Accordion History in Bulgaria and Greece
Accordion History

HISTORY OF THE ACCORDION IN BULGARIA

The accordion was integrated into Bulgarian folk music during the 1950's. Despite a small decline in the 1970's, it is still very popular. The piano accordion is taught in conservatories.

Boris Karlov was the first Bulgarian accordionist to make a recording. He was a very popular figure. Karlov also taught, and among his most well known students were Emil and Kosta Kolev. His brother Hristo began playing the accordion (influenced by his elder brother), and they sometimes performed and recorded together. Boris Karlov passed away in 1964. Another popular accordionist, Kosta Kolev, was also a prolific composer and arranged many Bulgarian folk tunes for the accordion.

HISTORY OF THE ACCORDION IN GREECE

There are virtually no records of the history of the accordion in Greece. Yangos Pandelonas recorded in 1913. Originally from Istanbul, his playing was strongly influenced by Asian music.

Although there were a number of accordionists playing backing on records throughout the 1930's and 40's, their names are unknown.
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