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9th Beijing International Accordion Festival - China

Contributed by Li Cong

The 9th annual Beijing International Accordion Competitions & Festival were held at the Beijing New World and Yifu Congress Centres from August 10th to 14th and continues to attract many accordionists to compete from all over the country. This event is permitted by the Chinese Government Culture Council, and organized by the China International Culture Exchange Centre, Beijing Accordion Association, Shanghai Accordion Association, Tianjin Accordion Association and the Jiangjie Culture Art Centre. Over 300 competitors took part in the event, the youngest only 8 years old.

Well known Russian accordionist Alexandre Skliarov, Norwegian accordionist Oivind Farmen and the Hof Accordion Orchestra (Germany) gave concerts during the festival.

Solo Class Winners:

9 years old and under: Burigede
10 to 12 years: Li Wei & Zhou Lang
13 to 15 years: Gu Jia & Liang Rui Yun
16 to 17 years: Zhang Weiyi
18 to 35 years: Long Li
Open Class: Chen Yun Hong

The 10th Beijing International Accordion Festival will be held in August 2003.



Joseph Soprani Appears with Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra - USA

Joseph SopraniContributed by Kevin Friedrich

Joseph Soprani will perform as the featured accordion soloist with the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Irving Ludwig at an annual fund raising concert in the grounds of the Corinthian Yacht Club of Philadelphia in Essington, PA. on September 22nd.

The concert is entitled "A Tale of Two Countries," and commemorating the trials and tribulations of the United States and the Republic of Austria. In addition to selections by Johann Strauss and John Philip Sousa, Soprani will premiere his arrangements of three Viennese Dances by Fritz Kreisler for accordion and orchestra and perform the popular "Carnival of Venice" (Paganini). For further information email:


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Accordionist Tours Switzerland

Viktor RomankoCd coverContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Professor Viktor Romanko (Russia) began a tour of Switzerland on September 11th, when he performed at the concert hall of the music school Schaffhausen. Further concerts will be held at the Church Eschlikon (13th), Auditorium of the schoolhouse Bruggwiesen in Brüttisellen (14th), "Artrium" art gallery (15th) and a final concert at the Church Dietlikon on September 22nd.

During this tour Romanko will perform pieces from his new CD "Fascination Bayan" such as "Kloster von Ferapontov" (Solotarjov), "Don Rhapsodie" (Semionov) and "Lustiger Cowboy" (Tschernikov) plus works by Franck, Gershwin, Vivaldi and Piazzolla. For further details email:


Accordionists Featured on Radio - Canary Islands

Contributed by Francisco José Dávila Dorta

On September 7th Radio Centro 89.1 FM (North of Tenerife and La Palma) and 90.2 (Santa Cruz-Laguna and Sur Hasta Arico) broadcast a program on the accordion and accordionists in the Canary Islands.

Accordionists Gerardo Rizza and Felipe Gadea Beltran (both now living in Tenerife) were interviewed on the program about the general history of the accordion in Europe, Spain and mainly in the Canary Islands. Following this, the duo performed several pieces by Rossini and Beethoven and typical songs from the Canary Islands. The program was very well received and the radio station is keen to include future accordion broadcasts.


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Di Maggio Tribute Concert - France

The Paris Moscou Duo will perform in the small French city of Gueugnon on September 19th in conjunction with their summer festival.

On September 23rd the duo will perform at a tribute to accordionist Christian Di Maggio in the famous "New-Morning" venue in Paris. This event is organized by "7 Music". Other performers include Marcel Azzola, Jacques Bolognesi, Daniel Colin, Robin Di Maggio, Samuel Garcia, Yvette Horner, Frédéric Langlais, Maurice Larcange and Aurélien Noël. For details email:



Accordionist Performs at Village Vanguard Jazz Club - USA

Accordionist Dr. William Schimmel will perform at the Village Vanguard from September 17th to 22nd with the group "Odeon". The group features Ted Nash (leader and reed player), Nathalie Bonin (violin), Wycliffe Gordon (tuba and trombone) and Matt Wilson (drums).

Dr Schimmel believes that this may be the first time an accordion has been featured at this famous jazz club. Bob Blumenthal of the Atlantic Monthly states: "Odeon finds strains of tango, klezmer, New Orleans second line, and European classicism coexisting in one glorious melting pot of affirmative sounds, rhythms, and colors".

For concert details email:


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End of Year Concerts at the "Voglia d'arte" Academy - Italy

Renzo Ruggieri's Voglia d'arte Music Academy farewelled the 2002 academic year with two traditional events. Young students Francesca Carusi, Gabriele Di Liborio and Donato Santoianni held their final concerts at the hall of the Palazzo del Mare in Roseto degli Abruzzi (province of Teramo). Following this, the Villa Comunale hosted the final exams and a recital involving all of the students. Marco Di Giacomo graduated from the "Introductory Course", while Francesco Pennese, Enrico Quatraccioni, Andrea Di Giampaolo, Luca Narcisi, Luca Mancini and Gabriele Di Liborio passed the "Intermediate Course". Francesca Carusi graduated from the "Entertainment" class.

The exam committee included Renata and Rinaldo Tepore, who awarded the prize for the best performance to Luca Mancini. Students' parents and other attendees received the performances of the young artists with warm applause.



Howden Festival - England

Ian WatsonAccordionist Ian Watson has formed a new Duo with Matt Hunt (clarinet). Their debut concert was a lunchtime recital at the Howden Minster during the Howden Festival on September 12th. The duo played a wide range of music including the premiere of a new work by John Webb entitled "Fluid".

The Howden Festival began on September 8th and will run until the 15th in four venues: Howden Minster, Shire Hall, Wellington Hotel and the Methodist Chapel in Hailgate. The festival attracts many well known musicians including Anna Wilby (percussion), Claire Booth (soprano), Cantum ergo sum (choir from Italy) and the Hand Made Opera Company. On the final evening of the festival the premiere of Mauro Presazzi's Mass in B flat Minor will be presented. For further concert information phone: +44 1430 432 276


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Annual Memorial Scholarship Evening - New Zealand

Contributed by Christine Adams

The annual Allan William Jones Memorial Scholarship Evening will be held on September 15th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Auckland. Performances will be given by Kathryn Fletcher, Campbell Bettridge, Adam Thorpe, Tracey Collins, Caprice, the Musicale Accordion Ensemble (who recently toured China), plus the North Shore Junior, Music Makers and teenage orchestras.

The evening will also include the presentation of Practical Examination certificates to successful candidates and a variety of scholarships and special awards. For tickets phone: +64 9 4863012



14th Carrefour Mondial de l'Accordeon - Canada

Gary Blair & Graham TaitGary BlairOver 50,000 people attended the 14th Carrefour Mondial de l'Accordeon festival, held in Montmagny, Quebec from August 29th to September 2nd. The festival gave the public the opportunity to enjoy folk, classical, rock, jazz and popular music, with the goal of promoting cultural diversity and the discovery of many different musical styles.

Emanuele Rastelli The festival began with a concert with the theme "The Accordion without Borders" with performances by Jean-Louis Noton (France) and Peter Soave (USA). During the festival a wide range of music was presented by many accordionists including Adam Borek (Poland), Jeremiah McLane (USA), Bruno Maurice (France), Graham Tait (Canada), Didier Pauvert (France), Gary Blair (Scotland), Emanuele Rastelli (Italy), Norber Aboudarham (France), Hiroko Ito (Japan), Nini Flores (Argentina), Le Bal Clandestine (France) and many others. Many of the performers were subjected to standing ovations time and time again!

On September 2nd a "Goodbye Brunch" was held where both performers and festival-goers could meet for one final time.


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Gold Turnip Festival - Russia

Contributed by Olga Kopylova

The Non Stop Quartet will perform at the international theatrical youth festival "Gold Turnip" in Samara (Russia), which began on September 10th and will run until the 16th. The quartet also entertained at the opening event as the organizers considered them a "musical mini - theatre". For further information email:



3rd Annual Weston Irish Festival - USA

CavanContributed by Kevin Friedrich

Popular band Cavan will feature at the 3rd Annual Weston Irish Festival in Weston, Missouri on September 21st and 22nd. The group, which includes accordionist Brett Gibson, Frank Blair, Sean Patrick Hayes and Lance Zimmerman have performed for the enjoyment of audiences across the country at Irish festivals, concert venues and educational performances.

Cavan's performance will be held at O'Malley's Pub, Brewery Cellars and Courtyard in Weston on the 21st and on the Courtyard Stage on the 22nd. For additional information email:


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60th Birthday Memorial For Vladislav Solotarjov

Vladislav ZolotariovContributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

Vladislav Solotarjov would have celebrated his 60th birthday on September 13th 2002, however, unfortunately he committed suicide on May 13th, 1975. There is no doubt that he is already one of the outstanding composers for the bayan/accordion. Many of his ideas were revolutionary in his time and Friedrich Lips often says: "without Solotarjov we would never have had Sofia Gubaidulina".

His compositions include Six Children's Suites, Partita, Sonata No 1 & 2, Chamber Suite, Monastery of Ferapont, Five Compositions, Three pieces, Ispaniada, Rondo Capriccioso for 3 bayans, and Concert symphonies No 1 & 2 for bayan and orchestra.



Five New Music Arrangements Now Available on

Five new digital sheet music arrangements by Gary Dahl are now available on where you can see a sample page of each work. You can order with your credit card, on a bank secure server paying in either Euro or US$ and your order is emailed to you within 24 hours.


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Church "Buiksloterkerk" Concert - Netherlands

Accordeon MelancoliquePopular duo "Accordéon Mélancolique" which includes Jean-Pierre Guiran and Cherie de Boer will perform in the old Church "Buiksloterkerk" in Buiksloterpad, Amsterdam-North on September 15th. Their program will include pieces from their new CD "Parade des Poules". For concert details email:


Accordion/Violin Duo Performance - Italy

Ivano Battiston & Fabio ColaceciContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The violin and accordion duo of Giampiero Caponi and Fabio Colaceci (student of Ivano Battiston at the "L. Cherubini" Conservatory in Florence), will hold a concert on September 14th. Their program will include music by Bach, Zilcher, Bartok and Piazzolla. For further information please email:

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Concertina CD Release - France

Contributed by Yannick Hodiesne

French group "Ploug", which includes concertina, bass, banjo and drums have released a CD entitled "Poële et Lampion". The CD, which includes 13 tracks, was featured in the March/April 2002 edition of the magazine "Trad Mag", who commented on their different sound and rhythms produced by the mix of instruments. For further CD information email:



English Duo Workshops - USA

Well known English duo of Chris Wood and Andy Cutting will offer workshops on September 14th at the Montague Grange, Montague, Massachusetts. Following the workshops, the duo will also hold a concert at the Montague Grange.

Andy Cutting will open his accordion workshop to both diatonic accordions (melodeons) and piano accordions. For more information email:


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Accordion Duo Concert - Germany

Contributed by Herma Finsterer

The Accordion Duo of Herma Finsterer and Birgit Reich will perform at the Georg Büchner Geburtshaus in Riedstadt-Goddelau on September 22nd. Their program will include a variety of Baroque works. For further details email:


International Folk Instruments Festival & Competition - Russia

Contributed by Vera E. Slobodyanyuk

The International Folk Instruments Festival & Competition "Peter and Paul Harmonicas Assembly" will be held in St. Petersburg from April 19th to 26th, 2003. The festival will run in conjunction with the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg. For festival information email:


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2002 Northeast Squeeze-In - USA

The 2002 Northeast Squeeze-In will be held from September 20th to 22nd at Bucksteep Manor, Washington, Massachusetts. The manor is surrounded by 350 acres of towering pines and majestic maples. The event will include workshops, spontaneous "squeezings" throughout the weekend, traditional concerts, a contra dance, a Limerick Contest and a Museum of curious and bizarre squeezeboxes. For details email:




New Sites/Updated Sites Information on the Music Education Centre in Auckland, New Zealand, which specialises in instrumental tuition and popular Music In Schools programmes Updated contact information on US accordionist Jon Hammond Updated information on Accordéon Mélancolique, which includes Cherie de Boer (accordion and vocals) and Jean-Pierre Guiran (accordion and vocals) Updated information on Accordions Worldwide Webmaster, Wayne Knights


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Steve Kirkland would like information on Bell chromatic accordion, black with silver markings dated between 1946/1956 with button keys, and a Hohner Marca Registrada, orange with silver markings also dated between 1946/1956. Email:

Lynette Belcher would like information on a button accordion with leather reeds, which is packaged in a wooden box. Inside the lid is printed "Mister Anton Kos. L.O.1668.ST.29 R, 1888, 16, Aprila. Email:

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