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18th October 2002 This weeks news | Past News | Send news

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International Castelfidardo Competition - Italy

Mika Vayrynen The International Città di Castelfidardo Accordion Competition was held this week in Castelfidardo. Held in three venues right in the centre of the township, this was the largest ever. Giuliano Aude of France won the top prize of the competition. Other classes included an Astor Piazolla section, jazz, light and classical music.

Along with the competition, concerts were held most nights, including Mika Vayrynen. Amongst his program he performed a World Premiere of "Gate Crasher", by Finish composer Olli Kortekangas.

Aude GiulianoA more detailed report will be included in next week's news.


  • "Città di Castelfidardo" Prize for accordion concert-performers 1st: Giuliano Aude (France)
  • International "Città di Castelfidardo" Award 2002 Astor Piazzolla Music Section 1st: Viljamaa/Juhola Duo (Finland)
  • Jazz Music Section 1st: Yuri Krawetz Quartet (Germany)
  • Light Music Section 1st: Vigneau Mickael (France)
  • Classical Music Section 1st: Hanhikoski Susanna (Finland)


Accordion Festival 2002 - Sweden

Maria Kalaniemi.Contributed by Anita Agnas

The Accordion Festival 2002 will be held at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm on November 15th and 16th. This year's event will feature guest accordionist Maria Kalaniemi.

Other performers include Anita Agnas, Daniel Andersson, Åsa Arvidsson, Jukka Arvola, Lena Dahlberg, Petri Goman, Daniel Grahn, Peter Gullans, Lars-Åke Gustafsson, Annette Hall, Lars Holm, Marjan Idic, Magnus Jonsson, Hillevi Knutas, Irina Krioutchkova, Camilla Lilja, Tommy Nilsson, Maria Nordstedt, Niclas Nyman, Åsa Sundstedt, Kristin Träff, Olga Vetoshkina, Olle Watz, Mälarkedjan & Sundbybergs Dragspelsorkester, students from Mariestads Kulturskola, Skälbyskolans Accordeonklass (under the leadership of Lena Olofsson & Lars-Åke Gustafsson) and students from Vaxholms Kulturskola. A seminar will be held by Bo Gäfvert. For details email:


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French National Accordion Festival Events - France

Franck VilainContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The French National Accordion Festival will continue with a concert on November 10th at the Salle le Forum au Centre des Expositions which will include non-stop dancing until the early hours of the morning on three separate stages. Entertainers include André Loppe (Belgium), Jo Privat Jr. & Muriel, Alexandra Paris, Claude Barbottin, Natalie Boucheix, Denis Glomeau, David Kasmareck, Bénédicte Jeulin and two orchestras - Franck Vilain and Sandrine Tarayre. This event will be presented by Pascal Savard.

For further details phone: +33 2 43 28 17 22



Connecticut State Music Teachers Association Ensemble Festival - USA

The "K" Trio will perform at the New Haven Chapter of the Connecticut State Music Teachers Association Ensemble Festival. Held on November 2nd at the Whitney Center in Hamden, Connecticut, the Trio will perform with Professor Emeritus Ward Davenny from Yale University. Their program will include Mozart's Piano Quartet No. 2 in E Flat. Admission is free. For further details email:


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NAO North West Accordion Championships/Tameside Accordion Festival - England

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The NAO North West Accordion Championships/Tameside Accordion Festival will take place in the main town hall of Ashton-u-Lyne on November 17th. Competitions will be held throughout the day in two playing halls. Trade exhibitions will be in the Medlock suite, including Gina "Music World UK" Geoff Holter Accordions, Electronic Accordions and the Music Corner (formerly Dave Mallinsons). Outside the Town Hall attendees can visit the famous Sunday market/car boot without wheels. For further details email:



2nd Annual "Accordion Day" in Bari - Italy

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The second annual "Accordion Day" organized by the class of accordion lecturer Francesco Palazzo will be held on October 27th at the Piccinni Conservatory in Bari. As last year, the aim of this event will be to foster a new classical accordion culture in the area.

The Day will consist of three main events: a workshop/seminar held by well-known American accordionist and special guest Peter Soave, who will meet accordion students at the Conservatory and work alongside them; a series of non-stop performances by the students and a number of guests, who will perform both as soloists and in trios, quintets and accordion orchestras; a final concert by Peter Soave.

Soloists who will take part in the non-stop performance are Simone Attanasio, Paolo d'Ascanio, Loredana Carriero, Cilio Soccorso, Giovanni Filomeno, Vito Carlo Fraccalvieri, Domenico Giove, Ryuya Kinoshita, Camillo Maffìa, Nicola Mauro, Marco Pasculli, Edmond Peku and Fabio Zurlo.


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"Camerata Nuevotango" - Spain

Bandoneon soloist Enrique A Telleria will perform at the in the Paraninfo of the Central University of Barcelona on November 14th. Telleria will be accompanied by a group, unique in Spain consisting of violins, violas, cellos, bass, piano, percussion and vocals. Their program will include tango pieces by Astor Piazzolla plus works by classical composers. This is part of the orchestral group's Autumn 2002 programme.

This concert is part of a series organised by the Department of Cultural Activities of the University, coordinated by Vicky Agraz. For details email:



Provadja Theater Concert - Netherlands

Accordeon MelancoliqueAccordéon Mélancolique which includes accordionists Jean-Pierre Guiran and Cherie de Boer will perform at the Provadja Theater in Alkmaar on November 7th. Their program will include pieces from their new CD "Parade des Poules" such as "Helena", "Takirari del Regreso" and "Petite Fleur". For details email:


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Pickpocket Ensemble Entertain - USA

The Pickpocket Ensemble will entertain at Pena Pachamama in North Beach, San Francisco on October 24th. The ensemble consists of Rick Corrigan (accordion), Marguerite Ostrovski (violin), Tim Fox (guitar) and Will High (bass). For concert information phone: +1 415-646-0018



"Tristes Europeus" - Portugal

"Dancas Ocultas" will perform in "Tristes Europeus" with the Company Danse Paulo Ribeiro at the Centro Cultural de Belém, Grande Auditório in Lisbon on October 25th and 26th. "Dancas Ocultas" includes accordionists Artur Fernandes, Filipe Ricardo, Filipe Cal and Francisco Miguel. Their program will include pieces from their CD's entitled "Danças Ocultas" and "Ar" such as "Queda d'Água" and "Escalada". For further details email:


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New Accordion Company - Spain

Celebrations were held in Hernani (Gipuzkoa) on September 28th for the opening of "Eurofisa", a new company dedicated to the information, distribution and sale (in Spain and Portugal) of Victoria and Cavagnolo accordions. During this event, accordionist Joxan Goikoetxea presented and displayed the new spruce wood Victoria models, the renowned Poeta and Cadenza. The new company will be based in Hernani. For information phone: +34 943 331039



Matinee Concert by First Cologne Orchestra - Germany

Contributed by Winfried Haushalter

The First Cologne Accordion Orchestra 1935 will give a matinee concert at the Arthur-Bantle-Halle, in Hardt bei Schramberg, Baden-Wuerttemberg on October 27th. Their program will include works by Borodin and Piazzolla. For further details email:


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Duo Tours Canada

Accordionist Jim Payne and Fergus O'Byrne (banjo, guitar, concertina, bodhran, mandolin and tin whistle) will tour Ontario, Canada from November 5th to 13th giving a variety of performances in schools, folk clubs, halls and theatres. Concerts will be given in Marie, Sudbury, Midland, Waterloo, Toronto, Kingston, Trenton, Belleville and Cobourg.



Farewell Concert - New Zealand

Contributed by Christine Adams

On October 11th a farewell concert was held at the Takapuna War Memorial Hall in Takapuna for accordionist Campbell Bettridge. Campbell left New Zealand the following day to compete in the Coupe Mondiale competition in Copenhagen, Denmark. Performances were given by the North Shore Accordion Orchestra (conducted by Lionel Reekie), Travis McWalter, Jessica Chen and Adam Thorpe. To finish the concert, Campbell performed his competition program, receiving a standing ovation.


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Accordion Information Required

Australian accordionist Bernadette Conlon would like further information on the flutina (pictured), which seems to have been totally eclipsed by the accordion, and not one performer has survived into the 20th century. The instruments however are fairly common, despite their disuse. Please email:



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