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CIA Coupe Mondiale in Copenhagen Largest Ever! - Denmark

Alfred Renner
Alfred Renner, Chairman for the DHL & for the CIA Coupe Mondiale

Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

One hundred and eight of the worlds finest accordionists will converge on the city of Copenhagen, Denmark to take part in the annual Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes (CIA) Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships from October 16th to 20th. Organized by the CIA member association Danske Harmonikaspilleres Landsforbund (DHL), the World Championships will include competition in six categories.

During the festival the DHL will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with a special Jubilee Concert featuring many outstanding performances. The Allerød Accordion Orchestra conducted by Peter Anders has prepared great performances with internationally known soloists such as the Semionov Duo, trumpet virtuoso Gorm Hovalt and violinists Christian Ellegaard and Lousinne Azizian. (Christian is the son of the late accordion virtuoso Mogens Ellegaard).

Peter Anders
Peter Anders, CIA 2002 Honorary Vice President for the Denmark Coupe Mondiale

As with all competitions, the CIA will operate their categories under their respective published guidelines, therefore candidates entering the Coupe Mondiale are reminded to review the competition rules extremely closely to avoid any unnecessary mark penalties. For further information on these rules and penalties for non compliance, please see the CIA website under both General Competition Guidelines and the published guidelines for the various categories.

AWW readers will be able to follow the Coupe Mondiale on-line during the festival in Copenhagen where the site will feature daily reports, up to the minute results and other information. We wish all the candidates well in both their preparations and competition performances.



Grand Sheffield Accordion Charity Concert - England

The "Grand Sheffield Accordion Charity Concert" will take place at St. Mary's Church in Sheffield on September 28th. Performers include Paul Chamberlain, Harry Hussey, Victoria Molnar, Andrew Hesslewood, George Syrett and the Stockport Accordion Orchestra. All proceeds from the concert will be donated towards the purchase of Keyhole Surgery equipment for the Children's Hospital in Sheffield. For further details email:


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Accordion Events in Lanciano - Italy

The 12th National Accordion and Keyboard Competition, the 2nd International Variety Accordion Competition and the 4th International Concert Accordionists' Prize known as "Città di Lanciano" will take place from October 3rd to 5th at the Fedele Fenaroli theatre in Lanciano. The event is organised by the "Gruppo Tradizioni Popolari" association in collaboration with the Lanciano city council, and includes a number of free concerts featuring musical guests such as the Nata Bene Trio (accordion, guitar and domra - from Croatia), Mika Vayrynen (Finland), the Paris-Moscou accordion duo, the Renzo Ruggieri Group (accordion, piano, double bass and drums) and "Zubitsky & friends". The organising committee includes artistic director Cesare Chiacchiaretta and President Nicola Gargarella. For details email:


Colombian Accordionist Performs in Belize

Colombian accordionist Lácides Romero performed a popular concert in Belize City on September 6th. His program included works by Handel and Tchaikovsky, plus a variety of European and Latin American folk music. This concert was organized by "Casa de la Cultura de Belice" to commemorate the 21st anniversary of independence of this country. Pepsi-Belize sponsored the event. Belizean accordionist Wilfred Peters also performed at the concert, entertaining the enthusiastic audience with his own folk compositions.


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"Trio Fratres" in Austria and Germany

Trio FratresThe Fratres accordion trio performed a concert in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany on September 20th and at Grafenegg Castle, Austria on the 22nd. The Austrian concert was held in conjunction with a large festival with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and pianist Ralf Gothoni.

Their program included Mussorgsky's giant work "Pictures at an Exhibition" (arranged for three accordions), works from leading Finnish composers Olli Kortekangas, Herman Rechberger and Tuomas Kantelinen.



"Prize of Montese" International Accordion Competition - Italy

Andrius BalahoviciusCristina PeciukonyteThe "Prize of Montese" International Accordion Competition was held in the little town of Montese (near Bologna) from September 13th to 15th. This is the 8th time this town has become the centre of accordion life in north Italy with 86 accordionists from Italy, Russia, Lithuania, Netherlands and Ukraine taking part.

Igor & Galya SayikPavlo SirobabaThis year's event included an accordion seminar dedicated to the history and problems of the accordion with very short but intensive and informative theoretic lectures by Giuliano Biolchini (bandoneon theory), Marco Fabbri (bandoneon) and Renzo Ruggieri (jazz accordion). The lectures included brilliant musical illustrations which were a great success with young performers and their teachers.

Tomas VaiseDario DelaitiThe international competition jury consisted of President, Vladimir Zubitsky (Italy-Ukraine), Lorenzo Munari, Paolo Picchio, Cesare Chiacchiaretta (Italy), Isaco Comandini (San Marino), Anatoly Semeshko (Ukraine) and Anatoly Senine (Netherlands).


National Competition winners:

Marco UbaldiniClassical accordion: Dario Delaiti and Filippo Catalano
Variety: Marco Martellini and Marco Ubaldini

Highest points received: Accordion Quintet (Vilnius, Lithuania)

International Competition winners:
Junior category: Kristina Peciukonyte, Grazvydas Volkovas, Kipras Tarakevicius (Lithuania), Pavlo Stepanenko (Ukraine)
Marco MartelliniConcert category: Andrius Balahovicius, Vaise Tomas (Lithuania), Pavlo Sirobaba (Ukraine)
Variety category: Yulia Pitchenko, Volodymyr Yakymchuk (Ukraine)
Chamber music category (duet): Igor & Galya Sayik (Ukraine), Jeva Ciziunaite & Jurga Rakauskaite (Lithuania)


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Duo Bartolo Performs in Bulgaria

Duo BartoloContributed by Gabriele Guthöhrlein

The "Duo Bartolo" gave a series of three well received concerts in Pleven from September 11th to 15th. The duo consists of German musicians Ralf Bethke (accordion) and Harald Kronibus (baritone), who usually perform as the "Trio Rossini" with Ekaterina Kronibus (who was unable to participate at this event). The concerts were held in conjunction with the "Culture Days" festival and were attended by a delegation from Kaiserslautern (Germany) which included the Mayor of Kaiserslautern, Dr. Bernhard Deubig, who joined with the Mayor of Pleven, Naiden Selenogorski, to open the ceremonies.

The duo's first concert was held in the gallery Swetlin Russev (one of the largest galleries in Bulgaria), followed by an open air concert at the Vazrachdane, which included entertainment by the "Zwanika" children's choir, the Big Band (from the Kaiserslautern High School) and a "Rope Skipping demonstration team".

Their final performance was at the opening celebration of the medical University of Pleven. Their program included works from operas by Rossini and Mozart and pieces from the musical "French Chansons". The concerts were very popular with the Bulgarian audiences.



"Icebreaker" Concert - Austria

UK accordionist Ian Watson performed with the group "Icebreaker" at the Kunsthalle, Karlsplatz, Vienna on September 19th. "Icebreaker" is a 12-piece group consisting of panpipes, saxes, electric violin and cello, guitars, percussion and keyboards. Their program included "Blindspot" (Kyriakides), "Chook" (Craig) and "Yo! Shakespeare" (Gordon). Tickets for the concert sold out quickly and the audience showed their appreciation with a standing ovation.


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Concertina Workshop - England

A concertina workshop was held at the Birchmeadow Centre, Brosely, Nr. Telford on September 21st, tutored by Frances Wilkins (member of the group "Solan"). Following the workshop, music sessions were held and an evening concert featured a performance by "Solan" and local musicians.



Accordionist Returns to Entertain Hospital Patients - USA

Accordionist Jon Hammond will return to the Laguna Honda Hospital on September 28th to entertain patients on the psych floor and in the main building. Jon is now a regular visitor to the hospital much to the patients' delight! He wanders from room to room playing a variety of popular tunes such as selections from Fiddler On The Roof like "Sunrise Sunset" to Stevie Wonder's "You Are The Sunshine of My Life" and Ray Charles' "Georgia On My Mind". Following this he performs in the "North Beach Alcove" on the 4th floor of the main building. One of their favourites is a spirited version of "Havah Na Gila" just as the food is brought to the dining room!


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Claudio Jacomucci in Tianjin - China

Claudio JacomucciContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Italian accordionist Claudio Jacomucci took part in the Tianjin International Accordion Competition (China) from August 24th to September 3rd during which he performed pieces by Garau, Zorn, Kurtag and Piazzolla. He also was a member of the competition jury which included Friedrich Lips, Elsbeth Moser, Cao Xiao-Qing, Oleg Sharov, Wang Yu Ping, Wang Shusheng and other well-known Chinese musicians. During his visit Claudio held a masterclass on the Alexander Technique for accordionists at the Tianjin Conservatory and an accordion course at the Conservatory in Xi'an (the city of the famous "Army of clay"). These events were attended by hundreds of participants and uncovered the immense potential of this new Chinese accordion movement, which can already boast numerous young talents and enthusiastic teachers.

Cd coverOther events which have featured Jacomucci recently, include his appearance as a juror during the Klingenthal International Competition, holding Alexander Techniques course in Bologna, Milan, Rome and Recanati, holding a Klezmer and Tango course for accordionists in Castelgiorgio, and completing a new CD entitled "Road Runner" with music by Berio, Donatoni, Sciarrino, Kurtag, De Pablo and Zorn which will be presented in Castelfidardo on October 11th.

Currently Claudio lives and works in Bologna, teaches Alexander Technique in Bologna, Milan, Rome and Rimini, and has a busy concert schedule. For future concert information see Future Events.



New Collaborations and Projects for Renzo Ruggieri - Italy

Renzo RuggieriAccordionist Renzo Ruggieri recently gave several performances with different jazz groups during national and international accordion events. This included concerts on August 3rd in Capistrello with Toni Fidanza (piano) and Enrico Melozzi (cello), at a July accordion competition in Cherchio (province of l'Aquila) with Angelo Canelli (piano), Nicola Angelucci (drums) and Marco Loddo (double bass), in Benevento with Paolo Di Sabatino (piano), Marco Pesaresi (double bass) and Roberto Desiderio (drums) on August 4th, and in a concert that ended with a jam session with Peppino Principe which was appreciated by the audience.

Renzo Ruggieri GroupDuring July the "Renzo Ruggieri Group" was invited to perform in one of the most important Italian jazz events, "Pescara Jazz", where it presented its latest CD entitled "Spaghetti Time". For information in this album you can email: On August 16th Renzo took part in the prestigious "Progetto Cultura" of Castelbasso (province of Teramo), where he played with musicians who have accompanied him in his latest albums (Di Sabatino, Manzi, Moriconi). On August 31st, he played in the magnificent castle of Arsoli, with Riccardo Pellefrino (violin), Massimo Aureli (guitar), Giorgio Rosciglione (double bass) and Cicci Santucci (trumpet). On September 14th, Ruggieri also held a seminar on "The Styles of Jazz Accordionists" during the Montese International Competition, in which he performed together with Max Dall'Omo (drums) and Roberto Bartoli (double bass).

During the summer Ruggieri was also invited to perform with vocalist Antonella Ruggieri in Gallipoli for a prestigious concert televised by the national broadcasting corporation, in which Ruggieri was acclaimed for his arrangement for three accordionists and orchestra performed alongside fellow accordionists Mario Pietrodarchi and Osvaldo Garnieri.


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New Release: Accordion Repairs Book "Ins and Outs of the Accordion" by Thierry Benetoux

The book " Comprendre et Réparer Votre Accordéon" by famous French accordion repairer and tuner Thierry Benetoux was recently released in French language and quickly sold out. The second print of the book is now available. Now, an English language version titled "Ins and Outs of the Accordion" has been released which features:

  • How To Understand and Repair Your Accordion
  • How to Tune Your Accordion
  • Hundreds of explanatory illustrations and color photos
  • 264 pages, the results of decades of repair and tuning experience

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2002 Autumn Tour - Germany

Accordionist Lydie Auvray & the Auvrettes will begin their "Autumn Tour" on October 4th in Hameln. The tour will include concerts in many towns and cities during October, November and December such as Driedorf, Pforzheim, Karlsruhe, Hockenheim, Osnabrück, Garbsen, Cologne, Bad Kissingen, Trier, Langenfeld and a final concert in Aachen on December 19th.

Their program includes a variety of pieces such as Tango à cordes, Le Paradis and Casimir. For further tour details email:


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Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble Entertain - USA

The Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble (which includes accordionist Sonia Tubridy) began the entertainment at the Petaluma Library World Music Concert Series on September 25th. This free concert took place in the Helen Putnam Community Room of the Petaluma Library and was open to the public.

The entertainment also included a lecture about the origins and development of klezmer and included performances of both klezmer and Israeli folk and dance tunes.


Battiston Plays in Belluno - Italy

Ivano Battiston & David  BellugiContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Ivano Battiston will perform with David Bellugi (recorder) on September 28th at the Santo Stefano Church in Belluno. The duo will perform music by Ortiz, Bach, Bartók, Bellugi-Battiston and Vivaldi. The concert will also feature the duo of Bruno Beraldo (cello) and Gilberto Meneghin (accordion). For further information phone: +39 0437 940432

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"Sounds Artisans" Performance - Japan

Contributed by Toru Katou

"Sounds Artisans", which features accordionist Oleg Lips-Roumiantsev (born in Russia & now living in Switzerland) performed at the "Musashino Koukaido" public house in Tokyo on September 26th.

Their next performance will be at the Miyako no Mori Ongaku Hall (Hall of Forest Miyako) in Isesaki City, Gumma Prefecture on September 28th. Their program will include works by Rossini, Albinoni's "Adagio", Vivaldi's "Concerto Gross" etc. For further information phone: +81 270-25-7373



Guadalupe Cultural Arts Theater Workshop - USA

PosterJoel Guzman (button accordion), Sarah Fox (vocals) and Max Baca (bajo sexton) held an accordion workshop followed by a performance at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Theater in San Antonio, Texas on September 22nd. These musicians have formed a trio and released their new CD entitled "The Mexican Roots Trio" at this event.


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New Sites/Updated Sites Updated information on Wurzburger Musikverlag with new details on music sheets available for the accordion


Antique Accordion Information

Donna would like information on an antique accordion with the markings "Bruno - Bell" and "Metal Reeds" on one side. Also the metal pieces around the accordion say "Lyra Accordeon made in Germany". Email:

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Accordion Information Required

Australian accordionist Bernadette Conlon is researching early reed instruments and would like information about Flautinas, which were made in France and are sometimes referred to as Clavier Melodiques. They usually had about 2 octaves on the treble side, and sometimes 2 bass notes. They were played vertically, the same as a piano accordion. Email:

Jonn Frae would like information on a 3 row button chromatic Sputnik accordion, 120 bass, which he believes is a C system, made in Russia. Email:

Brian Pinder would like information about the Hohner Golina piano accordion & how it compares to the Hohner Gola. Email:


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