World Accordion Day homepage

World Accordion Day

The Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) is pleased to welcome you to World Accordion Day.

Since 2009, each May 6th, the CIA has been promoting World Accordion Day.

2018 Report

Australia Austria Canada
China Finland Germany
Hungary India Israel
Italy Lithuania Macedonia
Malta New Zealand Poland
Portugal Russia Singapore
Slovenia South Africa South Korea
Spain Sweden Turkey
United Kingdom United States of America  



Date: 10. - 13. Mai 2018
Venue: Staatsmeisterschaften, Angerberg
Contact: or email

Further Info:

As part of the international World Accordion Day this year’s „Tag der Harnonika“ will be held in the beautiful scenery of Angerberg (Tyrol, near Innsbruck) from 10 – 13 May 2018.

Download poster on left and color program at: 2018TagHarmonika.pdf

This bi-annual event will include the 28th competition of accordion soloists, duos, ensembles (both chamber and world music categories) and orchestras, the 25th diatonic competition (so-called Styrian harmonica), the 20th competition for folk music ensembles and the 13th competition for mouth-organ (solo, ensembles and orchestras).

To attract more candidates a special „entertainment competition“ (categories corresponding to the competition for classical accordion) will be organized for the very first time.

The prize-giving concerts for accordion and mouth-organ will be held on Friday at 6 p.m., for diatonic and folkmusic ensembles on Saturday at 6 p.m. To conclude the event, the evening entertainment will be by Austrian folk ensemble „Die runden Oberkrainer“.

Top of page


Under Construction


Under Construction

Top of page


Akkordeon Café Dortmund Presents Tobias Escher

Date: 7th May, 19:00 hours
Venue: Akkordeon Café Dortmund, Unverhaustraße 5, 44147 Dortmund.
Contact: Mobile: 0172 5666628; email

Further Info:

Akkordeon Café Dortmund, has invited one of the most outstanding jazz accordionists in Germany, Tobias Escher from Waiblingen. His solo program "Touched, Not Squashed" is where he presents a mixture of blues, polka, jazz, worldmusic and inspiration.

Top of page


Gala Concert for World Accordion Day, Skopje - Macedonia

Date: Under Construction
Organiser: Macedonia Association of Accordionists “Ljubiteli na klasicna muzika”, Skopje
Venue: Macedonian National Theatre Skopje
Contact: For media information please contact: Anica Karakutovska, email: anica2206@yahoo.comemai

Further Info:

The Macedonian Association of Accordionists (MAA) “Ljubiteli na klasicna muzika” Skopje is delighted to invite you to the World Accordion Day Gala Jubilee Concert which will be held at Macedonian National Theatre Skopje on May 6th.

This year, for the tenth time, the association organizes a solemn concert marking the celebration of the international event and birthday celebration of the instrument, the accordion. The project is supported by the national program of the Ministry of Culture, Republic of Macedonia.

The concert will feature renowned artists from Macedonia and accordion students performing works by Zubitsky, Derbenko, Bete Ilin, Angelis, Piazzolla and others.

A last year’s special guest, Grayson Masefield from New Zealand, on the WAD concert performed the composition "The New Tomorrow" by Bete Ilin with string quintet (premiere performance was in March 2017 in Lausanne, Switzerland). This year, May 26th, Grayson Masefield will perform this composition in Berlin with Berlin Philharmonic. On this year’s concert, the composition "Duellum" by Bete Ilin will have its premiere performance by AkordioM (Zorica Karakutovska and Filip Stameski) and a string orchestra.

The international project "May 6th World Accordion Day" is supported by the Macedonian Association of Accordionists “Ljubiteli na klasicna muzika” with various events and successful realization of concerts at home and abroad.

An article with the information about the jubilee World Accordion Day Concert, being held on the 189th birthday of the accordion, is published in all main newspapers and portals in Macedonia. During this week, President of MAA, Professor Zorica Karakutovska and other association’s members, are promoting the event appearing live on the National TV and radio programs.

Stay tuned for the upcoming report of these activities to be listed here, shortly after the concert.

Top of page


Painting..... A Happy Family with a Vintage Accordion

Date: 6th May 2018
Organiser: Artist Philippe Agius
Venue: Malta
Contact: Philippe Agius

Click for a high definition picture: HFA-Picture.jpg

Top of page

New Zealand

CD Release 'Baroque Transcriptions' by Grayson Masefield

Date: 6th May 2018
Organiser: New Zealand Accordion Association and Grayson Masefield
Venue: New Zealand
Contact: Grayson Masefield - email:

The New Zealand Accordion Association celebrated World Accordion Day with the release of the 3rd CD by Grayson Masefield titled Baroque Transcriptions. As well as releasing the new CD, Grayson Masefield released his new website design at: Grayson Masefield

The three CD's are:
1. Concert Accordion Music CD or download mp3 album
2. Symbols of Semionov CD or download mp3 album
3. Baroque Transcriptions CD or download mp3 album

Each album is released as a CD or available for purchase and streaming online from and all major digital distributors including:
Google Play:
iTunes & Apple Music:

Further Info:

Track List

Click on the links in red to play a sound sample

1. Chaconne in F minor, (P.43), Pachelbel, Johann
2. Sonata in D minor (K.9), Domenico Scarlatti
3. Choral Prelude "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland," (BWV 659), Johann Sebastian Bach
4. Sonata in D Major (K.29), Domenico Scarlatti
5. Sonata in B minor (K.87), Domenico Scarlatti
6. Sonata in B Major (K.262), Domenico Scarlatti
7. Sonata in B minor (K.27), Domenico Scarlatti
8. Passacaglia in C minor (BWV 582), Johann Sebastian Bach
9. Fugue in C minor (BWV 582), Johann Sebastian Bach

Top of page


Sweet Accordion Quartet

Date: Add
Organiser: Add
Venue: Poland
Contact: Add

Further Info:

The founding father of the festival invites amateur accordion musicians to make a possibility to exchange experiences and knowledge about different techniques of playing the instrument. For the city dwellers and pedestrians who accidentally come to our festival we will open an exhibition of various types of accordions, about how the instrument is built. The nice day will end up with a concert of those who would like to reply to our invitation. The day will go as follows: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - hearings of the amateur musicians; 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - workshops for the musicians; 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - final concert with Sweet Accordion Quartet

Top of page


Video: All Russian Day of Bayan, Accordion and Harmonica

Date: Because May 6th clashes with May Day celebrations in Russia, they have All Russian Day of Bayan, Accordion and Harmonica on the third Saturday in March, which in 2018 is March 17th.
Organiser: Friedrich Lips, chair for bayan and accordion of the Gnessin Music Academy in Moscow
Venue: Concert hall of the Gnesin Music Academy, Moscow
Contact: Friedrich Lips, Gnesin Music Academy, Moscow

Further Info:

Upon initiative of Friedrich Lips, chair for bayan and accordion of the Gnessin Music Academy in Moscow, the annual All-Russian Day of bayan, accordion and harmonica was started in 2010.

For 2018, a concert was held in the concert hall of the Gnesin Music Academy, 17th March.

Video: Program list in English and Russian: 2018AllRussian.pdf

Top of page


World Accordion Day Concert, 28th April 2018

Date: 28th April 2018
Venue: Armenian Church Singapore
Contact: Accordion Singapore Ensemble

Music List: Flying Leaves, Indifference, Soir de Paris, Oy Da Ty Kalinushka, Hungarian Dance – Czardas,
The Naughty Tunes, Chaconne in F Minor, Variations on Ukrainian Theme

Top of page

South Africa

Under Construction

Date: Information coming
Venue: TBA
Contact: Mobile: 083 302 3113; email

Further Info:

Under Construction

Top of page


Karlssons Musik present Marco Lo Russo (Italy) & Søren Brix (Denmark)

Date: May 6, 2017, 11 am to 5 pm
Venue: Karlssons Musik AB, Äskebacka, SE-430 33 Fjärås.
Contact: Email: or Phone +46 300 545119

Further Info:

Karlssons Musik Open House from 11-17 hours with performances at 12, 14 & 16 hours. We offer coffee and cakes! We also receive a visit from the owner of the Bugari factory in Italy. Leaflet: sweden.pdf

Top of page

United Kingdom

Karen Street and Karen Tweed’s ‘Time to Sing’ Event

Date: May 12th and May 13th
Venue: May 12th – Barhill Church, Hanover Close, Bar Hill, Cambridge CB23 8EH May 13th, 10am until 5pm - Marthall Village Hall, Sandlebridge Lane, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 7SB

Further Info:

On Saturday May 12th and Sunday May 13th, 11am to 5pm, accordionists Karen Street and Karen Tweed lead two one-day accordion events called ‘Time to Sing’. These events are open to all accordionists and also those who like to sing. In the morning there is a workshop, rehearsing mainly sing-along tunes, and after lunch there is a public concert, with community singing. Each afternoon also includes accordion solos from specially invited guest players. Proceeds from the day will go to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Karen Street was twice an All-Britain Virtuoso Champion, and is now a respected jazz accordionist. Karen Tweed was an All-Ireland Accordion Champion, and is a renowned player and teacher of several international folk music styles.

For further information email:

Top of page

United States of America

World Accordion Day, 6th Annual Dr. Willard A. Palmer Festival and our 6th Annual celebration of this great American educator and artist

Date: May 5-6, 2018
Venue: A World of Accordions Museum, Address on poster.

Further Info:

Celebrating World Accordion Day In conjunction with the Sixth Dr. Willard A. Palmer Festival to celebrate and honor this great American educator and artist. May 5-6, 2018 at A World of Accordions Museum, Harrington Arts Center.

World Accordion Day, Willard Palmer Festival and A World of Accordions Museum in Superior, WI is excited to announce that renowned accordionist Joseph (Joey) M. Miskulin (picture right) from Nashville, TN, will headline the weekend's events for the annual Dr. Willard A. Palmer Festival and World Accordion Day hosted at A World of Accordions Museum in Superior, WI on May 5 and 6, 2018.

To acknowledge the importance of the weekend's events, Superior's Mayor Jim Paine is proclaiming May 5, as Dr. Willard A. Palmer Day, and also proclaiming May 6, as World Accordion Day.

Joey has recorded on hundreds of albums with some of music's greatest names that to date result in over 100 million sold.

Joey is extolled nationally as accordionist, arranger, spontaneous improviser, studio musician, pedagogue and unequalled entertainer. In a music career spanning more than four decades, Joey has collaborated with a range of artists including Paul McCartney, John Denver, Ricky Skaggs, Andy Williams, Ricky Van Shelton, Emmylou Harris, Frankie Yankovic, Garth Brooks and many others.

Museum Curator Helmi Harrington, Ph. D. recounts in a personal note "I’ve known Joey for over 25 years and consider him one of the most accomplished and kindest gentlemen in the accordion world."

In addition to Joey, the Palmer and World Accordion Day event will showcase the talents of and include the support of Carolyn Carver, Kevin Friedrich, Tracey Gibbens, Dee Langley, Dr. Michael Middleton, Willard A. Palmer III, John Scaffeo and Stas Venglevski.

A World of Accordions Museum will live stream select parts of their World Accordion Day Festival on May 6, 2018 including the popular seminar on the History of the Accordion as narrated and presented by Helmi Harrington, Ph. D. You can access this coverage via the CIA World Accordion Day page.

For all other information, please visit

Event Report by Kevin Friedrich

Mayor Proclaims World Accordion Day in Superior, WI - USA

Pictures above: Mike Middleton (accordion and Clayton Capps (tuba), Bill Palmer III, Sue Spencer (guitar) and Jim Ofsthun (accordion), The Fremonts - Stephani Dodd (accordion) Bill Palmer III and Justin Badger (guitar).

The Mayor of Superior, Wisconsin, Jim Paine, proclaimed World Accordion Day during the celebratory festival held at the World of Accordions Museum on May 6, 2018. In a rare double proclamation, Mayor Paine also declared May 5th as Dr. Willard A. Palmer Day. Picture left, quality download or print at: 2018Proclomations.pdf

Museum Curator Helmi Harrington Ph.D, hosted the magnificent weekend of celebrations including workshops, concerts and social activites, attracting participants from across the United States. The event paid tribute to the legacy of the late Dr. Willard 'Bill' Palmer and the initiative of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA), World Accordion Day, celebrating the May 6, 1829 patent of the accordion.

World Accordion Day was opened by Ambassador Kevin Friedrich on behalf of the CIA and then featured an Accordion History demonstration by Helmi Harrington, utilizing an historical cross section of some of the 1,300 accordions found on display at the Museum.

Featured artists for the worldwide celebration included popular Thunder Bay accordionist John Scaffeo, the Celtic Focus group Eira including Sue Spencer, Jim Ofsthun and Liesel Wilson (combining accordions, erhu, violin, guitar and vocals), Minneapolis accordionist Dee Langley and event headliner, Grammy winner and Country Hall of Fame honoree Joey Miskulin.

Joey was joined by Stas Venglevski for several pieces and included the completely improvised duo 'A World of Accordions Museum Tango', a stunning combination of the talents of the two renowned musicians. The events concluded with the 35 member Festival Orchestra under the direction of symphony Conductor Tracey Gibbens, as they performed more than a dozen works from around the world.

The combined Willard Palmer Festival also featured an exciting array of activities from profiling the popular Palmer and Hughes Accordion Course (selections from each book were performed by Helmi's students) and historical lectures by Bill Palmer, III, including a demonstration of the prototype of the 'Tiger' accordion models.

Concert performances were given by Dr. Mike Middleton (accordion) with Clayton Capps (tuba), Dee Langley, Stas Venglevski and the Fremonts, comprising Stephani Dodd (accordion) and Justin Badger Guitar). During the final concert, two of Dr. Willard Palmer's instruments, his magnificent Harpsichord 'Big Red' and his Titano Super Emperor V Accordion were showcased by Tracey Gibbons and Helmi Harrington respectively.

An interesting connection showed to be that Stephani Dodd (accordionist with the Fremonts) is Executive Assistant at Peaksware, the company that now owns Alfred Music, the publishers of the Palmer and Hughes and Alfred Masterworks books.

Pictures below: Stas Venglevski and Joey Miskulin (duet), Helmi Harrington - Historical demonstation, Joey Miskulin (solo).

Top of page

United States of America

Bachtopus to Perform in New York City on World Accordion Day

Date: May 6, 2018
Venue: St. Peter's Episcopal Church at 346 W 20th St, New York, NY 10011
Contact: Email:

Further Info:

The Bachtopus Accordion Ensemble performs at 4:PM on Sunday, May 6, 2018, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church at 346 W 20th St, New York, NY 10011 (between 8th and 9th Ave.) as part of the Music in Chelsea series. The proceeds go to the St. Peter’s food pantry. The program theme is “Bach to Basics,” in which the music of J.S. Bach will be featured. Also included will be a composition by Arvo Pärt, a new arrangement from Jeanne Velonis, and a premier of new work by Peter Flint. $10 suggested donation.

Bachtopus is an accordion ensemble from New York City that performs music by contemporary composers and Johann Sebastian Bach. The ensemble was borne out of a fruitful musical duet between Robert Duncan and Mayumi Miyaoka, who partnered during the Winter of 2011. Denise Koncelik and Peter Flint, who were members of the Brooklyn Accordion Club, joined the duet to play Bach’s organ music, which is well suited to the accordion.

Top of page

United States of America

The New England Digital Accordion Orchestra

Date: May 6, 2018
Venue: No information
Contact: Email:

Further Info:

The New England Digital Accordion Orchestra conducted by Sam Falcetti.

Top of page

United States of America

Accordion Pops Orchestra Concert, New Jersey – USA

Date: May 6, 2018
Venue: Cultural Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick, New Jersey.
Contact: Email:

Further Info:

Accordion Pops Orchestra Concert,The Accordion Pops Orchestra (MD Al Terzo) performs a ‘World Accordion Day’ concert on Sunday May 6th, 3pm, at the Cultural Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick, New Jersey.

The concert features special spots by Cody McSherry - accordion, Andrea Maurer - flute, and Klajdi Cerriku – accordion.

The Accordion Pops Orchestra's origins can be traced to 1970, when it was organized by the Accordion Teachers' Association of New Jersey, and conducted by Dr. Jacob Neupauer of Philadelphia. In 1984 the orchestra was reorganized under the direction of the late Eugene Ettore, who was succeeded by Daniel Desiderio.

Al Terzo took over as conductor in May 2011. The orchestra has 25 plus members and performs a repertoire of light classical, Broadway, big band and popular music. It has entertained audiences at concert halls, county fairs, festivals, schools, and playhouses in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York.

Top of page