Editors Note:

Rob HowardChristmas gets closer by the day, and if you are looking for presents for accordionists, please have a look at what the pages of Accordions Worldwide have to offer, including the advertisements and reviews section.

There is a huge range of books, CDs and DVDs, music books, sheet music, instruments, accessories, etc, advertised on this website – something for all enthusiasts.

Please consider supporting our loyal advertisers, whose quality products should satisfy the needs of accordion enthusiasts everywhere.

We at Accordions Worldwide hope all of you have a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas. Next week’s news, published on December 22nd, will be the final news of 2017.

Rob Howard


XXIX International Moscow Festival "Bayan and Bayanists" – Russia

XXIX International Moscow Festival
Program coverArtistic Director Friedrich Lips together with organizer Alexander Gataullin (picture below) are welcoming all to the XXIX International Festival “Bayan and Bayanists” taking place in the concert hall of the Russian Gnesin Academy of Music in Moscow from December 13 to 17, 2017.

Video of the Opening Concert on the 13th December. Page 5 of the program lists the concert schedule.

Download the 32 page printed program at: 2017MProgram.pdf

Video of the 14th December Concert.


Friedrich Lips and Alexander Gataullin

Renzo Ruggieri is the new Artistic Director of PIF2018, Castelfidardo – Italy

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Renzo RuggieriThe famous jazz accordionist Renzo Ruggieri, from Roseto degli Abruzzi, has been appointed the Artistic Director for the PIF 2018, the 43rd edition of the PIF International Accordion Prize “Città di Castelfidardo”, to run from September 10th to 1th, 2018.

Renzo Ruggieri has performed in many parts of the world to great acclaim. He has also organised festivals, many concerts and competitions over the years.


Stephen Dominko (1947-2017), New Hampshire – USA

Stephen DominkoOn Sunday December 10th Stephen Dominko passed away.

Stephen played his first of two concerts at New York’s Carnegie Hall at age 14, his second at age 18. During this same period, he was competing at international level representing the USA, becoming the youngest-ever World Champion in 1964, winning the CIA Coupe Mondiale in Toronto, Canada, at 17.


Michael Bridge Performance of Eight New Works - Canada

Michael BridgeCanadian accordionist Michael Bridge partnered last summer with the Canadian Music Centre and the Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto (I.C.O.T.) to send out a world-wide call for new pieces for accordion solo written in the last five years.

They were overwhelmed and delighted to receive 53 submissions from composers in 21 countries, and a jury selected the seven best works from the submissions. These will be performed in concert by Michael Bridge on January 24, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the Canadian Music Centre in Toronto - all receiving their Canadian premiere.



Marconi Bellows "Know the People" Interview, Castelfidardo - Italy

Marconi Bellows
"Know the People" Interview at: 2017Marconi
with: Giorgio Marconi (Owner) and Lorella Marconi(Owner).
Editor: Holda Paoletti-Kampl

"Know the People" of Castelfidardo who have made this small city so famous around the world for their quality accordion products. Interview at: 2017Marconi

Picture below: Know the People" with: Giorgio Marconi and Lorella Marconi.


Giorgio Marconi and Lorella Marconi

Prof. Walter Maurer (1931-2017) Passed Away - Austria

Prof. Walter MaurerThe obituary page reporting the sad passing of Prof. Walter Maurer, the long time Secretary General of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) from 1975 - 2006 is being been updated with additional pictures and information.

Prof. Walter Maurer had a long life of musical achievements and these can be seen on the web page: Walter Maurer.

Also, the Celebrity Interview in 1999 at: MaurerInterview

Picture below from the 2007 Innsbruck World Musik Festival, Austria where he held the position of President of the International Accordion Orchestra Assoc.


Kevin Friedrich, Walter Maurer

Rob Howard Books: Accordion Anthology Still Available - UK

The book titled Accordion Anthology by popular accordion author and our Weekly News Editor Rob Howard is still available and is an ideal Christmas gift.

Only €17,00 plus postage. Read about Accordion Anthology at: robaccord07

Two other Rob Howard books, "Vintage Accordions" and "Accordion: A Pictorial History" are now sold out and therefore unavailable for this Christmas.

The Rob Howard historical series "An A to Z of the Accordion" Volumes 1 to 4 are also available but numbers for some Volumes are getting low. Order online at: Rob Howard


Free Postage, Super Value Christmas Gifts Books by Benetoux

BellsBenetoux coverAccordion repair author Thierry Benetoux is offering a Free Postage Christmas Special for all his books until 20 December. Take advantage of this special offer for:

Catalog benetouxen00 The Ins and Outs of the Accordion (Book text) € 44,97
- How To Understand and Repair Your Accordion
- How to Tune Your Accordion

Catalog bthierryen Sounding Out The Accordion (Book text) € 42,00

Catalog benetouxfr00 Comprendre et Reparer Votre Accordeon (Book text) € 45,00
French language

Catalog: bthierryfr L’Accordeon & SA Diversite Sonore (Book text) € 49,00
French language


SqueezinArt New Website Now Online - USA

Dan & Joan GraumanSqueezinArt is back on the internet after an absence of several years. SqueezinArt began in 1994 supplying accordion related holiday gifts and clothing.

SqueezinArt principals are both accordionists (Joan - professional, Dan - amateur, picture right) who love the accordion and the friends they meet. Joan, a noted artist is also an AAA Board member and the AAA Historian.

From a first catalog in 1994 of one page and five items, there is now a large catalog of accordion related "SqueezinArt" on the new site, complete with excellent pictures of each item.

View the popular SqueezinArt t-shirts and so many other accordion related gift ideas, on their new website at: www.squeezinart.com


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