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Editors Note

This week we have updated the Accordion Events Held on a Regular Basis section of the Yellow Pages. This section is a list of national and international competitions and festivals held on a regular basis. If you would like to add an event to this list please email:

Wayne Knights Webmaster


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"On Everyone's Lips" History of Harmonica Instruments Exhibition - Austria

Exhibition HallInstruments of the famous Viennese "Schrammel Quartett"Contributed by Curator Peter Donhauser

A temporary exhibition entitled "On Everyone's Lips" is currently open until March 30th, 2003 at the Technical Museum in Vienna and tells the story of the development of harmonica instruments. Visitors will see instruments of the harmonica family such as the mouth organ, accordion, harmonica and the harmonium. They all have one common principle: vibrating metal reeds for sound generation.

the oldest accordion in the Viennese CollectionThe exhibition consists of two parts: one from the Harmonica Museum in Trossingen, Germany telling the story of the manufacture of instruments by the German company Hohner and another from the Vienna Museum of Technology showing the main contributions of Vienna to the development of harmonica instruments, especially accordions of the early 19th century.

A mouth organ which protected its owner against a gunshotThere are about 40 accordions, 4 harmoniums, 2 fisarmonicas, 8 melodicas and 150 mouth organs on display. Many sound samples and films complete the exhibition.

Visitors can also hear accordion music from all over the world at the 4th International Accordion Festival, which takes place at the same time as the exhibition, beginning on February 22nd. For further information email:


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Correction to our News item: Pigini "Sirius" Celebrations - Italy

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

In our January 31st Weekly News we included an item on the Pigini Sirius Festival that will take place on June 20th and 21st. We have been advised that the event will be held in Senigalia, Italy (not Castelfidardo as was previously reported).

All Sirius owners are encouraged to submit their contact information and the Serial Number of their instrument to be included in the master catalogue of Sirius owners. To register your instrument or for those interested in registering for this event in Italy please send an email with your name, address, e-mail and Sirius Serial Number to:


New Quartet "Tango Querido" - Spain

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

A new quartet "Tango Querido" was formed last year in Spain to represent the popular music of Buenos Aires in Europe. The group, which consists of Anne Landa (accordion), Pablo Mezzelani (vocals and guitar), Vania Nikolova (violin) and Víctor Sanchez (double bass), present the poetic and musical magic of that "devilish" music generated in the suburbs of Buenos Aires and which was given the name "tango". This year they will perform in a variety of Spanish cities. For concert details email:


Scandalli Accordions

Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival Underway - Finland

Contributed by Raimo Vertainen

The Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival is currently underway and will run until February 16th in
Kokkola. The event will include 12 concerts by performers such as the famous Osthrobothnian Chamber Orchestra who play works by Piazzolla with Veli Kujala (winner of the 2001 Lasse Pihlajamaa Competition in Finland). This concert will be broadcast live on radio by the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE).

Maria Kalaniemi & Timo AlakotilaPasi Hirvonen play a church concert with soprano Marianne Tunkkari and cellist Esa Laasanen. Their program will include arias by Bach and Vivaldi. The Sytkyt Puppet Theatre will provide a children's version of Richard Wagner's opera "Lohengrin". Other performers include Maria Kalaniemi and Timo Alakotila (duo concert), Trio Fratres, and concerts of Brazilian music.

An event highlight will be a silent-movie Le Chien Andalou (Luis Bunuel) with original music by two orchestras (35 musicians) screened for the first time in Finland. For further details email:



Accordionist Performs to Over 5,000 - New Zealand

Auckland accordionist Maurice Jones performed to over 5,000 people at the 7th annual "Opera in the Pa" in Rotorua recently. The event was held at the famous Whakarewarewa Thermal Village in front of the Traditional Maori Meeting House as included a prestigious showcase of New Zealand's premiere singers and rising starts of opera.

Seven soloists combined for the finale "Viva Italia" (that featured the solo accordion) of three famous songs "Arrivederci Roma", "Volare" and "Funiculi Funicula". This received a wonderful response from the audience, which included Ambassadors from many countries and local dignitaries.


Master Sound

Ibla Grand Prize - Italy

Francesco PalazzoContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Italian-American Ibla Foundation asked Francesco Palazzo to develop an accordion section for the next Ibla Grand Prize, an event which is held annually at Ibla-Ragusa (Sicily) from the end of June to early July.

The Grand Prize began ten years ago mainly as a piano event, and slowly grew to include more and more categories. It takes the form of auditions in front of an international jury of a very high level, which selects a series of prize-winners. The number of prize-winners is not fixed and includes top winners, most distinguished performers, special mentions and many more denominations.

There is no monetary prize. Instead, the Foundation organizes and finances performances in very prestigious locations (such as the New York University, the Lincoln Center, the Tokyo Concert Hall and other venues in Russia, France, England and the rest of the world), paying, depending on
the type of prize, all or part of the expenses, thus providing an important platform for the artists.

Applications are pre-selected by a jury on the basis of curriculum, program and artistic criteria. Francesco Palazzo will oversee the applications sent in by accordionists and will be the "technical juror" for the performances. For further information phone +39 080 - 521 6401


On Line Shop

"The Accordion Master" Festival - Poland

"The Accordion Master" Festival and competition was held recently in Opolanica, Poland.
Accordionist Olexiy Suslov and his group "S-ART" (includes D. Bialostocka - guitar, Vladyslav Suslov - violin and G. Szomanski - percussion) performed at the end of the festival. In addition the "Harmonika" Accordion Orchestra from the private music school "S-Art" Wroclaw participated, conducted by Galyna Suslova.


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C.N.I.M.A. Master Classes - France

The C.N.I.M.A. will run two Master Classes this month in Larodde. The first began on February 10th and will run until the 15th tutored by Domi Emorine and Roman Jbanov from the Paris-Moscou Duo. This master class is for all accordionists, young students or professionals and will cover a wide variety of music styles such as classical, variety, musette etc. Musical expression will be included as well as the bass of the instrument, musical balance and bellows work.

The second C.N.I.M.A. workshop will be held from February 17th to 22nd tutored by Jacques Mornet, Nathalie Boucheix, Nicolas Massoutie, Aurélien Noêl, Guillaume Haudeau and Annie Lacour. The class will cover bandoneon and chamber music with over 60 students. For further details email:


Texas Accordion Association

February Accordion Workshop - Italy

Gianluca PicaContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

On February 22nd and 23rd a workshop will be held at the Convitto Nazionale "Regina Margherita" in Anagni (province of Frosinone) organized by the A.P.M. Music Center. Held by Gianluca Pica, the workshop is aimed at the preparation of exams and important international competitions such as the Coupe Mondiale, the World Trophy, Klingenthal, Castelfidardo, Arrasate and others. This is one of a series of workshops held between November 2002 and May 2003.


Joseph PetricCanadian Accordionist Tours England

Canadian accordionist Joseph Petric is currently in England until February 16th on a solo tour. Joseph will perform concerts in London, Ilminster, Somerset and Horsham. For details email:


Master Sound

Argentinean Group Tours Europe

Tango quartet "Milongueros viejos" will tour Europe from February 16th to March 16th performing at the Tangomania Festival in Zurich (February 22nd) and in Regensburg, Munich, Pforzheim & Kiel (Germany) and Torino, Bologna and Rome (Italy).

The group, which includes Norberto Vogel (bandoneon and piano), Juan Roque Alsina (violin), Patricio Cotella (double bass) and Guillermo Salgado (piano) play a variety of traditional Argentinean tango music such as "Adios Nonino" (Astor Piazzolla), "El Choclo" (Villoldo), "La Cumparsita" (G. M. Rodriguez) and "Mi Buenos Aires Querido" (Gardel).

For further tour details email:



Accordion Concert at Guangxi Art Academy - China

Contributed by Li Cong

An accordion concert provided by accordion students from the Guangxi Art Academy Music Department was held at the academy last month. The school began teaching free bass accordion classes recently, so the concert was held as a result of the new free bass teaching program. The students played a variety of pieces using both button and piano accordions including compositions by Scarlatti, Bach & Beethoven plus "Youjiang Zanmeishi", a composition by their teacher Professor Qin Shi. Performers were Yan Fan, Zhang Kai, Lu Xia and Tong Huanhuan.


Ranco Accordions

"Lifedance" Performance - USA

In January, Dr. William Schimmel performed the music of Jacques Brel in a new piece entitled "Lifedance". These are rarely heard Jacques Brel songs which required a novel sense of voicing and registration by the accordion which is featured throughout. The performances took place at the famous cabaret Danny's Skylight Room on restaurant row in New York City (Manhattan).


Accordionist Performs Premiere with Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra - Slovenia

Accordionist Borut Zagoranski performed with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Marko Letonja) at the Grand Hall of the Slovenian Philharmony recently. Zagoranski is a well known Slovenian accordionist and graduated from the instrumental department at the Faculty of Arts in Pula (Croatia) in 2002 in the class of Doc. Slavko Magdic.

This concert included the world premiere performance of a concerto titled "Eshaton" by Croatian composer Davor Bobic. This work is the first concerto for bayan and orchestra composed by a Croatian.

The concerto is carefully composed to not "drown out" the solo bayan part. It is a three-part work, with extensive development in the middle section, designed to show to the maximum, the capabilities of the concert accordion.

The name "Eshaton" originates in biblical teachings of the 'last times' described in the last of the 66 books which the Bible consists of. The theme of the concerto is John's "Revelation" therefore the work is considered to be a program piece.

Composer Davor Bobic graduated in composition, music theory and the accordion with the State Conservatoire "P.I. Tchaikowsky" in Kiev (Ukraine). He has written over 100 musical works for different instruments and has received numerous prizes.

This performance of the concerto is very significant in Croatia and especially in Slovenia where the accordion still does not have its own department in music academies.


Texas Accordion Association

Extramural Jazz Accordion Course - Italy

Jazz accordionist Renzo Ruggieri, director of the "Voglia d'Arte" Music Academy, has set up a correspondence (mail and internet) jazz accordion course in Italian. The course is structured in 3 levels (basic, intermediate & advanced) lasting 30 lessons, and includes the correction of homework sent in by the students. The course is already attended by several musicians. Here are some of their comments:

"This is a fantastic course, well-structured, ideal for those who don't have music schools in their area or, especially for those who work. There is all the material one needs, including multimedia aids and the essential discography. The teacher is at hand (although not in the physical sense)
and this is very reassuring... I had been looking for a course like this for years."

Mirko Fazzi (concert performer)

"The course is very functional and allows the student to interact with the tutor whenever needed giving you the chance to take part in the lessons also in person."
Roberto Palermo (concert performer)

"A few months after having embarked in this adventure I can modestly say that I am beginning to see tangible results. Although Renzo and I don't meet, I am always very satisfied of his thorough corrections, his very valuable advice, his patient answers and comments to my questions; one
never feels abandoned to himself and the constant email contact makes it possible to solve one's doubts, even more than in a traditional class, where the student receives in the course of an hour a very significant amount of information."

Luca Casadei (concert performer, actor)

For further information email:

Editor: This is an exciting initiative combining internet and accordion education. I hope to see further such initiatives utilizing the internet for educational purposes.


Master Sound

Krzysztof Dobrek Performs in Vienna - Austria

Krzysztof DobrekContributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

After some very successful concerts last autumn Polish accordionist Krzysztof Dobrek joined with Aliosha Biz (violin) from Russia, Roland Neuwirth (guitar) from Austria, Alegre Correa (guitar) from Brazil and Marwan Abado (Oud) from Lebanon, for a new series of special performances. The group put together specific elements of their own traditional music: Slavic, Brazilian, Arabic and Viennese music at it's best!


On Line Shop

Melodeon Player at "Folk At The Royal Oak" - England

Melodeon player Ed Rennie (from The Bismarcks) will entertain at "Folk At The Royal Oak" in Lewes, East Sussex on February 20th. For details email:



Oudkarspel Village Concert - Netherlands

Contributed by Hillebrand van der Veen

The Amsterdam Accordion Club Forzando A-Orchestra (conducted by Piet Verzijde) will perform in the Oudkarspel Village Church, in the province of Noord Holland on February 14th. The group will play "La Storia" by J. de Haan (a Dutch composer who mostly writes music for brass bands), Scotland in the 18th and 19th century (a suite consisting of 3 old Scottish folksongs), and "Copacabana". For details email:


Texas Accordion Association

Battiston Performs at Teatro Rossini - Italy

Ivano BattistonIvano Battiston will perform at the Teatro Rossini in Gioia del Colle (Bari) on February 14th. His program will include works by Domenico Scarlatti, Anonimo, Lucas Foss, Bach, Salvatore di Gesualdo, Alessandro Scarlatti and Piazzolla. For details email:


Paolo Soprani Accordions

Berlin Euphonia Accordion Orchestra in China

The Berlin Euphonia Accordion OrchestraContributed by Li Cong

The Berlin Euphonia Accordion Orchestra performed at the Beijing Yifu Theatre on February 7th.
The orchestra was founded in 1985 by Sojan Merz, who is a music educator. This orchestra has traveled throughout Germany and other European countries. As this was their first trip to China, the orchestra was invited to perform by the Beijing Accordion Association and Shanghai Accordion Association.

Their concert program included "Prelude and Fugue in E minor" (Bach) and "Novitango" (Piazzolla) to an enthusiastic audience of over 500 people.

The following day the orchestra visited Shanghai, where they took part in a welcoming party and concert.


12th Annual Southwest Polka Party - USA

The 12th Annual Southwest Polka Party was held at The Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada from February 9th to 11th. The event included bands, jamming and dancing. Performers included Steve Balich Polka band, Alex Meixner and Top Notchmen.


Ranco Accordions

Accordion Information Required

UniversalDirk van den Heuvel would like information on the 120 bass Universal chromatic accordion (pictured) believed to be a 1985 model. Email:

Matthias Holstein would like information on 1951 Hohner Tango II MS which was a special model produced for a short time only. Email:



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