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Weekly News from Around the World - 27-Jan-2023
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2023 Coupe Mondiale Rules and Regulations Released - Bosnia & Herzogovina
24th Internationales Akkordeon Festival, Vienna - Austria
XXV Kokkolan Winter Accordion Festival 2023 - Finland
2023 CIA Winter Congress, March 3–5, Paks - Hungary
“Black Pencil” Perform “High Voltage” Concert - Netherlands

Reports for Concerts, Masterclasses, Competitions, Festivals, etc.

DHV Congress 2023 – Germany
Accordionists Perform at Prague Festival of Music – Czech Republic
Accordion Fest “Dreamy and Fresh“- Austria
“Scythian” March 2023 Tour – USA

Future events

Silvia Pagni CD Release in Castelfidardo on January 28 - Italy
Vincenzo Abbracciante Tribute to Piazzolla Concert - Italy
Accordionist Alison Jenkins Performs in Vancouver - Canada
Accordion Orchestra and Organ Concert – Germany
2023 Seattle Accordion Social – USA
“Good Habits” Perform at “Love Folk Festival” – England
Ian Lowthian: Scottish Music Weekend - Scotland
Canterbury Accordion Association Jam Session – New Zealand
Ville Hiltula February Concerts – Japan
Milos Milivojevic Classical Accordion Concert – England
Vijon Accordion Festival – France

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2023 ATG Festival Features International Guests - USA
Frank Busso Jr. Elected 2023-2025 AAA President - USA

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2023 Coupe Mondiale Rules and Regulations Released - Bosnia & Herzogovina

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Mirco Patarini, Kimmo Mattila,2023 Coupe Mondiale poster,  Slaviša PerićThe 76th Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) Coupe Mondiale will be held from 5-9 September 2023 in Bijeljina, Bosnia & Herzogovina. The event will be hosted by the CIA member, Association of Artists (Bijeljina), Organiser 2023 CIA Honorary Vice President: Slaviša Peric.

CIA President Mirco Patarini and CIA Secretary General Kimmo Mattila warmly invite accordion competitors, teachers and supporters to attend the 2023 Coupe Mondiale which will feature concerts and competitions as follows:
• 76th Coupe Mondiale
• Masters Coupe Mondiale
• Junior Coupe Mondiale
• International Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment Music
• Junior International Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment Music
• Chamber Music - Classical
• Chamber Music - World Music

2023 rules and regulations at: Coupe Mondiale
View hotel information and pictures of the concert venues at: Coupe Mondiale
Download poster: 2023CM-poster.jpg

The on-line entry system will open in Spring and the entry closing date is 15 July 2023.

2022 Coupe Mondiale Video Homepage: 2022CM-Video
2022 Coupe Mondiale Daily Reports, pictures, results at: 2022CM-Report

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24th Internationales Akkordeon Festival, Vienna - Austria

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Friedl PreislThe 24th Internationales Akkordeon Festival will be held in Vienna, Austria from February 25th to March 26th, 2023, organised by festival director since inception Friedl Preisl (picture right), now assisted by Franziska Hatz.

The event will include over 40 concerts with soloists and groups from Austria, Germany, France, Denmark, Middle East, Asia, Slovenia performing concerts, silent films, comedy, workshops and dancing.

Download festival program (63 pages color) information at: 2023Vienna.pdf

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XXV Kokkolan Winter Accordion Festival 2023 - Finland

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Guardia NuevaTrio FratresVideo: Guardia Nueva, director Raimo Vertainen, performance at their 20th anniversary concert held at the Kokkola Ice rink in Finland in 2022.

The XXV Kokkolan Winter Accordion Festival 2023 will be held in Kokkola, Central Ostrobothnia, Finland from February 10th to 18th, 2023. Download festival program: 2023KokkolaFest.pdf

The opening concert will be held at the Musiikkitalo (Music House) in Helsinki and feature Trio Fratres (picture right) with a celebration of their music. Their program includes Finnish music, Baroque music, Russian romance as well as techno.

The concert will include original works interpreted by four different accordion trios in collaboration with music academies in Denmark, Latvia and Finland.

Pictured below:

Trio UnSeen (Lithuania) includes Edgaras Dicpinigaitis, Ruslan Grimbovsky and Matas Sabaliauskas.

Trio Femella (Denmark) includes Romena Lengvinaite, Amalie Ravnsbæk and Ditte Lykke Hansen.

Trio Acctron (Finland) includes Leonardo Rojnic, Pilvi Huhta and Kiia-Maria Piispa.

Bare(ly) Trio (Finland) includes Sonja Vertainen, Minna Ristamäki and Sini Ström.

On February 17th, Richard Galliano will perform and on February 18th the Guardia Nueva Orchestra, directed by Raimo Vertainen will entertain with guest vocalists Pentti Hietanen and Jepa Lambert.

The concert includes Finnish music, tangos, Argentine music, film music, musical tunes, and instrumental music.

Download festival program: 2023KokkolaFest.pdf
Kokkola Trios

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2023 CIA Winter Congress, March 3–5, Paks - Hungary

2023 CIA Winter Congress
Welcome to the 2023 Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) Winter Congress and CIA 149th General Assembly of Delegates to be held in Paks, Hungary. The Winter Congress is being hosted by our CIA Voting Member "Az Ifjú Harmonikásokért" Alapítvány - "For the Young Accordionists" Foundation, President Olga Papp, March 3rd to 5th.

Schedule: 2023WinterCongress.pdf

For further information: http://www.accordions.com/cia/cia_winter_congress.php

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“Black Pencil” Perform “High Voltage” Concert - Netherlands

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“Black Pencil”, which includes accordionist Marko Kassl (pictured above right) will perform a concert entitled “High Voltage” at the Amstelkerk (Amstel church) in Amsterdam, Netherlands on March 22nd, 2023 at 8.15pm.

The concert is part of the new Black Pencil concert series “Sit Fast” and will include a “selection of the best music from their contemporary repertoire, in which different characters alternate and complement each other.”

For details email: info@stadsherstel.nl

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DHV Congress 2023 – Germany

DHV logoThe Deutsche Harmonika-Verband (DHV) will hold their 2023 DHV Congress under the motto “Shaping the Future Together”, which will take place from April 21st to 23rd, 2023 in Hesse, Germany.

The congress will include “workshops and impulse seminars, where experienced practitioners and coaches give insights into their wealth of experience and possible approaches to action. Here, the participants can exchange ideas on how to make their own clubs fit for the future, how to tackle the recruitment of members and young talent, and which new forms of performance practice are suitable for addressing new target groups.”

Registrations close on February 20th, 2023.

Further information on the Deutsche Harmonika-Verband (DHV) website.

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Accordionists Perform at Prague Festival of Music – Czech Republic

Ladislav Horak, Martin Šulc & Andrea Šulcová
Sulc duoPicture above from left to right: Andrea Šulcová, Martin Šulc & Ladislav Horák

Accordionists Ladislav Horák, Martin Šulc and Andrea Šulcová took part in the 2023 Prague Festival of Music held at the Prague Conservatory in Prague, Czech Republic on January 24th, 2023.

Picture left: Duo of Andrea Šulcová and Martin Šulc performing.

The festival program included a variety of works such as Prelude and Fugue in A flat major (BWV 862) by J. S. Bach, Carnival by Viatcheslav Semionov and Anantango by Gorka Hermosa which was performed by all three accordionists.

The event was presented by violinist Václav Hudecek, who has been cooperating with young talents for a long time and performed with the accordionists and other young players (picture below).
Václav Hudecek & players

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Accordion Fest “Dreamy and Fresh“- Austria

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Sophie Herzog, Yilin HanPiotr Motyka, Shuoqi QiaoPictures left: Sophie Herzog, Yilin Han Pictures right: Piotr Motyka, Shuoqi Qiao

The concert by the accordion class of Prof. Grzegorz Stopa at the Music and Arts Private University in Vienna took place under the motto “Dreamy and Fresh“ in the Ehrbar Hall (known for the work of Johannes Brahms). “For the first time there is no work by J.S. Bach!“. This announcement by Prof. Stopa probably best characterizes the development of the accordion repertoire. The diverse accordion sounds in solo and duo playing as well as chamber music gave the venerable hall with a great music-historical past new freshness, true to the motto of the evening!

The Hungarian composer and saxophonist Theodor Burkali has worked for the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Wiener Konzerthaus and the Queens Hall in Edinburgh, among others. In his "SaxAccordia" for saxophone (Yuhi Kagami) and accordion (Jingyang Wang), he effectively brings out the sound potential of both instruments.

Composer Oliver Uszynski also appeared as a clarinetist in the performance of his "Dracula's Inverse Tango" alongside accordionist Yilin Han and percussionist Laura Gutiérrez Corredo. He has already received several awards, e.g. he was a seven-time prizewinner at the Jugend komponiert competition and was nominated for the Musiktheatertage Wien; as a clarinetist he was a prizewinner at the Rising Star International Competition.

Clavecin music by Domenico Scarlatti and Jean-Philippe Rameau is now part of the classical accordion repertoire and is played true to the note on this instrument. Liang Shi skilfully interpreted the Sonata in G minor, K. 450, and after “La Villageoise”, Marija Antunovic was particularly convincing with a lively twittering of birds “Le rappel des oiseaux”.

In the presence of the composer Marius Binder, his "Furunkel II" was premiered in Austria by Piotr Motyka. As the winner of last year's Arrasate competition, he was invited to a concert tour in Spain, where the piece received its world premiere. Works by Marius Binder were performed at Wien Modern, the Vienna Music Theater Days, at the Marius Siegfried Binder Music Forum Viktring and at the Carinthian Summer, among other events.

At the end of the first part, Sophie Herzog showed a rousing performance of "Il Salterello Romano" by Fany Hensel-Mendelssohn, an artistic adaptation of the Italian dance Salterello in a virtuoso manner.

In the presence of the composer Ole Hübner, "Gestalt und Zersetzung" experienced its masterful premiere by accordionist Elisabeth Muller. In his works, Hübner shows a special interest in the interferences between sound, performance and space. As a fundamentally open space for artistic activity and experimentation, “theater” is very important to him.

If there is no work by J.S. Bach, at least one “Prelude and Fugue” could not be missing. This time in A flat major No. 17 Op. 87 by the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich in the interpretation of Sophie Herzog, who once again convinced with her exquisite sound.

Composer Jean Beers adapted her fantaisie toccata "I Schizophrenia, as said" from the "Bulgakov Piano Cycle" for accordion, giving Polish artist Piotr Motyka the opportunity to once again demonstrate his special skills on the instrument. Motyka also excelled in Thomas Kessler's "Lufttore" (Air gates) for saxophone and accordion together with saxophonist Yingshuo Ma.

Respighi's "Valse caressante" (Shuoqi Qiao), Mendelssohn's Scherzo from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (Yilin Han) and Yuankai Bao's "You guess what flower is it" from "Chinese sights and sounds" (Duo Marija Antunovic and Yilin Han) rounded off the evening and released the audience into a dreamy winter night.

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“Scythian” March 2023 Tour – USA

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“Scythian” which includes accordionist Dan Fedoryka will tour the USA in March this year.

They will perform concerts as follows:
• March 2nd at 6pm: Brightside Music & Events Centre in Daytona, Ohio.
• March 3rd at 7.30pm: Irish Cultural & Heritage Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
• March 4th at 4pm: Shamrock the Dock Festival (poster above) in Annapolis, Maryland. Skerryvore (which includes brothers Daniel on accordion and Martin Gillespie on pipes, whistles and accordion) are also playing at this festival.
• March 5th at 6pm: The Athenaeum in Chicago, Illinois.
• March 7th at 7.30pm: The Midtown GR in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
• March 10th at 8pm: The Reeve’s Theater in Elkin, North Carolina.
• March 11th at 8pm: The Lucknow Music Festival (see poster below) in Downtown Dunn, North Carolina.

For details email: scythianmail@gmail.com
Lucknow fest

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Future events


Silvia Pagni CD Release in Castelfidardo on January 28 - Italy

Silvia Pagni CD Release
Silvia Pagni Presenting her new CD "Mi Pasion":

January 27, disc released in shops
January 28, Press presentation at the International Museum Castelfidardo.
14 Febbraio Teatro Ghione Roma
8 marzo Teatro Manzoni Milano

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Vincenzo Abbracciante Tribute to Piazzolla Concert - Italy

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Accordionist Vincenzo Abbracciante will perform a “Tribute to Piazzolla” concert with Aldo Di Caterino (flute) at Palazzo Vives Frisari in Bisceglie, Apulia, Italy on January 29th, 2023 at 7pm.

Their program will include the Argentine composer's Adios Nonino, Oblivion, Muerte del Angel and other masterpieces.

For bookings phone: +39 349 5452270

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Accordionist Alison Jenkins Performs in Vancouver - Canada

Alison JenkinsAccordionist Alison Jenkins will perform a concert with the East Van Country Band at The Heatley in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on February 1st, 2023.

The group will perform pieces from the Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner’s classic album “Always, Always”.

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Accordion Orchestra and Organ Concert – Germany

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The Landesakkordeonorchester Schleswig-Holstein will hold an Accordion Orchestra and Organ Concert at St. Petri Dom Schleswig in Schleswig, Germany on February 5th, 2023 at 5pm.

Their program will include organ works by Louis Vierne and Léon Boëllmann as well as original music by Gerhard Mohr, Wolfgang Jacobi, Wolfgang Russ-Ploetz and the Motion Trio along with a variety of waltzes and tango.

Admission is free and a donation is requested.

For details email: laosh@outlook.de

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2023 Seattle Accordion Social – USA

2023 Seattle Accordion Social
The first 2023 Seattle Accordion Social will be held at their new venue, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Seattle, Washington, USA on February 5th, 2023 from 1.30pm.

See poster for details.

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“Good Habits” Perform at “Love Folk Festival” – England

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Greenman RisingFolk-Jazz duo, “Good Habits”, (picture below) which features Pete Shaw (accordion) and Bonnie Schwarz (cello & vocals) and will perform at the “Love Folk Festival” which will take place at the Atkinson in Southport, England on February 10th and 11th, 2023.

The festival is “celebration of traditional, upcoming and alternative folk music.”

Other performers include Greenman Rising (Andrew Wigglesworth on melodeon and Fruzina Rakoczy on concertina – picture left), and Gigspanner Big Band (John Spiers on melodeon).

For details email: info@theatkinson.co.uk
Good Habits

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Ian Lowthian: Scottish Music Weekend - Scotland

Ian Lowthian: Scottish Music Weekend
A Scottish Music Weekend by Ian Lowthian will be held online and in person at the Village Hall in Ettrickbridge in the heart of the beautiful Scottish Borders on February 11th and 12th, 2023.

The event will include a variety of “jigs, reels, waltzes, slow airs, marches and of course strathspeys, old and new from Scotland.”

For details email: ianlowthian@yahoo.co.uk

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Canterbury Accordion Association Jam Session – New Zealand

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The Canterbury Accordion Association will hold a “Jam Session” at the Church Corner Methodist Centre in Upper Riccarton, Christchurch, New Zealand on February 12th, 2023.

All instruments are welcome. Entry is free of charge.

See poster for details.

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Ville Hiltula February Concerts – Japan

Ville Hiltula
Bandoneonist Ville Hiltula will perform classic tango to Astor Piazzolla concerts in February in Japan as follows:

• February 22nd, 2023: Tango Live performance at Piano Bar Club Adriana in Nagoyo, Aichi, with Sei Takahashi (violin), Asako Yada (piano) and Masashi Goto (double bass). See poster above.

• February 26th, 2023: Live Music Milonga at Acorn Studio in Konan Yamate, Hyogo, with Asako Yada (piano)and Masashi Goto (double bass). See poster below.

For details email: villehiltula@gmail.com
Ville H

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Milos Milivojevic Classical Accordion Concert – England

Milos MilivojevicMilos Milivojevic will perform a lunchtime “Classical Accordion Concert” at the Unitarian Church in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England on March 2nd, 2023 from 1pm to 2.30pm.

The event is organised by the Shropshire Music Trust. For details email: milosmusic@hotmail.com

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Vijon Accordion Festival – France

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Tickets are now on sale for the 2023 Vijon Accordion Festival, held in Vijon, France from June 21st to 23rd, 2023.

See poster above for details of performers and poster below for ticket information.
Vijon information poster

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PIF Castelfidardo XXXIV International Festival, Moscow  Daily Reports
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2023 ATG Festival Features International Guests - USA

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Mary Ann CavoneThe 2023 Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG) Festival will be held at the Lisle Hyatt in Lisle, Illinois, USA from July 19th to 22nd, 2023. ATG President Mary Ann Covone welcomes accordion enthusiasts from around the world.

Event concerts will be held at the Armerding Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Wheaton College and feature guests Grayson Masefield (New Zealand), the Polyphonia Orchestra (Reunion Island), Das Duo Kollektiv (flute & accordion duo from Austria), Stas Venglevski (USA) with Dr. Brett Jones on marimba and the (UMKC) Community Accordion Chamber Ensemble directed by Joan Cochran Sommers.

Further details at: Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG)
UMKC Community Accordion Chamber Ensemble, Polyphonia Orchestra (Reunion Island)

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Frank Busso Jr. Elected 2023-2025 AAA President - USA

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Frank Busso Jnr.From the 1st January 2023, Frank Busso Jr. has been elected President of the American Accordionists' Association (AAA) for the 2023-2025 years.

Frank Busso Jr. has served on the AAA board of directors since 2007 and as the organization’s 2nd Vice President since 2021. He is the director of the Ernest Deffner Affiliates, whose brands include Titano, Pancordion, Pigini, Excelsior, Roland, and Hohner. Frank is the accordionist for The United States Air Force Band in Washington, DC and runs the Busso Music School in Alexandria, VA.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Boston University, later serving as an instructor and arranger with the Boston University Athletic Bands.

Frank studied accordion with Frank Busso Sr. at the Staten Island Music School in New York, eventually becoming an instructor there, where his students earned many regional and national titles in competition.

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