10th Chinese Golden Bell Award For Music, Accordion Competition - China

Tenth Chinese Golden Bell Music Award
10th Chinese Golden Bell Music AwardThe 10th Chinese Golden Bell Award For Music, Accordion Competition was held in Guangzhou from 17th to 25th November 2015.

Daily Reports of video, photos, rules and results at: 2015GoldenBell

The Golden Bell is the only national music competition run and sponsored by the Chinese Government. Prof Li Cong, President of the China Accordion Association (CAA) has been working for some time to have the accordion included in this very prestigious event.


2016 "Tag der Harmonika" at forumKLOSTER Gleisdorf - Austria

Harmonikaverband Österreichs (HVÖNext year’s "Tag der Harnonika" will be held in the beautiful location of forumKLOSTER in Gleisdorf (Austria, Styria) from May, 5 – 8 2016.

This bi-annual event will include the 27th competition of accordion soloists, duos, ensembles (both chamber and world music categories) and orchestras, the 23rd diatonic competition (so-called Styrian harmonica), the 18th competition for folk music ensembles and the 12th competition for mouth-organ (solo, ensembles and orchestras).



Jean Corti (1929-2015), Paris – France

Jean CortiJean CortiJean Corti, born Jean Cortinovis in 1929 in Bergamo, Italy, moved to France as a young accordionist and became part of the post-war musette scene. During his career, he was firstly an accordionist and also a bass player for the French singer/composer George Brassens.

He worked closely with Jacques Brel in the 1960s as an accompanist, performing 300 concerts a year, and also composed the music for songs such as ‘Madeleine’ and ‘Les Vieux’. Corti and Brel memorably toured the USSR in 1965.


'Zuckerbrod & Peytsche’ Music Book/CD, London - UK

'Zuckerbrod & Peytsche’
Jean CapriceThe music book ‘Zuckerbrod & Peytsche’, which includes a CD, (available via Amazon and other internet sources) is music composed and played by accordionist/author Jean Caprice, and all based on his romantic novel of the same name. The novel is a love story set long ago in Paris, Moscow and Marseille.


Fisorchestra Marchigiana 2016 Sponsorship by Pasco Italia - Italy

Fisorchestra Marchigiana
Pasco Italia (Paolo Soprani, Moreschi , E Soprani) have become the proud sponsors of the Fisorchestra Marchigiana for the 2016 season.

This orchestra, local to Castelfidardo, is formed by young musicians from all over the Marche region and includes not only accordions but also percussion, guitar and keyboard sections. Based in the Marche, they promote the region nationally and internationally. They also play for important national associations.


CD Reviews

CD Review: “So Far, So Close” CD by Incoerente Duo

“So Far, So Close” CD coverCD Reviews Index for the Review of “So Far, So Close” CD by Incoerente Duo – Alessandro Tampieri (violin), Giorgio Dellarole (accordion). Review by Alessandro Mugnoz.


New and Updated Sites

New CD and eTracks Album "Appliques" Released by Yuri Shishkin - Russia

Appliques CD header
Yuri Shishkin Album AppliquesThe new Yuri Shishkin CD and eTracks Album titled "Appliques" is available online, Catalog: yshishkin07

Appliques album contains 58:44 minutes of music and the insert says: "Appliques" is the rarest program I have ever performed. It is a classical musician's experiment. This experiments success is due to ......

Appliques is the 7th album released by Yuri Shishkin. Other CD and eTracks albums are:
- Towards The Sun, Catalog: yshishkin01
- Images, Catalog: yshishkin02 CD sold out
- Favourites, Catalog: yshishkin03 CD sold out
- Shishkin Plays Semionov, Catalog: yshishkin04
- Pictures at an Exhibition, Catalog: yshishkin05 CD sold out
- Libretto, Catalog: yshishkin06


New Mika Väyrynen CD, Danse Macabre - Finland Accordeon Institute

Mika Väyrynen Danse Macabre CD coverFinnish accordionist Mika Väyrynen has released his latest CD recording 'Danse Macabre', featuring a variety of works including original works he has commissioned for the accordion, transcriptions and original works. 

Tracks list:
1. Sonata in B Minor (from the Sonata Triad) Herman Galynin (1922-1966) 3.54
2. Adagio No.1, Op. 102 (2014) Aulis Sallinen (b. 1935) 4:38
3. Preludes and Fugues, Op. 95 (2009) Aulis Sallinen (b. 1935) 9:20
4. From Lyric Pieces Edward Grieg (1843-1907) 10:52
5. Peer Gynt Fantasy (2013) Paavo Korpijaakko (b.1977) 10:03
6. Three Finnish Folksongs (2011) Folk/Mika Väyrynen 7:38
- The Sky is Blue and White
- Obtrobothnian Polska (in memoriam Juha Nikkola)
- Little Folksong
7. The Sound of Ice (2013) Pasi Lyytikäinen (b. 1975) 9:34
8. Vocalise Op. 34, No. 14 Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943) 6:18
9. Danse Macabre Camille Saint-Saëns (1985-1921) / Vladimir Horowitz, arr. Mika Väyrynen 7:58

Picture left: CD cover, and below that, Mika Väyrynen recent recital at the 2015 Coupe Mondiale in Finland.

The CD Danse Macabre, Cat No. faicd26 is available online.  The Danse Macabre albums is also available as an eTracks mp3 download, Cat No. faicd26eT for only €9. Other Mika CD's and eTracks albums are available from the site: Finnish Accordeon Institute


Updated Site: Franco Cambareri 2 New Works Released - Australia

cfranco199 - Walking SticksFranco Cambareri has released two new compositions this week:
cfranco199 - Walking Sticks
cfranco200 - Colours of Autumn
as an eSheet, able to be purchased online with credit card and sent to you by email.


New and Updated Site: Sergey Osokin, New CD, Performer and Teacher, Moscow - Russia

Il Dolce Dolore CD by Sergey OsokinThe new Il Dolce Dolore CD by Sergey Osokin (accordion) features four major works performing with Nadezhda Tokareva (violin) and Andrey Berezin (violoncello):

1. Trio No. 1 Op. 9 for violin, cello and accordion (1986) Timo-Juhani Kyllönen 21:38
2. Dream Garden for Violoncello and bayan (1997) Mikhail Bronner 10:28
3. Fantasy in the Memory of Alfred Schnittke (1998) Efrem Podgaits 10:10
4. Il Dolce Dolore for violoncello and bayan (1990) Sergey Berinsky 10:40
Total time: 54:19

Sergey Osokin is a tutor at Schnittke's Moscow State Institute of Music and has been performing in many countries, including recently in China and Lithuania.

Il Dolce Dolore is available as a CD (posted to you) or as eTracks mp3 download available online at: Sergey Osokin

Site updates include the pages about two albums:
os601 Eternal Returning CD and eTracks album
os602 Il Cinema Per Sempre CD and eTracks album


Updated Site: Semion Shmelkov 4 CD's, Moscow - Russia

Semion Shmelkov CD coverSemion Shmelkov CD coverSemion Shmelkov 4 CD's and updated CV and site information.

4 CD's available at:
shmelkovcd01 The Poem CD

shmelkovcd02 Sempre Majore! (Flute and Bayan) CD

shmelkovcd03 Evening Love Ditties (Bayan) CD

shmelkovcd04 l'amour CD and eTracks mp3 album


Updated Site: Franco Cambareri 3 New Works Released - Australia

Nonno Ciccio's Tango (solo)Franco Cambareri has released three new works:
Catalog No: cfranco196 - Nonno Ciccio's Tango (solo)
Catalog No: cfranco197 - Gringo Vibes (solo)
Catalog No: cfranco198 - Time 4 Salsa (solo)
as an eSheet, able to be purchased online with credit card and sent to you by email.


Updated Site: Arseniy Strokovskiy International Successes and Videos - Russia

Arseniy StrokovskiyArseniy Strokovskiy has enjoyed major international competition successes in 2015 with:

- 1st prize - The VI International Festival and Competition "Accordion plus" in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, March 2015.

1st prize - The XIII National Competition "Vivat, Bayan!" in Samara, Russia, May 2015.

- 2nd place, September in the Castelfidardo Premio category. Video on his site of his performance with the symphony orchestra for the final round.

- 3rd place, October in the 68th Coupe Mondiale category in Finland. Video on site of Arseniy Strokovskiy performing his 3rd round program.


Joan Grauman CD "Accordion Potpourri" Released, Washington DC - USA

Accordion Potpourri CD by Joan Grauman
Joan GraumanOver the years, Joan Grauman has been recorded often for documentary films, live concerts, accompanying other artists' CDs. Just recently, Joan decided to record her own CD "Accordion Potpourri". Joan's aim was to pick simple and beautiful melodies that sound so good on the accordion.

The CD project has been a family affair with Joan doing the artwork for the CD cover, son-in-law Don as audio engineer, daughter Emily accompanying Joan on percussion for two of the tracks, and husband Dan doing layout.

Joan Grauman, by the age of 22, had a degree in piano performance and music education, and was the director of the Columbia International Folk Dancers. She then learnt the accordion accompanying Balkan/Gypsy band, BAMCO for 18 years, and also performed in Klezmer and Bavarian groups.

Since 2004, Joan has been the Vice-President and music director of the Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society (WMAS) and the director of its performing group, the Potomac Accordion Ensemble. She is on the Governing Board of the American Accordionists' Association (AAA) and is its Historian.

The cost of the CD is $15 for orders from the US, Canada and Mexico or $19 for orders from all other countries. All proceeds from the sale of the CDs will go to support the youth orchestra and ensemble activities sponsored by the American Accordionists' Association.

Further information to purchase is at: www.squeezinart.com/accordionpotpourri.html


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