
|The five finalists
performed their own choice program to a capacity audience at St. Johns
Church. Contestants were required to present an own
choice program consisting of three (3) or more pieces of different styles
and characters. Playing time: min. 20 minutes to max. 30 minutes. The
final five were:
- Milos Milivojevic,
- Aidar Gainullin, Russia
- Vladimir Loukitchev,
- Mathilde Royet, France
- Sergeij Tchirkov, Russia
Congress - Second Session
The International Congress
held its second session which at which the Piano Accordion Class was
officially incorporated into the CIA Coupe Mondiale Festival.
CIA Merit Awards
CIA Merit Awards are voted upon by the congress to recognize internationally
those who have contributed to the International Accordion Movement.
This year two CIA Merit Awards were approved.
(1) UMKC Accordion Orchestra - Joan Cochran Sommers, Director USA
The UMKC Accordion Orchestra is celebrating 40 years of activity including
world wide concert tours, premier performances, University activities
(2) Ove Hahn - Sweden
The CIA awarded the CIA Merit Award to Ove Hahn in honor of his 20 years
of President of the CIA.
New Category for 2002 - Copenhagen, Denmark.
The CIA will be incorporating a Chamber Music Competition into the 2002
Festival. Initially this will be for accordion and one or two other
instruments. Full details of the program requirements will be available
on this site soon.
Election of new CIA
CIA President Ove Hahn officially finished his 20 year term at the Congress,
and the international delegates unanimously elected Kevin Friedrich
to the office of President.
A CIA Vice President for 8 years, Kevin is a citizen of New Zealand
although he has resided in New York City, USA for many years. He has
been a long time supporter of the CIA both as a contestant in former
years to his administrative role in latter years. Since the forming
of the CIA in 1935, this is the first time a person outside of Europe
has held the office of President.
Pictured left to right are: newly elected CIA President Kevin Friedrich,
Secretary General - Walter Maurer and outgoing President Ove Hahn during
the presentation of the CIA Merit Award.
Concert in London
Prizegiving Concert was opened by the St Johns Accordion Orchestra from
Northern Ireland (pictured left). Performing two works, they also premiered
a new work written for the CIA concert.
Visiting Russian bayan artist Oleg Sharov performed a series of works.
Celebrating a long career as a concert artist, Oleg has performed over
The NAO Chairperson Ray Bodell offered his welcome to the Prize Giving
Concert, followed by the official welcome from the new CIA President
Kevin Friedrich. Kevin's first official duty was to present four CIA
Merit Awards recognizing outstanding contribution to the International
Accordion Movement. Awards were presented to:
Deffner - Immediate Past President of the American Accordionists
Fred Parnell - Honorary President of the National Accordion Organization
of the United Kingdom
UMKC Accordion Orchestra, Joan Sommers - Director (pictured
right with CIA President Kevin Friedrich and Secretary General - Walter
Maurer from Vienna
Ove Hahn for his 20 years of service as CIA President.
Each of the contestats was presented with a certificate of participation.
In addition to this, trophies and prize money were awarded for First,
Second and Third place getters in each of the categories.
To conclude the concert, each of the prize winners was invited to perform.