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The Squeeze
19th September 1997

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Editors note:
The accordion is an incredible instrument. People who apparently don't like the instrument are often found in restaurants where an accordionist is performing, not even knowing they are listening to one. I see this all the time in New Zealand. Recently at a restaurant, a good friend of mine was performing his regular Friday night when the first XV rugby team from his school days arrived. As the accordion is not always perceived to be "cool", my friend was sometimes ridiculed when he was at school. However, by the time the night had ended, they were all talking of the great time they had.

Wayne Knights

This weeks titles:

  • Coupe Mondiale International Competition – Switzerland
  • Bay Area Accordion Club features guests from Russia
  • Melodeon and Concertina on TV - Japan
  • Victor Romanko on Tour in Europe
  • "Physarmonia" Quintet - Italy
  • Accordion Concert in Russia
  • Accordionist on Primetime TV - New Zealand
  • Accordionist Frank Degelman has passed away – USA
  • Accordion Performs in Mid-Autumn Festival in China
  • Revelation on the accordion – Switzerland
  • "The Accordion Organology And Reading" – Italy
  • Chicago Accordion Club News - USA
  • Emanuele Rastelli Concert At Pol Siorusco - Italy
  • The Third Edition of "The Golden Age of the Accordion"


    Contributed by Harley Jones

    The 1997 Coupe Mondiale International Competition for soloists organised by the Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes IMC UNESCO was held in the lovely city of Reinach in Switzerland. The event was well attended with 20 entrants in Coupe Mondiale category, 19 entrants in the Virtuoso entertainment category and 14 entrants in Junior Coupe Mondiale category.

    The event was hosted by the Akkordeonorchester Peter Frey in Reinach from the 11th to 14th September and running concurrently was a number of other competition classes for accordionists of the region. Ably lead by their President Peter Frey, the hosts also organised concerts and social events to complete a four-day period filled with music making.


    Coupe Mondiale:

    • 1st Alexander Gataullin (Russia)
    • 2nd David Farmer (Great Britain)
    • 3rd Inigo Aizpiolea (Spain)

    International Junior Competition:

    • 1st = Vladimir Blagojevic (Yugoslavia) and Vincent Peirani (France)
    • 3rd Artem Kuznesov (Russia)

    International Virtuoso Accordion Competition:

    • 1st Jerome Richard (France)
    • 2nd = Aurelien Noel (France) and Vitaly Pirog (Ukraine)

    For all results see the CIA site.


    Contributed by Marian Kelly

    Over 160 people attended the Bay Area Accordion Club's September meeting which featured Viacheslav and Natasha Semionov along with Robert Sattler from the USA on stage for over 2 hours.

    Their program included many well known Russian pieces along with Scarlatti sonatas and original compositions.


    Contributed by Toru Katou

    On September 12th, from 11:24 to 11:29pm Nihon Television featured Takiya Maki and her husband on the program "Art Time". In this program, they played a melodeon and a concertina, which is very rarely seen on Japanese TV.


    Contributed by Hartmut Lange, Intermusik Newspaper and Tatiana Lanchtchikova

    Victor Romanko (Russian bayan virtuoso), graduated from Ural State Conservatory in Ekaterinburg (Ural) and in 1983 he won 1st prize at the International Accordion Competition in Klingenthal, Germany. He started his current tour through Europe in Italy and gave six concerts in Rome together with the "Mandolina" orchestra of the Tchaikovsky Music School, Jekaterinburg. His concert repertoire ranges from classical works (Four Seasons by Vivaldi) to contemporary and folk music, including his own improvisation on various themes. In 1992 Victor Romanko won first prize at the Russian National Competition for Improvisation.

    In his solo concerts Romanko presented works from his second CD "From Vivaldi to Gershwin". Performances in Wahlwies and Trossingen will follow in September. From September 24th to October 7th Romanko will give concerts in Sweden. After that he will be in Germany again.

    For further information contact:
    Jutta Menn
    Poststraße 5a
    57271 Hilchenbach - Müsen
    Tel/Fax: +49 2733-61370


    Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

    The "Physarmonia" quintet was born in Treviso in 1995, formed by particularly harmonious young accordionists trained both individually and as an ensemble by Professor Francesco Visentin, who for more than twenty years has been devoting himself to teaching accordion in the Treviso area. Firstly, the goal of the ensemble is to divulge the original repertoire for accordion, both as solo and ensemble, but it focuses particularly on transcription and chamber formations with accordion and other instruments. Besides having a busy concert schedule, the "Physarmonia" quintet, (in collaboration with the accordion school of Treviso) promotes the accordion not only as a folk instrument but also as an ideal mean for more modern musical expressions.

    Members are: Loredana Tocchetto (1st accordion), Roberto Gazzola (2nd accordion), Francesco Visentin (3rd accordion), Gabriele Garbui (4th accordion), and Radmila Visentin (bass accordion).


    Contributed by Wu Jie

    On September 11th at 8:00pm, Mr Xia Gang, (who studies the accordion in Russia) held a small accordion concert in a lecture theatre of the St. Petersburg Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia. About 300 people enjoyed his wonderful performance which was well received, and is the first time a Chinese accordion student has held an accordion concert in Russia.

    Pieces performed included Speeding Train, Spanish Rhapsody, When I Play My Favorite "Pipa", Chat Polka and Toccata & Fugue in D Minor.


    Contributed by Christine Adams

    Jazz accordionist Grant "Yogi" Martin appeared on the prime time TV 1 "Holmes Show" on Tuesday September 16th at 7.00pm. He was interviewed in his home in Te Kawhata with his wife and son. They showed him performing in local shopping centres, where he casually walks through the shoppers playing his favourite music and interviewed him on his tremendous success in China.

    The show also featured his new CD "Spring Wind" which will be released soon.


    Contributed by Lindy Kao

    Silent Reeds for Frank Degelman from Walter Ville, Oregon, who passed away on August 11th, 1997. He was 84 years of age and had operated the Modern Music Center in Marinette, Wisconsin for many years. Frank was one of those rare educators who could explain how something is done, demonstrate how to do it and inspire the student to emulate his beautiful accordion playing.


    Contributed by Wu Jie

    On September 16th in China a traditional festival is held with a variety of celebrations in many places. At night, people watch the full moon together with their families and eat moon-cakes, hold parties etc.

    On September 15th at 7:00pm, the Chongqing Accordion Association held a special accordion performance as an expression of gratitude in the Chongqing Convalescent Home. About 50 accordionists played at a small party in the home including solos, duets and groups. Almost all of the music they played was Chinese folk music, because of the traditional holiday. Their performance was well received.


    Contributed by Martin Frey

    21 year old Russian music student Serguei Tchoumakov performed a concert in the Goldacher Hall, Switzerland last Friday evening. Ruedi Sonderegger characterised this concert as a "revelation on the accordion". He was competent enough to form such an opinion because he himself was the European accordion champion some 50 years ago.

    This young accordionist, who has been studying at the Gnessin University of Moscow for two years, dedicated the first part of his concert to the folk music of his country. After a Russian dance by Arthur Rubinstein, he performed pieces by Scarlatti, Vivaldi, and J. S. Bach proving himself to be a master of technique and musicality. People listening to Tchoumakov's Toccata and Fugue by Bach closed their eyes and are transported to a big church, such was his performance. The Goldach Hall with its partitioning proved to be ideal for such a concert because of its size and acoustics.


    Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

    This is the first music book on the organology of accordion literature ever published in Italy, and for this reason its release is surrounded by a lively interest. Author Aleksi Jercog aimed this book at all those who wish to find information on the instrument and its repertoire, but most of all it is meant to assist conservatory students with examination preparation and on the general culture of the accordion included in the intermediate course program. The book has 336 pages and 75 music examples extracted from some of the most significant works, 360 charts on composers who wrote original music for accordion and is abundantly illustrated with 63 photos, plates and explanatory pictures. The book will be released by the end of September and one can reserve a copy by contacting: Edizioni Musicali Physa, Via S. Apollonia 76, 31030 Caselle di Altivole (Treviso) Italy, Ph. + 39 423 569146, Fax + 39 423 566061.


    Contributed by Tom Collins

    The Chicago Accordion Club presented accordion virtuosos, Viacheslav and Natasha Semionov with Robert Sattler in concert last week, who thrilled the audience with their spectacular performance.

    Future events of the Chicago Accordion Club include:

    • October 20th - Dealers Night; displays of new instruments and equipment.
    • November 17th - First Timers Night, a program devoted to new members' talents.
    • December 15th - Annual Christmas party.
    All of these events will occur at the Elmhurst American Legion, 310 W.

    Butterfield Road, Elmhurst, IL 60126. Phone + 1 630 833-7800.

    For further information see Future Events.


    Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

    On September 13th, at Pol Siorusco (MN), Emanuele Rastelli played a concert which was requested by public acclaim after the success obtained at the "Scacciapensieri" jazz festival, held August 18th at Rivarol Mantovano. On that occasion Emanuele Rastelli played some of his own compositions as well as standard favourites. The large crowd and critics tributed to Rastelli a warm success, calling his virtuoso technique and his interpretative and expressive skills "incredible". They acclaimed the initiative of the Poggiorusco City Council to organise future concerts, to give the chance to listen once more to Emanuele Rastelli. In October a new recording will be released, with six original works by Emanuele Rastelli and six standards of pop music.


    Contributed by Ed Davison

    The Third Edition of The Golden Age of the Accordion is in its second printing and contains new articles, updates and approximately 150 additional photographs that were not available when earlier editions were published. A complete new index has been included to aid in cross-referencing people, places, and events.

    The book has also just recently been licensed for distribution in the United Kingdom by Watkins Accordions & Music in London, England.

    Single copies are available for US$31.95 plus shipping/handling of $5.00 in the U.S.and $8.00 outside the U.S. A few autographed copies signed by the late author Ronald Flynn, are still available for an additional cost of $10. For further information contact Ed Davison email:


    Subject: Teachers list

    My name is Ellen van Vliet. I graduated from the conservatory of Rotterdam in 1994. Several times I tried to put my name to the teachers list, unfortunately without success. What can I do?

    Ellen van Vliet

    Hi Ellen,

    You can use the submit form on the site. The address for teachers submit form is:

    There is also a place where ALL the submit forms are listed:

    If you are having problems with these forms, please let me know, and send me your details by email.


    Wayne Knights
    Accordions Worldwide

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