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Editors Note

Accordions Worldwide Office Manager Tatiana Lanchtchikova will travel to Italy next week to attend the Citta di Castelfidardo Competition and Festival, which begins on October 8th. Tatiana will be a member of the jury at this competition and will return home after the competition finishes on October 12th. If you have any urgent queries while Tatiana is away please email Christine at:

Wayne Knights Webmaster


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"Days of Finland" Festival - Russia

Contributed by Sergej Tchirkov

Accordionist Marjut Tynkkynen (accordion teacher at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki) performed in the St. Petersburg Glinka Philharmonic Hall with the famous "Avanti! Orchestra" during the recent "Days of Finland" Festival. Their program included a double concerto for accordion, extended violin (a special construction which allows you to play on all four strings at the same time) and ensemble by Boris Filanovsky. This was the third performance of this work which is entitled "Polyphonion". The work was premiered in 2002 by Sergej Tchirkov (accordion), Vlad Pessine (extended violin) and eNsemble conducted by Fyodor Lednev.

Marjut Tynkkynen together with John Storgoards (violin) and Avanti! (conducted by Susanne Melkki) once again showed the versatility of the accordion in new complex chamber music.

Other pieces performed by the Avanti! Orchestra that evening included orchestral works by Magnus Lindberg, Jukka Tiensuu, Kaja Saariaho and Jan Sibelius.




Citta di Castelfidardo Competition and Festival Guest Performers - Italy

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kamp

The Citta di Castelfidardo Competition and Festival which begins on October 8th will include a variety of performances from guest accordionists. On October 8th, the Paris Moscou Duo and the Fisorchestra "Luciano Fancelli" will perform at the Nuovo Teatro Astra. The next day the "Quinteto De L'angel" (Italy) will perform. This group includes Cesare Chiacchiaretta (accordion), Paolo Angelucci (violin), Marco Colacioppo (piano), Nicola Di Camillo (double bass) and Roberto Desiderio (percussion).

Over the remaining days entertainment will be provided by Vinicio Capossela (Italy), Duo Vladimir Zubitsky (accordion) & Natalja Zubitskaja (Ukraine), Orchestra Sinfonica "Ars Musica" (Italy) directed by Antonio Cericola, and soloists Mirco Patarini & Renzo Ruggieri who will play works by Piazzolla, Zolotariov & Bernstein.




Holy Cross Church Concert - Finland

Accordionist Mika Väyrynen will perform a recital at the Holy Cross Church in Lahti on September 28th. This church is known as the "home" of the Lahti International Organ festival held every summer. Mika's program will include the complete "Goldberg Variations", a monumental work by Johann Sebastian Bach. For details email:


Accordionist Takes Part in the "Brave Hearts of Scotland" Tour - Australia

Australian based accordionist/entertainer John Macdonald will take part in a 30 show concert tour of Australia as the featured artist in the salute to "The Brave Hearts of Scotland" tour comprising of the Massed Pipes and Drums, Dancers, & Singers.

The tour will commence at the Gold Coast Arts Centre on October 3rd. Further concerts will be held at the Brisbane Concert Hall (October 11th), Melbourne Concert Hall (31st) and the Sydney Opera House (November 1st). For a full list of concerts please see Future Events.


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Concert Dedicated to Luciano Berio - Italy

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Musica Insieme Association of Milan, Italy, has organized an evening dedicated to the memory of Luciano Berio on September 29th. The event will include some of his most significant chamber music compositions. Performances will be given by Ivano Battiston (accordion), Oreste Bossini, Andrea Lucchesini (piano), Danilo Rossi (violin) and the string quartet Quartetto d'archi di Torino. Battiston will play Sequenza XIII (chanson).



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Pigalle44 Kwartet Concerts - Netherlands

Contributed by Jan Brouwer

The Pigalle44 Kwartet will perform at the Casablanca Jazz Club in Zeedijk, Amsterdam on October 28th, November 25th and December 23rd. The group, which features accordionist Gert Wantenaar and guitarist Reinier Voet play a variety of styles such as Django Reinhardt, musette, Jo Privat & Johnny Meijer pieces.

Admission to these concerts is free of charge. For further details email:


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Festival Concerts - Europe

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Claudio Jacomucci is currently touring several European countries performing at a variety of events. In June, at the Synthese Festival in Bourges (France) he played new compositions for accordion and electronics by Gabriele Manca, Lucio Garau, Nicola Sani and Stefano Bonilauri. After that, Jacomucci performed at the Pescara and Castelbasso festivals in Italy, with the ContrasTango quartet (accordion, violin, guitar and double bass). The quartet played pieces by Kancheli, Stravinsky and Piazzolla.

From there Jacomucci traveled to Zurich and Chiasso (Switzerland) where he played "Opera della Notte" ("Night Opera") by Swiss composer Mario Pagliarani. In Bern (Switzerland) he performed with pianist Marco Dalpane (Reithalle).

These concerts were followed, by an Alexander Technique and accordion seminar at the Associazione Mantice Armonico in Moscufo, Pescara (Italy).

On September 26th, Jacomucci will travel to Castel dell'Ovo, Naples, for a performance of "Feria IV" (by Franco Donatoni). Future concerts include a performance of the work "Golem" (by Francisco Lalicata) at the Teatro di Reggio Emilia (Italy) on October 23rd and 24th. For further details email:



New Celebrity Interview Online

A new Celebrity Interview with Sergey Michailovitch Kolobkov at the Russian Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow is now online in English and German.


La Fiesta Concert - USA

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordion Jazz Duo Tony Dannon & Joe Cerrito will perform at La Fiesta in Woodridge, N.J. on November 16th. This is a special testimonial concert for Dick Contino sponsored by the American Accordionists Association. The duo will play a variety of jazz pieces such as "Satin Doll" accompanied by bass and drums. Dick Contino will also perform at the event. For details email:



Tango Dance Show - Argentina

Contributed by Carolina Soler

The La Quartada Tango Orquestra will perform a Tango Dance Show at Sarmiento 3501 in Buenos Aires on October 4th presented by Almatango. The show, which will include a variety of Piazzolla tangos has just completed a tour of Australia and New Zealand performing at major venues in Christchurch (NZ), Melbourne, Brisbane and the Sydney Opera House (Australia).

The show is directed by pianist Gabriel Clenar and includes Hugo Satorre (bandoneon), Marcelo Rebuffi (violin) and Claudio Canestrari (bass). For details email:


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7th Annual "Migliori diplomati d'Italia" Competition in Castrocaro Terme - Italy

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

After four months of great music, the 7th edition of the "Migliori diplomati d'Italia" competition chose its winners and awarded, for the first time in its history, a female accordionist - Daniela Maimone. Daniela graduated last year from the "L. Cherubini" Conservatory in Florence under the guidance of Ivano Battiston.

Other awards went to Ivan Donchev (Bulgaria - piano) and Daniela Cammarano (Salerno - violin). The three musicians will be given the opportunity to record a CD with pieces they performed during the event. The winners were also awarded the SIAE prizes.

The event, organized by Castrocaro Classica and by the "G. Rossini" Music School directed by Monaldo Barconi, aims to give young musicians the opportunity to take part in important concerts and festivals including the Emilia Romagna Festival, Carnegie Hall in New York (USA), and Euterpe Association in Rome. The young musicians will next perform on October 4th at the Padiglione delle Terme di Castrocaro.


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3rd Pakefield International Accordion Festival Success - England

Contributed by Heather Smith

The 3rd Pakefield International Accordion Festival, which took place from September 12th to 16th, was a great success with over 300 accordion enthusiasts attending the event. In the short time since this event first took place, it is now rapidly growing into a major accordion event in the UK. Presented by Accordion Profile magazine, the festival is organized by Co-Editor Heather Smith, who this year welcomed international artists Duo Paris-Moscou (France), Claude Thomain (France) and Giancarlo Caporilli (Italy) to perform there. Each received standing ovations after their performances, from the appreciative and enthusiastic audience. The appearance of Claude Thomain (France) was especially historic, as this was the first time he had ever performed in a foreign country. His compositions are very popular in England and to hear them played so beautifully by the composer was a rare experience for everyone.

UK Artists who performed were Norvic Concordia, Charlie Watkins, David Lukins, Peter Ayers, Gary Blair, Bert Santilly, John Nixon and Heather Smith.

Workshops took place during each day including Scottish Orchestra (Gary Blair), Jazz Group (Bert Santilly), Buskers Group (Johnny Coleclough), Elementary Orchestra (Peter Whiteley), Intermediate Orchestra (Brian Jenkins), Vintage Accordions (Heather Smith) and Big Band (John Nixon). Special workshops were presented by David Lukins (Latin American), MIDI (Peter Whiteley). In addition, daily "Free & Easy" sessions were organized by Adrienne Sharpe, as was the 'Songs of Praise'.

The auction of accordions etc was presented by Frank Swindell and Johnny Coleclough. A masterclass was given by Domi & Roman (Duo Paris-Moscou), dance music was played by Adrienne Sharpe and Peter Whiteley and Scottish dance music was played by Gary Blair. After each concert (which took place in the Princes Showbar), late night jazz was played each evening in the Queen Vic bar, by David Lukins.

Excellent trade displays were presented by WEM (Charlie & June Watkins) and The Accordion Shop (Bev & Val Lovell). The weather was hot and sunny, which gave the people who weren't participating in the workshops time to relax during the day in the lovely surroundings. Accordion music could be heard all around the holiday centre, with people playing outdoors or in their chalets with the doors wide open.

Next year's event will take place from September 24th to 28th. For details email:



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Romanko Tours Switzerland

Contributed by Jutta Menn

Accordionist Viktor Romanko began a concert tour of Switzerland on September 13th with a performance at the Kirche Dietlikon. During the next week Romanko performed at the Michaeliskirche Aawangen, in Herzogenbuchsee, Amriswil and Brüttisellen. Final concerts will be held in Uster (September 27th) and Winterthur (28th). For future concert information email:



Cleveland Chamber Symphony Concert - USA

Accordionists Henry Doktorski and Joseph Natoli performed with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony in a concert on September 22nd. The two performed Erwin Schulhoff's "HMS Royal Oak" (1930), a jazz oratorio for narrator, soprano, tenor, mixed choir and symphonic jazz orchestra, based on text by Otto Rombach.

H.M.S. Royal Oaks was first performed in a radio broadcast in Brno, Czechoslovakia in 1935 and is orchestrated for strings, brass, percussion, piano, celesta, 2 banjos, 3 saxophones and 2 accordions. The two accordions are used in two tango movements and are prominently featured throughout, especially in the second tango, which is scored for only tenor, 2 banjos and 2 accordions.



Jazz and Hip-Hop Concert - France

Accordionist Ludovic Beier will join DJ Léonard and Örsten (Finland) for a concert with a difference! On October 4th the trio will entertain at the Centre d'Art Contemporain in Paris organized by La Casa Menthe. Their program will include a mix of jazz, samba and hip-hop. For details email:


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Principe Performs in Stradella - Italy

Contributed by Nello Gabrielloni

An article published in the daily paper "La Provincia Pavese" celebrated the great success that crowned the recent performances of "accordion legend" Peppino Principe, who won the "World Oscar of the Accordion" award (the highest international award) in 1961.

Recently, he appeared as guest star in an event entitled "Suoni Dell'altro Mondo" (Sounds from another World), which included four evenings dedicated to traditional folk music. The main concert closing the event took place on September 6th. The evening, called "Fisarmonie", included a performance by Principe, who played with his Trio: L. Franceschetti (piano), M. Sereno (bass) and S. Mattei (drums). This was the first time Principe has performed in Stradella (home of the accordion).

The concert received high acclaim from several daily papers with comments such as "a simply extraordinary concert" and positive words about the "revival" of the accordion.

On September 21st Principe performed a concert in Rivarolo Mantovano dedicated to the memory of Gorni Kramer, a great friend of Principe's.



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Talent Quest Winner - New Zealand

Contributed by Annemarie Panzic

On September 9th accordionist Kristina Panzic won the Orewa College Talent Quest. Playing Cubanola (Pietro Frosini) Kristina was awarded the "Most Outstanding Instrumental Performance" and then chosen as the "Most Outstanding Solo Performance" of the evening, competing against vocal, drama and dance items. The adjudicators included Elizabeth Hawthorne from AUT Performing Arts and Sheryl Davies, Head of Music Pinehurst School. Kristina won a music voucher and a basket of edible "goodies" for her efforts.




Accordion Quartet Performance - Uruguay

Contributed by Luis Latorre

The "Cuarteto de Cámara de Acordeones San Sebastian" performed at the Espacio Cultural San Sebastián Del Piquete in Montevideo, Uruguay on September 20th and 21st. The quartet includes accordionists Jorge González Arca, Luis Alberto Latorre, Gerardo Mañana and Andrés
Gaydosz. For information on future concerts email:


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International Accordion Competition "Premio di Montese" - Italy

The IX International Accordion Competition "Premio di Montese" was held on September 13th and 14th in the mountain region of North Italy. This year nearly 70 competitors took part from a wide range of countries from England to Kazakistan.

The international Jury included Anatoly Semeshko (Ukraine), Raymond Bodell (England), Lorenzo Munari (Italy), Marija Martinkiene (Lithuania) and Vladimir Zubitsky President (Italy-Ukraine).


Classical Variety Junior:
10 years - Belfiore Gilles (Italy), Grazvydas Volkovas, Grigalevicius Zilvinas (Lithuania)
12 years - Vladislav Nikitov (Ukraine), Martynas Levickis (Lithuania), Luca Aldini (Italy)
14 years - Mattia Paganini (Italy)
16 years - Ljudmyla Vereshchako (Ukraine)
18 years - Larysa Bodell (England), Gianluca Groppo (Italy)

Classical Senior:
Marius Laurinaitis (Lithuania), Tatyana Rodina (Kazakistan), Roman Yusipey (Ukraine)

Variety Senior:
Martynas Norvilas (Lithuania), Aleksandr Chuev (Greece), Dario Delaiti (Italy)

Chamber music:
Quintet - L. Onaitis, D. Vasauskiene, Z. Bruziene, V. Poneliene, J. Mazonaite (Lithuania)

"Trofeo di Montese":
Acco-duo - Dmytro Zagorodniy & Oleksiy Kolomiets (Ukraine)


"Top Dog Run" Entertain at Dance Party - USA

Popular new band "Top Dog Run" entertained at a Balkan dance party at the Slavonic Cultural Center in San Francisco, California on September 19th. The band, which includes Lisa Ekstrom (vocals and accordion), Dena Bjornlie (vocals and gudulka), Mary Farris (clarinet, saxophone and vocals), Tom Farris (percussion) and Bill Lanphier (bass) play a variety of Bulgarian, Macedonian and Romani tunes in exciting rhythms such as 5, 7, 9, and 11 rhythms.




New Sites

It is a pleasure to welcome the following website holder to Accordions Worldwide. We invite you to visit this website to familiarize yourself with the site and service they have to offer.
Information on Le Grand Bal - a 5 CD set includes performances by a variety of accordionists



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Updated Sites
Updated information on French accordionist Pierre Mussi
Updated information on US jazz duo Tony Dannon and Joe Cerrito
Updated information on French entertainer Jean-Louis Noton
Updated information on Russian concert artist, teacher and composer Viacheslav Semionov
Updated information on Fisitalia Accordion manufacturers based in Castelfidardo, Italy
Updated information on French accordionist Jerome Richard


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