Croatian bayan artiste Miran Vaupotic will perform a series of concerts with the Rijeka Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Miroslav Homen (picture left). The concerts will take place in The Croatian National Theatre, Ivan pl. Zajc, Rijeka, Croatia, on December 23rd, 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th. The concerts will include ‘Concert for Bayan and Orchestra - Rossiniana’ (in 3 parts), composed by Vladimir Zubitsky.
Miran Vaupotic (picture right) was born in Zagreb, Croatia, in 1982, and studied with Vladimir Balyk (Honored Artist of Russia) and Denis Modrusan (graduate of Vladimir Besfamilnov), and graduated from the Faculty of Arts in Pula. He attended specialization courses with world-famous accordionists, such as Alexander Skliarov, Yuri Shishkin and Owen Murray. After his studies, he taught in Zagreb, where he is currently teaching at the music school. Miran Vaupotic is the threefold winner of the All-Croatian Competition and has been also a prizewinner at international competitions, including Pula (1999) and Cosenza (Trophee Mondiale 2003).
He has performed with eminent musicians and ensembles such as the guitarist Robert Belinic, Rucner String Quartet, etc. Miran`s repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary and includes his personal interpretations and many own transcriptions. He has also performed premiere performances of Croation compositions.
A new double digipack CD titled ‘Memories’, featuring
compositions for solo accordion by Patrick Busseuil, has
just been released. The music is performed by an international all-star
line up of concert accordionists, including Thierry Accard - France,
Max Bonnay - France, Philippe Bourlois - France, Angel
Luis Castaño - Spain, Claudio
Jacomucci - Italy, Niko Kumpuvara - Finland, Jean
Marc Marroni - France, Anthony Millet - France, Dragan Vasiljevic
- Serbia, Mika
Vayrynen – Finland, and Cao
Ciao Qing - China.
Patrick Busseuil is an internationally recognised composer who has received three international prizes for his works. Born in Dijon, France, in 1956, Patrick Busseuil studied accordion, trombone, double bass and composition in Lyon, Paris and Geneva. He currently teaches accordion and composition at the l’Ecole Nationale de Musique de Romans.
From November 2nd to 6th, Renzo was member of the jury for the prestigious festival of Sarajevo (artistic director Alma Flammesberg). He has also performed in concert with a Slovak group: Pavol Bosnar - piano, Tomas Barosc - bass, and Peter Solarick - drums. On November 18th, Renzo played as a soloist at the Gallarate Jazz Festival (artistic direction of Max De Aloe), with a based repertoire on Italian music.
Renzo Ruggieri has arranged the music and acted as Musical Director for a new CD ‘Three Brothers’, by Frederick Schlick.
On December 6th, at 6pm, in Teramo, Renzo Ruggieri will perform a solo lecture and concert on ‘Accordion and the Electronics’.
Since November, Renzo Ruggieri has taught courses in accordion and jazz in the Conservatory of Teramo. There is the possibility to take courses for correspondence (in Italian only) or through SKYPE (also in Italian or English).
On the 18th, 19th and 20th January 2007, the Renzo Ruggieri Group will do a mini-tour in the Italian province of Reggio Emilia, with the famous singer Antonella Ruggiero.
On November 22nd London-based Russian accordionist Nikolai Ryskov performed at the Open Evening of the Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, London.
Pushkin House has been established to serve as a home and dedicated showcase for Russian culture in London, a focus for Anglo-Russian cultural exchange, a provider of education and information on Russian language and culture, a resource and networking centre for individuals and institutions.
(The picture shows Juliant Gallant, Musical Director of the Pushkin House and the Ensemble Productions Ltd, with Nikolai Ryskov.)
The North Shore Accordion Orchestra performed before the start of the Farmers Santa Parade, in Auckland on November 26th. This parade attracts a crowd of nearly quarter of a million children and parents who lined the streets to see the bands, floats and clowns bringing Santa to town.
picture shows Lionel
Reekie conducting and a clown attempting to conduct the group
whilst they are performing. The Orchestra played Christmas carols
and pieces they are to perform in Dargaville at the Museum opening
on the December 3rd.
Mario D'Amario, young accordion entertainer and winner of the prestigious competition of Castelfidardo, performed his first major solo concert on the occasion of the 12th Festival dell'Ancia Libera in Collecorvino. Mario played with great ease about an hour a program of music by Richard, Evans, Morocco, Piazzolla, Astier, Corea, Parker, Abreu and Ruggieri. The show was organized in memory of Claudio Calista.
Italian accordionist Ivano Battiston performs in two concerts with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, MD David Bellugi, on December 2nd and 3rd in the Centennial Hall, Rock Island, Illinois.
These concerts, part of the Masterworks Series, include performances of ‘Overture to Il Signor Bruschino’ – Rossini, ‘Ancient Airs and Dances’ – Luciano, ‘Concerto for Accordion’ (‘Aconcagua’) – Piazzolla, ‘Concerto for Accordion, Recorder, and Orchestra’ – Battiston, and ‘Symphony No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 90’ (‘Italian’) – Mendelssohn.
annual National Accordion Organisation North West Area Championships
for the 2006/7 competitive season take place in the Marine Hall, The
Esplanade, Fleetwood, Lancashire on December 3rd. The organiser is
Gina Brannelli (picture right). For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NAO UK Championships take place at The Spa, Scarborough, from May
4th to 6th 2007. The Spa Complex, a Victorian masterpiece, hosts the
Championships with six venues under one roof.
The weekend will feature an International Solo Class, own choice program
only, plus competitions for all levels including solo, duo, ensemble
and orchestra as well as a large trade show with music and instruments.
Festival events include a Ceilidh dance (with Gary Blair and his Ceilidh
Dance Band) and performances by international guests.
The 32nd International Accordionists’ Competition takes place in Pula from April 24th to 29th. The competition includes sections for bayan, piano accordion, standard bass and free bass instruments. Entries must be made by March 1st 2007.
On Friday December 8th, at 8pm, Stockport Accordion Band and Orchestra concert perform their annual charity concert at Broken Cross Club, Macclesfield, Cheshire. All money raised goes to the East Cheshire Hospice.