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Accordions Worldwide Office Manager Tatiana Lanchtchikova has now returned from a successful concert tour of both the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Tatiana performed at popular and well attended festivals in Auckland and Nelson with well known New Zealand singer/songwriter Don McGlashan, "Bravura" and " Vivo". The group also made several television appearances. It is great to see the accordion receiving such positive exposure in New Zealand

Excellent TV promotion of our instrument is also happening in many other countries and it was interesting, that a Special Award was given to Giuliano Cameli last weekend at the Castelfidardo Festival. This award was for his TV performances in many different countries including Finland, Venuzeula, Australia, and Canada.

Wayne Knights Webmaster

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Citta Di Castelfidardo 28th Premio Concorso Internationale Competition and Festival - Italy

Paolo PicchioThe 2003 Citta Di Castelfidardo event featured an excellent mix of competition classes during the day and interesting concerts. On Wednesday evening, an array of accordionists backed superbly by one of Italy’s most famous dance orchestras, Orchestra Borghesi, put together a very professional quality evening of many different styles of dance music, greatly appreciated by the near capacity audience.

Nikolas LazioThursday evening featured the Paris-Moscow duo and the Fisorchestra "Luciano Fancelli di Terni. Friday evening was the very popular band of Vinicio Capossela plus various guest accordionists. This band had the many young people there dancing enthusiastically in the aisles and yelling "more, more more". Saturday's concerts included Vladimir and Natalia Zubitsky (accordion and piano) and the Orchestra Sinfonica "Ars Musica" featuring soloists Mirco Patarini and Renzo Ruggieri.

Alexander Dmitriev & his studentOne stand out competition performance was the Category A winner Nikolas Lazio of Austria. This remarkable 11 year old achieved the highest marks of the whole event and won the hearts of the prize giving audience with his excellent performance. Event Director Artistico Paolo Picchio and the city officials should be congratulated on a superb event, featuring the accordion and demonstrating its ability to perform a tremendous array of different musical styles. Dates for next year are 13 to 17 October 2004.

Sergei OsokinCompetition Results:
1st Premio Internationale Solo: Sergei Osokin (Russia)
1st Premio Orchestra: Akud Sonja Marinkovic Orchestra (Yugoslavia)
1st Category D solo: Mijatovic Rade (Yugoslavia)
Click here for a full list of results.



1st Prague Accordion Festival – Czech Republic

Contributed by Pavel Svarc

The 1st Prague Accordion Competition and Festival was held successfully in Prague on October 3rd and 4th. Over 250 musicians from four countries participated in four different competition categories.

The Prako Accordion Orchestra won the Accordion Ensemble category with the "Adamsi" Ensemble Vrhniki (Slovenia) taking prizes in the orchestra categories.

International jury members L Horák and P. Trojan (Czech republic) and R. Kákoni (Slovakia) awarded golden diplomas and complimented the winners on their performances. Sebastian Hahn, conductor of the Theilheim Accordion Orchestra was awarded the conductor prize.

High achievements were presented to accordion orchestras from the Musikschule Marienbad (Czech Republic) and Musikschule Smederevo (Serbia).

The 2nd festival will be held from from May 27th to 29th, 2005 with the same categories as this year. For further details email:

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International Accordion Festival – USA

The 2003 International Accordion Festival will be held at the beautiful La Villita Plaza, on the banks of the San Antonio River in historic downtown San Antonio, Texas on October 18th and 19th. The event, which includes entertainment on multiple stages outdoors is free of charge and organized by International Accordion Festival staff, City of San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs and the Witte Museum staff.

This year twenty ensembles will play music from around the globe: Cajun, Merengue, Zydeco, Conjunto, Klezmer, Vallenato, French Canadian, Basque, Irish music and more. The accordion will be presented in many flavors - the bandoneón, concertina and piano accordion, to name only a few.

Performers include John Williams (concertina, flute, and button box player), Dean Magraw (guitar) and Mark Stone (percussion), Terrance Simien & The Mallet Playboys, Yuri Yunakov Ensemble, Aniceto Molina, The Gypsies, Don Lipovac Orchestra, Joaquin Diaz and Shati, Los Dos Gilbertos, Glovertango, Conjunto Aztlan, Ginny Mac & Tonic, Jubilee Polka Band, Touch of Cajun, Serge Laîné & Friends and Los Dos Gilbertos.

In addition the festival will include a variety of workshops highlighting various music styles, accordion construction workshops and an Open Mike moderated by Laura Niland.

For further information email:



Accordionist Tours Israel

The Klaus Paier Trio, which includes Klaus Paier (accordion & bandoneon), Stefan Gfrerer (bass) and Roman Werni (drums) will tour Israel from November 4th to 8th. The trio will perform with the Israel Sinfonietta at their first concert in Beer Sheva on November 4th. This will be followed by performances in Jerusalem (6th), Givatayim (7th) and Raanana (8th). For details email:

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Tränen, Tabak & Tequila Tour – Germany

HISSContributed by Jenny Findeis

Popular group “HISS” which features accordionist Stefan Hiss is currently touring Germany during October and November. Concerts will be held in Oelde, Lauenbrück, Besigheim, Meidelstetten, Hof, Griesheim, Aschersleben and Bad Oeynhausen. As part of this tour, the group will present their new CD at the Theaterhaus in Stuttgart on November 20th. For further details email:


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Accordionist Featured on Worldwide Radio Broadcast - USA

Accordionist Jon Hammond had music from his CD “Hammond's Bolero” featured on a worldwide radio broadcast on VOA (Voice Of America) during Doug Levine's "Border Crossings Show" on October 11th.

This week Jon will travel to China for two concerts in the jazz club of the famous Portman Ritz Carlton Hotel together with musical director Danny Woody and some very special musicians from Shanghai. These concerts will take place on October 17th & 18th in association with the International Music China event.

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Accordion With Symphony Orchestra – Spain

Contributed by Sem Sobrino

Accordionist Raúl Álvarez performed in four concerts with the Symphony Orchestra of Castile and León on September 26th & 27th and October 2nd & 3rd. The concerts were held in Leon, Soria and Valladolid. Their program included Jazz Suite No 2 (Shostakovich) where the composer specially included unusual instruments such as four saxophones, guitar and accordion.


Stockholm Accordion Festival - Sweden

Contributed by Anita Agnas

The 4th Accordion festival will be held in Stockholm on November 28th and 29th. The event will include a variety of Folk music as well as avant garde by accordionists from The Royal College of Music in Stockholm and Malmö including both students, teachers, friends and specially invited guests. Special guest Max Bonnay will also entertain. For further details email:


6th “Ball Tango Argentino” – Germany

The 6th annual “Ball Tango Argentino” will be held in the Wuppertal historical ballroom on October 18th. The event will include a display of over 140 bandoneons, CD’s, jewellery, dance shoes and art related to the tango. In addition there will be a variety of shows, concerts and workshops. Performers include Orquesta Ttipíca Silencio with bandoneonists Rainer Volkenborn and Guillermo Destaillats. For further details email:


Music and Dance from Egypt and Turkey - USA

The “Aywah! Dance Company” will perform music and dance from Egypt, Turkey, and the Turkish and Balkan Roma at two events this month. The first will be held at The Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station, California on October 24th and the second at Open Secret in San Rafael, California on October 25th. Performers include Katarina Burda (accordion). For ticket information phone: +1 415 663 1075


Accordionist Featured on National Television - Australia

Visually impaired virtuoso accordionist Bernadette Conlon, was featured on Australia's ABC National Television Network on October 5th. Bernadette was accompanied by five members of the Melbourne Musicians String Ensemble playing “Concert Waltz” by New Zealand composer Gary Daverne and “Oblivion” by Piazzolla.

The television appearance was a promotion for their Wednesday night concert in Melbourne with the full Melbourne String Orchestra conducted by Frank Pam. The “Melbourne Herald Sun” also included a feature article about Bernadette Conlon and the concert.

A large enthusiastic and appreciative audience enjoyed the performance, which included the work “Concerto for Bernadette” by Australian composer Michael Easton. Composer/conductor Gary Daverne was invited to Melbourne and conducted his composition “Concert Waltz”.


Tango Orchestra Performance – Argentina

Contributed by Norberto Vogel

“Inspiracion”, the first Tango Orchestra of Argentine Jews performed at the "Paso Sinagoge" in Buenos Aires on October 16th. The group comprises of seven young gifted musicians and vocalists who performed with guest singer Susana Rinaldi.

Members include Luciano Jungman (bandoneon), Ruben Slonimsky (bandoneon), Andres Linetzky (director & pianist), Adolfo Halsband (violin), Alejandro Schaikis (violin), Daniela Schuster (cello) and Ignacio Varchausky (double bassoon).

Norwegian Accordion Tour

Accordionist Frode Haltli will tour Norway from October 21st to 30th. Beginning in Modum Bad on the 21st, Haltli will then continue to Sande (24th), Lindås (26th), Odda (27th), Voss (29th) with a final concert in Molde (30th). During the tour, Haltli will perform a new solo work "Passing Images" by Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje. This work was premiered during the Klangspuren Festival in Schwaz in September. For further tour details email:

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Folk Dance Performance - USA

Popular group “Edessa” (named after a town in northern Greece) will perform at “Ashkenaz” in Berkeley, California on October 22nd. The group, which includes Lise Liepman (accordion & santouri), Dan Auvil (tupan, doumbek and defi), Paul Brown (bass), George Chittenden (clarinet, saxophone, gaida & guitar) and Ari Langer (violin) perform dance music from Macedonia, Bulgaria, Albania and Greece.

At this performance “Edessa” will be joined by Balkan vocalist Brenna Maccrimmon. For further information contact email:


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