Accordions Worldwide
AWW logo
Other Languages
Deutsch Franšais Italiano Espa˝ol Chinese Russian
2nd May 2003 This weeks news | Past News | Send news
Las Vegas International Accordion Convention

Editors Note

Accordions Worldwide Office Manager Tatiana Lanchtchikova has now returned from a two week concert tour of the South Island of New Zealand. Tatiana will answer your emails as soon as possible and thanks you for your patience.

Wayne Knights Webmaster


Master Sound

This Weeks News


Freight Ship Concert - Netherlands

Accordéon Mélancolique which includes accordionists Jean-Pierre Guiran and Cherie de Boer, will entertain on the freight ship "Salve", which has been transformed into an artistic center on May 17th at Veemkade 267, Amsterdam. Their program will celebrate the start of a new concert season and include a variety of classical music such as Amorcito (from the Antilles), Penawar Duka (from Indonesia) and The Highland Reel (from Scotland). For details email:


University of Stirling Summer School Courses - Scotland

The University of Stirling Summer School Courses will begin on May 17th and 18th with an "Accordion Playing" course tutored by Ivor Britton & Ian Muir. The course, which is held at Airthrey Castle in Stirling, is suitable for players at all levels excluding beginners. Further accordion courses are scheduled for July 6th to 11th and August 11th to 15th. For details email:



Music in the Mountains Festival - South Africa

Duo 2000 will perform at the Music in the Mountains Festival at the Drakensberg Boys Choir School in Champagne Valley, Drakensberg on May 4th. The duo will play with soprano Deirdré Blignaut. Their program will include "Non ti scordar di me" (Neapolitan love song), "Ciribiribin", "Waltz of the Flowers" (Tchaikovsky) and others. For further details email:


Master Sound

Accordionist Performs with "Lohja Orchester" - Finland

Mika Väyrynen will perform with the "Lohja Orchester" (conducted by Juha Nikkola) an May 8th at the Laurentius-hall in Lohja. Their program will include Concerto by Astor Piazzolla. For information email:


Ranco Accordions

Paris-Moscow Duo Sheep Farm Performances in Thoiry - France

Paris-Moscow DuoThe Paris-Moscow Duo performed two concerts on a sheep farm in Thoiry on April 25th and 26th. The concerts began with a performance by accordionist Cecile Rouph (C.N.I.M.A. student) who played Russian Dance (Shenderiov), Aquarelle d'automne (Celino Bratti) and Nervioso (tango).

The audience who were from Germany, Switzerland, Russia and France enjoyed a specially prepared dinner from the sheep farm while they discovered some styles of music they didn't realize the accordion could perform.

Concert organizer M. Rouph (director of the farm) is a member of the Thoiry theater troop and organizes a number of concerts each month, including an annual accordion concert. Future plans include a 4 day accordion festival in 2004 with guests such as Franck Angelis, a tango group, Duo "Paris-Moscow" and other artists.


New Work Premiered at Carl Nielsen Academy of Music - Denmark

Contributed by Owen Murray

Branko Djordjevic (accordion) and Hanna Askou (violin) premiered a work by the Danish composer, Peter Fieve entitled "Eftertaenksom Dans" at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Odense on April 21st. Their program also included works by Bach, Jonas Tamoulionis, Vivaldi and Piazzolla.


Richard Galliano in Genoa - Italy

Contributed by Carlo Fortunato

The famous Genoa Harbour set the scene on April 17th for a performance by well known accordionist Richard Galliano in yet another memorable tango and jazz musical event. The concert, which took place at the Porto Antico theatre, consisted of two parts. Firstly it was the duo of Xavier Girotto (accordion) and Luciano Biondini (saxophone - Argentina) that came on stage, followed in the second half by the much-awaited and accomplished performance of Richard Galliano, rich with extraordinary improvisations. The audience included several enthusiasts and accordionists, such as Gianluca Campi and Emilio Cervetto.

The concert was capped off by a trio performance of a well-known piece by Galliano in which he, Biondini & Girotto were truly astonishing!


Master Sound

41st National Music Competition - Macedonia

Zoran KirjakovskiContributed by Anica Karakutovska

The 41st National Music Competition was held in Skopje from April 17th to 19th organized by the Association of Music and Ballet pedagogues from the Republic of Macedonia (member of
EMCY - European Union of Music Competitions for Youth).

The opening concert, held at the concert hall of the Music high school Ilija Nikolovski-Luj-Skopje, included performances by an accordion trio consisting of Zoran Kirjakovski, Goran Stankovski and Kosto Todorovski. The trio were winners of the special prize at the 40th National Competition for chamber music held in 2002.

Zoran & ZoricaThe competition included classes for accordion, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet,
horn, trombone, percussion instruments and vocalists. The jury consisted of five accordion pedagogues from Macedonia who judged the accordion competitors. President of the jury was Professor Zorica Karakutovska.

Competition winners:

I category (12 years and younger): Georgi Ciric
II category (up to 15 years of age): Aleksandar Kolovski (awarded with a special prize)
III category (up to 17 years of age): Kosto Todorovski
IV category (up to 19 years of age): Zoran Kirjakovski (awarded with a special prize)

The closing concert (held on April 19th) at the Music Academy in Skopje, included performances by winners of special and first prizes in all competition categories. A special jury declared Zoran Kirjakovski the laureate of the whole competition. He will represent the Republic of Macedonia at the upcoming European Music Competition for Youth.



Concert & Course with Anne Landa - Spain

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Anne Landa held a short course for Galician musicians on the Alexander technique from April 4th to 6th at the Ferrol Conservatory. The course included techniques on improving the musician's own performance through the Alexander Technique, and included individual and group classes. Eighteen musicians from around Galicia (most of them accordionists), attended the course. Anne also performed a concert of works by Bach (Goldberg Variations), Mozart (Sonata) and Andriessen (Overture to Orpheus) at the Auditorio Torrente Ballester of Ferrol on April 4th.


Las Vegas International Accordion Convention

Spring Celebration Concert - USA

Th "K" TrioThe "K" Trio (Mary Kasprzyk Tokarski, Julie Kasprzyk Cardona and Walter Kasprzyk) will perform at a concert entitled "Celebrating Spring with Music!" at the Greenwich Arts Council Meeting Room in the Old Town Hall in Greenwich, CT on May 18th. The trio will play with members of the Schubert Club.

The "K" Trio are currently working on their third CD which will comprise of a variety of classical works such as Debussy's "Clair de Lune", Mozart's "Overture to the Marriage of Figaro", Lecuona's "Malaguena", Schubert's "Trio in B Flat", Saint-Saens' "The Elephant" from 'Carnival of the Animals', Dohnanyi's "Serenade, Opus 10" and many more. Further details will be posted as soon as possible.

For further concert information email:


French Accordion Seminar - France

Accordionist Bruno Maurice will tutor the accordion at the French International Accordion Seminar at the International Music Academy "Guérande and Pays de Loire" held from August 15th to 31st in Guérande (north west France).

The seminar will include preparation for international competitions and for competitions at the Paris Conservatory. Advanced courses will also be given for preparation of concert performance or recording, analysis of musical pieces, assertion of musical personality by the total control of the instrument. Further courses will be available in the study of physical positions, knowledge of sound adjustments, tuning of voices, discovery of the accordion repertoire and records of international soloists plus an introduction to improvisation.

For further details email:



Jack Emblow & Tony Compton at Soar Valley - England

Jack Emblow's "Art van Damme" accordionContributed by Mike O'Regan

Jack & Tony on stageOn April 27th a capacity crowd attended the Rothley Centre to hear Jack (the Guv'nor) Emblow and Tony Compton perform some of their inimitable duo jazz pieces, organized by the Soar Valley Accordion Club. Jack played his rare "Art van Damme" Excelsior (vintage 1950s) while Tony played his Farfisa Syntaccordion. As the duo have been playing together for about 30 years, it is not surprising that they have a level of rapport which is second to none.

Their program included a wide variety of music such as "Summertime", "Crazy Rhythm", "Belle of the Ball", "Canadian Capers", "Samba de Orfeo", plus some more unusual pieces like "The Train" and "Musette for a Magpie" (specially written for Jack). This pair were even able to give a new perspective on such hackneyed pieces as "Spanish Eyes" and "Danny Boy". The evening ended with Jack and Tony signing autographs and records.


Master Sound

Suslov Performs in Krasków - Poland

Olexiy SuslovAccordionist Olexiy Suslov performed a concert in Krasków on April 23rd. His program included compositions by J. B. Lully, F. Kuhlau and J. F. Rameau as well as new compositions such as Sonatina in neo-classical style (Suslov).


Las Vegas International Accordion Convention

Amnesty International Peace Concert - New Zealand

A team of top-billing Kiwi and international performing artists will join forces with AINZ to stage the first Artists for Amnesty International Human rights benefit concert at St Matthew-in-the-City Anglican church in Auckland on May 18th.

The three-hour concert will promote the message that 'no peace is possible without human rights' and raise urgently-needed funds for Amnesty International's worldwide human rights campaigning. Performers include Tatiana Lanchtchikova with Vivo and Bravura, Ensemble Philharmonia, Tour de Tango dancers, Jackie Clarke, Miranda Adams, Jonathan Besser & more! Tickets are available at Ticketek or at the church door.



Successful Accordion "Peñas" - Argentina

Contributed by Angel Russo

The traditional AIDA accordion "Peñas" began again recently with great enthusiasm. A large number of participants danced to music performed by accordionists in the association. Accordion enthusiasts are invited to attend future celebrations. These musical evenings will be held regularly on the first and third Sunday of each month in Capital federal, Buenos Aires. For details email:



Complesso Fisarmonicisti Città di Varese Performances - Italy

Contributed by Luigi Luoni

The Complesso Fisarmonicisti Città di Varese will perform with the Guitar Orchestra " I Trovieri" at the Teatro Nuovo, Piazza Mercato in Varese on May 17th. The following evening (May 18th) the orchestra will perform at the Teatro Comunale di Nerviano in Nerviano, Milan. Their program will include a mix of classical and non classical music. For concert details email:


Master Sound

In Store Concert - USA

Accordionist Jon Hammond will perform an In Store concert at Rasputin's Records in Berkeley, California on May 3rd. Jon will perform songs from his album "Hammond's Bolero" with Alan Hall (drums) and Alex Budman. For details email:


Las Vegas International Accordion Convention

Quinteto Piazzolla Concert - England

The Quinteto Piazzolla with Joanna MacGregor & James Crabb will perform at the Barbican Centre in London on May 2nd. The group who are dedicated to the legacy of Astor Piazzolla, will perform a passionate blend of classical, jazz and tango. For details phone: +44 207 638 8891


Two Brand New Accordions Stolen - Australia

Contributed by Bernadette Conlon

Two brand new Dallape Super Maestro Organtone accordions were stolen from a music store in Melbourne. The accordions were out on display and were stolen without their cases. Interestingly, the accordions were the only items stolen in a large music shop crammed full of new musical instruments from guitars, banjoes, saxophones, trumpets, drums, amplifiers, etc.

Police will be advertising the theft in "Crimestoppers" Australia wide, as they consider a good chance of recovery if the instruments are still in Australia. If you can help please email:



New Edition of 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:


Master Sound

New Sites

It is a pleasure to welcome the following website holders to Accordions Worldwide. We invite you to visit their websites to familiarize yourself with their sites and services they have to offer. Information on the Jeunesse Accordeon du Sundgau orchestras and music school in Oltingue, France Information on the Ottavianelli Accordion Factory in Castelfidardo, Italy Information on Italian accordionist Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi, winner of many national and international competitions


Las Vegas International Accordion Convention

Updated Sites Updated concert schedule for The "K" Trio which includes Mary Kasprzyk Tokarski, Julie Kasprzyk Cardona and Walter Kasprzyk



Home | Client Index | News Center | Yellow Pages
Services | General Info | Publications | Accordion Info