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Serbia Welcomes the World at the CIA Coupe Mondiale 2000 - Yugoslavia

Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

International delegates and guests were treated to 4 days of intense competition and outstanding concerts as 52 contestants from around the world competed in Kragujevac this past week at the annual Coupe Mondiale. The Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes (CIA) competitions were in four categories with contestants competing in the Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships, the Junior Coupe Mondiale, the Virtuoso Entertainment and Junior Virtuoso Entertainment divisions.

Dmitry KhramkovWhile the festival was a fantastic success, it did present its technical challenges, as contest organizers had to deal with things beyond their control. Enjoying a rebirth of their country after years of sanctions, things such as electricity and gasoline are still at a premium, making periodic blackouts around the city a necessity. Several times performers and competitors continued on as the auditorium was plunged into complete darkness. In the big picture of such an exciting international gathering of accordionists and the tremendous hospitality of the warm and friendly Serbian people, it was only a small detail, and everyone agreed that the music sounded just as beautiful in the dark!

Alexandr JurovResults from the 4 competitions were as follows:

Coupe Mondiale, World Accordion Championships

  • 1st Place: Dmitry Khramkov, Russia
  • 2nd Place: Alexandr Vasic, Yugoslavia
  • 3rd Place: Dragan Vasiljevic, Yugoslavia

Junior Coupe Mondiale

  • 1st Place: Alexandr Jurov, Russia
  • 2nd Place: Milos Milivojevic, Yugoslavia
  • 3rd Place: Miroslav Grahovac, Yugoslavia

Nicolas MassoutieVirtuoso Entertainment

Maryline ManwegJunior Virtuoso Entertainment

  • 1st Place: Maryline Menweg, France
  • 2nd Place: Alexandr Jurov, Russia
  • 3rd Place: Amelie Castel, France

A special thank you to the festival organizer Milan Tomic for all his dedication and hard work, which resulted in a highly successful event. For a complete festival review and information on the 2001 Coupe Mondiale in London, please visit the CIA website at

Successful Accordionatelier 2000 - Netherlands

Mika VayrynenContributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

Accordionatelier 2000 was held from October 25th to 27th at the Music Center "De Ijsbreker" in Amsterdam in cooperation with N.O.V.A.M. The event included concerts by Mika Väyrynen (Finland) playing works by Bach, Piazzolla, Mozart and Finnish composers; accordionists Astrid in 't Veld and Miny Dekkers playing works by Gubaidulina, Berinski and Telemann with Marianne Kweksilber (soprano) and Taco Kooistra (cello); and the Accordion ensemble Opus 1 (from the Alphen Music School).

A lecture on Finnish Accordion Education was given by Mika Väyrynen and workshops were held by Astrid in 't Veld and Miny Dekkers (Accordion Works for Solo and Chamber Music), Fons Doomen (Graphic Notation) and Ad Wammes (Amateur Workshop).

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Young Accordion Mates Concert - Japan

Contributed by Eri Kudo

On October 22nd the Tokyo Young Accordion Mates performed a concert to a full house in Tokyo. Japanese accordion researcher, Yoshiya Watanabe gave an interesting and informative talk at the event. In addition guest accordionist Yuki Makita played some Argentinean tunes which were well received by the audience.

Cape Town Tango Ensemble Perform - South Africa

Following their successful concert in July at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the "Cape Town Tango Ensemble" have performed at a number of venues including the Bellville Library Centre, a "Lunch Hour Concert" at the Nico Opera House and at the High Street Theatre. Last week the ensemble performed at The Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch, Cape Town as part of the "Morning Melodies" series. Ensemble members include Stanislav Anguelov (accordion), Violina Anguelov (mezzo soprano), Albert Combrink (piano) and Basil Heald (double bass). Their program included "Chiqulin de Bachin", "Libertango" and "Adios Nonino" (Piazzolla) and "El Choclo" (Villolodo).

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Soave and Noton "Accordéon sans Frontière" Tour - Europe

Peter Soave & Jean-Louis NotonContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionists Peter Soave and Jean-Louis Noton will embark on their "Accordéon sans Frontière" tour of Europe from November 28th to December 22nd. Concerts will be held in Lyon, Cambrai, Rennes, Rillieux la Pape and Roanne (France), Morges (Switzerland), Ourence (Spain) and Lindenberg (Germany).

Accord'Ance Ensemble in Lanciano - Italy

Accord'Ance EnsembleContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Accord'Ance Ensemble sextet held a recent concert at the Fenaroli Theatre in Lanciano (province of Chieti) during the 10th Annual Accordion Competition and 2nd "Città di Lanciano" international competition.

The ensemble held another concert on October 21st in the multipurpose room of the Serena Majestic Hotel, as part of a national conference on musical education.

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Viktor Romanko's Concert Tour - Germany

Viktor RomankoContributed by Jutta Menn

Accordionist Viktor Romanko recently began his 2000 tour of Europe with an opening concert at the Christus Church in Bad Krozingen, Germany. His program included Prelude and Fugue in D minor (Bach), 2 original works by Russian Composer Vladislav Zolotarjov and Carpathian Suite (Zubitsky).

After a short break, Romanko returned to the stage to perform Prelude (Gershwin), Don Rhapsody (Semionov) and "Caravan" (Duke Ellington). The audience were so impressed they demanded several encores where Romanko asked for them to participate by naming a musical piece and a musical style. This led to the song "Black eyes" being performed in the style of Mozart and a new composition containing only the notes 'G', 'A' and 'C'!! The audience farewelled Romanko with a standing ovation.

100th Birthday Celebration - USA

To celebrate Kurt Weill's 100th birthday, a performance of the Suite from the "Threepenny Opera" was held at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan on October 25th. The Wind Ensemble from the Music Department (conducted by Professor Doug Bianchi) performed this piece with the accordion part performed by Boki K. Cvetkovski (a bayan performance major at Wayne State University, studying with Professor Lana Gore).

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Free Bass Accordion Festival - Sweden

A Free Bass Accordion Festival will be held at The Royal University College of Music in Stockholm on November 17th and 18th. The event will include young students playing together with older, more experienced Swedish accordionists. For details email:

Folk Music Concert - Belgium

"Milladoiro" will perform at a Folk Music concert in Brussels on November 17th. The group, which performs traditional Galician music as well as their own compositions, includes accordionist Anton Seoane who also plays teclados, guitar, mandolin and zamfona. For further details email:

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Native Puerto Rico Tunes For Holiday Makers - Puerto Rico

Contributed by Jane Berkovitz

The Puerto Rico Accordion Orchestra will perform a repertoire of tunes native to Puerto Rico when they entertain guests on the "Nordic Empress" Caribbean cruise ship from November 17th to 20th.

Two percussionists, an announcer and a dancer will accompany the 15 member accordion orchestra. Their programs will include "Aguinaldo Jibaro", "La Boricua" as well as popular pieces like "Lara's Theme", "Can Can" and "Syncopated Clock". For further details email:

Concert in the Alps - Japan

Contributed by Toru Katou

Accordionist Wolfgang Hoelzle (from Germany, now living in Japan), toured Japan with four musicians from Switzerland and Germany in October. Their concerts entitled "Concerts in the Alps" included a mix of accordion and yodeling. Performances were given in Tokyo and Hiroshima.

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Arts Centre Concert - England

Burach (featuring accordionist Sandy Brechin) will perform at the Harlequin Theatre in Northwich on November 10th followed by a concert at the Bridgewater Arts Centre on the 11th. The group have recently returned from a trip to Colombia, where they played at 60th Anniversary Celebrations of the British Council and at Celtic nights in Bogotà during October.

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New Fisorchestra Liberina: Culture, History and Music - Italy

Pasquale De MarcoContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The New Fisorchestra Liberina (directed by Pasquale De Marco) held a concert on October 30th at the EBLA in Triflisco (province of Caserta).

The occasion was the launch of a book by General Armando Scialdone entitled "Infandum Renovare Dolorem" (described as a "biographical account of harsh events"), which took place in front of several civil, military and ecclesiastic personalities. The sound of Pasquale De Marco's accordion, percussion (played by Domenico De Marco), and the melodious voices of Vinicio Cusano, Marialuisa De Marco and Anna Perretta brought some joy to an evening spent remembering grievous events (the killing of over 50 people), in the hope that no such tragedies will ever occur again: "Make music, not war".

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Wild Basin Preserve Benefit Concert - USA

On November 12th, the "Bofus Brothers" will perform at the Wild Basin Preserve Benefit Concert in Austin, Texas. The event (which runs from November 10th to 12th) will include daily performances and displays of arts and crafts. The event is a benefit for the wildlife preserve in Austin which protects and maintains its land and wildlife as well as educating the public about the vital importance of preserving nature.

The group which includes guitar, violin, mandolin, jug and Kirk Walker on cajun accordion plays cajun and "jug" music. For further details email:

Semionov in The Netherlands

Viatcheslav Semionov began a tour of The Netherlands on October 30th which will include concerts at the Arnhem Music School, in Liemen, Leeuwarden, Veenendaal, Gtnk (Belgium) and a final concert in Breda on November 14th. In addition Semionov will give two masterclasses in Amstelveen. For further details email:

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Concerts for Children - Belarus

Accordionist Dmitry Mironenko will perform concerts for children this month from November 13th to 15th. Dmitry will entertain in Gomel kindergartens and schools as well as the Zhlobin and Rogochov music schools. For further details email:

New Edition of News Francais Now Online

Contributed by Grégory Frénard

A new edition of News Francais is now online and can be seen at If you would like to contribute items for the French national news please email:

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Orchestra Performs at Arts Festival - New Zealand

Contributed by Christine Adams

On October 29th the North Shore Music Makers Accordion Orchestra performed at the Rodney Arts Festival held at the Centrestage Theatre, Orewa Beach resort, North Auckland. Their program included "Hands Up" and a European folk medley. Guest accordionists Olivia Panzic (6 years) and Stephanie Panzic (9 years) played solo items at the festival which included displays of arts and crafts with musical entertainment throughout the day.

Florence Auditorium Concert - Italy

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Ivano Battiston will perform at the "Flog" Auditorium in Florence on November 19th with David Bellugi (flute). Following this the duo will play at the Church of Santa Caterina in Bagno a Ripoli, Florence on November 25th (organized by the Bagno a Ripoli City Council). Their program will include works by Ortiz, Cima, Corelli, J.S. Bach, Bellugi-Battiston and Bartok. For further concert details email:

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Klaus Paier Trio - Austria

Contributed by Eva Lugger

The Klaus Paier Trio will perform concerts in Austria at Rottenmann on November 3rd and in Landeck on November 4th. The trio which includes Klaus Paier (accordion), Stefan Gfrerrer (bass) and Roman Werni (drums) will play a varied program of jazz and tango nuevo. For further details email:

Accordionist at Pinkelwurst Festival - USA

"Polka Casserole" (featuring accordionist "Big Lou") will perform at the annual Pinkelwurst Festival at Shroeder's Restaurant, San Francisco on November 3rd. Pinkelwurst is a delicacy from the German countryside around Bremen and is a sausage commonly served with kale.

The band will play a variety of waltzes and polkas such as Czech, Polish, German, American and French. In honor of the festival, they will perform their own composition "Pinkelwurst and Kale". Admission to this event is free. For further details email:

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Autumn Concert by Akkordeon Orchester 1960 Müllekoven - Germany

Contributed by Christine Stiller

The Akkordeon Orchester 1960 Müllekoven performed their annual Autumn Concert on October 29th to a sell out audience at the Mehrzweck Hall. The concert had the motto "Anniversary Sounds" due to this being the 40th anniversary of the orchestra. Guests, the Youth Choir Oberlar Spich (conducted by Erik Sohn) performed a number of gospel pieces.

The orchestra (conducted by Hermann Studeny) performed pieces such as "The Barber of Seville", "Morgenstimmung" and "Wenn ich König Wär". The audience called for repeated encores and gave the orchestra a standing ovation. This successful concert was their final performance for the year 2000. The orchestra is looking forward to the next 40 years!

Emerald CD Now Available

Peter SoaveContributed by Fred P. Wessells

The Emerald Sinfonietta's premiere CD "Homegrown" is now available. The audience of 200 people who attended their recent concert had the pleasure of hearing part of the CD live, which featured bandoneon and accordionist Peter Soave. Tracks include "Serenade for Strings", "Voyage" and Piazzolla's "Decarissimo". The CD has received positive reviews. Great for the accordion!!! For details email:

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New Sites - Information on accordion Sextet "Accord'Ance" led by Cesare Chiachiaretta Updated information on jazz accordionist Simone Zanchini and his group Terre di Mezzo Trio.

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