It is sad to note that this is the last edition
of international news that Christine
Adams is producing. Christine has been with Accordions
Worldwide since the beginning and has done only what can be
described as an outstanding job. On behalf of the team at Accordions
Worldwide, I would like to publicly thank Christine for the many
hours of tireless work and contribution to the accordion world.
Her efforts have not gone unrecognized; just
last week Christine was a recipient of the CIA
Merit Award for her tremendous work.
56th Coupe Mondiale in Slovakia and Hungary
Contributed by Kevin
Russian accordionist Nikolay Sivchuk took the
top honors of the 56th
Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships held in both Slovakia
and Hungary this week. A student of Viatcheslav
Semionov at the Gnessin Institute in Moscow, the 23 year old
edged out fellow Gnessin student and duet partner Alex Peresidly
also of Russia to win the competition. Another Semionov student
- Pavel Mangasaryan from Russia took top honors in the International
Competition for Piano Accordion. This makes two years running that
Semionov students have won both categories.
Racz, Artistic Director of the Teaching Center of Accordion "Marta
Szokeova" in Bratislava, Slovakia and Panna Grigoncza, President
of the Hungarian Accordion Association based in Budapest, Hungary
jointly hosted the 56th Coupe Mondiale from October 20th to 27th,
2003. Held under the auspicies of the Confédération
International des Accordéonistes (CIA)
founded 1935 in Paris, this years Coupe Mondiale marked the first
time it had been held with categories being split between two countries.
The opening session was held in Stúrovo, Slovakia and the
closing section across the Danube in Esztergom, Hungary with a final
Gala Concert held in Budapest.
came from as far afield as Vietnam, China, New Zealand, USA, Ukraine
and throughout Europe to compete during the six days of competitions
which featured solo competitions in classical and entertainment
music in both junior and senior categories as well as the new International
Competition for Chamber Music. In addition to the competitions and
concerts, the CIA held its 110th General Assembly of Delegates.
During the General Assembly several nominations were accepted for
the CIA Merit Award honoring Outstanding Contribution to the International
Accordion Movement as well as the recipients for the newly established
award "Honored Friend of the Accordion."
Recipients of the CIA Merit Award:
Adams, New Zealand - for her development of the Accordions
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Dr. William Schimmel, USA - in honor of the 10th Anniversary of
the annual Masterclass and Concert series held in New York
Jacques Mornet, France - in recognition of his development of internationally
recognized teaching standards and pedagogy classes
Honored Friend of the Accordion:
Blair, Scotland - in recognition of his promotion of the traditional
Marie Jones, New Zealand - in recognition of her many years of work
coordinating the New
Zealand Accordion Association activities
Vivan and Steve Stolaruk - in recognition of their support of numerous
accordion activities in the United States
To conclude the festival, the Hungarian Accordion
Association organized a Gala Closing Ceremony Concert in the famed
Pesti Vigado Hall in Budapest featuring the CIA Winners as well
as famous Hungarian accordionists and the 2002 CIA
Coupe Mondiale Champion Alexander
Poeluev who performed a solo program as well as presenting the
world premiere of the new work 'Osbemutato' by Hungarian composer
full details including daily reports and results, please visit http://www.accordions.com/cia
Winners from the 56th Coupe Mondiale are:
1st: Nikolay Sivchuk (Russia), 2nd: Alex Peresidly (Russia), 3rd:
Milan Lazic (Serbia & Montenegro)
1st: Anton Torbeev (Russia), 2nd: Nemanja Drzic (Serbia and Montenegro),
3rd: Ivan Saric (Serbia and Montenegro)
International Competition for Piano Accordion:
1st: Pavel Mangasaryan (Russia), 2nd: Nenad Ercogovcevic (Serbia
and Montenegro), 3rd: Nadejda Gouseva (Russia)
1st: Amelie Castel (France), 2nd: Philip Bouvier (France), 3rd:
Jeremy La Fon (France)
Junior Virtuoso Entertainment Music:
1st: Maria Convertino (Italy), 2nd: Camille Privat (France), 3rd:
Simon Gachet-Mauroz (France)
Chamber Music Competition:
1st: Bayan Trio Meisl (Czech Republic), 2nd: Duo Krzyzanowksi (Poland),
3rd: Duet Cadence (Ukraine)
Music China 2003
by Jon Hammond
The 2003 Music China event in Shanghai was considerably
bigger this year. Organizers added an extra building and actually
had 2 fairs running simultaneously: "Music China" and
Pro Light + Sound for the sound reinforcement and lighting gear.
Over 21,000 people attended the event which included 419 exhibitors
from 16 countries.
Italian accordion manufacturers from Castelfidardo
(Italy) invited USA accordionist Jon Hammond as their guest at the
concert of the Italian National Orchestra (conducted by Antonio
Cipriani) in the Shanghai Grand Theatre, which featured outstanding
accordion and bandoneon performers. The concert entitled "Marche
Region In Concert" included performances by Mario
Stefano Pietrodarchi, Mirko
Patarini and Jean Marc Fabiano. The Italian National Orchestra
(Orchestra Internazionale d'Italiana) has made 47 CD recordings.
staying at the Portman Ritz Carlton Hotel in Shanghai, Jon performed
in a quintet with Danny Woody (drums), Alex Layne (bass), Dwight
Dickerson (piano) and La Dee Streeter (vocals). They also filmed
and recorded a promotional DVD for Superlux microphones. Their program
included pieces such as "Makin' Whoopie", "Body and
Soul", "Easy Living" and "Lover Man". Their
performances were well attended with over 250 people in the beautiful
jazz bar of the Hotel. Special guest San Francisco (USA) Mayor Willie
Brown attended on one evening. Shanghai is the official "Sister
City" of San Francisco.
The next Music China event will be held from
October 20th to 23rd, 2004.
Historic Opening of Palazzo Paolo Soprani - Italy
During the recent City of Castelfidardo
International Accordion Festival the front doors and gates of
the famous Palazzo Paolo Soprani were opened for the first time
to the public. The Palazzo - a listed building of historical significance
to Italy was originally built for the pioneer of modern accordion
Soprani. It was finished in 1908 and has recently been extensively
restored and converted into apartments and offices.
Company held an exhibition of its products: Paolo
Many accordionists and local residents took the time to visit the
exhibition to see the palazzo, the accordions and be entertained
by artists Mirco
Patarini and Renzo
New Accordion/Vocal Duo Performance - Colombia
new accordion/vocal duo of Colombian-German soprano Willma Rueda
and Colombian accordionist Lácides Romero performed a concert
on October 14th, at the Cultural Center of Universidad Pedagógica
Nacional in Bogotá. The duo performed Arias by Handel, as
well as Japanese, Catalan, Colombian, Mexican and Spanish songs.
The enthusiastic audience gave loud applause
for the performance by this duo, who are currently planning a concert
tour to Germany in 2004. For concert information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lips Performs with Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
by Dr Herbert
Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich
After the successful world premier Sofia Gubaidulina's
concert for bayan and symphony orchestra (Under the Sign of Scorpio
- Variations on six hexachords) in Stockholm (Sweden) recently Friedrich
Lips will play the second performance of this piece with the
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Vladimir Jurowski).
The concert will take place in Rotterdam's world-famous
Concert Hall "De Doelen" on November 6th. On November
10th there will be a chamber music concert in the Eduard Flipse
Hall. Works include Sofia Gubaidulina's "Tatarian dance"
and "Galgenlieder". For concert information email: email@example.com
Accordionist Performs in "Mosa" Music
Series - USA
Accordionist Dr William Schimmel will perform
at the Our Savior's Atonement Luthern Church in New York on November
9th. This concert is part of a series entitled "Mosa",
which includes prestigious solo and chamber music musicians. The
title of the concert is: Tango/Fado/Reality and includes classic
tangos played by Dr. Schimmel and "Fados" (which features
vocalist and melodica player Allyssa Lamb). Fados are sad songs
from Portugal. The concert will also include "realities"
by Dr. Schimmel - a Rossini reality, civil war tangos, Bizet's Carmen
Fantasy and Piazzoll/Getz - these are works that use pre-existing
music but are re-composed in performance dimension by Dr. Schimmel.
The program will also include a symphony for
accordion, voice and melodica (Love Pharmacy) 2003 by William Schimmel.
This work incorporates the fado, rai (a Moroccan melisma) and singing
in tongues (a spontaneous language usually associated with Pentecostalism).
The concert will end with Schimmel & Allyssa Lamb performing
Kurt Weill's "Three Penny", a reality-adaptation of the
entire opera in eight minutes by Schimmel, and "Autumn Leaves"
sung both in French and English with the original long introduction.
For further concert information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
XIX International Festival of Accordion Music - Russia
Contributed by Sergej
The XIX International Festival of Accordion Music
will be held from October 31st to November 2nd in St. Petersburg. The
event is organized by the Petersburg Cultural Committee and is supported
by the "Akko" factory, Sergei Kolesnik and Jury Shirobokov.
The festival will feature performances by various ensembles and soloists
such as Lipetsk Bayan Trio, "Melodies and Rythmes" ensemble
and Nikita Vlasov.
Special guest Renzo
Ruggieri has been invited to perform a jazz music recital on November
1st. In addition, Renzo will present a lecture on jazz music and will
conduct a master class. The Artistic Director of the festival is Professor
Dmitriev. For details email: email@example.com
Eugenia Marini Performs in Bergamo - Italy
Marini will perform at the Church of S. Lorenzo in Redona, Bergamo
on November 1st at an event entitled "Highlights in the shadow
of the great Russian spiritualist".
The program will include a lecture by Giovanni
Locatelli, accompanied by Eugenia playing works by Semionov,
Panitzki, Minka, Solotaryev and Derbenko. For details email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Multi-Talented Musician at "Folk at The Royal
Oak" - England
Multi-talented musician Tim Laycock (concertina,
vocals, melodeon, harmonica & percussion) entertained at "Folk
at The Royal Oak" in Lewes, East Sussex on October 23rd. Tim
is also a member of the New Scorpion Band which includes Brian Gulland
(vocals, harmonium, bassoon, whistles, flute, oboe & tuba),
Robin Jeffrey (vocals, banjo, guitar & percussion), Sharon Lindo
(vocals, violin, viola, rebec, guitar, saxophone, trombone, recorder
& shawms) and Robert White (vocals, bagpipes, whistles &
flutes, brass and percussion).
On November 13th, Bryan Peters (melodeon and
concertina) will perform a variety of traditional songs.
San Francisco Accordion Club - USA
Contributed by Peter Di Bono
The accordion (by official city ordinance)
has been the official instrument of the City of San Francisco since
1990. The accordion enjoys a rich history here dating back to the
late 1800's. It seems natural that the two should be linked. So,
the Bay Area Accordion Club (BAAC), has voted overwhelmingly to
change its name to The San Francisco Accordion Club.
It is thought that 1913 was the year The San
Francisco Accordion Club was founded. It was the first such club
in the United States, and possibly the entire world. Early members
included such noteables as: Pietro Deiro, Guido Deiro, Pietro Frosini,
Anthony Galla Rini, the Pezzolo brothers, John Molinari, and many
other virtuoso players.
The Bay Area Accordion Club was the first accordion
club in Northern California, and four new clubs have grown out of
At the October meeting, founding members of
the Club, Dominic Palmisano, Jim Holliday, Lou Soper, Rusty Bartoli,
and Walter Traverso, all spoke to the audience.