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7 May 2004 This weeks news | Past News  | Send news

Editors Note

The 100th Birthday of French accordion manufacturer Cavagnolo is a welcome sign of the accordion industry maturing. This celebration is an event to be proud of and we wish the Cavagnolo Company well for a future 100 years. I hope that Cavagnolo will be joined by a growing list of other accordion companies in the coming years, also celebrating a rich history.

Harley Jones
Acccordions Worldwide Director
Las Vegas Convention

This Weeks News

  • Technology and the Accordion
  • Accordion Musical Play Performance - China
  • Accordion Spring Festival - Macedonia
  • Peter Soave and the Orlando Philharmonic - USA
  • Pavel Mangasarian - Russia, Australia
  • Paris-Moscow Duo Tour - Switzerland
  • Leo Reis New Site - USA
  • New Los Tigres Del Norte Song Features Accordion - Mexico
  • La Belle Des Brettles Festival - Canada
  • Fisarochestra "Bertolini" Tour - Italy
  • Acoustic Paths Festival - Italy
  • Concert d 'Accordéon - France
  • Accordion Spectacular Show at Westchester Community College - USA
  • Free Music
  • Accordion Repair Seminar - USA
  • 14th Great Competition of Wittelsheim - France
  • Newbees Music Record Company Features Accordionist Nan Xiao - China
  • Masterclass with Jean-Marc Fabiano - Italy
  • Cavagnolo's 100th Birthday Celebrations - France
  • Cup of the North - Russia
  • Quote of the Week
  • CD Review
  • Site Updates

  • Technology and the Accordion

    The results of the "Technology and the Accordion" Survey which asked your opinion about technology and how it related to accordion is now online. Enjoy!

    Accordion Musical Play Performance - China
    Contributed by Lian Jones of Accordion House

    The White Heron Children's Accordion Orchestra played the musical play called "Happy Doe Re Mi" at the opening ceremony of Si Ming District Intermediate and Primary Schools Art Festival in late April in Xiamen city. This musical is based on the all time favorite musical "The Sound of Music", the arrangement written by Gary Daverne, who generously gave the music to his accordion friends from Xiamen Si Ming Children's Palace in 2002, when he was visiting the area with New Zealand Accordion Orchestra North Shore Musicale . It was his wish to support local accordion activities and this arrangement is being used regularly.

    Accordion Spring Festival - Macedonia
    Contributed by Anica Karakutovska

    An accordion concert was held at the concert hall of the Hotel "Jugo" Gevgelija (near Greece) on 29th April as part of the town's "Spring Festival" .

    The concert involving some famous local accordionists, was the start of a series of performances by students of Prof. Zorica Karakutovska to take place in Macedonia and possibly abroad. The concert program included a wide variety of solo and chamber music with performances by Zoran Kirjakovski, Filip Stamevski and Kosto Todorovski.

    For more information, email:

    Peter Soave and The Orlando Philharmonic - USA
    Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

    On 15 May, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Hal France presents Dance Baby Dance, a unique concert experience which combines classical music with a twist - each piece has a dance theme. Classical guitarist Eladio Scharron and Peter Soave on bandoneon will perform Piazzolla´s Double Concerto for bandoneon & guitar. The Orlando Philharmonic concert will take place at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center in downtown Orlando at 8pm.

    Peter Soave is one of the most recognized concert accordionists in the world who tours internationally as guest artist with leading symphonies.
    Soave is also a multiple international competition winner of the Coupe Mondiale, the Trophée Mondiale, Klingenthal and Grand Prix in Italy - an achievement for a virtuoso of any instrument.

    For more information, email;


    Pavel Mangasarian - Russia, Australia
    Contributed by Tania Lukic-Marx

    Special guest artist at the upcoming Australian Accordion Teachers Association Festival on 29th and 30th of May will be Pavel Mangasarian of Russia, the current Coupe Mondiale Piano Accordion Champion. Pavel Mangasarian was born in 1977 in Saratov and he began playing the accordion at the age of seven with his teacher Mr. Kiseliel. He then studied with Mr. Gromov before attending the Conservatory of Music in Saratov studying with Prof. B. Aron.

    After completing his studies in Saratov, Pavel moved to Moscow to study with Viatchselav Semionov at the Gnessin Institute where he is currently working on his post graduate studies in performance. In 1996 he won third prize in the Andreev Accordion Competition in St. Petersburg. Pavel is scheduled to complete his studies in 2004 and hopes to pursue a career as a concert artist.
    Ángel Luis Castaño

    Paris-Moscow Duo Tour - Switzerland

    The Paris-Moscow Duo were in Switzerland last week where they were invited to play Bulle (Gruyère area). Part of the duo's tour included an afternoon teaching the origins of accordion to young schoolboys who were not musicians. Their first concert in Switzerland was in front of approximately 400 school pupils after which they played for 500 school pupils in L'accueil.

    "It was very cordial and the young people were surprised and very glad to rediscover this instrument in a varied program (classical music, continuations for children, music for imagination, russian and french music)," said Paris-Moscow Duo member Domi Emorine. That evening, they gave a public concert for local citizens of Switzerland and France. "It was a very appreciated concert from a particularly cordial Swiss public," said Emorine. Part of that evening's performance included an appearance by Lucia Genilloud, a 13 year-old Swiss student who lives in Bulle. Lucia was a prize winner at Castelfidardo in the 12 years and under category.

    Leo Reis New Site - USA

    Successful accordionist Leo Reis who studied with Frank Gaviani has a new website.

    Leo now makes his home in Spring Valley, California and has a very large range of accordion music titles for sale. From the site, you may download his online order form for original arrangements or email him for other titles available.

    For further information, please email

    New Los Tigres Del Norte Song Features Accordion - Mexico

    The new song, "Las Mujeres de Juarez" (The Women of Juarez) by Los Tigres Del Norte is one more bouncy track on the album "Pacto de Sangre" (Fonovisa) just released by this Mexican band. The song in Norteño (Tex-Mex) style features two accordions tootling back and forth. The song is about the murders of more than 300 girls and women during the past decade in the border region of El Paso. The song highlights the failure to find those responsible, a "national shame" for Mexico. Los Tigres del Norte have been singing border stories - about emigrants, drug dealers, hard times and love - for more than three decades.

    La Belle Des Brettles Festival - Canada

    The La Belle Des Brettles Festival in Montreal takes place from 7th May to the 6th of June. The festival has been labelled by organizers as ''the chance to benefit from the performances of Didier Dumoutier, Vladimir Sidorov and Daniel Thonon'' the main accordionists featured during the festival. The program for this event is at three different venues, Aylmer Arts Center, Cafe C and The Birds of Passage.

    For more information, email
    Las Vegas Convention

    Fisorchestra "Bertolini" Tour - Germany

    The Fisorchestra "Bertolini" Tour to Germany will start this weekend from 7th to 9th May. The prestigious Fisorchestra "Elio the Bertolini" tour is to the City Neustadt in Bavaria. The Fisorchestra is directed by Maestro Elio Bertolini of the Association Didactic Center Musical Italian. Bertolini is also the founder and director of the "G. Rossini" Music School in Recoaro Terme.

    For more concert information, email
    French Translators

    Acoustic Paths Festival - Italy

    The Acoustic Paths Festival starts on 21st August. The festival program and other information will soon be available in our Italian News Section.

    For more information, email

    Concert d 'Accordéon - France

    The Concert D'Accordeon will take place on 16th May at the Salle Centrale de la Mairie in Reine. The concert will feature music by Testore Joue, Bach, Azzola, Astier, Ferrero, Baselli, Lassagne, Rossi and Galliano.

    For more information, email:

    Accordion Spectacular Show at Westchester Community College - USA
    Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

    Internationally acclaimed accordion champion and virtuoso Mario Tacca and his wife, international vocal artist Mary Mancini, will be among the featured performers at the Accordion Spectacular Show to be held at the Academic Arts Theater at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York on the 16th May, 3pm. Also included in the Parade of Champions is former World Champion accordionist Beverly Roberts Curnow and former US Champion Joseph Natoli.

    For more information, email

    Free Music Emailed to You!!

    Have Gary Dahl's arrangements emailed to you for free! Check out for Dahl's music and if you send us an email, you could win his new piece "Tango for Astor" or a favourite out of 130 other titles by Dahl, sent to your computer for free. We will check our inbox randomly on Sunday and five lucky people will win "Tango for Astor" and another five will win the Dahl arrangement of their choice.

    Accordion Repair Seminar - USA

    An Accordion Repair Seminar will be held on the 27th June at the PM Hampton Inn Conference Room in Ottawa, Illinois. The seminar, will be presented by Dale Wise, the producer of "Accordion 911-Fundamental Accordion Care & Repair", available on VHS/DVD. Admission is free, all are welcome and accordion owners are encouraged to bring their accordions along for evaluation.

    For more information, email

    14th Great Competition of Wittelsheim - France

    The 14th Great International Competition of Wittelsheim will be held on Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th of May at the Salle des Fetes Grasegert and is being organized by the A.C.R.C and the Accordion Club S Wittelsheim.

    For more information regarding the competition, test pieces or hotel information email Mons. M.Sébastien Consiglio

    Newbees Music Record Company Features Accordionist Nan Xiao - China
    Contributed by Lian Jones of Accordion House

    Nan Xiaom, member of the Chinese rock group, Cobra adds accordion frequently to the bands popular tunes. Formerly a classically trained accordionist, Nan Xiaom began playing the accordion in her childhood. She became the accordionist, pianist, guitar player and vocalist for Cobra when the group was first formed in 1989 and even after Nan went solo in 1999, signed with the New Bees Music recording company, she has remained active with Cobra. Today, Nan Xiaom is one of the most successful entertainers under the Newbees Music Record Company. She is now the company's Project Manager and her role means, she is often found playing accordion for other popular singers and rock bands under the same recording label.

    For more information, email

    Masterclass with Jean-Marc Fabiano - Italy

    Successful tutor and performer Jean Marc Fabiano is presenting a Masterclass with Paolo Gandolfi at the Conservatory in Reggio Emiglia on 21st to 22nd May. The masterclass subject is "How to Teach Today's Accordion".

    For more information e-mail:

    Cavagnolo's 100th Birthday Celebrations - France

    The House of Cavagnolo, famous French accordion manufacturer, is now celebrating its 100 years birthday in 2004 with exciting things planned. Celebrating 100 years in the accordion business is an extremely rare event and Cavagnolo Accordion's director Claude Cavagnolo say the company means to take the company name to "all the corners of France" during the celebrations. The dates and venues for the Cavagnolo Festival will soon be in our French News Section and in the Accordion Yellow Pages Future Events.

    For more information, email


    Cup of the North - Cherepovets, Russia
    Contributed by Dr. Herbert Scheibenreif, Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

    The International North Competition Cup was held in Cherepovest, Russia in April and it featured some high level performances.

    The top prize in the button accordion category was won by Andrei Sheliganov, second prize was shared between Dmitri Stepanov and Artem Priveden and Grigori Ivanov and Viktor Kiselev shared third prize. In the piano accordion category, Sergei Osokin received the unique Grand Prix Prize for being the most brilliant performer of the whole competition with the first prize being awarded to Maria Vlasova and second to Sergei Barakov. Each evening ended with a concert, including accordion recitals by Oleg Sharov, Viktor Romanko, Ludo Marien and the Piazzolla-Studio.

    Jury members included Vladimir Solovyov (chairman) Friedrich Lips, Vladimir Besfamilnov, Nikolai Kravtsov, Jukka-Pekka Kuusela, Boris Egorov, Li Cion, Ludo Marien, Oleg Sharov, Pedro Regeiro and Albin Repnikov. The next competition will be held in April 2006.

    For more information, email


    Quote of the Week

    Teaching Quote of the Week Edited by Willoughby Walshe

    The bellows play the most important role in creating a tone, because they breathe life into a composition.

    Find out more…..The Art of Bayan Playing or Playing the Accordion Artistically by Friedrich Lips

    CD Review

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


    New & Updated Sites - new site selling CD's by Friedrich Lips. - information about performer Leo Reis who has a very large range of accordion music titles for sale on the site. - Site about 'Accordion Repairs Made Easy' by John Reuther. information about Gianluca Pica's Students. updated information about the 100th Anniversary of Cavagnolo Accordions - France

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