大会期间，举办了专题研讨会, 乐团表演, 研讨会, 音乐会和即兴表演等活动. 音乐节的其他亮点是 ‘Swap Shop’ 和 ‘Polka
Festival’. 参加活动的有 Dick Albreski, Alice Aman, Joe Brikha, Jessica Faltot,
Marge Ford, Patti Gersich, Joel Guzman, Daniel Kott, Louise Kucera, Dee
Langley, Don Lipovac, Daniel Orza, Debra Peters, Ron Pivovar, Norman
Seaton, Becky Simmons, Trio Bez Ime, Dale Wise 和 Fred Ziwich.
Kiev (Ukraine), at the age of 88, legendary Soviet Bayan Artists and
Professor, peoples Artists of Ukraine Nikolai Rizol has passed away.
Picture left shows three generation. Nikolai Rizol who taught Vladimir
Besfamilnov who taught Tania Lukic-Marx photographed in 2003 in Kiev.
Nikolai Rizol was a founder and music director of the famous “Bayan
Quartet of Kiev”.
With its original members (picture below, left to right: I. Zhuromski,
M. Belickaia, R. Belickaia, Nikolai Rizol) the quartet existed from
1939 to 1978. Reputedly the first professional accordion quartet in
Russia and maybe the world. The Quartet still exists and was renamed
the “Rizol Quartet”. Its musical director is a former
student of Rizol, Sergey Grinchenko.
Since its inception until today – the quartet is employed by the official government concert agency in Ukraine - “Kiev Philharmonic” and has performed all around the Soviet Union and internationally.
Yashkevich, Rizol was one of the founders of the early bayan school
in this part of the former Soviet Union – Ukraine. He taught
bayan at the Kiev National Music Academy since 1948. He retired from
his teaching position late last year at the age of 87. Amongst his
students are the winners of the international accordion competitions:
Besfamilnov, Sergey Grinchenko, A. Tihonchuk, V. Bulavko.
In 1999 during the Moscow Bayan Festival “Bayan and Bayanists”
Rizol was awarded the “Silver Disc” award for his enormous
contribution to the bayan in his country. He was a performer, composer,
arranger and an author of many accordion books.