competition part of the event, with international classes open to
entrants from any country has attracted interest from: Germany, Bosnia,
Croatia, China, NZ and Australia. Entry closing date is April 15th.
festival will feature current Coupe Mondiale Piano Accordion
World Champion Vladimir Anikin (picture left) from Russia who
will perform at the Gala concert as well as conduct master
a most popular part of the Festival is the Gala Concert. Guest Artistes
include some of the best Australian and international accordion soloists,
ensembles and orchestras. Guest artistes will include: John
MacDonald (picture below left), Grayson
Masefield (picture right - New Zealand), Vladimir Anikin (Russia),
Australian Concert Ensemble, ASA Orchestra, Sydney Balalaika Orchestra,
Ann-Elise Koerntjes, Marjan Krajna (Croatia), and winners of the various
The AATA will present accordion master classes conducted by prominent European and Australian teachers: Vladimir Ankin (Russia), Marjan Krajna (Croatia), Alma Flammersberger (Germany/Bosnia), and Tania Lukic-Marx (Australia).
The 2007 Australian International Accordion Championships and Festival
promises to be an exciting event, combining fine accordion music as
well as some fun social times.
11th Beijing International Accordion Competition – China
The 11th Beijing International Accordion Competition and a series of master classes will be held from 20 to 25 August 2007. This year there are some significant changes and the competition will feature:
High level events and concerts;
- A concerto section for the top category with the composer of the
Semionov (picture right) rehearsing the orchestra;
- Excellent prize money to encourage top level international contestants;
- Masterclasses by Jacques
Mornet (picture left - France) and Viatcheslav
Semionov (Russia) will be held from the 14 to 18 August;
- A strong lineup of international judges and professors to ensure fair results;
accordionist Klaus Paier has released a new book ‘Jazz Accordion’
and a solo CD titled ‘Vibrations’. The CD has 12 tracks
and all compositions and arrangements are by Klaus Paier.
Klaus Paier studied accordion, jazz and composition at Klagenfurt conservatory, and since the early 1990s has experimented in developing a jazz style of his own. Over the coming months, this highly popular accordionist is making concerts in Germany, Austria, Serbia, Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Israel, Portugal, Poland and Romania.
Accordionist Gianluca Campi’s new CD ‘Niccolò Paganini – Trascrizioni’ presents transcriptions for accordion of music, written for violin, by Paganini. The CD includes ‘Capricci’ numbers 5, 13, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22 op.1, and concerts number 1,2,3,4 and 5, plus ‘Opera Postuma’.
Yet again the seminars of Frédéric Deschamps were full due to lots of students participating so they were expanded from two to four weeks starting April 1st and finishing 31st April.
Students came from all over France and from all over the world: New Zealand, China, USA, Sweden, to enjoy an environment of learning and cordial enjoyment in rural Chevannes, Loiret, 111 km from Paris.
The Seminars are for accordionists of all countries, any age, any style, any level, any make and type of accordion. Frédéric Deschamps has the experience with them all. The very healthy number of so much young talent motivates the students and gives them the motivation, where even the young practice for hours and hours enthusiastically without anyone pushing them.
They want quite simply to play like the large ones! "Large" which for some are only 15 years old! Imagine the age of the "small". The few ‘privileged’ adults who attend these seminars quickly take to the ‘Deschamps’ playing techniques such as using the eyebrows and other techniques described in the recently published book of teaching by Frédéric Deschamps.
The next courses are to be held by Frédéric Deschamps during the following dates:
July 2nd to 8th
July 9th to 14th
July 30th to August 4th
August 6th to 11th
August 27th to September 1st
Brannelli organised the Blackpool and Wyre International Accordion
Festival 2007 which was held at the Marine Hall Fleetwood on 8th April
– the last festival after 23 years of the original Easter Accordion
Festivals! Some 150 competitors competed – many preparing for
the NAO UK
Championships in May. Picture right - Zander Bodell.
Some gave outstanding performances in the views of the adjudicators
Bodell, Frederick Parnell and Ken Farran. Amongst those who gave
significant performances in a number of classes are Julie Langton;
who was awarded the BCA Recital Diploma, and Alexander Bodell and
The well attended festival is now to be held in conjunction with NAO North West Area Festival which is held in November.
Picture (left to right): Ken Farran, Gina
Bodell, Julie Langton, Frederick Parnell. The three adjudicators,
organiser and outstanding star!
The French national accordion magazine ‘Accordéon
et Accordéonistes’ is currently featuring the music
performed by the some players who will represent France in the Variety
sections at the Coupe
Mondiale in Washington DC in the USA, from August 13th to 18th.
These are students of Frédéric
First of all, La Vicieuse, a Valse by Eric Bouvelle
and Didier Roussin, interpreted and arranged by Jérémy
Dehier, for the Junior Variety category.
Then "Rag Musette" by Maurice Larcange
and André Loppe, a rag of very technical and dynamic
style by a very talented Kevin Legrand (15 years), that is also
for the category Variété Junior.
With regard to the Senior Variété
category, you will be able to discover the famous theme "Russian
Captain" interpreted and arranged by Stéphane Belleville,
as well as a mazurka, "The Magic Accordion" interpreted
and arranged by Cyril Blanchard.
You may also read about the report of the French
Qualifications for the Coupe Mondiale, which is a headline article
in this months magazine.
Concert of Macedonian Composers, Belgrade - Serbia
Contributed by Anica Karakutovska
a successful presentation at this year’s ‘Days of Macedonian
Music’, the tandem composers Elizabeta Ilievska and Professor
Zorica Karakutovska, and accordion students from the Faculty of Music
in Skopje, Macedonia, had a new success abroad. Picture left: Volcevski Bojan, Prof. Zorica Karakutovska, Zoran Kirjakovski and Boban Peric.
the invitation of the Student Cultural Center, Belgrade, and in co-operation
with the Youth Cultural Center, Skopje, young Macedonian composers,
students of the composition classes at the Faculty of Music –
Skopje, held a wonderful concert on April 3rd in the ballroom of the
Student Cultural Center in Belgrade. Right is a picture of Elizabeta
Ilievska and Zorica Karakutovska.
At this concert, Macedonian composer Elizabeta Ilievska presented
her composition ‘Passacaglia’, written for an accordion
trio, which had received its premiere performance at the ‘Days
of Macedonian Music 2005’.
‘The sensous night of the accordion’, Vienna – Austria
A series on concerts titled ‘The sensous night of the accordion’ takes place in different venues in Vienna on Friday April 13th, as follows:
- Amerlinghaus, Stiftgasse 8, 1070 Wien – 7pm – featuring
the Adrian Gaspar Gypsy Combo
- Dietheater Künstlerhaus, Karlsplatz 5, 1010 Wie - 8 pm –
featuring The Dusa Orchestra, from Switzwerland
- Europa Hinterzimmer, Zollergasse 8, 1070 Wien – 9pm –
featuring Tini Trampler and The Wreckage Combo
- Ost-Klub, Schwindgasse 1, 1040 Wien 11pm – Dikanda, Poland
Karen Street participates in ‘Glad Day’, a concert that
celebrates the 250th anniversary of the English poet William Blake’s
birth. Performing choral version settings of the poetry of Blake texts
are Phil Minton and Kate Westbrook – voice, Mike Westbrook –
piano, Karen Street – accordion, Billy Thompson – violin,
and the London College of Music Chamber Choir, directed by Paul Ayres.
The concert takes place on Friday May 18th, 8pm, at The Picture Gallery, The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London W1N 1AZ.
April 13th, at 8pm, the international folk dance band Orkestar Bez
Ime, featuring accordionist Dee
Langley, perform at Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis,
with Daddy Squeeze's Gypsy Café, as they celebrate the Rogarian
mystical tradition of Leap Day and other nonsense.
OBI features songs from Macedonia, Slovakia, Albania, Romania, Israel,
Bulgaria, Finland, Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Romany (Gypsy) and of
course, Rogaria. Accordionist Dan Newton performs with Daddy Squeeze's