43rd International Citta di Castelfidardo PIF Competition & Festival - Italy

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2018 PIF Logo Classical Composition CategoryRenzo RuggieriThe City Council Administration of Castelfidardo announces that the 43rd International Citta di Castelfidardo PIF Competition & Festival will be held from 10th to 17th September 2018.

The PIF2018 regulations are published after a listening campaign by the new Artistic Director Renzo Ruggieri and contain a number of changes from previous years.

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25th Anniversary, Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration (LIAC) - USA

Poster 2018 Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration
logo 25th Anniversary, Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration2018 is the 25th Anniversary of the Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration (LIAC) sponsored by the Northwest Accordion Society. The event is held in picturesque Leavenworth, June 21 - 24 and featuring (alphabetical order): Michael Bridge, Gruce Gassman, Cory Pesaturo, Murl Sanders along with competitions open to international and national competitors, workshops and even free accordion lessons.


Stanley Darrow (1935-2018), New Jersey – USA

Stanley Darrow
Stanley DarrowStanley Darrow, one of America’s most devoted accordion luminaries, passed away on March 13th at the age of 83.

Picture above: Joanna and Stanley Darrow.

Stanley Darrow, from Camden, New Jersey, began playing the accordion at the age of 16. “My grandfather, who didn’t play himself, encouraged me and thought I would enjoy it,” he said.


Stanley Darrow, Westmont

Gorka Hermosa’s New CD and Spring Tour 2018 - Iran, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Canarias

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Gorka HermosaThe accordionist and composer Gorka Hermosa continues with his frenetic activity. He has just presented his latest CD ‘ELE, Lauaxeta – Lorca’ and starts his spring tour that will take him to places as diverse as Iran, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Canary Islands and diverse places of Spain.

The new album is about Lauaxeta and Lorca, two writers, two icons of poetry, each one in their culture - one an Andalusian republican, the other a Basque nationalist.


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

Kazys Stonkus & Mindaugas LabanauskasCoupe 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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