a number of Accordions
Worldwide staff and representatives were going to attend the
in London, it was decided to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of www.accordions.com
at a meeting prior to the Coupe Mondiale.
At the Coupe Mondiale prize giving, NAO
(National Accordion Organisation of the UK) President Raymond Bodell
presented to Accordions Worldwide, an award recognizing their 5th
birthday and the "large contribution" AWW has made to the accordion.
Present to accept this award were Harley
Jones (Director), Holda
Paoletti-Kampl (Europe Manager), Tatiana
Lanchtchikova (Office Manager), Kevin
Friedrich (Manager North America), Frederic
Deschamps (France), Tania
Lukic-Marx (Australia), Sergej
Europe News editor) and Gregory
While there, the AWW team published daily a
competition review and results - see the news item
54th International Coupe Mondiale - England
Mondiale International Competition for accordion soloists was
held in London from October 24th to 28th, 2001 hosted by the National
Accordion Organization of the UK (NAO).
This year, the first piano accordion category was held. This new
category enjoyed the highest entries and its musical success, lead
Congress to make this a permanent category. First prize for next
year remains a concert tour to Australia and New Zealand plus an
additional first prize sponsored by the American
Accordionists Association of a concert tour to the USA.
Coupe Mondiale finished with five finalists, who performed their
own choice program to a large audience at St. Johns Church, Harrow
on Saturday afternoon. The finalists were: Milos Milivojevic Yugoslavia),
Aidar Gainullin (Russia), Vladimir Loukitchev (Russia), Mathilde
Royet (France) and Accordions
Worldwide East European News co-ordinator Sergej
The event finale was a "Prizegiving Concert",
which included performances by the St. Johns Accordion Orchestra
(Northern Ireland), who premiered a new work written for the CIA
concert, and Oleg
Sharov (Russia), who has performed over 2,000 concerts during
this concert, each of the contestants was presented with a certificate
of participation, and trophies and prize money were awarded to the
first, second and third place getters in each category. To conclude
the concert, each of the prize winners was invited to perform.
In conjunction with the competition, the CIA
congress was held in London. 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. The CIA Vice President
for eight years, Kevin is a citizen of New Zealand although he has
resided in New York City, USA for many 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. Kevin's first official duty was
to present four CIA Merit Awards recognizing outstanding contribution
to the International Accordion Movement.
1st Aidar Gainullin (Russia) US$1,000
Tchirkov (Russia) US$500
3rd Milos Milivojevic (Yugoslavia) US$300
Piano Accordion Championships:
1st Branko Dzinkovic (Yugoslavia) concert tour to Australia & New
2nd Dmitri Reshetnikov (Russia) US$500
3rd Nadejda Bouseva US$300
Virtuoso Entertainment Category:
1st equal Gwenola Maheux (France) and Pierre Mussi (France) US $550
3rd Franck Fieutelot (France) US $200
Junior Coupe Mondiale: 1st Ivan Simic
Junior Virtuoso Entertainment Category:
1st Laurent Derache (France)
In Copenhagen, Denmark, the CIA will incorporate
a new 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 the CIA
Las Vegas International Accordion
Convention - USA
Contributed by Paul Pasquali
second annual Las
Vegas International Accordion Convention was a great success,
with over 450 attendees from around the world! Dick Contino was
awarded the 2001 Honorary Director of the event. Dick put on a "Las
Vegas" style show with his son Pete on drums and Corky Brumble on
keyboard. Dick also gave a talk about his career and mingled with
attendees during the event as did all the entertainers including
Art Van Damme, Peter Soave, Tony Lovello, Gina Brannelli, Julien
Labro and Joe Vento.
Performances were given by Dick Contino, Gina
& Romany Rye, Peter Soave and Julien Labro (who played an astounding
rendition of "Flight of the Angeles"). Workshops were well attended
and ranged from popular ethnic styles to jazz & blues along with
bellows technique and accordion repair.
Honorary Conductor for 2001, Art Van Damme was
rushed to hospital during his performance with his quintet. He underwent
tests and is now fully recovered, so will travel to Brazil this
week for a major performance.
Myron Floren will be the Honorary Conductor
for the 2002 event, which will be held on June 23rd, 2002. Over
100 people have already registered for next year's event.
This year the coveted Crystal Frosini Award
was presented to the Accordion Club of the Redwoods of Petaluma,
California. The award is presented to the club judged to have done
the most in their community to promote the accordion. Head of the
judges this year was Arlene Boddicker, long time music educator.
Second place went to the ALSI Club of San Diego, California and
third place went to the Arizona Accordion Club. All accordion clubs
and organizations are invited to participate in the 2002 Frosini
Award. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accordionists Meet in Singapore
Contributed by Maurice
Jones, President, Auckland Accordion Association, New Zealand
While in Singapore recently, my wife Lian
(nee Huang Ling Ling) and I had the opportunity to spend a few days
with famous accordionist Fang
Yuan, Director of the School of Young Talents, in Singapore's
highly prestigious Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. The School has
four departments, Junior Music, Dance, Drama (English and Chinese
classes), and Arts, with 1700 students aged from 4 to 18.
Yuan established the Gifted Young Pianists Course
in 1991 and recently held concerts to celebrate 10 years of major
achievements in many national and international competitions. Many
dignitaries attended these concerts including the President of Singapore,
Mr S. Nathan.
Although the majority of Yuan's teaching is
on the piano, she is still interested in accordion activities. The
North Shore Accordion Orchestra (Auckland, New Zealand) is planning
a concert tour to South East China in Sept. 2002 and hope to perform
in Singapore on the way to China. Yuan (who is from Shanghai), may
accompany the North Shore Accordion Orchestra to her home city for
the concerts there. Fang Yuan passes on her best regards to her
friends in the accordion world.
X International Competition of Accordion
"Cantabria" - Spain
Contributed by Estibaliz Jaka
The X International Competition of Accordion "Cantabria"
will be held from November 16th to 18th in Torrelavega, Cantabria. The
event will begin with a "Welcome Concert", which will feature accordionist
Gorka Hermosa and the Holy chorus María of Solvay with the "Acordes Cantabros"
Accordion Orchestra. Competition jury members include Jacques Mornet,
Salvador Parada, Angel Huidobro, Enrique Telleria and Arturo Matiá
A final "Gala" concert will feature the presentation
of prizes, followed by performances by Enrique Telleria (bandoneon) and
prize winners. For further details phone: +34 942 88 07 94
Accordions Worldwide 5th Anniversary
"Flashback - 5 Years Ago"
Accordion Helps Cows - Austria
CNN Broadcast, 26th October 1996. Joseph Kerschbaumer,
a farmer from Linz in Northern Austria, has found a new way of getting
a better milk yield from his cows, by playing traditional Austrian
folk music on his accordion!! He says by doing this he can get up
to two more litres per cow. Because they are stimulated, milk is
released a lot easier.
He says the cows enjoy most music, but they
have a preference for traditional Austrian polkas. He explains they
get a glaze in their eyes, become curious, and have fun.
Joseph's children are following in their father's
footsteps. His six year old son Oliver practices his accordion to
the pigs. They seem to find it fun also. It will be interesting
to hear whether or not these pigs will produce better tasting pork!!
For further details see Past
with "Icebreaker" Ensemble - USA and England
Accordionist Ian Watson performed with the new
music ensemble "Icebreaker" in Brooklyn, New York, USA as part of
the "New Wave" contemporary music festival on October 28th.
The group will perform again at "Ocean" in Hackney,
London on November 11th. Their program will include "Metrum" (Diderik
Waagener), which includes a substantial part for the accordion,
as well as other works by contemporary composers.
Ian can also be seen on BBC television in November
with the BBC Concert Orchestra performing with the opera singer
Lesley Garret as part of her "Tonight with Lesley Garret" series.
For details email: email@example.com
Two Toronto Accordion Concerts
On October 25th, two accordion concerts were
held in Toronto. The first included a performance of works by Marjan
Mozetich, J.S.Bach, Milton Barnes, Astor Piazzolla and his own compositions
by David Carovillano (student of Professor Joseph Macerollo from
the University of Toronto) at the Glenn Gould Music Studio. David
performed with Richard Marsella (guitar), Julia Wedman (violin),
Aisslinn Nosky (violin), Kathleen Kajioka (viola) and Felicity Deak
(cello). Over 300 people attended this concert, which was recorded
by CBC Radio.
On the same day, Anne-Maria Hollmach (student
of Hugo Noth and currently studying with Joseph Macerollo) performed
"Sonnet o Tatrach" by Lydia Zielinska at the Walter Hall, University
of Toronto. This work about "nature" is written for accordion, violin,
trumpet, trombone and sheep bell.
Shizuoka Prefecture Accordion Meeting
Contributed by Toru Katou
On October28th, the "Shizuoka Prefecture Accordion
Association" held their annual meeting and concert at the Shizuoka City
Municipal Southern Public House.
Twilight Time Concert Series -
Dr. William Schimmel has recently given a series
of twilight concerts at Rohr's in Manhattan. The purpose of these
concerts is to bring the accordion back into the community (where
it once was predominate), but in a new way - with an eclectic musical
menu and a wide array of coffees, teas and food from around the
The concert series was the catalyst for Schimmel's
"Twilight Time" CD, also an international success. His most recent
concert on October 24th was a benefit concert, where all proceeds
went to the families of the New York city fire fighters who lost
their lives in the World Trade Center tragedy. Schimmel takes requests
at these concerts, which range anywhere from classical pieces to
tangos, reggae and an occasional polka from the older Yorkville
Schimmel believes these twilight time concerts
create a sense of neighborhood cultural identity and community around
Young Chinese Accordionist Wins
at Castelfidardo - Italy
Contributed by Meng
Young Chinese accordionist Zhang Wei Yi won
the 13 to 15 years age class at the recent Castelfidardo
International Competition in Italy. Zhang Wei Yi, who is a Grade
4 student at the Affiliated Middle School of Tianjing Music Conservatory
in China, competed against 15 other accordionists from around the
Zhang's win was another successful result by
young Chinese accordionists competing internationally.