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14-Oct-2011

Maestro Peter Piccini (1936 – 2011), Perth – Australia

Peter PicciniPeter Piccini (Junior), accordionist, pianist, composer, arranger and conductor, passed away on October 11th 2011 at Murdoch Hospice, Perth, Western Australia.

Peter Piccini was born in Sydney, Australia, on June 4th 1936. From an early age music was a large part of his life. He made his debut as an accordionist at a school concert when he was only seven years old, and began studying the accordion seriously from the age of 14.

Peter began earnestly to learn the secrets of the accordion from his father Peter Piccini Senior, known as the ‘Daddy of the Accordion’ in Australia, who was the first to introduce the piano accordion in Australia.

From he age of 15 Peter Jr. started broadcasting for the national and commercial radio stations and appeared in many stage performances, and recording sessions on accordion and the piano.

In 1955 he went to Europe and England, broadcasting for the BBC, appeared in television shows and performed at the famous Club Pigalle, London, as accompanist for the French singer Line Renuld. While in Europe, Peter toured Italy with the famous Italian singer, Claudio Villa, with whom he appeared on radio, television, films, stage shows, and recordings.

In 1963 Peter and his charming wife Serafina, launched on another tour overseas. During this tour, he began playing piano as well as the accordion. This led to engagements with leading orchestras and playing continuously throughout Europe, returning again to Australia in 1965.

He then became Musical Director for Channel 9 Television Network and broadcasting for ABC in Australia. In 1968, he toured the Far East and Vietnam with all Australian concert party, entertaining the Australian and US forces.

In 1972 he did another tour of Europe and the USA. He was then back in Australia in 1976, at which point Peter became very busy broadcasting and recording with his large orchestra.

Peter Piccini continued recording and also composing until recent times, and his work has been much admired.

Peter Piccini and Sarah (Fina) Piccini enjoyed their 50th Wedding Anniversary on the 22nd April in Western Australia, picture below.

Online at at the website of Peter Piccini are 92 accordion compositions and 5 CD's.
Peter and Seafina Piccini celebrating their recent wedding anniversary
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