Report: Internationale Musikmesse 2018 Frankfurt - Germany

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Frankfurt Musikmesse EntrancePhoto Report online at: Frankfurt2018

Musikmesse in Frankfurt is the worlds largest international trade fair for musical instruments, sheet music, music production and marketing.

Accordion factories exhibiting include:
Beltuna Accordions S.r.l. Hall 8.0 E10
Bugari Armando and Bugari Evo Hall 8.0 F20
Cagnoni Srl Hall 8.0 F11
Dino Baffetti di Baffetti G. & C. snc Hall 8.0 G19
Dallape in visit
Excelsior Hall 8.0 G14
Harmonikas s.r.o. Hall 8.0 E15
Italcinte in visit
Mengascini in visit mengascini@tiscalinet.it
MusicTech di Sabbatini Claudio & C. snc Hall 8.0 E20
Orla Srl Hall 11 C80
Pasco Italia Srl Hall 8.0 G15
Pigini Srl Hall 8 G14
Scandalli Accordions Srl Hall 8.00 E21
Zero Sette Hall 8.0 F20

Next years Musikmesse is planned for 2nd to 5th April 2019.

Photo Report online at: Frankfurt2018


"Philharmonika 2018", Accordion Stars & String Orchestra at Philharmonie Berlin Chamber Music Hall - Germany

Philharmonika 2018 header
Vladimir Zubitsky, Yuri ShishkinAbove: Demo Video 2018

Translation from the Deutsche Harmonikaverband e.V. (DHV) Germany website:

A festival as a declaration of love to the accordion

On May 26, 2018, at 6 pm, this year's Philharmonika Concert will take place in the chamber music hall of the Philharmonie Berlin. But this year's concert will not stop there, a masterclass with accordion star Grayson Masefield, and a variety of smaller concerts in varying instrumentation will be combined to form a full accordion music festival.


XXVI “Arrasate Hiria” International Accordion Competition, Arrasate-Mondragón - Spain

XXVI “Arrasate Hiria” International Accordion Competition‘Hauspoz’ Euskal Herriko Akordeoi Elkartea, the Town Hall of Arrasate and the County Council of Gipuzkoa, jointly organize the 26th ‘Arrasate Hiria’ International Accordion Competition, which takes place in Arrasate-Mondragón, Basque Country, from 6th to 9th December 2018.

The competition is open to soloists of any age and nationality. Rules and entry forms (in English, Spanish and Basque) and test music information is now available at: 2018Arrasate.pdf


Val Tidone International Music Competitions, XXI Edition, Piacenza - Italy

Michele BianchiFondazione Val Tidone MusicaThe Val Tidone International Music Competitions are held annually and have the rules and regulations in both Italian and English. Download: 2018ValTidone.pdf

Picture left: 2017 accordion winner Michele Bianco (Italy).

The event will be held in Val Tidone from 7th to 17th June, 2018. The Artistic Director is Livio Bollani and the event is organised by the Fondazione Val Tidone Musica. The event offers money prizes and concerts (total prize money amounts to more than 20,000 Euro plus 10 concerts), recordings, publication and performance of the selected scores.


London Accordion Orchestra at the Royal Academy of Music, London

RAM flagThe London Accordion Orchestra (LAO) under the direction of Ian Watson performed to a near capacity audience at the renowned Duke's Hall at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in London, showcasing five World Premieres and two additional original works for accordion orchestra.

Professor Philip Cashian, Head of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music worked with Ian and the LAO to develop a project-based collaboration allowing four Graduate and one under-Graduate RAM composition students to write for the orchestra.



CD Reviews

CD Review: Two CD's Reviewed, Performer Bjarke Mogensen

CD cover: CD Cover: Mogensen - LohseCD Reviews Index to read the Review of
1. "Bjarke Mogensen plays Domenico Scarlatti" CD
2. "Mogensen – Lohse: Mobile, Works for Solo Accordion" CD

Review in Italian and English languages.

Review by Alessandro Mugnoz.


New and Updated Sites

Updated Site: Video of Popular Libertango Arrangement - Italy

Ivano BattistonThe video of this very popular sheet music Libertango composed by Astor Piazzolla, arranged by Ivano Battiston has been updated.

An extremely popular arrangement by Ivano Battiston
Catalog: battiston101 7 Euro eSheet, sent to you by email
about which Battiston writes: My Libertango arrangement wants to have the features of a concert piece. The accordion is used in many of its expressive and virtuous possibilities and this arrangement is also rich in quotes from Piazzolla himself (Adios Nonino, Que Vendré, Escualo, Angel's Muerte).


Updated site: Competition Information Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration (LIAC) - USA

Header Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration
logo 25th Anniversary, Leavenworth International Accordion CelebrationCompetitions information now online: 2018 is the 25th Anniversary of the Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration (LIAC) sponsored by the Northwest Accordion Society. The event is held, June 21 - 24 in picturesque Leavenworth.

The competitions include categories for Classical, Old Time, Diatonic instruments, Bands, Duets, as well as a range of categories for amateurs only, from children to 19-45 and 46 plus. A total of $5,525 prize money is being offered.

Rules and entry information at: 2018LIAC-Rules.pdf
Entry closing date: 08 June 2018

So book your calendar to visit beautiful Leavenworth, 21-24 June for a fun event with lots of excellent music of all styles.

For further information, visit the website: Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration


Updated Site: The Art of Arranging Classical Music for Accordion by Friedrich Lips

Cover of The Art of Arranging Classical Music for AccordionPrinted books are in stock. The site at kslips03 has been updated to include that printed copies are in stock and that a book review by Willoughby Ann Walshe has been added to the site.


Updated Site: Remembering Gary Dahl (1937 to 2017), Seattle - USA

Gary DahlIn the last 10 years, with the selling of music via the internet, and the production of eBooks, Gary Dahl has become one of the worlds most popular accordion arrangers. Sadly he passed away in December. Below is a few excerpts from the Gary  Dahl Obituary by former student, then friend and teacher, Toby Hansen.

On December 1, 2017 the accordion world lost one of its luminaries, Gary Dahl. Gary passed quietly at home in his sleep. During his lifetime he created a legacy of musical excellence?

Gary Dahl also left all of us with a monumental legacy of musical arrangements, instructional materials, recordings, and well-trained accordionists.

For me, though, Gary was more than just a giant of the accordion world; he was a friend, mentor, and someone that I will dearly miss.

Read the full obituary and interesting life of this popular arranger: Gary Dahl


Karthause-Schmülling Publications Added To Online Catalog - Germany

Karthause-Schmülling publications are being added to the online catalog.

Sheet Music Index List (Continued)
Catalog - Name
1500 - Menuett (Partitur)
1501 - Menuett (Akkordeon 1)
1502 - Menuett (Akkordeon 2)
1503 - Menuett (Akkordeon 3)
1504 - Menuett (Akkordeon 4)


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