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25th October 2002 This weeks news | Past News | Send news

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Accordions Worldwide USA representative and CIA President, Kevin Friedrich received the sad news (while he was attending the Coupe Mondiale in Denmark) that his father had passed away suddenly in New Zealand. Kevin has now returned to New Zealand and plans to remain here until mid December. If you have sent Kevin an email in the last two weeks and received no reply, please resend to his temporary New Zealand email address at:

Wayne Knights Webmaster



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Dual Winner at Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships - Denmark

JuryThe 55th Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships (held from October 16th to 20th) began with an "Opening Ceremony Concert" presented by the DHL at the National Museum in Copenhagen. After the official welcome, the concert featured the Allerod Accordion Orchestra (directed by Peter Anders) and the Duo Modus; Marta Libalova (violin) and Jytte von Ruden (accordion).

International jury members included Maddalena Belfiore (USA - Chairperson of the Senior Virtuoso Entertainment Jury), Milan Blejetic (Yugoslavia), Raymond Bodell (Secretary to all juries), Gina Branelli (UK), Alexander Dmitriev (Russia), Paolo Jorge Ferreira (Portugal), Zorica Karakutovska (Macedonia), John Leslie (UK - Chairman of the Coupe Mondiale Jury), Marta Libalova (Denmark), Kimmo Mattila (Finland), Lisse Petersen (Denmark), Gianluca Pica (Italy), Joachim Pichura (Poland), Tibor Racz (Slovakia), Guillaume Rollet (France), Jytte von Ruden (Denmark), Herbert Scheibenreif (Austria), Viacheslav Semionov (Russia), Oleg Sharov (Russia), Joan Sommers (USA - Chairperson of the Junior Coupe Mondiale jury and the International Chamber Music Competition Jury), Bruno Teruel (France), Vojan Vasovic (Yugoslavia) and Stephen Vincent (New Zealand).

Duo ModusThe final Gala concert and prizegiving were held in "The Queen Hall" of the Black Diamond", which houses the Royal Library. Under the baton of Peter Anders, the capacity audience were treated to entertainment by the Allerod Accordion Orchestra, who performed with trumpet and violin players, including Christian Ellegaard, son of the famous Danish accordionist Mogens Ellegaard.

Leszek Kokodziejski & Pawek CieslakThis years event saw the initiation of the International Competition for Chamber Music, which proved very popular with the audience and saw a variety of ensembles taking part. It therefore seemed fitting that most of the performances at this evening were the accordion with other instrumentalists. Performers included Duo Semionov, Swedish jazz accordionist Lars Holm together with Inge Petersson (saxophone), and prizewinners from the various categories including Russian Alexander Poeluev, who won both the Coupe Mondiale and the International Piano Accordion competitions.

Alexander PoeluevResults:

  • Coupe Mondiale:
    1st: Alexander Poeluev (Russia)
  • Junior Coupe Mondiale
    1st: Rade Mijatovic (Yugoslavia)
  • International Piano Accordion Competition :
    1st: Alexander Poeluev (Russia)
  • Virtuoso Entertainment Competition
    1st: Joao Carlos Frade (Portugal)
  • Junior Virtuoso Entertainment Music Competition:
    1st: Jérémy Lafon (France)
  • International Chamber Music Competition:
    1st: Leszek Kokodziejski (accordion) and Pawek Cieslak (clarinet) - Poland

"Mon Bel Accordeon" Festival - France

The festival "Mon Bel Accordeon" (My Beautiful Accordion) will be held in the Malakoff Theatre in Paris from June 10th to 14th 2003. Pascal Contet has been appointed artistic director of the festival and thanks to the support of director Pierre Ascaride and his dynamic team, the accordion will be represented in various forms.

Workshops on a variety of musical styles will be held in several Paris theatres by Pascal Contet. These workshops will be held free of charge for a maximum of 25 participants each and are open to any players of a reasonable level.

Pascal will also perform a varied program including works by Cavanna, Piazzolla (Oblivion), Jung, plus his own work "Waltz of Magic". He also plans to hold a conference on the current development of the traditional accordion such as repertoire, respiratory and muscular relaxation techniques.

Organizers would like at least 200 accordionists to take part in a parade on June 11th and all accordionists are welcome. Participants will play a piece of their choice and begin the parade from streets bordering the theatre. The parade will finish in front of the theater where an opening concert will be held. For further details email:

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2002 Lanciano International Accordion Competition - Italy

The 4th Lanciano International Accordion Competition was held in the F. Ferneroli Theatre in Lanciano (central Italy) from October 4th to 6th. The international jury consisted of Vladimir Zubitsky (President - Ukraine), Mika Vayrynen (Finland), Alexander Dmitriev (Russia), Paolo Rozzi, Gianluca Pica and Cesare Chiachiaretta (Italy).


  • Concert Category Prize Lanciano 1st: - Kirill Chtibine (Russia)
  • Junior Category 1st: Anton Torbeev (Russia)
  • Senior Variety Category 1st: Marchetti Natalino (Italy)
  • Junior Variety Category 1st: Maria Rosaria Convertino (Italy)
  • Chamber Music Category 1st: Baltic International Accordion Quintet (Lithuania, Latvia & Russia)

Next year's event will include a new category for "Accordion and mixed Orchestras". The winner of this section will give three concerts in Italy, immediately after the competition.



Birthday Celebrations for Myron Floren - USA

Myron Floren will celebrate his birthday at Wurstfest in New Braunfels on November 3rd. All accordionists are invited to come play "Happy Birthday" (in the key of F Major) for Myron, jam with him, reminisce a little, and have a piece of cake. Over 50 accordionists are expected on stage to join in the fun.


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"Music China 2002" International Musical Instruments Exhibition - China

Contributed by Li Cong

Alexander Poeluev"Music China 2002" was held from October 16th to 19th at the Shanghai Exhibition Hall. The event featured over 15,000 square metres of exhibitions from over 15 countries and territories, including USA, UK, Germany, France, Finland, Spain, Korea, Japan, Pakistan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Over 18,000 people enjoyed displays from 280 international manufacturers in attendance.

The event was organized by the Messe Frankfurt Team (headed by Wilhelm P. Hosenseidl, Cordelia Von Gymnich and Christine Kern), Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd., (Judy Chueng, Kate Newman, and Betty Heywood), Intex Shanghai and the China Instrument Association. The opening night was held at the Shanghai Grand Theater. Betty Heywood (Managing Director of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Co Ltd) and Wilhelm Hosenseidl were the MC's for the evening. Both directors of the China Instrument Association and the Shanghai Exhibition Co Ltd gave speeches. Performances were given by Jon Hammond (USA) and Barbara Fang Lin (Shanghai Accordion Association).

Exhibitors included large accordion factories from China, such as Baile, Parrot, Golden Cup and Aidi. In addition, one of China's largest piano manufacturers "Pearl River" has now started to produce accordions. They invited accordionist Zeng Jian to introduce their new accordion to the public.



Tribute To Washington Bertolin - Argentina

Contributed by Angel Russo

Last month a tribute concert for 82 year old teacher Washington Bertolin was held in the Córdoba Province together with the 1st Accordion Meeting. The event was supported by José M. Paz School, Dante Allighieri Association, La Falda City Council, the Coordination of Culture, Jorge Luis Silva, Lucho Heredia, Kelly Londero and many more colleagues.

Many accordionists performed at this event including Coqui Soria (Capilla del Monte), Coco Barrera (La Cumbre), Nestor Yori (Esperanza, Sta.Fe), Alberto Bielewicz (Córdoba), Victoriano and O. Puglie (Laguna Larga), Beatriz Rossi (La Falda), Rogelio Copetti y Conjunto (Colonia Caroya), Acordeorama (La Falda), Walter Gialdi (Córdoba), Aldo Taborda (Paraná), Roberto Gastaldi (Leones, Cba), Pablo Molina y Conjunto (La Falda), Miguel Garcilazo and Angel Russo (A.I.D.A. representatives - Bs.As), Rubén Cena (Las Rosas, Sta.Fe) and Rubén Fontana (Cba). All accordionists joined together to perform the closing pieces of popular music, receiving an enthusiastic ovation.

Washington Bertolin (stage name for Osvaldo Bertone) was born in 1921 in Buenos Aires. He started playing the accordion at the age of 4, at Sunday meetings where they would sing songs from their Piedmont origins. From there he was taken to a festival at Teatro Marconi, and then to Buenos Aires where he played as a soloist.

In 1934 he was asked to play in Osvaldo Donato's orchestra, and despite being only 13, Osvaldo was impressed with his performances. He then brought together César Bo (guitar), Washington Barraza (rhythmic guitar) and a bass to form the Washington Bertolin jazz sextet. They have since played in all the major clubs of Buenos Aires. The sextet was dissolved in 1973, after which Bertolin continued to play as a soloist. He is also a past Vice President of the A.I.D.A (International Association of Accordionists).


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Accordion Anniversary at the Florence Conservatory - Italy

Ivano BattistonContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The "L. Cherubini" Conservatory in Florence will hold a Musical Marathon on October 26th from to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its accordion course. Performances will be given by current and former students, followed (in the evening) by a series of musical guests.

In the final section of the concert, resident accordion course teacher Ivano Battiston will play pieces by Ortiz, Bach, Soler, de Falla, Stravinsky and Piazzolla in duo and ensemble with David Bellugi, Andrea Trovato, Caterina Bevacqua, Patrizia Angeloni, Daniela De Santis and Faye Nepon. Conservatory director Giovanni Cicconi, Chief Executive Officer Carla Guiducci Bonanni and a few other personalities will speak. Admission is free of charge.



Folkworks Workout Weekend - England

The Folkworks Workout Weekend will be held at the Darlington Arts Centre in Darlington from November 1st to 3rd. An extravaganza of exciting instrumental, band and song workshops with some of the best performers and tutors will take place. Workshops are designed for beginner and more advanced musicians aged 16 and over. Tutors include Karen Tweed (accordion), Andy Cutting (melodeon), David Oliver (piano accordion) and John Kirkpatrick (English dance band). For further details phone: +44 191 443 4582


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Romanko Performs with Caprice Ensemble in Bad Laasphe - Germany

Viktor Romanko & CapriceContributed by Jutta Menn

Viktor Romanko and the Caprice Accordion Ensemble performed in Bad Laasphe on October 13th. The audience enjoyed an interesting and varied program. Viktor played works by Gershwin, Liszt (2nd Hungarian Rhapsody) and Piazzolla (Oblivion) and showed the audience the art of improvisation with well-known melodies, which he transformed spontaneously.

The Caprice ensemble played "Tschaikovsky Light" (Hennecke), "Antike Ungarische Tänze" (Farkas), "Libertango" (Piazzolla) and "Gilbert O'Sullivan" (by Raymond & Gilbert O`Sullivan).

A climax of the concert was the performance of "Russian Fantasie" by Viktor and the Caprice Ensemble.



CD Release at Victoriaville Festival - Canada

The Canadian Music Centre's commercial release of the Centrediscs label "The Orbiting Garden" (featuring commissioned works by Joseph Petric) was held on October 15th. This is the first accordion CD release in the 20 year history of the Centrediscs label. An official launch will be held on December 4th in Toronto. The CD includes the tracks "Orbiting Garden", "Fondly, through the madness breathing" and "Diastema" with guest artists Douglas Perry (viola), Bob Becker & Ryan Scott (percussion).

On November 7th Duo Erosonic (which includes Joseph on accordion and David Mott - baritone saxophone) will release their CD entitled "Mystery Theatre" on the Victo label. This CD release will be held in association with the Victoriaville Festival in Quebec.

For further CD details email:


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Accordion Demonstration at Castelfidardo - Italy

Maximiliano Ciucciomei, Anna Romagnoli, Pino DiContributed by Maximiliano Ciucciomei

On October 12th, accordionist Pino Di Modugno performed, demonstrating the new "Reedless Accordion" at the Master Sound premises in Castelfidardo. His program included "Karine", "Acquarelli Cubani" and "Porto Rico". Present at this event was Anna Romagnoli (President of Italo America Accordion - Chicago, USA).



Amsterdam Accordion Club Forzando Entertains - Netherlands

Contributed by Hillebrand van der Veen

The Amsterdam Accordion Club Forzando B-Orchestra (conducted by Marian van Vloten) will entertain residents of De Klinker (home for the elderly) in Amsterdam on October 28th. The orchestra visits this home on a regular annual basis and always receive a warm welcome. One of the main reasons for this is the fact that apart from the "regular concert program" they add many songs that were well known in "their" time including many sing-a-long tunes and Dutch favourites.


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Weekend Accordion Courses - Scotland

Contributed by Rod Johnston

Stirling University will once again run their ever popular weekend courses in Scottish Music at Airthrey Castle, University of Stirling in Stirling on November 9th & 10th. Courses include Accordion Playing (Scottish Style) for players excluding absolute beginners and advanced, tutored by Colin Dewar. For further details contact Margery Stirling at:



Accordionist in Opera "Larmes" - USA

Dr. William Schimmel will be featured as an accordionist and actor in Bohuslav Martinu's opera "Larmes" which will be performed at the Guggenheim Museum in New York on October 27 and 28 as part of the "Works in Progress" series. The opera will also be performed at the Henry Street Settlement Theatre from November 10th to 25th.

"Larmes" consists of two one act operas. The narrator for the evening will be actress Zoe Caldwell. For further details email:


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Master Sound at "Musicalia" Exhibition - Portugal

The "Musicalia" exhibition of musical instruments will be held from October 24th to 27th near Nations Park in Lisbon, Portugal. Exhibitors include Master Sound who will present their new "Reedless Master Symphony" and the new "Master Vox" accordions.


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Accordion Tribe Performances - Europe

"Accordion Tribe", which includes Guy Klucevsek (USA), Maria Kalaniemi (Finland), Lars Hollmer (Sweden), Bratko Bibic (Slovenia) and Otto Lechner (Austria) will perform concerts in Europe from october 27th to November 10th. Their tour (organised by Engelhardt Promotions GMBH) will begin at the Zurich Jazz Festival, then continue with concerts at the Central station in Darmstadt, the Ljubljana Theater, Mozart-Saal in Vienna and the Bruckner-Haus in Linz.

The quintet's unique collaboration has enthralled audiences in concert halls around the world, with its fascinating music, with as many folklore influences as it is adventurous and innovative - and not a single accordion too many! For further concert details email:


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Sir Jimmy Shand CD's

A number of remastered compilations by Sir Jimmy Shand MBE are now available on CD. These are compilations made from tracks of the band from the 1950's, 1960,s and early 70's as follows: "Waltzing Through the Years with Jimmy Shand" (A selection of some of Jimmy's favourite waltzes), "Jimmy Shand Playing his Favourite Hymns" (featuring The Call of the Handicapped Child, sung by Sir Jimmy's Granddaughter) and "Old Tyme Classics with Jimmy Shand" (including Eightsome Reel, Lancers, Two-Steps, Irish and Scottish Waltzes). For further details email:



Emily Smith Band Debut CD - Scotland

The debut CD by the Emily Smith Band will be released at the end of October. Entitled "A Day Like Today" the CD features Emily (vocals and accordion), Ross Ainslie (pipes), Jamie McClennan (violin), Sean O'Donnell (guitar) and Neil Cameron (double bass). Emily is the 2002 winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award. For CD details email:


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New CD Features Vaudeville Classics by Guido Deiro

Henry Doktorski (USA) has released a solo accordion CD entitled "California Accordion Recitals" that includes classical favorites for accordion and vaudeville classics by Guido Deiro. The CD features compositions by Handel, Schumann, Brahms, Gershwin, Hovhaness & Doktorski. Compositions by Guido Deiro include "Deiro Rag", "Muskateers March", Deirina Mazurka" and many others.

In addition to being a virtuoso accordionist, Henry Doktorski is also a composer, having studied with David Stock and Joseph Wilcox Jenkins at Duquesne University where he received a Master of Music degree. For further CD information email:


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Mike is looking for a book on scales for a 25 bass Garmon accordion with 25 treble buttons. Email:

Richard Green would like information on Klatt accordions, produced by Lou Klatt who lived in Chicago, USA around the turn of the century. Only 200 accordions were produced and Richard is trying to track down one of the original Klatt accordions. Email:



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