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  17 December 2004This weeks news | Past News  | Send news

Editor's Note:

We extend a warm welcome to our new Russian translators, twin brothers and accordionists, Vadim and Yuri Fedorov. Please note that this week's news will be the last of 2004, and the next Accordions Worldwide "The Squeeze" news will appear on January 14th. May I take this opportunity, to sincerely thank all of you who have taken the time and effort to contribute news - we could not function without you! The Accordions Worldwide team wish all of you a happy and restful time during the festive season, and all the very best for 2005.

Rob Howard

This Weeks News

Accordion Rama

Mika Väyrynen to appear with conductor Okko Kamu, Espoo, Finland
Contributed by Kevin Friedrich

Friday December 17th will see the last concert for the year of Finnish accordionist Mika Väyrynen. Mika will be the featured soloist with the 'Tapiola Sinfonietta', one of northern Europe's best medium sized orchestras. The Concert will be held in 'Tapiola Hall' (in Tapiola Cultural Center) in Espoo, which is one of the country's biggest cities and located close to Helsinki.

The conductor for this concert will be Mr. Okko Kamu, the winner of 1st Herbert von Karajan competition held in 1968. Mika will perform 'Barabbas Variations - Chamber Music 5' composed by Profesor Aulis Sallinen. This is the second time Mika has performed with Mr. Kamu; the first time was in 2003 when he was the featured soloist with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. The composer Professor Sallinen will celebrate his 70th birthday in 2005, and throughout the year, Mika will perform his 'Barabbas Variations - Chamber Music 5' with several different orchestras.

For more information on Mika and his many recordings, please visit

Classical Concert, London - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Phuong Ngyuen, the Vietnamese-born classical accordionist now living in England, and his wife, Japanese-born pianist Miho Sanou, will give a lunchtime recital on Christmas Eve, December 24th. The venue is St Martin's-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London, at 1pm, and admission is free.

The program includes:-
1) César Franck
2) Camille Saint- Saëns
3) Nobuya Monta - Pavane
4) Nobuya Monta - Minuet
5) Nobuya Monta - Last Dance
6) Three Impressions for Accordion and Piano
7) Traditional Christmas Carol Medley
8) Astor Piazzolla


Hohner extends Management Team, Trossingen - Germany
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Supervisory Board of M. Hohner Ltd, Trossingen, Germany, at its meeting of 11th December 2004, appointed Mr. Stefan Althoff as vice member of the Management Board with immediate effect.
With this extension of the Management Board, based on the successes of the company in recent years, Hohner want to further integrate their worldwide business activities. Stefan Althoff, aged 43, since 1998 Managing Director of the Hohner subsidiary SONOR GmbH & Co KG, Bad Berleburg - Aue, will also continue to function in this capacity.

For further information email

Dermot O'Brien's Tour of Ireland Cancelled, New York - USA
Contributed by Rob Howard

New York-based Irish accordion entertainer Dermot O'Brien has cancelled his planned tour of Ireland, scheduled from December 16th to January 8th, due to family illness. His wife Rosemarie is recovering from the effects of a brain aneurysm, whilst Dermot himself is continuing to receive chemotherapy treatment as an outpatient. Rosemarie has been advised not to fly for several months, and this has led to the decision not to travel to Ireland.

Dermot O'Brien has been a full time professional entertainer since 1962, and at one time had his own program on Irish television that ran for seven years. As an accordion entertainer he has few peers, and Dermot's worldwide record sales and countless personal appearances make him Ireland's most popular and commercially successful accordionist over the last four decades. Despite recently receiving treatment for cancer, he has resumed performing and recording and has recently recorded a best selling CD of seasonal songs and tunes simply titled 'Christmas'.

For further information email
Friedrich Lips

Accordion CD Nominated for Award, Taipei - Taiwan
Contributed by Lian Jones of Accordion House

The Recording Academy announced nominations for the 47th Annual Grammy Awards on December 7th. Amongst the nominations, the Taiwanese record company Wind Records' 'The Wandering Accordion' was on the list as the Best Recording Package. This is a first time ever for the Taiwanese recording industry to achieve such an award in a top music event. Winners of the Grammy Awards will be announced in Los Angles on February 13th.

Gary Dahl

Yuri Medianik Concert, Moscow - Russia
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Russian accordionist Yuri Medianik will perform a concert on the 19th December in Rachmaninov's Hall at the Moscow Conservatory. Yuri Medianik has invited some of his best friends to play music together in different combinations, and intends himself to play two instruments at this event.

All contributors to this concert are laureates of International Competitions. The concert repertoire includes pieces by Ober (with clarinet), Glyuk and Ibert (with harp), Kern and Frolov (two violins), Ravel and Elgar (with piano) and one piece by Semionov (bayan solo).

Panoply's Tango Night in Beijing - China
Contributed by Lian Jones of Accordion House

British golden band Panoply will be playing a few concerts in Beijing during the Christmas holiday season. Their repertoire includes a wide range of music, from classical works to pop music.
Members of Panoply include Chinese youth accordionist Yao Yi, who has gained two Grand Prix awards in the competition of Arrasate Hiria, Irish youth violinist Anna, British youth guitarist Carl Henry, British youth percussionist Alexander, American youth cellist Marshal Belly, and Malaysian youth pianist Ceng Hao Bin. They will be playing at Beijing University at 25th December, then at the Forbidden City Concert Hall on 26th.

Paris-Moscow Duo Master Class, Ortuella - Spain
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Domi Emorine (France) and Roman Jbanov (Russia), known professionally as the Paris-Moscow Duo, are to hold an accordion master class followed by a concert, the latter scheduled to begin at 7.30pm, on December 18th in Ortuella, Spain. The venue is the Polyvalente Hall of Gorbea.


Duo Accordiomania, Seoul - South Korea

The Duo Accordiomania are two Russian piano accordionists who presently live in Seoul, South Korea. On December 10th they held a master class for a group of Korean children who are students of Ms Lim Eun Kyoung. The children were very impressed by the master class, and the event finished with all involved playing Christmas songs together. Duo Accordiomania feel that the master class was very successful, and would like to do all they can to aid and encourage the young accordionists in the future.

15th International Moscow Festival 'Bayan and Bayanists', Moscow - Russia
Contributed by Herbert Scheibenreif of Friedrich Lips Productions

The 15th International Festival 'Bayan and Bayanists' was held in Moscow from December 15th to 19th 2004. The opening gala concert was dedicated to Russian prizewinners of national and international competitions: M. Vlasova, S. Osokin, A. Sheliganov, J. Kotchetov and A. Selivanov. People's Artist of Russia V. Semjonov did the Moscow-first performance of his 'Concert for bayan and Chamber Orchestra'. T. Mynbajev conducted the chamber orchestra of the Gnessin Music Academy.

Each year another region of Russia is highlighted for its extraordinary achievements on the bayan culture. This year the focus was on Woronesh so that A. Skljarov, People's Artist of Russia and one of the outstanding and legendary performers on the bayan, had another opportunity to show his unique talents. After the break the bayan-trio of Lipezk formed by V. Melnik (People's Artist of Russia), V. Karpij (Merited Artist of Russia) and S. Eltchaninov charmed the public.

In the afternoon of December 17th, the firm of instruments called 'AKKO' from Woronesh presented an exhibition of its new models. R. Sviackevicius (accordion) together with E. Kulikauskas (violoncello) from Litvia were the international guests of this year's bayan festival showing the versatility of the accordion in chamber music. It is part it of the tradition of this festival to solemnly celebrate special birthdays with concerts. In the occasion of F. Rubtsov's 100th birthday, A. Selivanov played his concert together with the Folk Orchestra of the Gnessin Academy conducted by V. Petrov. A.Nayunkin celebrated his 50th birthday with a composer's portrait.

The following concert was dedicated to the works of composer A. Kusyakov (pictured) who had a great influence on the bayan literature by creating his 'Winter sketches' and several sonatas. Merited Artist of Russia J. Shishkin (bayan), A. Gorbatchov (balalaika) and the symphonic orchestra of Tambov were the artistes of this evening.

The final gala concert offered the audience varied programs of most different styles that were very well received by the public. P.Sjabko, V. Sergejev, S. Abkerimov, the duet 'Russkij Akzent', N. and D. Dmitrienko and the trio 'Balalaika - Nueva' (A. Papernij, N. Böttcher, A. Stepanenko) impressed with original works, transcriptions as well as variations about themes of Russian folk melodies.

It is for sure that Moscow's 15th International Festival 'Bayan and Bayanists' will remain in the memory of the many attendees. Everybody is already looking forward to 2005 when some of the best and most famous bayanists and accordionists from all over the world will join for the next 'Bayan and Accordion Competition'.

Ángel Luis Castaño

New CD from Joe Burke, Galway - Ireland
Contributed by Rob Howard

Two-row diatonic button accordion player Joe Burke has released a new 21 track critically acclaimed CD titled 'Mountain Mist', with piano accompaniment from Charlie Lennon. This is Joe Burke's first recording since 1996, and marks a successful renewal of a very successful partnership with pianist Charlie Lennon (also famous in his own right as a traditional fiddle player).

Joe Burke was All-Ireland Senior Button Accordion Champion in 1959 and 1960, and later emigrated to New York where he became a legend amongst the Irish American community. He has recently returned to Ireland, and lives in Galway where he teaches and runs music courses for accordion.

For further information email


Russian Youth Accordion Orchestra's First CD, St Petersburg - Russia
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

The Russian youth accordion orchestra known as 'Harmonica' and the tango-quartet 'Resurrection' announce their joint CD 'Harmonica forever!' The orchestra has recorded its Italian tour program, as performed in Castelfidardo in October this year.

Both groups are located in Gatchina, close to St. Petersburgin Russia. Their program widens includes classic and contemporary music such as the 'Boardwalk Suite' by Dutch composer Ad Wammes, 'Tired 'Sun' tango transcribed by L. Desjatnikov, and Richard Galliano's 'Tango pour Claude'.

The 'Resurrection' quartet, specialise in Argentine tango, and members are students and graduates of St. Petersburg Conservatory and University of Art. The 'Resurrection' tango-quartet is now preparing its own CD dedicated to Astor Piazzolla's heritage.

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CD Review

A new CD Review of Mika Väyrynen. Review by Prof. Joan Cochran Sommers


New & Updated Sites - Italian accordionist and 2nd prize winner at the Castelfidardo Competition updates.

Friedrich Lips twin brothers and concert accordionists, Vadim and Yuri Fedorov new site.

SilvioDePra - new concert schedule.

Charnwood - new information on their site.

Benetoux - updated site with new information.

Yuri & Vadim Fjodorov

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