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9th Deutscher Akkordeon Musikpreis 2003 - Germany

The 9th Deutscher Akkordeon Musikpreis 2003 will be held in Baden-Baden from June 20th to 22nd. The event is for soloists, duos and ensembles (up to 11 players without a conductor) plus groups with 1 accordion and up to 4 other instruments. A variety of national competitions will be held during 2003. Winners from each state will participate in the finals in Baden-Baden.

An opening concert will be held on June 20th at the Rathaus Baden-Baden, featuring the Landes-Akkordeon Bigband Hesson conducted by *Wolfgang Russ-Plotz.

The event will also feature a concert on June 21st with entertainment by "Duo Bajanello" (accordionist Daniela Grenz), Andreas Nebl who will accompany vocalist Egallmetzer and the accordion quartet "Ensemble Via Klass".


Accordionist Performs at Duke University - USA

On March 27th, Dr. William Schimmel performed in "Piaf, a Remembrance" starring the Finnish singer, Juliet Koka. The performance took place at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York. Ms Koka performed the first Piaf tribute show on Broadway back in 1977. Dr. Schimmel has been performing the work with Ms Koka since its beginning, including many niteclub renditions and off-Broadway revivals. He has also been the musical director of the show and has written additional accordion arrangements. The work is available on CD

From April 10th to 12th, Dr. William Schimmel will be visiting composer and performer at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He will lecture on his own work, the philosophy of accordion culture and will premiere a new work by Duke University composer Carl Schimmel. The work is tango inspired and is entitled "Five Lies". For details email:



Silvia Pagni at Disma Music Fair - Italy

Sylvia PagniSilvia Pagni will once again perform at the Disma Music Fair in Rimini. She will hold demonstrations at the Excelsior stand and several concerts throughout the day on April 12th. The first of these concerts will take place in the "Live" theatre, where she will present a repertoire ranging from classical music to swing, playing traditional and midi accordions.

Silvia will also be a guest at the Ricordi stand, which features a temporary recording studio, where she will be joined by several other artists. For information please email:


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"Musicora" Festival - France

Jacques MornetAurelien Noel & Nicolas MassoutieThe "Musicora" Festival was held from March 26th to 31st in Paris, and included a variety of musical instruments and musical information. The International Center C.N.I.M.A. was represented by the founder Jacques Mornet, the headmistress Nathalie Boucheix and teachers Aurelien Noel, Nicolas Massoutie, Roman Jbanov and Domi Emorine (Paris-Moscou Duo). These accordionists performed a variety of solos and ensemble pieces at the C.N.I.M.A. stand, showing the public how they teach at the center. A number of accordion students also performed including Laurent Derache, Jeremy Lafont and Joao Frade (Portugal).

The event also featured two concerts in the music hall by Aurélien Noel & Nicolas Massoutie, who played French variety and jazz solos and duos. The second concerts included a performance by the Paris-Moscou Duo who played classical pieces, French variety & Russian folk music.

A large audience of accordionists and other musicians appreciated these concerts, some of whom signed on for master classes at the C.N.I.M.A. For details email:


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Soar Valley Accordion Club Concert - England

SyntaccordionContributed by Mike O'Regan

The Soar Valley Accordion Club will present a concert at the Rothley Centre Hall in Rothley, Leicester on April 26th. Guest performers include Jack Emblow (The Guv'nor) on accordion and Tony Compton - syntaccordion, who specialize in jazz duets. Further details phone: +44 116 2867548


Amsterdam Accordion Club Forzando Concert - Netherlands

Contributed by Hillebrand van der Veen

The Amsterdam Accordion Club Forzando will hold a club concert in the small concert hall of Buurtcentrum De Rietwijker, Amsterdam Noord on April 13th. All orchestras (except the FLO) will perform. At the end of the program, two project orchestras will participate, consisting of members of the other orchestras. These two orchestras were formed during the music study weekend last October.

Their varied program will include "Krakowiak" and "Czardas" (performed by the B-orkest), "Eerste Ruiter fanfare" and "Komedianten Suite" (performed by the Forzando Quintet), "Herbst" and "Weekend-Ouvertüre" (performed by the C-orkest), "La Storia" and "Säkkijärven Polka" (performed by the A-orkest) and pieces by the Lunters Forzando Orkest and Het Boet Orkest. For concert details email:


Musical Performance with Alessio Palermo - Italy

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The conference hall of the Primary School at Sangineto (province of Cosenza) hosted a concert featuring the class of Alessio Palermo (Director of the Cosenza branch of the National Centre for Music Teaching) on March 2nd. The event was compeered by Giuseppe Campana, a friend and colleague of Palermo's as well as the director of the "G. Verdi" Music School of Rossano (Cosenza).

In a synergy of artistic ability and musical sensibility, and tackling a variety of genres from dance music to the classical repertoire, the program included performances by Gessica Giovazzino, Marco Scilinguo and Mattia Bonanata (keyboard), Michele Gaeta, Adele Pirozzolo and Francesco Oliviero (accordion), and Daphne Siciliani (piano). The event was capped off by the accordion/keyboard duo of students Marco Scilinguo and Michele Gaeta, who put a worthy finishing touch to an enjoyable event much cheered by the large and enthusiastic crowd. Special thanks go to the Mayor of Sangineto, Prof. Gaetano Marinelli, whose efforts ensured the success of the event.


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Klaus Paier Trio Tours Portugal

Klaus PaierThe Klaus Paier Trio, which includes Klaus Paier (accordion & bandoneon), Stefan Gfrerer (bass) and Roman Werni (drums) will tour Portugal from April 22nd to 26th. The group will perform concerts at the Teatro Maria Matos in Lisbon, in Tondela, Sever do Vouga and a final concert at the Centro Cultural de Cascais in Cascais. For details email:


Aidar Gainullin in Vienna and Neunkirchen - Austria

Aidar GainullinContributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

Russian bayanist Aidar Gainullin (winner of many international competitions) has been performing in numerous countries despite his youth. He studies with Friedrich Lips at the Russian Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow and counts as one of the most hopeful talents in his field. For the first time Aidar was invited to Austria for two concerts in Vienna and Neunkirchen recently. His playing was full of youthful freshness and spontaneous musicality, which impressed the public. He did not seem to have any technical difficulties. Aidar's program included works by Liszt, Scarlatti, Solotarjow, Paganini, Vivaldi, Borodin, Chandoshkin, Angelis, Schnittke, Piazzolla, Novikov and Derbenko. The concert ended with some very well acclaimed encores.


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Accordion Workshop at Centre Acanthes - France

Teodoro Anzellotti will tutor an accordion workshop at the Centre Acanthes in Paris with Toshio Hosokawa and Klaus Huber from July 10th to 27th. The Centre Acanthes is intended for composers, interpreters, teachers and students who wish to broaden their theoretical and practical knowledge of contemporary musical creation. For workshop information email:


9th International Competition "Citta di Casarza Ligure" - Italy

Contributed by Patrizia Merciari

The 9th International Competition "Citta di Casarza Ligure" will be held in Casarza Ligure, Genoa from May 31st to June 7th, organized by the Casarza Ligure C. D. M. I. (Italian Centre for Music Teaching) in cooperation with the town of Ancona C.D.M.I., Liguria Region, Genoa Province, Petronio Valley Council, Pro Loco, A.P.T. Tigullio and Casarza Ligure Town Council.

The event will include competitions for accordion, keyboard, organ, guitar, wind and stringed instruments. Accordion classes will be available for standard and free bass instruments in a variety of age groups, Folk Accordions, and "First Notes" classes.

Prizes include diplomas, cups, medals, trophies and certificates. Winners will perform at a "Final Gala Concert" on June 7th , where the "Trophy Town of Casarza Ligure" prize will be presented.
Competition entries close on April 29th, 2003. For details email:



Jeanette Lewicki & The Gonifs Performance - USA

Jeanette Lewicki & The Gonifs will perform at Boaz Accordions in Berkeley on April 17th. The group includes Jeanette Lewicki (accordion & vocals), Peter Jaques (clarinet) and Rick Elmore (tuba). Jeanette studied Klezmer accordion and Yiddish singing tradition with masters in New York City and Europe. She is a long-standing member of the San Francisco Klezmer Experience, The Gonifs, and Max & Minka Accordion Spy Duo. For details phone: +1 510-845-1429


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Juri Kravets Quartett at Café Fenstergucker - Germany

The "Juri Kravets Quartett" will perform at the Café Fenstergucker in their hometown of Fürth/Bayern on April 24th. Their group includes Juri Kravets (bayan), André Schulz (bass), Stefan Seegel (drums) and Tobias Schöpcker (saxophone). For details email:


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"Swap" Tours UK

Swap"Swap", which includes Karen Tweed (accordion), Ian Carr (guitar), Ola Backstrom (violin) and Carina Normansson (violin and vocals) will tour England from April 10th to 19th. The group will perform in Cardiff (Wales), Worcester, Suffolk, Bath, Edinburgh (Scotland) and a final concert at the Queen's Hall in Stockport. For tour details email:



Album Sheet Music Now Available - Netherlands

CD coverAccordéon Mélancolique which includes accordionists Jean-Pierre Guiran and Cherie de Boer have had such great success with their latest CD "Parade des Poules", that Reba Productions Holland BV have published the sheet music of all tracks of the CD. Interested musicians can buy the CD with the music or separately but it is an advantage to have the CD to hear the duo's interpretation of the pieces.

The CD includes tracks such as "Parade des Poules", "Helena", "Tres Corazones" and "Takirari del regreso". For details email:



New CD by Athos Bassissi - Italy

Contributed by Carlo Fortunato

In his latest work, Athos Bassissi appears not only as an accordionist but in a new and challenging professional role. "Metropolis", a CD published by the Azzurra label, includes a series of original pieces and a cover of the famous "Libertango" by Astor Piazzolla. The genre is a sort of metropolitan tango which has little in common with dance music - it's a contemporary and exciting style, rich with ethnic and jazz contaminations which highlights the significant skills (as an arranger) of Bassissi, who manages with extreme care to mix modern rhythms and the acoustic sound of strings, brass instruments and the bandoneon. For further CD information email:


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New Accordion USA National News Online

A new edition of the Accordion USA, United States National Accordion News is now online. If you would like to contribute an item for this news either send it via the online submit form or email Kevin Friedrich at:


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FisarmonicaAntique Accordion Information

Emilia Fistetto (Italy) would like to hear from a collector interested in the antique 120 bass piano accordion (pictured). The whole instrument, even the metal parts, is marked with floral patterns. Email:



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