10.00 - 18.00
The Accordion Fair

Venue: Commercial College
Free entry

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The Finnish Accordion Folk Musician Championship
Folk music competition for Chromatic Accordions. Categories for 12-, 15- and 18-year-olds, Adults and Veterans.Traditional Finnish Folk Music at its best.

Venue: Oma Tupa
Tickets: Adult 10, Pensioner/Student 8, Child 5

13:00 - 18.00 Music in the Park
Both Finnish and international accordion groups performing. 1400 hrs: The Kastavi Accodion Orchestra from Croatia.

Venue: Festival Park
Free entry

13.00 - 18.00
The Pub Tent
Music, dance and fun!

Venue: Yellow school
Free entry

Primus Ikaalinen 2010 Final Rehearsal
Primus Ikaalinen competitors rehearse for the evening’s competition.

Venue: Ikaalinen Hall
Tickets: Adult 22, Pensioner/Student 16, Child 11

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The 6th Primus Ikaalinen 2010 Final
International Accordion Competition. Eight young international participants compete. Chairman of the Jury: Kevin Friedrich. Hosts: Silja Sillanpää and Kimmo Mattila. Live TV Broadcast.

Venue: Ikaalinen Hall
Tickets: Adult 32, Pensioner/Student 26, Child 16

20.00 - 02.00 The Pub Tent
2000 hrs: Ikaalisten Viulupelimannit, 2200 hrs: Veli-Matti Järvenpää Tex Mex Band

Venue: Yellow School
Tickets: Area Ticket 10 / Family Ticket 20 / Park Pass Thu-Sat 23

20.00 - 02.00
Summer Dance in the Festival Park
Myrskytuuli Orchestra.

Venue: Festival Park
Tickets: Area Ticket 10 / Family Ticket 20 / Park Pass Thu-Sat 23

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Beltango Orquesta ùnica & Carlos Buono
A night of Argentine Tango. Beltango Quintet hosting the legendary maestro of the tango, bandoneonist Carlos Buono.

Venue: Oma Tupa
Tickets: Adult 20
, Pensioner/Student 15, Child 10

Traditional Accordion music, such as the polka, mazurka, jenka and waltz, played by musicians of all ages. There are separate competitions for 5-row accordion, as well as for one- and two-row instruments in different age groups respectively. Last year a new feature were introduced in this series of competitions: ethnic music on 1- and 2-row accordions.

Competition for chromatic accordions

The Finnish Accordion Folk Musician Championships 2010 were held in the competition for chromatic accordions (5 row) in Sata-Häme Soi Accordion festival on Thursday July 1st 2010. In all categories two traditional Finnish accordion pieces were played. For the first time in the audience could also listen to the competition via internet broadcasting and vote for their favorite.

The results 5-row (chromatic):

Age 12 and under
1. Tuomas Tuomisto, Kurikka 187 p.
2. Lauri Tuomisto, Kurikka 186 p.
3. Ella Elomäki, Pori 180 p.

Age 15 and under
1. Julia Suihkola, Sievi 184 p.
2. Aleksi Laukkonen, Kauhava 170 p.
3. Essi Elomäki, Pori 164 p.

Age 18 and under
1. Joose Ojala, Kouvola 176 p.
2. Mari Hiltunen, Sulkava 138 p.

Open Category
1. Jari Saarenpää, Himanka 181 p.
2. Satu Sarkoranta, Uusikaupunki 175 p.
3. Pekka Jolkkonen, Polvijärvi 163 p.

Veterans (50 years and over)
1. Glen Qvarnström, Vantaa 183 p.
2. Hannu Hänninen, Lahti 168 p.
3. Mauno Kuusisto, Kauhajoki 154 p.

Most votes from the audience
Mikael Kienokoski, Pori 18,1%


Jury: Markku Lepistö (chairman), Minna Luoma, Erik Brander and Jari Komulainen

In preparation for the Primus Ikaalinen, contestants made their final rehearsals with
the orchestra comprising Jari Puhakka (conductor-piano), Jarmo Nikku (guitar), Seppo Helin (keyboard), Risto Salmi (wood winds), Jari Heino (bass) and Miri Miettinen (drums), while Production Staff had a final briefing.

TV Production Manager Timo Suomi briefing the TV Staff
Augustinas Rakauskas - Lithuania
Sarah Vonau - France
Sarah Vonau - France
Pietro Adragna - Italy
Madina Tsaloeva - Russia
João Guerreiro - Portugal

Watch the Primus Ikaalinen VI Show Online: http://areena.yle.fi/video/1114364

The Winner of Primus Ikaalinen 2010 is Pietro Adragna from Italy

The international Primus Ikaalinen Accordion Competition was held at the Sata-Häme Soi Festival. The competition was organized this year for the sixth time and the final was broadcast live on Finland´s National TV. The winner of Primus Ikaalinen is Pietro Adragna from Italy. Petar Maric from Serbia came second.

The tight competition culminated in a breathtaking musical duel where Pietro Adragna and Petar Maric played 'Libertango' by Astor Piazzolla.

The first prize of Primus Ikaalinen is 3000 €, the second prize 2000 €, the third prize 1000 €, and the fourth and fifth prizes 500 €. The winner also received a bronze sculpture by a local artist, Sirpa Ristamäki.


1. Pietro Adragna, Italy
2. Petar Maric, Serbia
3. Madina Tsaloeva, Russia
4. Viivi Maria Saarenkylä, Finland
5= João Guerreiro, Portugal; Haiyu Liu, China and Augustinus Rakauskas, Lithuania
8. Sarah Vonau, France

The winner of Primus Ikaalinen 2010 - Pietro Adragna, Italy, Firenze (23 years old)
Competition pieces:
1. Luciano Fancelli: After you've gone
2. trad. Dark eyes (arr. Pino di Modugno, Carrara, P. Adragna)

Pietro Adragna comes from Sicily and studies classical accordion at the Luigi Cherubino Conservatory in Florence. He started his studies at the accordion school of Roberto Fuccelli. Pietro Adragna is a phenomenal virtuoso and his lively renderings have delighted both audiences and jurys in many different countries. He has visited Finland once before. Fuccelli has studied variété music under the instruction of Frederic Deschamps in France. Pietro also studies the piano, composition and conducting. Besides having a career as an accordionist, he also wants to become a conductor.

Second Prize Winner - Petar Maric, Serbia, Belgrad (20 years old)
Competition pieces:
1. Ferrero: Averse
2. J. Brel: Ne me quittes pas

Petar Maric (born February 28th,1990) has studied classical music at the Belgrade conservatory with Alexandar Nikolic. During the past year he has participated the master classes of Frederic Deschamps around the world. Maric won the first prize at the Klingenthal International Accordion Competition in Germany in 2009 and received the best musician award at Spoleto Spring Festival in Italy in May 2009. Petar also took part in Primus Ikaalinen last year.

Members of the Jury
Kevin Friedrich, New Zealand / President of the Jury
Cao Xiaoqing, China
Renzo Ruggieri, Italy
Frederic Deschamps, France
Aleksandr Selivanov, Russia
Pasi Hirvonen, Finland

Below are a series of pictures from photos taken by Minna Plihtari (Public Relations Manager) and also from snapshot freeze-frames from the live Internet broadcast which was watched by viewers from around the world:

Primus Ikaalinen Hosts: Silja Sillanpää and Kimmo Mattila
Above: 2010 Silver Accordion Competition Janina Suihkola (Sievi, Finland)
photo by Alan Whiteland
Above left: Winner of the 2010 Silver Accordion Competition Janina Suihkola (Sievi, Finland)
Above right:
Director of the Band - Jari Puhakka
The Ikaalinen Hall, the venue for the Primus Ikaalinen
photo by Alan Whiteland
Kevin Friedrich, New Zealand / President of the Jury
Cao Xiaoqing (China), Renzo Ruggieri (Italy), Frederic Deschamps (France),
Aleksandr Selivanov (Russia), Pasi Hirvonen (Finland)
Augustinas Rakauskas - Lithuania (17 years old)
Sarah Vonau - France (21 years old)
Petar Maric - Belgrade, Serbia (20 years old)
Viivi Maria Saarenkylä - Savonlinna, Finland
Primus Ikaalinen Hosts: Silja Sillanpää and Kimmo Mattila
Host Kimmo Mattila talking to Kevin Friedrich, New Zealand / President of the Jury
Cao Xiaoqing (China), Renzo Ruggieri (Italy), Frederic Deschamps (France),
Aleksandr Selivanov (Russia), Pasi Hirvonen (Finland) and Secretary Minna Kulmala (Finland)
photo by Alan Whiteland
Above left: Kimmo Mattila talking with Kevin Friedrich, New Zealand / President of the Jury
Above right: Judges Kevin Friedrich, Cao Xiaoqing and Renzo Ruggieri offering their scores for
the eventual winner of the competition Pietro Adragna (Italy)
Judges Kevin Friedrich (Chairperson of the Jury), Cao Xiaoqing and Renzo Ruggieri

Haiyu Liu - Chengdu, China (23 years old)

Pietro Adragna - Florence, Italy (23 years old)
Madina Tsaloeva - Beslan, Russia (23 years old)
Filipo João Guerreiro - Faro, Portugal (17 years old)
Paratiisin pojat featuring Veli-Matti Järvenpää (accordion)
photo by Alan Whiteland
Results of the First Round and the list of four Finalists who performed in the second round
The two grand finalists Petar Maric and Pietro Adragna competing in the traditional Liebertango Duel
Photo by Alan Whiteland
Above left: Chairman of the Jury Kevin Friedrich announcing the Primus Ikaalinen Winner
Above right: After the announcement Kevin Friedrich congratulating the runner up - Petar Maric from Serbia
Above: Pietro Adragna (Italy) and Petar Maric (Serbia) with their teacher Frederic Deschamps (France)
Sirpa Sippola (Festival Director) and Kimmo Mattila (Music Director) welcoming Contestants, Jury Members and VIP Guests to a Dinner Reception at the Conclusion of the Primus Ikaalinen Competition
Above left: Madina Tsaloeva (Russia)
Above right: Winner of the Primus Ikaalinen VI - Pietro Adragna (Italy)
Above left: Runner Up in Primus Ikaalinen VI - Petar Maric (Serbia) with Sirpa Sippola
Above right: Lithuanian Ambassador to Dr. Halina Kobeckaite Finland with Sipra Sippola and Augustinas Rakauskas (Lithuania)

Under the leadership of the great bandoneon maestro Carlos Buono, the project 'Buono & Beltango orquesta única' combines Buono's extraordinary background with the tango sensibility of the best authentic European tango orchestra – Beltango Quintet to present a rich tango experience interlaced by the energy, virtuosity and passion.

Repertoire extends from the traditional tango pieces from the first half of the 20th century through to the period of the tango evolution and the Astor Piazzolla tango-nuevo and the music of maestro Carlos Buono and Baltango with a fusion of Balkan music and Argentinean tango.

The project Buono & Beltango orquesta única is being received with critical acclaim to tango fans at the great Tango Festivals and Concert Halls around the world.

Maestro Carlos Buono, bandoneonist, composer and the arranger was the Artistic Director of the most important tango institutions in Buenos Aires - MICHELANGELO, VIEJO ALMACEN, SABOR A TANGO, CANO 14 and PIAZZOLLA TANGO. As a Musical Director of some of the biggest Tango productions he has enlisted the cooperation of the greatest tango stars - Roberto Goyeneche, Raul Lavie, Adriana Varela, Luis Cardei, Omar Mollo and Liliana Barrios. In his rich artistic career he was the first bandoneonist to appear with Alfredo Gobbi, Mariano Mores, Horacio Salgan, Osvaldo Tarantino, Osvaldo Berlinghieri and soloist with Atilio Stampone.

Beltango (File photo)