Accordions Worldwide "The Squeeze"
8th October 1999
- Weekly news from around the world-
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This is the time of year for many national and international accordion festivals and competitions to be held in different parts of the world. Events in the near future include the Castelfidardo Festival and one month later the Coupe Mondiale in Trossingen plus several other competitions and festivals in Europe. For information on Future Events please check our Yellow Pages.

I hope all competition entrants will appreciate, that 95% plus of the value of competing is from listening to others and the learning experience gained, up to the time of leaving the stage. The place you receive teaches you no more.

While it is natural to want to be a winner, only one can be a winner in each class. If you have not received a 1st place, you are still "a winner" if you have learnt enormously. I therefore wish all competitors "Good Luck" and hope their competition experience is both valuable and a great time.

If you are considering entering a competition in the future, you can choose one from our list of Annual Competitions/Events page and start planning now.

Wayne Knights Webmaster

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49th Trophée Mondial - Spain

Frederic BaldoThe 49th Accordion Trophée Mondial was held in Ourense, Spain from September 27th to October 3rd. Frédéric Deschamps 'Hohner artists' team had an unprecedented triumph, winning the first four places in the "Variété" (Light Music) category.

Another Hohner team member Jérôme Richard (19 years old) won the Senior Concerto Category. Jérôme, who is also a student of Frédéric Deschamps, won the "Variété" sections of the Coupe Mondiale in 1997 and Trophée Mondial, Castelfidardo and Klingenthal in 1998. In January 1999, he decided to attempt the concert repertoire classes, which required an immediate change to an accordion with the free bass system. After 9 months of practicing an average of 10 hours per day, he successfully entered the Trophée Mondial.


Jerome RichardSenior Concerto Category

Junior Concerto Category

  • 1st - Vukasinovic - Yugoslavia
  • 2nd - Denis Koslov
  • 3rd - Francesco Fiore
Next years Trophée Mondial will be held in Alcobacao, Portugal.
Concerto Premiere - UK

UK accordionist Owen Murray will premiere "Concerto for Accordion" (Edward McGuire) with the Goldberg Ensemble at the prestigious Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival on November 24th. The concert will be repeated on November 26th at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

For further information email: o.murray@RAM.AC.UK

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Musical Instruments Fair - Japan

Contributed by Toru Katou

The "1999 Musical Instruments Fair" will be held at the Sunshine City Building, Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo from October14th to 17th. Many instruments will be exhibited and sold including accordions, with live performances throughout the event. For further information phone Taniguchi's Music Shop: + 81 3-3291-2711

National Frosini Competition - Finland

Contributed by Kimmo Mattila

The Finnish National Frosini competition will be held in Loppi on October 17th. The winner will represent Finland in the International Frosini Competition held in Espoo, Finland on November 20th. The final will include candidates from seven countries.

For further information email: (Kimmo Mattila)

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1st Anniversary Celebrations - UK

Contributed by Heather Smith

The Kingston upon Hull Accordion Club will celebrate their first anniversary on October 13th with a celebrity concert at the 'Trades & Labour Club', Hull. Special guest accordionist Harry Hussey (London) will perform at the celebrations, supported by the KuH Accordion Club Ensemble and Heather Smith. There will also be a trade stand (Funco Ltd - Leeds) at the event.

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Sunshine Concerts - Netherlands

Contributed by Hillebrand van der Veen

Over twenty accordionists in two orchestras from the Amsterdam Accordion Club Forzando will perform regularly at retirement homes and homes of the mentally disabled during October and November, bringing "sunshine into the lives of people often living under difficult circumstances".

One of these groups is the "Forzando Light Orchestra" which includes accordionists as well as keyboards, saxophone, horn, and clarinet. Their repertoire includes "light" music, dance-music, sing-along-tunes such as "Que Sera Sera" and "What a Wonderful Day", top 40 songs and well known Dutch tunes.

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Munari Plays with Chamber Ensemble - Italy

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Lorenzo Munari held a September concert in the church of S. Rocco di Netro (Biella Province). His program included works by Frescobaldi, Bach, Scarlatti, Semionov, Schenderiew and Piazzolla. The event was part of the concert season organized by the Iper Music Association, based in Turin, and the capacity audience listened attentively requesting several encores.

Recently Lorenzo Munari took part in the Borges - Piazzolla project with a prestigious chamber ensemble including Roberto Piccoli (guitar), Laura Miradoli (piano), Erin Taggart (cello) and Carola Caruso (vocals). The concerts were dedicated to these two great Argentinean cultural personalities and fused the music of one with the poetry of the other.

Rocket Ball - Scotland

The Graham Geddes Band will perform at a "Rocket Ball" with the Scottish National Orchestra in Aberdeen on November 5th. The event is a fundraiser for children's charities. The band will play a variety of Scottish dance music.

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Health Resort Concert - Germany

The Akkordeon-Ensemble CapriceContributed by Jürgen Bruch

The Akkordeon-Ensemble Caprice will perform in the rehabilitation centre at the Health Resort Reichshof in Reichshof-Eckenhagen, Germany on October 31st. The concert theme is "Happy through 1999". Their program will include Divertimento No.14 (Mozart), March in B (Prokovjew), Comedian Harmonist in Concert, Cabaret and Frank's Mambo (Russ-Plötz).

For further information phone the Health resort : + 49 2265 9070 or email:

Zydeco Active - UK

Contributed by Jim Jeffery

UK group "Zydeco Active" will perform in West End, Beeston, Notts on November 20th. A free dance workshop will be held prior to the concert. For further information phone Mick Billings: + 44 1530 263421

This event is organized by Cajun UK, a group of enthusiasts who were concerned about the gradual disappearance of Cajun and Zydeco venues in the Midlands. Their mission is to help keep the UK Cajun and Zydeco music and dance scene alive by promoting gigs, dance workshops and Cajun food.

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Spectacular Accordion Show - USA

Contributed by Mary Mancini

Accordionist Mario Tacca will perform at a "Spectacular Accordion Show" on October 10th at the Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, USA. Guests include the "K" Accordion Trio (Walter Kasprzyk, Mary Tokarski and Julie Cardona), Kevin Friedrich and Mary Mancini (vocalist) who will perform a program of music designed to stimulate musical tastes. This free show is sponsored by the George R. Muirhead Center for International Education, The Sicilian Initiative and The Italian Club.

The show will be repeated on October 17th at the Academic Arts Theatre, Westchester Community College, Valhalla, New York.

For further information phone Mario Tacca: + 1 914 737-8872

"Stefano Bizzarri" International Competition - Italy

Contributed by Renzo Ruggieri

The prestigious "Stefano Bizzarri" international accordion competition took place recently in Morro d'Oro, drawing candidates from all over the world. This year's event featured musicians of the highest quality, and the awarded scholarships matched the extent of their talent.

Roberto Fossemò (Artistic Director of the competition) invited philosopher Giovanni Di Leonardo to take part in the event, where he presented an important book of his in which the accordion plays a major role. Russian accordionist Vladimir Lukitchev was awarded the first prize of the competition with the highest mark and the jury's special praise.

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Celebrity Interviews

Our next "Celebrity Interview" is with Li Cong, Chinese teacher, President of The Shanghai Accordion Association and Webmaster of the Accordions Worldwide Chinese Internet site. Please send your questions to moderator Wallace Liggett before October 20th. The interview will be published on October 26th.

New Concertina Triple CD Release - UK

Contributed by Neil Wayne

A triple CD set, with CD-ROM section and 72-page booklet, featuring dozens of examples of Peter Bellamy's concertina playing has just been released by Free Reed Records entitled "Wake the Vaulted Echoes". The CD was compiled and arranged by Nigel Schofield and produced by Neil Wayne.

This booklet contains information on the life and career of Peter Bellamy (who died in 1991) including excerpts from Peter's last major interview, a definitive Bellamy Discography, "Information Panels" - data sheets about key areas of Peter's life as well as tributes and recollections from Peter's friends, family and co-performers.

CD tracks include "On board a '98", "Maid of Australia" and "The Land". For further information email:

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Birthday Party for Myron Floren - USA
On October 31st Myron Floren's birthday party will be held at the "Wurstfest", New Braunfels, Texas in conjunction with their "Oktober Fest" events. All accordionists are invited to participate in the event. For further information phone: + 1 800-221-4369.
House Concerts - South Africa

Duo 2000"Duo 2000" (Sergio Zampolli accordion and Amarillie Ackermann harp) will perform house concerts (sunset-soiree) in Emmarentia, Johannesburg on November 6th and 7th. Their program will include many popular pieces such as "The Blue Danube" (Strauss), "The Wedding March" (Mendelssohn) and a medley of French waltzes.

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Wetherby Festival 1999 - UK

Contributed by Mike Davison

The 1999 Wetherby Festival will be held from October 14th to November 6th in Wetherby (midway between London and Edinburgh). The festival will include a variety of musical events, concerts, masterclasses, exhibitions, lectures and children's events.

Russian accordionist Alexander Korbakov will perform at the Wetherby Methodist Church Hall on October 23rd. Alexander is an accordion soloist with the Russian State Concert Orchestra. His repertoire includes works by Russian composers. A capacity audience is expected to attend this concert. For further information phone David Shaw: +44 1937 583557

"Jakob, The Liar" Film

Contributed by Ann McChesney-Young

Robin William's new film "Jakob, The Liar" includes lots of accordion music. Views of men playing accordions were shown from the back only, until at the end, a Russian soldier was shown in front view walking through the battlefield playing a piano accordion.

The original music for the soundtrack was composed by Ed Shearmur and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra. Accordion pieces included "Beer Barrel Polka" which represented the good times past, and hoped for in the future. Most of the accordion music was in Klezmer style, both happy and sad.

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Piazzolla Tango in New Zealand

Paula HarrisContributed by Wayne Knights

Last weekend, current New Zealand champion Paula Harris twice performed Astor Piazzolla's "Concerto for Bandoneon and String Orchestra" with the Wellington String Orchestra. Under the baton of Christine Archer, the Wellington String Orchestra performed three pieces prior to being joined by Paula for the finale performance on both nights.

Paula arranged the bandoneon part for the accordion and rehearsed with the orchestra for two days prior. The large audience at both concerts greatly appreciated her fine performance which was acclaimed by critics.

Wine Promotion Concerts - Italy

AccordondaOn October 9th "Accordonda" (which consists of accordionist Beppe Turletti and Silvio Orlandi on hurly burly) will perform throughout the Trento Province, promoting the region which is famous for wine production. The duo will play a repertoire of songs adapted especially for the venues.

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Rita Davidson in United Nations Concert - USA

Contributed by Kevin Friedrich Rita Davidson

On October 5th, Rita Davidson was featured as soloist with the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra of Cranford, during a spectacular concert entitled "Musical Passport to the World" at the United Nations building in New York. Performing "Concert Waltz for Accordion and Strings" by New Zealand composer Gary Daverne, Rita displayed much musicality in this delightful and lyrical piece. From a musical family, Rita's sister Lorraine Marks conducted the orchestra.

The concert was opened by the Secretary General of the United Nations, and attended by a standing room only audience in the lobby of the UN building in New York. The Intergenerational Orchestra is made up of players from ages 7 to 87, and is billed to be the only one of its kind in the entire country. The concert was held in honor of the United Nations recognizing 1999 as the International Year of the Older Persons, and recognizing a society of all ages. Rita is also a violist with this orchestra.

New CD "Les Accordeons De France"

Contributed by Jay Moskowitz

A new CD of instrumental and vocal melodies by a variety of accordionists was released recently. Tracks include "La Valse des as" (Gus Viseur), "Le Denicheur" (Tony Murena), "Les Triolets" (Medard Ferrero) and "Quand on s'promene au bord de l'eau" (Jean Gabin).

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Antique Accordion Information

Dennis Vierra would like some information on a La Prima accordion, made in Germany which is over 60 years old. If you can help with information and a possible valuation please email:

New Sites Information on USA accordionist Jason Stephen, 1999 Virtuoso Entertainment Champion (ATG), National Jazz Champion (A.A.A.) and finalist in the "Search for the Hottest Accordionist". Information on Galassi s.n.c., manufacturers of bellows for all kinds of accordions and bandoneons. Updated information on Elio Gabbanelli Accordion manufacturers based in Castelfidardo, Italy.

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