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James O Brien

Viacheslav Semionov in Concert, Wisconsin - USA

On March 19th, at 7pm, Russian accordionist Viacheslav Semionov is in concert at the Harrington Arts Center, Superior, Wisconsin. Semionov's program will include a performance of a new composition (for piano accordion) titled 'Divertimento', a work in three movements - 1) Legend, 2) Nostalgia, 3) Journey. Semionov's performance will be preceded by a short performance by Carolyn Carver (violin) and Helmi Harrington (accordion). Prior to the concert, at 5pm, Semionov will conduct a master class. For a full list of Semionov's concerts on his USA Concert tour, please visit:

Viacheslav Semionov (b. 1946) has taught the accordion since 1968, and has performed in more than thirty countries. He often appears in concert with his wife, Natalya Semionova, who plays the domra (a traditional Russian folk instrument), and has made many recordings of classical and Russian folk music.



Accordionists Perform at the Royal Academy of Music, London - UK

On March 14th, accordionists Yura Chuberanko, Borut Zagoranski and Milos Milivojevic (pictured) will perform a concert of Solo and Chamber Music at the Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London. The concert will be in the presence of His Excellency the Ambassador of Serbia and Montenegro. Admission is free.

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Accordion News, Hanoi - Vietnam
Contributed by Christine Adams

On March 1st and 2nd, the French accordionist, Aude Giuliano, performed two concerts at Hanoi National Conservatory of Music. Her program of classical music included works by J.S.Bach, Scarlatti, Rameau, Zolotaryov, Semyonov, Angielis and Kurmangazi. The Hanoi audiences were impressed by her sophisticated performance, especially of the pieces by Scarlatti and Angielis. Ms Giuliano also had a meeting with teachers and students of the Accordion and Guitar Departments at Hanoi Conservatory.

French colonialists and Western missionaries introduced the accordion into Vietnam in the late 19th Century. The Hanoi Conservatory Accordion Department was founded in 1956, and currently has eight teachers and an annual intake of between 35 and 40 students. In October 2003, the Accordion Department at Hanoi Conservatory became a voting member of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes. Vietnam is represented at the CIA by represented Dr Luu Quang Minh, who is Vietnamese Artist of Merit, accordionist and Deputy Rector of Hanoi National Conservatory of Music.

Accordionist Nguyen Trong Phuong, brought up in England but of Vietnamese origin, and his wife Mino, a pianist, will give a concert in Hanoi Conservatory on April 1st. Mr. Phuong used to be a student of the Accordion Department, Hanoi Conservatory. His program will include works by Cesar Frank, Saint-Saens, Molique, Motomatsu, Fotopoulos and Piazzola.

Concert Involving Accordion Quartet, Valladolid - Spain
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The premiere of 'Apocalypse', an oratorio composed by Augustus Javier Lazarus as homage to the victims of the terrorist attack in Madrid last year, takes place at Valladolid Cathedral on March 11th, at 7.30pm. The musicians involved are a Symphony Orchestra, piano, choir and a quartet of accordionists; soloist is the baritone Savior Baladez.

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Accordion Courses, Scotland - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

There will be a series of accordion tuition courses at Stirling University in Scotland over the next few months. These courses are suitable for players of all playing standards, excluding beginners. For further information email
The dates and tutors are:-

Accordion Weekend - 2nd and 3rd April - tutor Ian Muir
Accordion Summer School - 10th to 15th July - tutor Ian Muir
Accordion weekend - 8th and 9th October - tutor Kathleen Boyle
Accordion weekend 5th and 6th November - tutor Ian Muir

International Entertainment Competition for Accordionists, Michigan - USA Contributed by Harley Jones

The Vivian Vivio Stolaruk Memorial International Entertainment Competition for Accordionists will be held from July 6th to 10th, 2005 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Dearborn, Michigan. This event is organised by the American Accordionists' Association. Steve Stolaruk has donated all prizes for the Vivian Vivio Stolaruk International Entertainment Competition in divine remembrance of his wife, Vivian Vivio Stolaruk.

Accordionists from all countries are welcome to enter this competition, intended only for acoustic solo accordion - either piano accordions or chromatic accordions.

No electronics, amplification or microphones are permitted. There is no age limit. In addition to musicianship and a varied, entertaining program, contestants will be judged on basis of originality, professionalism and stage presence. The basic requirements for contestants are: to play their own choice program consisting of at least four different compositions.

Each selection should exemplify a different musical style, character and mood, such as Pop, Jazz, Latin, Blues, Cajun, Zydeco, Musette, Folk, etc, (classical music is not acceptable in this entertainment competition). A minimum of 12 minutes and a maximum of 15 minutes playing time are required. The deadline for entries is May 31st.

For complete rules and an on-line entry form, please visit or email

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CD of New Accordion Works - Macedonia
Contributed by Anica Karakutovska

On 23rd February, at a Musica Viva concert held at the Concert hall of the Faculty of Music-Skopje, UKIM FM, second year composition students presented their works, which had been premiered at the annual festival 'Days of Macedonian Music 2004', in March last year.

The works for accordion solo 'Tri Minijaturi', from Elizabeta Ilievska, performed by Zoran Kirjakovski (pictured), an accordion student of Professor Zorica Karakutovska, were very well received by the large audience and also received positive reviews from the music critics. This is another successful co-operation between Professor Karakutovska and young composer Ilievska, who is her ex-accordion student. A CD, which includes accordion works by composition student Elizabeta Ilievska, has now been issued.

The whole concert was recorded by the students from the Department of Sonology and has been released on CD. On March 3rd, the same concert program was performed at the Concert hall at the Music High School 'Todor Skalovski-Tetoec' in Tetovo.

For further information email

Feng Lei's Accordion Concert, Xi'an - China
Contributed by Yang Liu and Lian Jones of Accordion House

Feng Lei, the talented 22 year old student from Keyboard Department of Xi'an Music Conservatory, recently performed a concert in the Concert Hall in Xi'an Music Conservatory. He is currently in his last year in the Conservatory, majoring in the accordion, and his teacher is Xie Yan. Feng studied the accordion when he was little, and after entered the school in 2001, he was studying under deputy Professor Tan Yimin. He then studied under Xie Yan on the free bass accordion. He was a prizewinner at National Chinese Accordion Composition Work Competition.

On the night of the concert, Feng played the free bass accordion for the 1st half of his concert, and his pieces included 'The Gothic Suite, 'The Yellow River Concerto', and 'Libertango'; then, for the 2nd half, Feng stood up with the stradella accordion, and played four modern pieces of his own arrangements. The electone (double deck keyboard) was accompanying, and the audience enjoyed the Latin and Rock n' Roll music so much, they even clapped throughout. It was very enjoyable concert indeed.


Folk Dance Party, San Francisco - USA
Contributed by Harley Jones

The Red & Black Ball Folk Dance Party takes place on March 11th, from 8pm to 11pm, at the Santa Rosa Veterans' Building, San Francisco. The featured band is Turlu, a quintet that includes Dan Ziagos on accordion. Visitors and guests should wear something red and black, and admission is $5 plus tips for musicians!

For further information about Turlu email


Accordion Concert, Cranleigh - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Terry Rayfield writes about the concert on February 11th at Cranleigh Arts Centre, Surrey, England, starring Gary Blair, Harry Hussey (pictured) and the Crawley Accordion Orchestra:- "Harry Hussey got the evening off to a fine start, playing a wide variety of music as the audience arrived. This set the scene for the 130 sell out audience to participate, with the crowd vying for Harry's ear to get their tune played.

Gary Blair was then welcomed on stage by MC John Cumiskey, this being the start of Gary's '6th Tour Down South'. As always, Gary is a great attraction at any event and soon he had the audience joining in with him, cracking a few jokes here and there. He played many of the tunes from his CDs, requests from the audience and also included favourite tunes that he knew those present would enjoy, completing another highly successful evening.
Our appreciation must go to Bill Booth (MD of the Crawley Accordion Orchestra) and the Guildford Accordion Club for their organisation of this very successful concert".
Ángel Luis Castaño

Viktor Romanko honoured for his concert-activities
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The well-known Russian Bayan virtuoso Professor Viktor Romanko performed several concerts in Sweden from 1st to 9th March 2005 in the cities Pajala, Oeverkalix and Pitea. The last concert Romanko gave was in the college of music in Pitea, where in the sixties the well-known Danish accordionist professor Mogens Ellegaard taught the accordion.

At a concert on the 22nd of February in his hometown of Jekaterinburg, where he teaches at the Conservatory, Viktor Romanko was honored. He was presented with a prestigious cup and prize-money award in recognition of his years of concert activity in many different countries.
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Accordionist in Jazz Concert, London - UK

Gilad Atzmon and The Orient House Ensemble, featuring Romano Viazzani (pictured) on piano accordion, perform at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean Street, London on March 11th and 12th. The concert marks the launch of saxophonist Gilad Atzmon's new novel 'My One and Only Love' (Saqi Books).

For further information email
Gary Dahl

A New Audience for Accordion: Pakistani Taxi Cab Drivers!, New York - USA
Contributed by Jon Hammond

New York-based accordionist Jon Hammond writes:-
"Being an old radio broadcasting enthusiast, I have from the old days my radio rig. From high atop Times Square I can broadcast quite effectively right from my apartment, especially at night. I can easily reach the shores of New Jersey, out to Queens and all around Manhattan.

I have found that there is a group of Pakistani taxi cab drivers who always chat away in their language on Channel 18. Many times I have tried to speak with them and they have ignored any attempts to speak in English. One night I had the idea to play some accordion music to them and after a rousing chorus of 'America The Beautiful', much to my surprise, one of the leaders (and loudest) of this group said, 'I LIKE ACCORDION MUSIC!' Whereupon we had a conversation about music and now every night I play some accordion music to them on the radio and even take some requests.I believe I've discovered a new audience here!"

James O Brien

James P. O'Brien New Compositions for Accordion - USA
Contributed by Harley Jones

James P. O'Brien has been a Professor of Music at The University of Arizona School of Music faculty since 1975. Since retirement, he holds the academic rank of Professor Emeritus. James has been the recipient of numerous grants dedicated to the improvement of classroom music teaching through technology.

His performance speciality is the keyboard, and he is also an avid accordionist and an arranger/composer of accordion music, with over 150 original compositions and arrangements to his credit. is now releasing these O'Brien compositions and arrangements, and six new works will be released each week.
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Instrument sought - Titano Royal, circa 1962

Mike Kerr in Canada is searching for a 40-45 year-old Titano Royal, Stradella bass, for specific parts, i.e. the entire RH sliding aluminium switch mechanism. Condition of the instrument is immaterial. Email

CD Review

A new CD Review of Trio Solotariev (accordion) and Francisco Dillon (cello). Review by Paolo Picchio.

New & Updated Sites

Wurzburger German Music-Sheets Editor's New Information/Musicsheets


Fisitalia - New Information/Accordion Colours

Pascal Contet - new concert dates for French accordionist Pascal Contet are on his web-site

United States National Accordion News March edition is now online, with news and future events from around the USA. Site also offers a listing of accordion Clubs and Association found in the United States.
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James O'Brien composer, arranger and performer, new site displaying samples of his new works.
Frankfurt Music Fair
Edition Harmonia

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