Welcome to the 60th Anniversary CIA Coupe Mondiale
in conjunction with our Annual Competition and Festival

Alexandria VA (Washington DC), USA
 August 13-18, 2007



The 2007 Coupe Mondiale and AAA/ATG Festival was organized by the 2007 CIA Honorary Vice President Faithe Deffner (also an AAA and ATG Board of Director) and hosted by joint USA CIA Members the American Accordionists' Association (AAA) and the Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International (ATG). It was attended by delegates and contestants representing more than 25 countries as they gathered at the first Coupe Mondiale in the USA in more than 25 years.

Each of the concerts and competitions attracted standing room only audiences as guests enjoyed a diverse variety of musical styles. After a 26 year absence, the CIA Coupe Mondiale returned to the United States to hold their 60th Anniversary Coupe Mondiale.

The winner of the 2007 CIA Coupe Mondiale in Alexandria, VA was Alexander Sevastian of Canada. Born in Belarus, and a student of Friedrich Lips in Moscow, Alexander has resided in Canada since 2001 where he became a Canadian citizen.

Alexander won $5,000.00 in cash, donated by the CO-host the ATG in honor of the late Anthony Galla-Rini and he will also receive a concert tour to Portugal compliments of the CIA member, the Conservatorio Regional de Castelo Branco, and also a trip to Las Vegas as a guest of the Las Vegas International Accordion Convention in October, 2008.

Other prize winners include:

  • Coupe Mondiale
    1st: Alexander SEVASTIAN - CANADA
    ($5000 - Cash Award)
    Note: Cash Award from the ATG in honor of the late Anthony Galla-Rini
    2008 Concert Tour to Portugal hosted by the Conservatorio Regional de Castelo Branco
    2008 Concert Tour to Las Vegas hosted by the Las Vegas International Accordion Convention

    2nd: Li LONG - CHINA ($1500 - Cash Award)
    3rd: Linar DAVLETBAEV - RUSSIA ($500 - Cash Award)

  • Junior Coupe Mondiale
    1st: Ruslan OSIPOV - RUSSIA ($1500 - Cash Award)
    2nd: Barbara SLAVINSKA - POLAND ($800 - Cash Award)
    3rd: Robi SIMONELLI - CROATIA ($500 - Cash Award)

  • International Competition for Piano Accordion
    1st: Stanislav JUSUFOVIC - SERBIA ($5000 - Cash Award)
    Note: Cash Award from the AAA Carmen Carozza Fund
    2008 Concert Tour to New Zealand and Australia hosted by CIA Member the New Zealand Accordion Association)

    2nd: Goran STEVANOVIC - BOSNIA, ($1500 - Cash Award)
    3rd: Grayson MASEFIELD ($500 - Cash Award), NEW ZEALAND

  • International Competition for Ensemble Music
    1st: Art of Accordion Quintet - GERMANY ($1000 - Cash Award)
    Alexander CARGNELLI, Clemens TSCHALLEIER, Sarah STAIGER, Michaela HEPP and Ralf BRENDLE
    2nd: International Duo - POLAND ($500 - Cash Award)
    Lidia KAMINSKA (accordion) and Doug O'CONNOR (saxophone - USA)
    3rd: Accordion Quintet Hof - GERMANY ($350 - Cash Award)
    Florian WEICHERT, Delia ZEILINGER, Sarah SMITH, Nicole RAUH and Silvia THUROFF

  • International Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment Music
    Jeremie BUIRETTE - FRANCE ($1500 - Cash Award)
    Felicien BRUT - FRANCE ($800 - Cash Award)
    Benoit CHABOD - FRANCE ($500 - Cash Award)

  • Junior International Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment Music
    Eric ALLARD-JACQUIN - FRANCE ($1000 - Cash Award)
    Sarah VONAU - FRANCE ($500 - Cash Award)
    Pierre LAVAL - FRANCE ($350 - Cash Award)

In addition to the CIA Competitions, the AAA and ATG also hosted a competition called the 'Maddalena Belfiore International Competition for Female Accordionists.' This exciting competition offering a first prize of $5,000.00 was won by Kansas City based accordionist and ATG Board of Director Betty Jo Simon.

Performances took place throughout Washington including nightly concerts at the famed Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, an outdoor appearance on the Washington Mall with the backdrop of the US Capitol Building, outdoor performances in front of City Hall in historical Alexandria as well as numerous daily concerts at the Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza Hotels in Alexandria featuring soloists, duos, ensembles and orchestras.

The festival featured festival competitions of both the AAA and ATG, trade show displays, an exhibit from the World of Accordions Museum as well as several workshops.

The event concluded with the spectacular World Accordion Orchestra under the direction of Joan C. Sommers. The 166 strong accordion orchestra performed 3 works, including the World Premiere of Lest We Forget by Lenny Stack, well known Los Angeles based composer.
For more information, full results and daily reviews, please visit www.coupemondiale.org

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