25th Anniversary of the Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration - USA

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Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration headerThe 25th Anniversary of the Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration (LIAC) is fast approaching and looks like being one of the best events ever.

Note the outstanding performers, Michael Bridge, Alicia Baker (newly added to the performers list), Bruce Gassman, Cory Pesaturo, and Murl Allen Sanders just to name a few.


Mario Gatto Concert in Seoul, 26 May, 3 pm - South Korea

Fabrizio Malerba & Mario Gatto Korea concert poster
Italian accordionist Mario Gatto and his friend Fabrizio Malerba (guitar) are performing in Seoul, South Korea on the 26th of May 2018, at 3:00 pm.

The concert is sponsored by Beltuna Italy and Central Instruments, one of the largest music stores in South Korea. Concert venue details on the poster. Printable poster: 2018Gatto.pdf


Herbert Scheibenreif’s ‘Goldene Ehrennadel’ Award, Vienna – Austria

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Herbert ScheibenreifDr. Herbert Scheibenreif, a tireless promoter of accordion writes: “I am really touched, humbled and overwhelmed by the many congratulations on the occasion of my ‘Goldene Ehrennadel’ award by the Austrian Accordion Association HVÖ! Thank you to all my friends all over the world!”


2nd International Competition for Composition “Città di Spoleto” - Italy

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Fabrizio De Rossi ReItalian Accordion Culture, the Italian member of the CIA, is organising the 2nd International Competition for Composition “Città di Spoleto” for compositions for accordion (solo), piano (solo) or piano and accordion.

The jury chairman will be Fabrizio De Rossi Re (picture left). The music time limit is 12 minutes, the compositions must be unpublished and not been awarded prizes in any other competition.


Antonio Spaccarotella Honorary Professor Award, Rostov-on-Don, Russia

Antonio SpaccarotellaItalian accordionist and teacher Antonio Spaccarotella was awarded the title of Honorary Professor at the S. Rachmaninoff State Conservatory, Rostov-on-Don, Russia, on May 14th. Spaccarotella described the award as “…an honour that has no equal. An unexpected recognition that fills me with pride and pays off many years of work, promotion and enhancement of the accordion worldwide”.


Antonio Spaccarotella

New and Updated Sites

Updated Site: Mika Väyrynen, Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) - Switzerland

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Mika VäyrynenMika Väyrynen site has been updated.

The Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) welcomes Mika Väyrynen as new accordion lecturer starting in the academic year 2018/19. Students are invited to apply now for studies at ZHdK for the upcoming academic year of studies. Potential students may see the state of the art facilities at https://www.zhdk.ch/en/dmu.

The Department of Music offers programs in the creation, teaching, and interpretation of classical music, jazz, pop, and church music. Two BA and four MA degree courses provide professional training for future orchestra and school musicians, orchestra and choir conductors, soloists and chamber musicians.

The application deadline is 31st of May 2018 with the examination date set for the 4th of June 2018 with additional information being found at : https://www.zhdk.ch/en/accordion-6494. For more information, questions and application details, please contact: barbara.portmann@zhdk.ch.


New Ruggieri Work For Free Bass "Il bosco incantato" - Italy

Renzo RuggieriRenzo Ruggieri has released "Il bosco incantato" the first piece he has composed for free bass accordion.

Renzo writes: "I wrote the melody for a theatrical show by Marco Goldin - to whom the piece is dedicated - on the famous painter Edward Munch. In fact, the title recalls one of his paintings "The Enchanted Forest" of 1903. Then the simple melodic idea was reworked, arranged and used for "the guided solo", a moment that the soloist can freely interpret and personalize."


Growing up in the (USA) accordion schools: The 1950s through the 1970s

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Joan Grauman, AAA HistorianRita Barnea, Editor USA News: This is the 5th article in the series by AAA Historian Joan Grauman (picture right) in cooperation with the USA News, to help promote the 80th AAA Anniversary Celebration. An article is planned each month containing a segment of the history of the AAA, from its creation on March 9th, 1938 through to 2018. Thank you very much to Joan Grauman for these articles.

Growing up in the accordion schools - The 1950s through the 1970s

Thank you Joan Sommers, Liz Finch, Joe Cerrito, Mark Yacovone, Linda Soley Reed, Rita Barnea, Karen Malan-Uribe and Marilyn O’Neil for their contributions to this article!

Read the full article by Joan Grauman at: Growing up in the accordion schools - The 1950s through the 1970s


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