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4th Viennese Accordion Festival Begins - Austria

Lechner, Hodina, DobrekBarboza & SolerContributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

Vienna's 4th International Accordion Festival began on February 22nd with well received concerts in very crowded concert halls. The first concert was held in Vienna's Technical Museum (where an exhibition on the accordion can be seen until the end of March) by well-known Austrian accordionist Otto Lechner who invited Karl Hodina (Austria) and Krzysztof Dobrek to perform with him. This was followed by Claudia Bombardella & Antongiulio Galeandro (Italy), who impressed and charmed the audience with the poetry and empathy of their performance.

The next day (23rd) Argentinean accordionist Raul Barboza and Spanish guitarist Pedro Soler introduced the "chamamé" (which means "improvisation" in the language of the Indian tribe of the "guarani") to a really overwhelmed Viennese crowd.

The opening week of the festival also included performances by Harry Peirron & Bluespumpn (Austria) and the Will Holshouser Trio (USA). Further reports will be available in next week's news. The festival will continue until March 23rd. For additional information email:


Ranco Accordions

2003 Val Tidone International Music Competition - Italy

Val TidoneContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The 2003 Val Tidone International Music Competition will be held in the Val Tidone Castles from June 23rd to 29th and from August 25th to 31st. This year's event will include the Val Tidone International Music Competitions and the International Master Classes (I.M.C. Project) and is organized by the Comune di Pianello Val Tidone, Comune di Agazzano, Comune di Borgonovo Val Tidone, Comune di Calendasco, Comune di Castel San Giovanni, Comune di Gragnano Trebbiense, Comune di Nibbiano, Comune di Rottofreno, Comune di Sarmato, Fondazione di Piacenza e Vigevano and Associazione Culturale Tetracordo with Artistic Director Livio Bollani.

The I.M.C. Project 2003 will organize two Master Classes on the solo and chamber music repertoires. Each Master Class will be divided into two sections: lessons and thematic seminars and a student's concert will take place at the end of the course. All the musicians will receive a participation diploma.

For further details email:


36th International Competition - France

Guy VivierGuy VivierThe 36th International Competition for accordion, electronic organ, piano, synthesizer and guitar will be held at the Ecole Nationale de Musique in Argenteuil from May 29th to June 1st. The event for duos, trios, quartets, quintets, sextets and orchestras will include accordion trophies and the special "Guy Vivier" prize for competitors playing a work by Guy Vivier. Accordion prizes will be awarded for the following categories: Polka, Mazurka, Tango, Jazz, Ethnic, Frosini and Orchestra.

Entries close on May 8th, 2003. For further details email:


Scandalli Accordions

Successful Festival Concerts - Russia

On February 10th a further concert was held as part of the International Festival "Vivat, Bayan! Sergei Voitenko and Friends" in Samara. The festival began in December 2002 and will run until April 2003.

A variety of young performers entertained the audience, followed by the presentation of diplomas and gifts by Sergei Voitenko. Performances were also given by the ensemble "Harmonic" and a duo of Sergei Voitenko and Dmitry Khramkov. Musicians from Novokuybyshevsk, Tolyatti, Isakly, Otradny, Pohvistnevo, B. Glushitsa and others are expected to take part. For more detailed information email:



XI "Arrasate Hiria" International Accordion Competition - Spain

The XI "Arrasate Hiria" International Accordion Competition will be held in Arrasate-Mondragón (Basque Country) from December 3rd to 8th, 2003, organized by "Hauspoz" Euskal Herriko Akordoei Elkartea, the Town Hall of Arrasate and The County Council of Gipuzkoa. The competition is open to soloists of any age and nationality and will be held in two stages: Qualifying Round and Final Round. Certificates, trophies and prize money totaling 6.100 € will be awarded.

The winner of the competition will be invited to give a series of concerts at the XII "Arrasate Hiria" International Accordion Competition in 2004. In addition the winner will be invited to take part in the Kragujevac International Festival of Accordion Yugoslavia in July 2004.

Entries close September 30th, 2003. For competition details email:


Master Sound

Accordion Afternoon at Ethnographic Museum - Italy

A successful "Accordion afternoon" was held on February 16th at the Ethnographic Museum in Alessandria, organized by a network of local museums and supported by the Department of Culture of the Alessandria City Council. In his engaging introduction, Carlo Fortunato presented several types of aeolian instruments in order to clarify how improper it is to stick the accordion label to every instrument with two chambers separated by bellows.

This family includes in fact such disparate instruments as accordions, bayans, concertinas, bandoneons, melodeons, semitoneds, piacentinas, chromatic accordions, and so on.

Carlo's lively lecture on the evolution of the aeolian family was illustrated through actual instruments ranging from the early stages up to modern times, and culminated in the performance of well-known accordionist Debora Sbarra, who presented a selection of classical pieces as well as some of her own compositions. The event was closed by a duet performance by Carlo and Debora, who encouraged the audience to join in the music.


Ranco Accordions

New Film by Micki Goodman - USA

Director, choreographer and filmmaker, Micki Goodman has completed the third segment of her film "The Unforgivable Sin" which is based on the theatre works of Micki and her accordionist husband, Dr. William Schimmel. The third segment "Parousia" uses Dr. Schimmel's 1971 masterpiece, Parousia, as the soundtrack for this fifteen-minute film which is more reflective, more mystical in nature.

Parousia, derived from the Greek, pertains to the second coming, but in a broader sense, it represents the past, present and future as an existing presence - as if every moment contains a past, present and a future. Parousia is the third segment in what will be a five section movie and will be shown this summer at the AAA master class and concert series (Schimmel seminars) on August 30th. It will then be shown in various film and music festivals throughout the world. For details email:


Texas Accordion Association

New Appointment by Menghini srl in UK

Noelle McCarthyContributed by Menghini srl

Menghini srl are delighted to announce the appointment of Noelle McCarthy as a Menghini artiste in Eire and N. Ireland (UK). She will use Scandalli, SEM and Paolo Soprani instruments exclusively.

Noelle was born into a musical family - her father Paddy Kavanagh is a renowned accordion teacher and conductor. While studying the accordion, she also studied piano under Dame Ruth Railton King, completing her grade examinations by the age of 10.

Noelle won the All-Ireland solo accordion competition 3 times in a row and in 1990 was offered a place at the Moscow Conservatoire. She is now a teacher, conductor and accomplished performer in her own right. She has performed across Europe as a solo musician and sits on the Board
of Examiners for the Irish Accordion Association (I.A.A.) and the Dublin Institute of Technology (D.I.T.)

In recent years, while continuing her solo career, Noelle has been performing with her husband Maurice (violin & guitar) as part of the jazz/gypsy group 'Tzigani'. They have performed for some notable events including the official start of the Tour de France and a birthday party for golfer Tiger Woods. They have currently released a CD entitled 'Tzigani Live'.


40th Anniversary Celebrations - Poland

V SuslovA large number of guests attended the 40th anniversary celebrations of television in Wroclaw. To celebrate this event accordionist Olexiy Suslov played to many stage-managers, famous artists and popular TV reporters with his group "S-ART (includes V. Suslov - violin, M. Ozug - double bass & G. Szomanski - percussion). Part of the event and concert was broadcast on local television as was so successful, the main producer Jan Fraczak has proposed further cooperation with the artists.


Master Sound

Return of the Peñas Musical Evenings - Argentina

Contributed by Angel Russo

After the summer break, the accordion Peñas (musical evenings) will begin again on March 9th. Accordionists are invited to join the fun at the Popolo Bar on Calle Boedo 787, Capital Federal, Buenos Aires. For details email:



"Carpineti in Musica" Competition - Italy

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The second edition of the "Carpineti in Musica" national competition will be held from July 4th to 6th in Carpineti (province of Reggio Emilia) and will include classical, folk and variety accordion sections. For further information email:


Ranco Accordions

Accordion Movement Loses Two Supporters - Australia

Contributed by Ross Maio

The accordion movement in Australia has recently lost two important supporters. Antoine Andrios who was one of the founding members of the Accordion Society of Australia and a strong advocate in the decision of the Australian Music Examination Board to accept the accordion into their syllabus, passed away on December 17th 2002.

His academic and professional achievements are multiple. In 1954 he earned his Licentiate Diploma of Music at the Barbaresso College in Cairo, attained his Diploma of Associateship with the London College of music in 1969 and was awarded a Master of Arts from Jackson State University in 1975. In 1980 he was an adjudicator at the Coupe Mondiale and was conferred the status of Fellow of the Accordion Society of Australia in 1986.

Ross Lombardo passed away on January 21st, 2003. He commenced his accordion studies with Else Brandman in 1966 at the Brandman Music Studios, and concentrated on free bass accordion studies from 1970. Between 1972 and 1976 Ross was the national accordion champion for the Accordion Society of Australia. In 1974 he gained a silver medal for the Coupe Mondiale Junior Tape Competition held in Stockholm, Sweden and in 1976 represented Australia at the Coupe Mondiale held in Washington D.C., America. During 1976 and 1977 he spent ten months studying abroad including three months at the Conservatory of Music, Toronto; and three months at the Hohner Conservatory, Germany. He also achieved his ASA Diplomas in stradella and free bass accordion and a Diploma in Performance from the ASA.

Ross was an accomplished keyboard performer who toured regularly with many international acts on both synthesizer and accordion. Artists included: Shirley Bassey (four separate tours), Rolf Harris, Cilla Black, Max Bygraves, Tom Jones, Englebert Humperdink, Michael Crawford, Grace Knight, Tommy Emmanuel, Julie Anthony, Kamahl and Thelma Houston. Shows included: Fiddler on the Roof, the Edith Piaf Show, and Hot Show Shuffle.

Ross was NSW State President of the Accordion Society of Australia and Music Director of the Accordion Orchestra on both a state and federal level for many years. He participated in their annual competitions as a performer, adjudicator and conductor.


Lips Masterclass at Royal Academy of Music - England

Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

Friedrich Lips had an interesting masterclass last week at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He was invited by Professor Owen Murray to teach his class not only in modern accordion techniques but also concerning new literature for accordion and chamber music. As Lips is constantly working with different instrumentalists he has experience in many aspects of contemporary music. This information was very useful to the accordion students.


Texas Accordion Association

Jazz Duo Performances - Italy

Renzo RuggieriAccordionist Renzo Ruggieri performed two concerts in a Jazz Duo with guitarist Moreno D'Onofrio (guitar) last week at the "Gilgamesh" Jazz Club in Turin and the Ivrea Jazz Club in Ivrea. Their program included jazz standards and original compositions by Renzo Ruggieri (Tango Italiano, Piccolo Valzer Francese, Carnevale, etc).


Master Sound

"Spring Fling" Traditional Music Weekend - Scotland

Sandy BrechinContributed by Rod Johnston

A traditional music weekend entitled "Spring Fling" was held from February 21st to 23rd in Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Sleat, Isle of Skye organized by An Drochaid, in association with the Gaelic College in Skye, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.

The event incorporated a Cèilidh and accordion workshops with tutors Sandy Brechin (piano accordion) and Malcolm Munro (button accordion). Sandy taught a variety of tunes, mostly by ear, concentrating in particular on fancy finger work, grace notes, triplets for the right hand as well as interesting chord sequences and syncopation for the left hand. Malcolm taught his well known West Coast style of playing for players of the single and double row button accordions in BC tuning.



Silvia Pagni Works on a New Film - Italy

Sylvia PagniContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Silvia Pagni will play a small part in a new film on the life of Italian poet Gabriele D'Annunzio for which she has written the musical score. Shooting will begin in April.

Silvia will also take part once again in the Frankfurt Music Fair (March 5th to 9th), during which she will play at the Cemex stand.


Texas Accordion Association

Ukrainian Duo Perform in Paris - France

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Youri Fedorov (bayan) will perform in concert with Ludmila Fedorov (vocals and bandoura) at the Eglise Sainte Rosalie Church in Paris on March 9th. The duo will perform a variety of traditional music from the Ukraine. Entry is free of charge. For concert details email:


Paolo Soprani Accordions

Orchestra Hosts Overseas Guests - New Zealand

Contributed by Heather Masefield

On February 18th the North Shore Musicale Orchestra started the year with a social BBQ held at Maurice & Lian Jones' residence. The orchestra welcomed ex player Bill Fleetwood who is now playing with the Queensland Accordion Club along with the President of that club, Ashley Ebsworth. Also in attendance was Allan Gelling from the Leyland Accordion Club in England. A merry time was had by all!


Lorenzo Munari in Turin - Italy

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Following his appearance at the Gorni Kramer Biennale, where he performed on the opening night (with bandoneonist Marco Fabbri), Lorenzo Munari (accordionist) wrote the original music for the play "Discorso alla felicità" directed by Domenico Ammendola. Munari, who performed on stage for the show, will hold a solo recital on March 8th for the Unitre in Turin. His program will include works by Frescobaldi, Scarlatti, Solotaryov, Schenderjev and Semionov. For further details email:


Ranco Accordions

AmadeoNew Tango CD by Amadeo - Argentina

Accordionist Amadeo has released a CD of tango music entitled "Tangos de Salon". Tracks include Vida Mia, Nostalgia, El Choclo and La Cumparsita. For further CD information email:


New Accordion USA National News Online

A new edition of the Accordion USA, United States National Accordion News is now online. If you would like to contribute an item for this news either send it via the online submit form or email Kevin Friedrich at:


Texas Accordion Association

Tribute to Andree Astier - France

Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

A tribute concert for André Astier will be held at the Montluçon Theatre in France on March 7th. The Duo Myriam Bonnin (accordion) and Michel Benhaiem (piano) will play a variety of classical and tango music. Entry is free of charge.


New Sites/Updated Sites Information on the Stanko Mihovilic Accordion Orchestra (from Pula, Croatia), winners of the Castelfidardo International Orchestra Competition. "The Box and Fiddle" Magazine, published monthly by The National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs in Scotland.


Master Sound

HohnerAntique Accordion Information

Stuart would like information on the pictured antique Hohner accordion, which measures 12" x 12", excluding the brass horn portion. The instrument still plays and is in excellent condition. Email:

Kathy Mayer would like information on a 1905 G. Galleazzi button accordion. Email:


Paolo Soprani Accordions

Accordion Information Required

Alain Schiavazzi (France) would like information on relatives in Italy who play the accordion.
He is the son of Louis Schiavazzi (born 11/4/1919) and nephew of Geogres Schiavazzi (died during the war). Email:



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