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30 April 2004 This weeks news | Past News  | Send news

Editors Note

Music is the International Language. Each week, accordion artists travel to many different countries performing music that is greatly appreciated by accordion enthusiasts. These artists are spreading knowledge, accordion techniques, performance styles, new music and enlargening repertoires. They are also expanding the minds of our young accordionists - our future. Spare a thought for these pioneering accordionists who are such value to the development of our instrument.

Harley Jones
Acccordions Worldwide Director

This Weeks News
  • Mika Vayrynen's new CD of Complete Goldberg Variations - Finland
  • Accordion Master Course - China
  • Accordion Concert in Sonderkonzert - Germany
  • Roland Promotion - Australia
  • First National Accordion Festival - Argentina
  • Giorgio Dellarole in concert - Italy
  • Bath International Music Festival - UK
  • Buchan Heritage Society's 20th Strichen Festival - Scotland
  • Henry Doktorski with the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra - USA
  • Paris-Moscow Duo Perform in Casino - France
  • Lips CD released - Austria
  • Beginner's Accordion Seminar - China
  • National Accordion Organisation Festival - England
  • North Shore Orchestra Concert - New Zealand
  • Yuri Medianik to perform in Chamber Orchestra - Russia
  • Accordionist Malgaché Rossy in Concert - France
  • Manuel Bobenrieth in Charge of Army Band - USA
  • International Accordion Festival - Austria
  • Uxbridge Accordion Club May Club Night - UK
  • Musicora Large Market - France
  • 10th Australian International Accordion Championships and Festival - Australia
  • Quote of the Week
  • CD Review
  • Site Update

  • Mika Väyrynen's New CD of Complete Goldberg Variations - Finland
    Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

    World renowned Finnish accordionist Mika Väyrynen has just released a new CD of the complete Goldberg Variations of J S Bach. Mika has studied at the Tampere Conservatory, the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki) and the Gustave Charpentier Conservatory (Paris) completed his Doctoral degree in 1997. Mika has won a total of eight prizes in International Competitions, including first prize in the Confédération Internationale des Accordeonistes (CIA) Coupe Mondiale in Luzerne, Switzerland in 1989.

    Mika has also served as adjudicator in competitions like the CIA Coupe Mondiale, Beijing Accordion Festival, Marseilles, the Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International (ATG) - Anthony Galla-Rini International Competition for Classical Accordion and others and will serve on the International jury of the upcoming Klingenthal competition in Germany.This is Mika's 13th CD recording and is released under the ALBA label, the catalog number is ALBA-ABCD 19.

    For more information on purchasing this CD and his other recordings,


    Accordion Master Course - China
    Contributed by Lian Jones of Accordion House

    The China Capital Normal University recently has released its 2004 Master Course Application Prospectus. The Accordion Teaching and Studying Course includes an interview and accordion performance section. The set exam pieces require the candidates to play by memory: one study, one counterpoint, and a suite of 3 movements or an equivalent major work.

    For more information, email

    Accordion Concert in Sonderkonzert - Germany

    A concert will be held on 14th May in Elbe Park as part of Russian Week Celebrations, organized by the St.Petersbur e.V. Dresdenm club. The week's celebrations includes a full music program of folk, classics, romantic and Russian pieces.

    For further information, email: club

    Roland Promotion - Australia
    Contributed by Lyn Conlon

    Italian accordionist, Sergio Scapini, was recently on a whirlwind tour of Australia promoting the latest addition to the Roland range of musical instruments and amplifiers. Demonstrations were given in Sydney and Melbourne, attracting large audiences of accordion enthusiasts, agents and music industry personnel.

    Mr. Scapini demonstrated various types of music on the accordion, from accordion standards such as Beer Barrel Polka on German accordion settings, to Czardas and Hungarian Dance No. 5 on a violin setting, to French musette, Scarlatti sonatas and Bach (Toccata in D Minor) on a classical accordion setting complete with quint. The features of the V7 are its variety of different types of accordion sounds, from classical to bandoneon to musette all incorporated into one instrument. The accordion also features dynamics, controlled by bellows pressure including complete bellows shakes ability.

    First National Accordion Festival - Argentina

    The Association of International Accordionists (AIDA) along with the Italian Union Society will host the First National Accordion Festival in the city of Shine in Buenos Aires. The festival will be held on 8th to 9th May.

    For more information, email

    Giorgio Dellarole in Concert - Italy

    Successful Italian performer, Giorgio Dellarole has a concert on 2nd May in Mapello (BG) at the Auditiorum Comunale. The performance will include music from Scarlatti, Moretti, Zolatariev and Piazzolla.

    For more information, email

    Bath International Music Festival - UK

    The Bath International Music Festival which features accordion as the main attraction, will be held on 21st May to 6th June. There will be a Jazz Weekend during the event with six concerts featuring accordion from 28th to 31st May.

    For more information, email

    Buchan Heritage Society's Strichen Festival - Scotland

    The Buchan Heritage Society will mark its 20th Strichen Festival this May. The event will kick off with the old Tyme Dance on May 21 dancing to Bruce Lindsay and his Scottish Dance Band. The following day is the main day for competitions. The next morning is a story telling competition followed by a school competition and miscellaneous classes in the afternoon. Accordion, fiddle, recorder, piano, keyboard and groups are followed by ballads after lunch.

    For more information, email

    Henry Doktorski with The Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra - USA

    Henry Doktorski appeared with the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Astor Piazzolla's "Le Grand Tango" on April 17 at the Katz Auditorium, Jewish Community Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    Le Grand Tango was composed by the great Argentinean bandoneónist and composer Piazolla (1921 to 1992) as a commission for the Russian cellist, Mstislav Rostropovich. The chamber orchestra version of Le Grand Tango arranged by Howard Williams and published by Berben Edizioni Musicali of Italy is scored for solo cello, flute, oboe, two clarinets, two horns, two trumpets, trombone, tuba, piano, percussion, strings, and accordion.

    Doktorski explained, "The accordion is featured prominently in this chamber orchestra version of Le Grand Tango. The instrument is used primarily for its distinctive reedy timbre, which adds essential color to the orchestra."


    Paris-Moscow Duo Perform in Casino - France

    The Paris-Moscow duo of Domi Emorine and Roman Jbanov performed last week at St Julien, Casino at a concert organized by the d'accordéon d'Annemasse company and its Professor Mr Thierry Bouclier. The Paris-Moscow duo took the audience on a musical journey between France and Russia performing a range of music from classical to French and Russian music.

    For more information, email

    New Friedrich Lips CD Released - Austria
    Contributed by Herbert Scheibenreif , Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

    Friedrich Lips new CD, titled "CD 015 Symphonies of the Century" was released recently. The CD, consists of Concert Symphony Nr.1 for bayan and symphonic orchestra (1972), which is essentially an enlarged and revised version of the first concert for bayan from 1965. Concert Symphony Nr.2 for bayan and symphonic orchestra represents the greatest tragedy in the compositions of Vladimir Zolatariev. The idea of death as a person's ultimate experience is shown in the centre of this fresco in four movements.

    For more information, email

    Beginners Accordion Seminar - China
    Contributed by Lian Jones of Accordion House

    An accordion seminar for beginners was held in the hall of Nanyang Institute of Technology on April 2nd hosted by Ms Fangfang Lin from the Music Department of the Luohe Vocational Technical Institute. Ms Lin began the workshop with a history lecture on the accordion, so that the students could understand the origins of the instrument. Lin demonstrated the accordion making the sound of a train and the hooves of a trotting horse. She then played a Spanish dance and ethnic Turkish songs to finish the seminar.

    National Accordion Organisation Festival - England

    The NAO will hold its National Festival in Scarborough this weekend 30th April to 2nd May. The International jury members will include Jacques Mornet (France), Mirco Patarini, Renzo Ruggieri and Gianluca Pica (Italy) as well as Raymond Bodell (CIA Vice President), Graham Laurie, Alistair Gillespie (Scotland), Margaret Venables and Derek Broadbent. With over 430 entries in a variety of solo, duet, group and orchestral classes plus gala evenings with Gary Blair and his Celidh Band and the usual Tradeshow and Masterclasses, the event promises to be a great show.

    For more information, email


    North Shore Accordion Orchestra - New Zealand
    Contributed by Heather Masefield

    All four of the North Shore Accordion Orchestras travelled to Waiheke Island by ferry earlier this month to spend the day on a tour of Waiheke Islands accordion offerings.

    The trip included a tour of the Whittakers Museum, filled with old accordions, concertinas, organs, pianos, harpsichords and other instruments. The day ended with a concert at the Museum Hall before an enthusiastic audience, after which the orchestra returned by ferry to Auckland.

    Yuri Medianik to perform in Chamber Orchestra - Russia

    Yuri Medianik, a student of Prof. Semionov and winner of several international competitions continues his initiatives with new composition sounds and new combinations of instruments in May with a coming concert in Moscow. Medianik is also a professional violin player, (GrandPrix-winner of Violin International Competiton in Ekaterinburg, 2003) and is working with Mikhail Khohlov to make a new arragement of the popular cycle of Piazzolla "The Seasons" for accordion soloist and chamber orchestra.

    At a recent press conference, Yuri Medianik said "I am eagerly looking towards the new union of these very popular instruments. I want to use my two instruments, violin and bayan in a new role." Yuri's concert on the 3rd of May will be his first demonstrations of these new arrangements.

    For more information, email

    Accordionist Malgache Rossy in Concert - France
    Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

    Malgaché Rossy, one of Madagascar's most famous accordionsts, now living in France as a political refugee for 2 years has organized some interesting events. Formerly working with the Ministry of Culture in Madagascar, Rossy was in charge of planning several concerts with Jean-Jacques Golman, Patrick Bruel and other French artists. He has also organized Jean Louis Noton’s gig as a special guest at the Centre Culturel Albert Camu of Tananarive for a weeks master-class of musical information. Rossy will also be present at the 100th Birthday party for Cavagnolo Accordions from October 8th until November 21st.

    For more information, email

    Manuel Bobenrieth in Charge of Army Band - USA
    Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

    Manuel Bobenrieth is now the non-commissioned officer in charge of the famous United States Army Strings. After 17 years of service in the army, Manuel's rank is now Sergeant Major. Although he primarily plays and arranges music with The Strolling Strings, Manuel is ultimately responsible for all the String Quartet and Orchestral music that The Army Band provides for ceremonies and special events in the military district of Washington.

    That has meant Manuel Bobenrieth's Piazzolla project taking a back seat temporarily as his army job has been much more time consuming than "playing the accordion in the band. I work with some of the finest musicians I've had the pleasure of working with in my life and that makes it lots of fun!" Manuel says of his new important role in charge of this group, who perform for some of the worlds most famous people visiting Washington.

    International Accordion Festival - Austria

    One of the world's largest accordion event, the International Accordion Festival, Innsbruck, run by the DHV of Germany will be held from 10th to 13th June. The event is held every three years usually around May/June.

    The DHV (Germany) is one of the largest accordion associations in the world and on their website you will often find very good information on accordion events in Europe.

    For more information, email


    Uxbridge Accordion Club May Night - UK

    The Uxbridge Accordion Club will present a special May Club Night performance featuring Lisa-Lee Leslie on 10th May. The event will be held at at "The Anglers Retreat", West Drayton.

    For more information, email

    Musicora Large Market - France
    Contributed by Beatrice Fontaine

    The Musicora Large Market in the Villette, Paris will be the centre of focus from 6th to 10th May. The musicians who took part in the World Crossroads of l'Accordéon of Montmagny, Quebec, Canada will present their music to Paris.

    For more information, email

    10th Australian International Accordion Championships & Festival - Australia

    The Australian Accordion Teachers Association will be holding its 10th Australian International Accordion Championships and Festival on 29th to 30th of May at the Ninavah Sports Centre, Sydney.

    Contestants from Australia, New Zealand and China will be competing for Australasian and Australian International Championships titles. The event includes a Gala Concert on 30th May featuring the Accordion Society of Australia Accordion Orchestra. Special guest artist will be Pavel Mangasaryan of Russia, the 2003 Coupe Mondiale Piano Accordion Champion.

    For more information, email

    Quote of the Week

    Did You Know? by Willoughby Walshe

    The most important accordion event in the eastern hemisphere is the Beijing International Music Accordion Festival organized by the China Beijing Accordion Association (CBAA). The competition, open to musicians of any nationality, draws a huge number of participants and massive audiences. Concerts are staged in palacial halls, where music is accompanied by light and sound effects. Leading cultural functionaries attend.

    Find out more….. "Walshe Essential Guide to Accordion and Harmonica Events"

    CD Review

    New CD "Vague a Lames" by Jean-Marc Fabiano.
    Reviewed by Musicologist Paolo Picchio

    New & Updated Sites information about Gianluca Picas Students - updated information on the International Accordion competition Klingenthal 2004 to be held next month.
    updated information about the 100th Anniversary of Cavagnolo Accordions - France

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