Musical Background:
  • Accordion Teachers Diploma of New Zealand (A.T.D.N.Z.)
    Registered Music Teacher (R.M.T.)
    (tutor: Harley Jones, New Zealand)

  • Bachelor of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC)
    (tutor: Joan C. Sommers, USA)

  • Degree Superior-1éré Prix, Conservatoire Paul Dukas (Paris)
    (tutor: Max Bonnay, France)

  • Masterclasses
    (tutor: Friedrich Lips, Russia)

Accordion Affiliations:
  • Ambassador - Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) IMC-UNESCO (2009 - present)
  • President - Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) IMC-UNESCO (2001 - 2009)
  • President - World Accordion Museum Alliance (WAMA) - present
  • Member of the Board of Directors - Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International (ATG)
  • Member of the Board of Directors - American Accordionists Association (AAA)
  • 1st Vice President - A World of Accordions Museum, Superior, WI
  • Past President (two terms) - Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG)
  • former USA Manger - Accordions Worldwide - www.accordions.com
  • Producer - United States National Accordion News - www.accordionusa.com (1999-2009)
  • Lifetime Member - New Zealand Accordion Association (NZAA)
  • Honorary Status - National Accordion Association (NAA)
  • Accordion Gems, A Master Collection of Accordions Through Time - Dargaville Museum, Dargaville, NZ
  • Honorary Member - Accordion Teachers Association of Massachusetts (ATAM)

Accordion Awards and Activities:
  • New Zealand Solo Accordion Champion (1979 and 1980)
  • Lifetime Member of New Zealand Accordion Association
  • CIA Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships - 5th Place
  • Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council Scholar
  • New Zealand Accordion Association (NZAA) National Championships - Adjudicator
  • Auckland University, New Zealand - Examiner for Accordion Performance Degree
  • National Accordion Organization of the United Kingdom (NAO) - Adjudicator
  • Confederation Nationale Francaise de l'Accordeon (CNFA) in Paris - Adjudicator
  • VIP World Accordion Show in Pontarlier, France - Adjudicator
  • Primus Ikaalinen International TV Competition for Accordion, Finland - Adjudicator/Chairman of the Jury
  • CIA Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships - Adjudicator/Chairman of Jury
  • VIP Guest - Shanghai Spring International Accordion Festival - 2-6 May, 2006
  • Curator of 'Accordion Gems.... a Master Collection of Accordions through Time' - Dargaville Museum, NZ
  • Norske Trekkspilleres Landsforbund (NTL), Bodø, Norway - June, 2006 - Guest/Adjudicator
  • 2nd International Digital Accordion Festival (Adjudicator), Rome, Italy - November 2008
  • New Zealand Accordion Association (NZAA) Merit Award (2009)
  • Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) IMC-UNESCO - Merit Award (2009)
  • Inducted into the Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International (ATG) Hall of Fame (2009)
  • VIP Guest - 2010 Harbin Summer International Accordion Art Week - Harbin, China
  • VIP Guest - 2015 1st Shenzhen Xixiang Music Valley International Accordion Competition in China
  • VIP Guest - 2016 Tacheng International Accordion Festival - Tacheng, China

Interviews with Accordion Dignitaries:
  • Heikki Eränen, Finland
    (conducted in Ikaalinen, Finland)
  • Lasse Pihlajamaa, Finland
    (conducted in Helsinki, Finland)
  • Maddalena Belfiore, USA
    (condcuted in Kearney, NJ, USA)
  • Maria Kalenemi, Finland
    (conducted in Ikaalinen, Finland)
  • Friedrich Lips, Russia
    (conducted in London, United Kingdom)
  • Zhang Ziqiang - President of Accordion Association of Chinese Musicians Association (CAA)
    (conducted in Shanghai, China)
  • Yvette Horner, France
    (condcuted in Paris, France)
  • Mika Väyrynen, Finland
    (No. 1 conducted in Ikaalinen, Finland, No. 2 and No. 3 conducted in Helsinki, Finland)
  • Dr. Helmi Harrington - Curator of the World of Accordions Museum - Superior, WI
    (conducted in Superior, Wisconsin, USA)

Selected International Performances:
  • Concert Master of the 'CIA World Accordion Orchestra'
    -Washington DC, USA (August 18th, 2007)
      conducted by Joan C. Sommers
    -Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, (October 25th, 2008)
      conducted by Joan C. Sommers, Graham Laurie, Brian Laurie, Elaine Beecham and Ronnie Brown
    -North Shore City (Auckland), New Zealand (August 29, 2009)
    -Dargaville Town Hall (Dargaville), New Zealand (August 30, 2009)
      conducted by Joan C. Sommers and Gary Daverne

  • World Premiere of 'This Is Our Home' for Accordion, Narrator/Voice and Backing Track by Gary Daverne
    (in honor of Servicemen and Women on the 100th Anniversary of Gallipoli)
    with Lionel Reekie (Vocals/Narration) and Ken Cashin (Multimedia)
    Dargaville - New Zealand (April 12, 2015)

  • World Premiere of 'Margarita' for Accordion and Flute by Gary Daverne
    with Pippa Howes, Flute
    Dargaville - New Zealand (March 24, 2014)

  • World Premiere of 'Gem of the Kaipara' by Gary Daverne
    with Auckland Symphony Orchestra Strings - Gary Daverne, Conductor
    Dargaville - New Zealand (May 11th, 2002)

  • World Premiere of 'Concert Waltz for Accordion & String Quartet' by Gary Daverne
    with 'String Silhouette' String Quartet
    Auckland - New Zealand (June 5, 1993)

  • 2002 and 2009 Guest Soloist with Auckland Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand
  • 2001 International Guest Soloist - NZAA 30th Anniversary - Auckland, New Zealand
  • Guest Soloist - Rhapsody by Gary Daverne with Whangarei Symphony Orchestra, NZ
  • 1981 Solo Concert Tour - Norway/United Kingdom

  • Guest Soloist - Concerto No. 1 in G minor by Anthony Galla-Rini
    • with Independence Symphony Orchestra - Independence, Missouri, USA
    • with UMKC Symphony Orchestra - Kansas City, USA
    • with Winter Festival Orchestra - Sanner/Gran, Norway
    • with ATG Festival Orchestra - Chicago, USA

  • Performances with The International Trio in New Zealand, Finland, Estonia the USA
  • Performances with the UMKC Accordion Orchestra in Sweden, Denmark, Russia,
    New Zealand, Australia, Italy and across the USA
  • Performances with the Musicale Accordion Orchestra - China, New Zealand

  • Live Radio Broadcasts
    • Radio New Zealand National Broadcast
    • Norwegian National Radio Broadcast
    • USA KCUR National Radio Broadcast from UMKC
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