Video: All Russian Day of Bayan, Accordion and Harmonica 2018

2018 All Russian Day PosterUpon initiative of Friedrich Lips, chair for bayan and accordion of the Gnessin Music Academy in Moscow, the annual All-Russian Day of bayan, accordion and harmonica was started in 2010. 

For 2018, a concert was held in the concert hall of the Gnesin Music Academy, 17th March.

Video: Program list in English and Russian: 2018AllRussian.pdf


The Accordion Family! 2018 National Accordion Convention Musical Accomplishments - USA

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Norman SeatonGary Blair wrote:
"This year’s line-up of artistes for the NAA convention was top drawer! Held in the Hyatt regency in Richardson, Texas, it starred Grayson Masefield (New Zealand), Gary Blair (Scotland) and from the USA, Cory Pesaturo, Gabe Hall Rodriguez, Jamie Maschler, Debra Peters and a host of other top accordionists.

We had workshops, demonstrations, concerts, jam sessions and even a Friday night dance party. A great turn out of participants, guests and friends, made for a terrific weekend of accordion fun."

Post-Convention News Release by NAA President Norman Seaton (picture right): 2018 will be known as a Banner Year for musicality and the accordion.

Given the latest technologies in our digital accordion world, the 2018 National Accordion Convention (NAA) was systematically divided into two primary training areas (digitally-enhanced and traditional workshops) where conventioneers freely attended either session based on personal desires, presentation topics, and/or presenter’s expertise.


NAA Board Members and Coordinators

Masterclasses and 22nd International Week of Accordion "Alcobaça 2018" - Portugal

Masterclass cover22nd International Week of the AccordionThe 22nd International Week of the Accordion takes place in Alcobaça, Portugal, from June 2nd to 10th, 2018.

This annual festival incorporates the 23rd National Trophy and the 4th International Accordion Competition and is organised by the Associação de Acordeão de Portugal ASACORD.

This large scale festival includes both national and international competitions, concerts, master classes, workshops and conferences.


Gorka Hermosa Reflects, Warsaw – Poland

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Spanish accordionist Gorka Hermosa, currently touring Europe, reflects on his visit last week to Poland: “There was a wonderful end to the visit to Poland - the winner of the ‘Poland Got Talent’ on Polish TV Lukas Gogol premiered the version for accordion and wind orchestra of ‘Ekía and Anantango’ with the Orkiestra Parafii sw Józefa Opole. There was 10 minutes of standing ovation from the audience.


Gorka Hermosa

CD Reviews

Book Review: The Art of Arranging Classical Music for Accordion by Friedrich Lips - Germany

Cover of The Art of Arranging Classical Music for AccordionCurrently, music schools and conservatories do not teach how to structure, design or implement arrangements of original compositions for other instruments. Friedrich Lips, bayan-accordion virtuoso and professor at the prominent Gnesin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow, fills that gap with what could be used as course material with his book The Art of Arranging Classical Music for Accordion. First published in Russian and then German, it is now available in an updated and expanded form in English.


New and Updated Sites

Coupe Mondiale Site Updated Hotel Information & Schedule - Lithuania

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Kazys Stonkus & Mindaugas Labanauskas2018 Coupe Mondiale PosterThe 71st Coupe Mondiale is being held in Kaunas Lithuania, 24 to 30 September.

The updated Coupe Mondiale site is online now with hotel information (very reasonable prices) and travel information.

Host is the Lithuanian National Accordionist's Union led by President Kazys Stonkus & Vice-President Mindaugas Labanauskas.

The rules for all the Coupe Mondiale competition categories are online and the closing date for entries is 31 July 2018. The online entry application software will be made live in June.

The updated 2018 schedule now includes on Sunday 30 September, the World Accordion Orchestra X concert. Full details for participation in the World Accordion Orchestra X will be online soon.

Picture below is World Accordion Orchestra IX conducted by Joan Cochran Sommers.

Full information at: Coupe Mondiale


World Accordion Orchestra IX conducted by Joan Cochran Sommers.

2018 AAA Competition Rules Released on New Website - USA

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2018 AAA 80th Festival posterThe American Accordionists' Association (AAA) has released the rules for their 2018 AAA Competitions being held during the 2018 AAA Festival, 11-15 July, Alexandria, Virginia (near Washington, DC).

There are categories for all ages and types of music for solo, duet, ensembles and bands with the entry closing date being 1st June 2018.


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Updated Site: Accordion Examination Board of New Zealand (AEBNZ)

Accordion Examination Board of New Zealand (AEBNZ) logoThe Accordion Examination Board of New Zealand (AEBNZ) has updated its website with the 2018 examination dates and 2018 entry fees and entry forms.


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