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47th International "Citta di Castelfidardo" Accordion Prize & Festival

Daily Report - Thursday 29 September

29 September schedule

AWARD Category Auditions (first round)


and the
Philharmonic Orchestra of Calabria

9:30 pm, Castelfidardo, Teatro Astra

Laimonas Salijus & Radu Ratoi
Laimonas Salijus is one of the most awarded Lithuanian accordionists, and with a rich career both as a teacher and as a concert performer he has trod the stages all over the world with several projects from various artistic backgrounds making him one of the most interesting classical accordionists of his generation.

Radu Ratoi, born in ’98, has won over 30 international sector competitions, reaching its peak with the victory of the Coupe Mondiale and the PIF in 2019, an artistic temperament that is absolutely recognizable in his performances considered unique by critics.

The two artists will be accompanied by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Calabria directed for the occasion by Maestro Volodymyr Runchak.
orchestra filarmonica della Calabria

Video above: Laimonas Salijus (Lithuania) soloist
Video: Radu Ratoi (Moldova)

Mika Vayrynen

IDA Competitions poster

M° Nathalie Bouchex and M° Jacque Mornet from France with a competitor, and family plus an artist from Japan.
A Japanese-speaking Castelfidardo Citizen and the Japanese artist. Holda with ex-head of police Franco Gerboni.
M° Cesare Chiacchiaretta with his lovely wife regular visitors from Slovenia with Marcel in the middle and Marin (left).

Videos of Competitors

Classical Premio Category
Premio Round I, Michele Bianco (Italy), 3rd placegetter
Premio Round I, Ding Hang (China), 1st placegetter
Category G

with Lorenzo Albanese, Luigi Gordano and Luca Colantonio in the Wow-Auditorium San Francesco

Francesca Pigini with Svenn Karlsson Kevin Friedrich USA, Elsbeth Moser CH, Amber Masefield NZ, Ruedi Marty CH.
Federico and Francesca Pigini waiting for the concert to begin.
Mr. Cittadini with his gandson Kevin/USA, Andrew/Austalia, Heather/NZ
waiting for the concert thanking for a wonderful performances
Cesare Chiacchiaretta with Radu Ratoi and with the first violin player
Massimo Pigini with Radu Ratoi Mirco Patarini with Laimonas Salijus
Radu Ratoi, Mirco Patarini, Laimonas Salijus  

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