to the 60th Anniversary CIA Coupe Mondiale
|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.
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.
|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
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