19th March 1999
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on CCTV - China
Contributed by Li
CCTV (China Central Television) Channel 1 will
feature accordionist Zhang Guo Ping on March 21st on the program
Art and Literary Circles View. The program will be repeated several
times in March.
Zhang Guo Ping will perform Sonata in F Major (Scarlatti),
Rassypuha (Gridin), "Tian Nu San Hua" (Chinese Music) and others.
Zhang Guo Ping has released popular CD's, cassettes
and a video.
at the Cavagnolo Factory - France
Contributed by Holda
Thieves recently burgled the Cavagnolo Factory
stealing a number of accordions including several from the Cavagnolo
collection. These very characteristic models, made from 1900 to
1939, and square shaped accordions made from sculpted wood, or with
mother-of-pearl or pearl decorations.
If you have any information regarding these accordions
please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marks - Yugoslavia
Vasiljevic from the Kragujevac Music School took part in the
annual Serbia Republic competitions from March 10th to 20th in Beograd.
Dragan entered the Chamber Music trio category with Vladimir
Blagojevic and Katja Milosevic performing Rondo Capricciosso
(V. Zolotariov) and King's Nightingale (V. Trojan), receiving maximum
marks - 100!
The trio will compete in the competition finals,
which will be held in Subotica from May 1st to 15th.
Santa Skis at the Asian Games - South Korea
Contributed by Reuters News Service
Santa Claus was seen skiing and playing the accordion
on the slopes of a Yongpyong, South Korean resort recently! The
resort was hosting the Asian Winter Games and Kim Yong-nam (alias
Santa) helped to relax competitors with his music.
The Saint Nicholas impersonator claims to be Korea's
first Santa Claus and said he plays over 20 musical instruments.
He was also a former a professor at Sangmyung University Education
College, South Korea.
Since he began his musical activities on the slopes
10 years ago, Kim has suffered broken ribs, implanted steel rods
in his right ankle and had all of his upper teeth replaced because
of ski accidents!
It seems that playing the accordion is definitely
CD by Finnish Accordionist
accordionist Mika Väyrynen has completed recording his new CD which
will be released later this year and distributed worldwide. The
CD includes music by Astor Piazzolla such as "Aconcagua Concerto
" (for accordion and orchestra conducted by Atso Almila).
On March 16th Mika performed with the "Tango for
Four" quartet at the Kuusankoski-concerthouse in Finland. Their
program included Finnish tangos and a variety of works by Piazzolla
including "Libertango" and "Oblivion".
Following this Mika will make a recording of music
by Gubaidulina and Stravinsky for the national broadcasting company.
Air Concert - Germany
Contributed by Martin Mansdotter
The "Accordion Sound Orchestra" is formed by members
of the Akkordeon-Spielring Walsrode Accordion Association. The orchestra
performs concerts in their local region as well as at events all
over Germany and Europe.
At the end of December their orchestra leader and
conductor, Enno Meyenburg sadly passed away. They now have a new
conductor, Dietmar Steinhaus, who has been a club member for over
The "Accordion Sound Orchestra" will perform an
open air concert on May 16th outside the town hall in Fallinbostel.
Their program will include many of their own arrangements such as
Granada, Mary Poppins and Sousa Marches.
Audition for Competition - Russia
At the end of February selection auditions were
held for the "Spring Voices" Competition, which will be held from
March 24th to 28th in the concert hall of the Shnitke Moscow Musical
College, Moscow. Over 500 young musicians took part with 72 selected.
The Competition will be held in two categories:
- 9 to 12 years
B - 13 to 15 years.
Head of the jury will be Viacheslav
Festival - Netherlands
Contributed by Hillebrand van der Veen
On May 16th an Accordion Orchestra festival day
will be held in the centre of Amsterdam assisted by the Flemish
Cultural Center ("De Brakke Grond"). Amsterdam orchestras including
"Forzando", "Insulinde", "Musica", "Novam Amsterdam", "Alphen Opus
2" and Belgian orchestras "Dessaline" and "Der Verenigde Vrienden"
will perform at the open podium in the square in front of "De Brakke
Grond" (Nes 45, Amsterdam) beginning at 10am. Admission is free.
The aim of the festival day is to encourage new
members to join and have fun playing the accordion.
For further information email: H.J.Veen@net.HCC.nl
Accordion Project - Italy
Contributed by Holda
Ruggieri recently founded "Solo Accordion Project", a new venture
that aims to explore improvisation techniques for acoustic and MIDI
solo accordion. The project has already produced a series of concerts
at the "Archimimus" Theatre, Viterbo, in Baragiano during the "Fisarmoniae
98" seminar, and in Roseto degli Abruzzi for the "Music & Culture"
Association. At this last concert Ruggieri presented his first CD,
entitled "Improvvisazioni Guidate". This album, which consists entirely
of solo accordion improvisations will be released in the near future.
The "Solo Accordion Project" is available for concerts.
For further information email: email@example.com
Masterclass - France
by Frédéric Deschamps
Daniel Jurquet (A.P.H. Professor), organised a
masterclass with Frédéric
Deschamps in Strasbourg on February 27th and 28th. The programme
included the practical application of pedagogical pointers and advice
on the interpretation of new music (by Thomain, Kussiakov and other
The masterclass was followed by a very popular
concert by Jérôme Richard,
who is currently preparing for the International Klingenthal Competition
Foxtrot and Vales Concert - Russia
Contributed by Vladimir Ushakov
On March 7th the "Tango, Foxtrot, Vales" concert
was held in the Concert Hall of St. Petersburg, Russia. The concert
was organised by Victor Dukaltetenko (teacher at the St. Petersburg
Conservatory of Music).
Over 600 people enjoyed the popular retro music
performance. The program included works by Frosini, Fossen, Frank,
Pizzigoni, Dorsi and Russian National music.
Performers included accordionists Vladimir Kuznetsov
and Ivan Tihonov. The St. Petersburg Musette Ensemble performed
music by Galliano, Piazzolla and Lihachev. Vladimir Ushakov's new
composition "Backbird" (polka) received a standing ovation. This
composition won 1st prize at a recent "Best Composition" competition.
The concert finale was an encore performance of "Sakkijarven Polka".
Demonstrations - Germany
Contributed by Frédéric
At the Frankfurt Music Fair (from March 3rd to
7th) Hohner stand musicians performed in a dark night-club atmosphere.
Frédéric Baldo and
Jérôme Richard gave
a series of demonstrations on a new "Fun Flash" instrument. The
pair enjoyed giving solo performances and an improvised duo of French
musette classics to the excited crowd.
Their next performance will be at the Music'mania
stand from April 9th to 13th with the complete Hohner team including
Marielle Roy, Vincent
Peirani, Arnaud Guimard,
Mickael Richard, Vincent Carenzi, Benoît Chabod, Xavier Rollet and
Accordionist and yodeler Kerry Christensen is performing
on the cruise ship "Vistafjord" for the next two weeks. The ship
left from San Diego (USA) and will travel to Alcapulco, Costa Rica
and on to Aruba, finishing in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Kerry
will perform a regular one-hour show for the 800 passengers.
Kerry's Silver Dollar City (USA) performances in
April have been cancelled.
Invited - Germany
Contributed by Uli
Accordion Club orchestra (conducted by Günther
Stoll) is inviting guests to an entertaining evening with a
varied program in Nufringen on March 20th.
The program contains many well-known melodies including
"Beauty and the Beast", "Rhapsody in Blue" and "New York, New York".
The audience will also be given the opportunity to win prizes.
For further information phone: +49 7032 82341
break-through - China
Contributed by Li
The "Music Teaching Material of Intermediate Normal
School Music Compilation" meeting was held on March 14th in Shanghai
organized by the Chinese Government Education Committee. Meeting
decisions will lead to changes in the Chinese accordion education
The accordion will now be included as a compulsory
course in National Intermediate Normal schools, requiring students
to learn the accordion for at least 2 years during their schooling
period. This will lead to over 200,000 students learning the accordion
This will increase the popularity of the accordion
in China. Xiong Chen Min (Chairman of Hu Bei Province Accordion
Association) and Wang Jia Xiang (President of Zhe Jiang Province
Accordion Association) believe this is an important break-through
for the accordion in China.
Wouldn't accordion manufacturers love that in
every country!! - Editor
Gallery Performance - South Africa
Contributed by Amarillie Ackermann
On March 12th accordionist Sergio Zampolli performed
at the Sandton Art Gallery in Johannesburg to an enthusiastic audience.
His program covered a broad spectrum of the accordion repertoire,
from MIDI to acoustic pieces.
Guests at Wedding - New Zealand
Contributed by Christine
On February 27th accordionist Tracey
Collins was guest performer at a wedding in Auckland. Tracey
played Yugoslav, French and Italian pieces including "Volare" and
"Autumn Leaves" for the newlyweds and 80 guests. Tracey was very
surprised, that the wedding venue, (a private residence next to
a busy walking street) had lots of uninvited onlookers poking their
heads over the fence to listen and even applauding her performance.
of Kuban" - Russia
Contributed by Viacheslav
Competitors aged from 14 to 18 years took part
in the National Accordion Competition in Sochi, Southern Russia
from February 25th to March 1st. The jury consisted of famous accordion
teachers and performers such as Youry Dranga, Oleg
Sharov and Viacheslav
The winner of the "Cup of Kuban" was Anton Yaroshenko,
who is currently a student of Krasnodar Musical College. Alfia Sharipova
(2nd year student of the Volgograd Academy of Arts) won the Youth
for Bandoneon and Guitar - Canada
by Laurie Rosewarne
On February 13th Pierre-Paul Provencher (bandoneon)
and Patrick Roux (guitar) performed Piazzolla music with the "Orchestre
de la Societe de guitare de Montreal" conducted by Jacques Joubert.
Over 120 people enjoyed the concert which took place at the Tabaret
Hall, University of Ottawa, Canada.
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