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This Weeks News


New Zealand Accordion Championships and Festival - New Zealand

The New Zealand Accordion Championships and Festival and South Pacific Accordion Championships will be held from May 30th to June 1st at Epsom Girls Grammar School in Epsom, Auckland.

The event will include a "Welcome Evening" for overseas competitors and guests, followed by two days of competitions for soloists, duos, trios, quartets ensembles and orchestras in a variety of age group classes. Entries close April 30th, 2003. For further details email:


Baltic International Accordion Quintet Tours Lithuania and Latvia

Contributed by Vladimir Ushakov

The Baltic International Accordion Quintet consisting of accordionists from Latvia (Svetlana Stavitskaya), Lithuania (Eduardas Gabnys and Gennady Savkov) and Russia (Sergei Likhachov and Vladimir Ushakov) have just completed a tour of Lithuania and Latvia. In Lithuania the Quintet performed at the International Accordion Festival in Shiauliaj from March 21st to 23rd, organized by the Shiauliaj Music Conservatoire.

The group then traveled to Limbazhi in Latvia, where they took part in the 7th biannual International Accordion Festival, organized by Viktor Nikandrov, Director of the Limbazhi Music School. On March 29th the Quintet took part in a concert in Riga's prestigious concert hall "Ave Sol".

Their tour program included different musical styles and genres including works by V. Locheris (Remembering Corelli), A. Templeton (Bach goes to Town), A. Byzov, Piazzolla, F. Poulenc, V. Gavrilin plus favorites like In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade, Chattanooga choo-choo etc.

During the upcoming summer, the ensemble will take part in the Summer festival & seminar in Palanga, Lithuanian. In Autumn they will perform at the International accordion festival in Daugavpils (Latvia) with a chamber orchestra. For future concert details email:



Duo Paris-Moscou Performs in Marcigny - France

Duo Paris-Moscou performed in Marcigny, Bourgogne (Domi's home region) on April 11th and 12th. Originally one concert was booked, but the duo were so popular that the Tourist Office of Marcigny, organized a second concert. The duo performed different musical styles showing the versatility of the accordion including classical music by Mozart, Rossini & Buxtehude, French variety by Claude Thomain, Marcel Azzola, Franck Angelis & Joé Rossi, Russian music by Bysov, Derbienko, Semionov, & Koniaiev and French musette pieces by Maurice Larcange.

The audience were given the opportunity to discover this variety of music performed on the accordion. The concert organizer was so impressed, they are planning an international festival for the accordion in the future.

During the last week, Roman & Domi also gave a master-class at the C.N.I.M.A in Larodde with students from the school, Nathalie Boucheix, Monsieur Mornet, Franck Angelis, Aurélien Noël, Claude Sauvage and Pascal Meurge. Attendees included students from France, Reunion Island, Japan and Poland.


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Klodzko Museum Concert - Poland

Accordionist Olexiy Suslov performed a concert of classical period music recently with Galyna Krival (piano) in the old Castle in Poland. Their program included works by Schubert, Saint-Saens and Tschaikowsky, as well as new compositions such as "Poem for accordion and piano" (Suslov). The event was organized by G. Preis, representative of Spiess-Urania.

This was followed on April 12th with a concert in the Klodzko Museum. This concert included works from the Classical and Baroque periods as well as compositions by Frescobaldi, Buxtehude, Lully, Kuhlau and Rameau. This concert was organized by the Director of the Klodzko Museum and Professor Rybczynski.


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St Gregory's Church Concert - England

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Milos Milivojevic performed Magnus Lindbergs solo work "Jeux d' Anches" in St Gregory's Church, Canterbury on March 26th. He also played in an ensemble of accordion, piano, clarinet, flute, violin and cello. The group premiered works by Wanja Aloe, Philip Venables and Maykai Yau. The concert was organized by the University of Canterbury. Milos Milivojivic's performance was highly praised by the musical director, Nicolas Cleobury.


Arabic Music Workshops - USA

Arabic Music Workshops will begin at Boaz Accordions on April 27th with tutor Elias Lammam, accordionist, composer, arranger and recording artist. Arabic-tuned accordions will be available. For details phone: +1 415-647-9689


Accordion Seminar with Claudio Jacomucci - Italy

Claudio Jacomucci will hold an accordion seminar from July 24th to 27th in Moscufo (province of Pescara). The event, which is organized by the "Mantice Armonico" Cultural Association will offer a methodology aimed at extending the expressive skills of the musicians as well as developing their relationship with the instrument and the acts of making music and listening to it.

The first part of the seminar will be an introduction on the Technique developed by F.M. Alexander, while the second will cover everyday practice strategies and specific accordion resources. The aim is to produce the ability to make interpretative choices based not on school models but on a deep awareness of the expressive and compositional characters of the work.

Each participant will be allowed to present a program of their own choice including pieces of different styles. Applications close on July 5th, 2003. For further information email:


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Dutch Reformed Church Concert - South Africa

Duo 2000 will perform at the Dutch Reformed Church of Wierda Park in Pretoria on April 23rd. Their program will include Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco (Verdi), Spanish Fantasy (Lara/Lecuona) and Hejre Kati (Jeno Hubay). For details email:



1st International Live Festival in Samara - Russia

Contributed by Anatoli Putintsev

The 1st International Live Festival was held at the Togliatti Arts Institute in Togliatti, Samara region in April. Performers included accordionists Sergey Voitenko, Yuri Medyanik and Aidar Gainullin, winner of the 2001 Coupe Mondiale in England.


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Emily Smith Band Tours Denmark

The Emily Smith Band have just completed a tour of Denmark performing in Portalen (Copenhagen), Farhus Forsamlingshus, Hejlsminde, Fermaten, GUF Middelfart, Tonder and a final concert in Andersen Haus on April 13th.

Singer and accordionist Emily Smith is an outstanding new talent on the Scottish music scene and is also a member of the accordion band "Koda". She is the 2002 winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award. The Emily Smith Band also features Ross Ainslie (whistles and Highland and Small pipes), Jamie McClennan (violin) and Sean O'Donnell (guitar).


Owen Murray Performs in London - England

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Owen Murray gave a recital in St. Marylebone Church, London on April 1st with cellist Oliver Coates. They performed works by Elena Firsova, Ernest Bloch, David Gorton, Stephane Altier and Saint-Saens.



"Concert Exceptionnel D'accordéon" - France

A concert entitled "Concert Exceptionnel D'accordéon" will be held on April 25th at the Eglise de Sciez in Haute-Savoie. Performers include Alexander Skliarov (who will perform works by Zolotarev, Chernikhov, Mozart and Bach) and an accordion quartet that includes Jérémy Vannereau, Denis Croisonnier, Pier-Yves Tetu and Patricia Croisonnier who will play a variety of classical and folk music. For further details email:


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Italian Accordionist Gigi Stok Dies

Contributed by Romano Viazzani

The City of Parma is mourning the loss of one of its musical sons. Gigi Stok died at the end of February this year after a 3 year battle against Alzheimers. He was buried on March 2nd in the village of his birth, Bianconese in the province of Parma where he began his career accompanying his father.

Gigi Stok (Luigi Stocchi) studied the accordion under the guidance of Maestro Marmiroli, who together with Savi were amongst the best accordionists of their era. At the age of 13 he made his public debut together with his father, a singing storyteller, and here started his road to fame. After the interruption of the second World War, Stok joined the Tamani Orchestra a famous ensemble of its day, and began to include some of his own compositions in the orchestra's repertoire.

Gigi was awarded the "Life Achievement Award" at the London Accordion Festival 2001. He was unfortunately unable to attend due to his already advancing illness but Corrado Medioli, who brought a letter of thanks from his wife Carolina, accepted the award on his behalf.

Gigi Stok limited himself to playing the dance music he knew best but raised the profile of the accordion and it's technical possibilities within that genre. He will be missed by many.


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Rose City Accordion Club Silver Falls Camp - USA

The Rose City Accordion Club will hold their annual camp at the Silver Falls Conference Center in Sublimity, Oregon from June 1st to 5th. The event will feature ensemble playing plus workshops and evening concerts in which everybody gets a chance to perform - lots of music and fun. For details email Geoff Levear at:



Concert Evening - Austria

Contributed by Heinrich Biegenzahn

A Concert Evening will be held in Vienna on May 21st. Performers include accordionist Sebastian Novak, Zsuzsa Varga (piano), Michael Minarik (saxophone) and Alfred Hertel (oboe). Their program will include works by Bach plus some own compositions by the performers. For details email:



New Accordion Book: Akordeoi alaia, Jolly accordion - Spain

Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

Ricardo Llanos (Spain) has edited a second edition of his accordion method Acordéon divertido (Akordeoi alaia, Jolly accordion). The book is totally translated into English, so is available now in three languages: Spanish, Basque and English. Relevant text aimed for teachers is now in the methodological guide section. This means that the section directly aimed at the student is now much clearer and the section for teachers is more compact.

Almost all the pages have been redesigned and more drawings have been added. New sections include:

  1. Complete redesign of the chapter dedicated to the student's position and to the holding of the accordion.
  2. Redesign and new elaboration of the chapter dedicated to the bellows, resulting in a now much more attractive presentation for the student.
  3. Two new cards specially dedicated to the coordination of the two hands.
  4. A clearer and more extensive study of articulation.
  5. A greater clarity in the explanation of fingering as well as a generalization to the different methods of changing position.
  6. Restructuring and extension of the chapter dedicated to the accompaniment of the um-pa-pa type.
  7. Use of the songs for improvisation.
  8. More clarity in the presentation of scales.
  9. The bibliography has been modernized with new references

For more information please email:


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New Double CD "O Brasil Da Sanfona" - Brazil

Contributed by Felipe Pereira

A new double CD entitled "O Brasil Da Sanfona" is now available. The CD project is focused on 4 regions of Brazil where the accordion has special meaning and is part of the daily life of its people: The Northeast, including 9 states of the nation, rich in popular culture and religious traditions, Central Brazil, São Paulo, the biggest metropolis in South America, and Rio Grande do Sul, the lower tip of the country, between Uruguai and Argentina, influenced by the Spanish, Italian, German and Indian cultures.

The two CDs were recorded live in São Paulo, Brazil. Performers include Dominguinhos, Camarão, Dino Rocha, Arlindo dos 8 Baixos, Zé Calixto, Renato Borghetti, Luciano Maia, Gilberto Monteiro, Oscar do Reis, Toninho Ferragutti, Caçulinha, Gilda Montans, Meire Genaro and Regina Weissman.

Tracks include"Toque de Pife", "Festejo", "Espinha de Bacalhau" and "Adiós Nonino". For further details email:


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Updated Sites Updated information on the accordion duo of Jean-Pierre Guiran and Cherie de Boer.


Antique Accordion Information

Kathy Mayer would like information on the 1905 G. Galleazzi button accordion (pictured) such as history, general information and a possible estimate of its worth. Email:

Richard Harding would like information on an antique Puccini Superba piano accordion, black and white in color with rhinestones. Email:



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