Jury 2017

Angelo Biancamano - Jury president

Italy



He graduated in Composition, Choral Music and Choir Direction and Band Instrumentation at the Conservatory "G. Rossini "in Pesaro. He attended the "Music for Film" seminar at the Chigiana Academy in Siena with M ° Ennio Morricone. His production includes pieces for instrumental and vocal chamber organics, as well as sacred polyphony pieces for mixed chorus, published with Carrara, Berben, Sonitus editors.

He is director of the "Città di Camerano"choir , of the "Angelico Rosati" choir in Sant'Elpidio a Mare and until October 2001 of the choir "Mezio Agostini" of Fano (PU), with whom he has performed concerts and participated in operatic productions, collaborating in lyric recitals with famous singers as Antonacci, Bruson, Ballo, Bocelli, Dessì, Gasdia, Praticò, Kabaivanska. For the opera season '99 of the Ventidio Basso theater in Ascoli Piceno, he was master of the choir in Bellini's standard and in 2000 in Puccini Madama Butterfly.

As a master of the choir recorded, for RAI Stereo 2, the concert with the tenor Juan Diego Florez at Teatro della Fortuna of Fano (PU) and for the record company Bongiovanni the opera drama "Paolo e Francesca" di Mancinelli, La Cabrera di Dupont, The Paria di Donizetti and as the conductor of the Stabat Mater by F. Farroni. He was the master of the choir in the works: Norma, Tosca, Rigoletto, Trovatore, Turandot, Rusticana Cavalry, Elisir d'amore, The Wedding of Figaro, The Barber of Seville, Madama Butterfly, La Bohème (directed by L. Pavarotti ).

From 2008 to 2010 he was entrusted with the direction of the choir of the Theater of Fortuna of fans (PU), with whom he participated in the setting up of Carmen by Bizet, the theatrical conveniences and inconveniences and Donizetti's Campanello, both recorded on DVD for the record company Bongiovanni.

He is the author of the PIF2017 mandatory piece, Diatèssaron.

Emanuela ANTOLINI

Italy

Marc Berthoumieux

France

Miljan BJELETIC

Serbia

MILJAN BJELETICGraduated from the National Music Academy "P.I. Chaykovsky" to Kiyev, is associate professor of accordion at the Faculty of Arts of Nish (Serbia).
Many of his students have won some of the most prestigious international competitions such as the World Trophy, World Cup, City of Castelfidardo, Klingenthal etc.
Solo success, he taught seminars in Europe and Asia.
In 2013, the International Confederation CIA Accordion (Coupe Mondiale) awarded him a special prize for his teaching achievements.

Alessandro D'Alessandro

Italy

Daniele Di Bonaventura

Italy

Danilo di Paolonicola

Italy

Alexander DMITRIEV

Russia
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Alexander Dmitriev was born in St. Petersburg Russia, September 19, 1951.

His musical talent was evident very early: at the age of 7 he began to study the bayan - first at the school of music, then later at the Mussorgskij - Institute for Music. After this, Alexander Dmitriev became a student at the National St. Petersburg Rimskij-Korsakov Conservatory. At the time the 19 year old Dmitriev had already won the "All-Russian Contest" for musicians playing folk instruments (1969 in Ivanovo).

In 1972 Alexander Dmitriev won 1st prize at the International Competition "Days of the Accordion" in Klingenthal, Germany. The foreign press highly praised his musical talents, saying (November 1972 - Journal "Music Accord" - England): "... a young artist who'll doubtlessly be well known in future; a musician who is to follow the examples of a great number of Soviet virtuosi." (England).

In 1972 in Berlin, Dmitriev was featured on an LP record of Klingenthal Competition winners.

In 1974 he graduated at the National St. Petersburg Rimskij-Korsakov Conservatory then continued completing his training as an Assistant Stargur in 1977.

For more than 20 years, he has been the professor of St. Petersburg Conservatoire and the "Soloist - St Petersburg Philharmonie Concert". Twenty years ago, he wrote the treatise "The Positional Fingering for Accordion" which showed his new and progressive technical ideas. Using these teaching principles, his students V. Fedorov, S. Chirkov, M. Shagaev, E. Orlova, D. Astashin, A. Kuznetsov, A. Yurov became winners of several international solo accordion competitions during recent years.

Since the beginning of his performance career, Dmitriev has made more than 2000 solo concerts, recorded 8 LP records (one in DDR) and recently recorded 5 CD's. He has toured to the USA, Canada and many countries in Europe. In 1990 Dmitriev gave concerts in 25 Japanese cities together with the State Academician Orchestra of Folk-Instruments. Many arrangements by Dmitriev have been published by the "Soviet Composer" and "Music". His transcription of the Cavatina Figaro - Rossini, became very popular and was published in 12 European countries.

Alexander Dmitriev was chosen to premiere works by Russian composers Tunik and Pushkarenko and are featured on CD No. 0005 titled "Fanfare".

Since 1986 Dmitriev has hosted a program on St. Petersburg Radio, which features famous accordionists, information about them and some of their music. He is a regular participant at the most important accordion festivals and seminars and is often a member of the jury at international competitions. He has been invited to give master-classes in Germany, Finland, France, Denmark, Belgium, Poland and other countries.

Since 1986 Dmitriev is one of the organizers and artistic directors of the international festival "Music for Bayan and Accordion", which is held in St. Petersburg each year at the beginning of November.

Recently, he has also been performing duet concerts with his son Vitalij - a first prize winner of international contests in Bulgaria, France, Italy (twice), Germany , Sweden - as well as trios together with his wife Elena.

In 1992, Alexander Dmitriev was awarded the title - Honoured Artist of Russia and is widely recognised as being a one of the elite in the world of bayanist artistry.

Olivier DOUYEZ

Belgium

Olivier DuyezAccordion professor at the Royal Conservatory of Mons "Arts2" direttre of 'ATM - Atelier Musical Manage Seneffe, co-founder of Enchanted Company (theater and music), founder of Accroch quartet, quintet of Hybris, the duo Douyez (viola and accordion with his son Loris), founder and artistic director of Accordéons-nous.org festival, musician and composer.
He received the Royal Music Conservatory of Mons first prize in music theory, chamber music, classical accordion and piano, the Higher Diploma in accordion with the maximum vote.
He has participated in numerous competitions and won the World Championship in Venezuela, the first prize at the International Competition in Geneva and Vichy, ranked first in the competition and at the Dexia Charlileir Charleroi. He has to his credit numerous concerts in Belgium and abroad, on television and radio. He holds many master classes in Europe, Italy, Poland, France. He is a conductor with the ATM Orchestra (40 musicians).

Geir DRAUGSVOLL

Denmark

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Geir Draugsvoll is internationally considered to be one of the most important musicians on his instrument, the bayan. Through collaborations with many composers, Geir Draugsvoll must also be characterized as one of the pioneers on this young instrument, and he has premiered a large number of works. This includes "Fachwerk" by Sofia Gubaidulina, which is dedicated to Geir Draugsvoll, and today widely acclaimed as one of her most important works for classical accordion.

He has performed all over the world in festivals and concert-arenas like Concertgebouw (Holland), Alte Oper Frankfurt (Germany), Barbican Hall (London), Mariinsky Hall (Skt. Petersburg), Gasteig (Munich), Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory (Russia), Philharmonie Luxembourg, Lockenhaus Festival (Austria), Edinburgh Festival, (Scotland), Rheingau Festival (Germany), Mittelfest (Italy), Konzerthaus (Berlin), Musikhalle (Hamburg), Bergen International Festival, (Norway), CCB (Lisbon) NGA (Washington), Zellerbach Hall (Berkeley) and many others. As soloist with orchestra, he has performed with London Symphony Orchestra, Münchener Philharmonic, Mariinsky Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Maggio Musicale Firenze, Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Kremerata Baltica, Moscow Soloists, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Trondheim Soloists, and collaborates frequently with conductors like Valery Gergiev, Vasily Petrenko, Andres Mustonen, David Geringas, Joana Carneiro, Marc Soustrot, Alexander Mayer, Yuri Bashmet and many others.

Geir Draugsvoll is Norwegian, but now lives in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he is a Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. 

Øivind Farmen

Norway

Dario FLAMMINI

Italy

Dario FlamminiDario Flammini was born in Basilea (switzerland) in 1972. He began studying the accordion bayan in 1980. He attended several courses in Italy and abroad with the best teachers of this particular instrument such as M. Ellegaard at the Music Academy of Pescara, C. and M. Bonnay at the Training Center of Music in Nice. It is ranked first in the competition of the ANIF of Foligno in 1988 (first prize), the second prize to the prestigious International Competition in Castelfidardo ever in 1988, the first prize to the International Competition of Chamber Music in Sanguinetto (VR) in 2000 with the Trio Solotarev winning at the same time the "recording Award Rivoalto-Ducale", the first in the Competition of Chamber Music of Gravina di Puglia and first in the competition for concert players of accordion in Loreto Marche in 1999. In the context of contemporary music performed some first performances including: "Symphonies East-West" by B. Porena, "Sypario" by S. Bussotti, "On the Reeds" by D. Anzaghi, "Prelude, Chorale and Finale" by S. Calligaris, "Intus" of A. Sbordoni, "Thoughts Interrupted" of A. Solbiati collaborating with the most important concert associations in this sector as "New Space Music", "New Consonance", "Novurgia."

He has recorded a CD with the Bussottioperaballet under the direction of the composer himself, a CD with the Rivoalto-Ducale and one with the Stradivarius. This includes the recording of the Sonata "Et Exspecto" for bajan only and works of G. Ligeti, of A. Schnittke, J. Tiensuu; remarkable was the criticism in major magazines such as Classic Voice, Amadeus, Wire and Cd Classic. And 'the founder of the trio Solotarev, chamber ensemble composed of three bajan, which specializes in research and performance of original works. For several years he devoted himself to the study of the bandoneon. It is part of the sextet typical "Viento de tango", training traditional Argentine tango, with which it is engaged in the production of the new show dancer Miguel Angel Zotto. He is often invited to be part of the jury of the International Competition for accordion concert in the town of Castelfidardo. He teach as a professor of accordion bayan at the Conservatory of Music "A. Casella" in the town of L'Aquila.

Anibal Freire

Portugal

Samuele Garofoli

Italy

Gerlando Gatto

Italy

Marco GEMELLI

Italy

Marco GemelliBorn in Penne (PE) in 1983, he began studying the accordion Classical age of 7 under the direction of Maestro Claudio Calista. After the untimely death of Maestro Calista continued his studies with Maestro Cesare Chiacchiaretta and graduated with highest honors from the Conservatory "Luisa D'Annunzio" in Pescara under the guidance of Maestro Claudio Jacomucci.

He won the first prize at numerous national and international competitions: Capistrello (AQ), Morro D'Oro (TE), Magliano dei Marsi (AQ), Baragiano (PO), Caramanico (PE), Latina, Rieti, Lanciano (CH ), Montese (MO), Termoli, Loreto Marche (AN), Poggio Rusco (MT), Spoltore (PE), Tollo (CH).

In 2003 he won the prize for Best Italian participant in the International Competition "Città di Castelfidardo".

In 2004 and 2006 he was chosen to represent the World Cup Classic Accordion "CIA - IMC - UNESCO" held respectively in Pontarlier (France) and Asker (NORWAY).

Has a constant concert activity both as accordionist of bandoneon player who has performed in the most important National and International Festival alongside various orchestras and chamber as Accord'Ance, Orchestra of Italian Switzerland, Alma de Tango Orquestra, Cuarteto del Misterio, Bacau Philharmonic Quartet "Mihail Jora" (Romania), Trio Sin Palabras, Bajan Trio, Quartet Portango.

You accordion teacher at the Municipal Music School of San Giovanni Teatino (CH), the Comprehensive School of Spoltore (PE) and the Institute of Higher Education Musicale "P.I.Tchaikovsky" Nocera Terinese (CZ).

Walter Gialdi

Argentine

Luo Han

China

Ladislav HORÁK

Czech Republic

HORÁK-foto-2014Ladislav Horak (1966) graduated from the Prague Conservatory and the University of West Bohemia in Plzen (Professor Jaroslav Vlach). He was still a student when he won the national competition Hořovice (1990) and collect achievements of Andorra to competitions, Italy and Spain (1987-1990).

He performs as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanied by orchestras (Prague Symphony Orchestra, Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc, North Bohemia Philharmonic Teplice, Prague Philharmonia, Suk Chamber Orchestra) and has regularly participated in prestigious festivals in North America, Asia and Europe.

In his book also first performances of works by Czech and foreign contemporary composers, and has recorded concerts for Cheche and international radio stations (Czech Radio, Klassikradio, classical WQED).

His Edition Rondo Prague label released a CD dozen. It is one of Italy's most famous endorser Borsini. Represents the Czech accordion school in international organizations (World Confederation de l'Accordéon, Accordion European Federation) and as president of international competitions juries (Castelfidardo, Innsbruck, Pula, Poprad, Bruchsal, St. Petersburg). It is the only accordion player from Central Europe invited to join the jury of prestigious competitions such as the German Deutscher-Accordion-Musikpreis and Deutsche-Orchesterwettbewerb.

Meng Hui

China

Claudio JACOMUCCI

Italy

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Claudio Jacomucci is one of the most acclaimed classical accordion players on the international scene.

He was born in Pesaro, Italy, in 1974. Graduated as an accordionist with honors from Grenoble Conservatory in 1992 and with Alexander Technique teacher from the ATCA in Amsterdam in 2000, Claudio Jacomucci has attended the courses of experimental music theories at Pesaro Conservatory (1986-89), and Contemporary Music through Non-Western Techniques at Amsterdam Conservatory (1998-2000).

He has presented a number of original works by Luciano Berio, Franco Donatoni, György Kurtag, Luis De Pablo, Boris Porena, Mario Pagliarani, Oliver Schneller, Gabriele Manca, Giorgio Tedde, Akemi Naito, Lucio Garau, Dimitri Nicolau, Miguel Ruiz, Fernando Mencherini, Carlo Crivelli, Francoise Barriere, Maxim Seloujanov,, Paolo Marzocchi, Riccardo Vaglini, Daniel Glaus.

Jacomucci was won several international accordion prizes (Arrasate, Castelfidardo, Cuenca, St.Etienne).

He performed at Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Salle Messiaen in Paris, Gaudeamus Foundation in Amsterdam, Synthese Festival in Bourges (France), Nuova Consonanza in Rome, GoG/Teatro Carlo Feilce in Genova, Sala Chavez - Unam in Mexico City, Beethoven Haus in Bonn (Germany), Cornell University (USA). He has performed together with Terry Riley, Stefano Scodanibbio, Quartetto Prometeo, Francesco Dillon, Michel Godard, AlterEgo Ensemble, David Moss, Joel Rubin, Kálmán Balogh, Pierre Favre, AlterEgo and as a soloist with the Orchestra of “La Scala” Milan, Haydn Orchestra Bolzano, Filarmonica Marchigiana, Sinfonietta del Teatro Lirico Cagliari (Italy), Ostrobothnian Chamber Trio (Finland), Romanian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Since 2002 he works with Kathleen Delaney (choreographer and dancer) exploring the frontiers of music and dance creation in its diverse aspects: live interactions, electroacoustic music and video.

His recordings were published by Schott Wergo, W & B Music, Bridge Records, Stradivarius, Rivoalto, StileLibero, Musica & Poesia, Ema Records, Adatto, Blowout Records and broadcasted by RAI Radio3, ORF, DeutschlandRadio, RNE2, Vatican Radio, SFB, RSI, Radio Unam-Mexico, RadioFrance.

He is running an intense pedagogic activity as he has developed and an original approach in teaching based on the principles of the Alexander Technique.

Founder of the Italian Accordion Academy (Urbino/Amsterdam), he has given masterclasses all over the world: Paris Conservatory, Royal Academy of Music of London, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Danish Royal Academy of Music of

Copenhagen, Chopin University Warsaw, Amsterdam Conservatory, Barcelona Conservatory, Yoliztli Academy in Mexico, Tianjin Conservatory (China), Rome Conservatory.

Jacomucci was the accordion lecturer at the “Luisa D’Annunzio” Conservatory in Pescara (Italy) from 2011 to 2014.

He is regularly invited as a jury member by international accordion competition in Castelfidardo, Klingenthal, Arrasate, Moscow, Pula and Valtidone.

Jacomucci is the author of the books “Technique I” (1998) published by Bèrben, “Mastering Accordion Technique” (2013), written together with Kathleen Delaney on the principle of the Alexander Technique, and thr editor of the papers “Modern Accordion Perspectives” (2013), Critical Selection of Accordion Works, 1990-2010 (2014), Accordion Pedagogics Overview (2016), coordinating an international expert panel of the leading classical accordion performers and teachers. www.claudiojacomucci.com

Roman JBANOV

Russia

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He begins his studies in the Ukraine and complete them in Siberia and gets many prizes in all national competitions his country. A graduate of the Conservatory of Novosibirsk, get the prize of Cutura and Arts for his concert programs. He holds concerts from Saint Petersburg to Beijing as soloist with the Great Orchestra Popolare Russa. In 1997, award-winning in major international competitions, he chose France where he teaches courses in music schools and conservatories. Jbanov strives to discover all the nuances of the concert accordion through the music adapted or written for accordion by J.S. Bach to Russian folklore.

Miodrag KRSTIC

Croatia
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Miodrag Krstić was born in 1979 in Belgrade. His musical education began in Biljana Radosavljević class,undergraduate studies in Vojin Vasović class and postgraduate studies in Radomir Tomić class.He is employed in music school „Vatroslav Lisinski“ and music school „Petar Stojanocić“ in Ub as an accordion teacher.

     During his education he won numerous awards on students' accordion competitions.As a soloist and chamber musician he performed at great deal of concerts both in Serbia and abroad.He has been performing the multimedia play „Transiberian Proze“since 2013.The pley was composed by him.As a accordion teacher, he constantly contributes to the development of pedagogy,school methodology and performance.He translated from slovakian the book entitled „History and methodology of accordion“ whose author is Marta Seikov.He also wrote a study called the „Unification of the accordion as an instrument in the performong practise in Serbia“.Miodrag is also the organizer and director of Belgrade Accordion Festival.

Daniele Massimi

Italy

Irena Merdovic

Montenegro

Giovanni Mirabassi

France

Andreas Nebl

Germany

Vladimir Orlov

Russia

Raynald OUELLET

Canada

oulletRaynald Ouellet has learned to play the accordion at the age of 2 years. "It is not an unusual instrument in this area," he says. "So the sound is very familiar I grew up with this tool for me," he says.
Born in Montreal, he traveled with his family in Montmagny weekend for folk music festival. At school, the accordion was not in the curriculum so he studied the cello.
When he graduated, he formed a folk group called Eritage. They have been quite successful - playing all over the province, and they recorded an album in 1985, produced by the Canadian folk musician Stan Rogers.
But one by one, his band mates, married, had children and they had to leave the band. Raynald Ouellet decided to move in Montmagny, the birthplace of his mother, where about 300 relatives.
Raynald Ouellet worked as a carpenter, while honing his skills as a musician. He founded the World Accordion Festival, the Accordion Museum and then Accordéon Mélodie, an accordion factory. Asked if the accordion is his whole life, Raynald Ouellet responds immediately: "Yes, I think so." It owns about 65 accordions.
"The accordion will surely make a great return," he predicts. "We are trying to revive it gradually."

Gialuca Pica

Italy

Massimiliano PITOCCO

Italy

massimiliano-pitocco-2He studied Accordion in Paris with Maestro Max Bonnay, graduating in '92 at the National Superior Conservatory, in '93 at the Conservatory of "ville de Paris" and the same year the regional competition d 'Ile de France getting anywhere the first prize with gold medal. In '92 he graduated with honors in Organ in Pescara and in '94 in Accordion in Bari.

Winner of many international accordion competitions, including first prize in Castelfidardo (ed. 86 and 88) and the second prize at the "World Cup" organized in Switzerland (ed. 89). He's often invited to conferences and seminars as well as to chair the juries of major international competitions.
He plays also Bandoneòn Ssuona and is dedicated to Tango in particular the music of Piazzolla and in 1998 he founded the quartet "Four for Tango". He plays in the most important theaters around the world.

He has collaborated with great musicians and actors such as Milva, Luis Bacalov, Ennio Morricone, Bussotti, Gidon Kremer, Nicola Piovani, Vinicio Capossela, Sebastiano Lo Monaco, Leopoldo Mastelloni, David Rion.

In 2002 he played in Switzerland and directed the opera "Maria de Buenos Aires" by Piazzolla-H.Ferrer enjoying considerable success with audiences and critics.

He has recorded numerous soundtracks for film and television films and recorded several compact discs for labels Dynamic, Fonola, Sculptures d 'Air, Riovoalto-Ducale, Wide, Azur.
and actually he's Professor of Accordion at the Conservatory "Santa Cecilia" in Rome.

Walter PORRO

Italy

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Born in Alba (CN), Italy on 29.10.1967, he's an accordionist, pianist, arranger and author.

Accordion teacher, piano, choir and ensemble music at
the Philharmonic Institute of Asti (Italy), teacher and music coordinator of the Institute Comprehensive Cortemilia-Saliceto, artistic director of the Municipal Conservatory "Caffa Righetti" of Cortemilia Cn (Italy). Master of the Choir Cortemiliese and founder of the "New Student Orchestra."

Among the various artistic collaborations some prominent names: Arisa, Mauro Pagani, Massimo Ranieri, Giorgio Conte, Joan Isaac, Fredo Valla. Bruno Gambarotta, Gianni Basso, Gipo Farassino, Paolo Conte, Gianni Basso. He's stable Soundtrack for the Foundation Mirafiore accompanying artists such as: Claudio Baglioni, Gianna Nannini, Gino Paoli, Rita Pavone, Renato Zero and honored with a musical postcard the Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino.

In recent years he's been a participant alongside Giorgio Conte in the various European tours and care of the arrangements of two recorded works "C.Q.F.P." and "Cascina Piovanotto 2014" and the latter also wrote music. With Massimo Ranieri's album "Senza'na Reason" and "Small Encyclopedia Napoletana", Arisa with the album "Love Me".
His achievement, sound and original music from the soundtrack of the film "More at the top of the clouds" directed by Fredo Valla. With the Catalan singer-songwriter Joan Isaac arrangements of "Bolero d'Estiu songs", Recordes Yvonne and arranger of the song "Que de nes beautiful Lluna.
 It 'been a jury member in various competitions:
Conservatory of Mons Brussels (BELGIUM)
Morro d'Oro prize Teramo (Italy)
Rotary Prize A. Vivaldi Conservatory of Alessandria (Italy)
Prize Notou Sounadour Robilante (Italy)
International Price Caffa Righetti Cortemilia (Italy)
Rotary Award for the music of Santhia Liceo Musicale (Italy)
Prize Altalanga film festival 2010-2012 Edition (Italy)

CAO Xiaoqing

China

CaoProfessor Xiao-Qing Cao is the first Chinese musician who has ever won gold medals as a virtuoso accordionist in major international competitions.

He started learning the accordion at an early age. In 1979 he entered Tianjin Music Institute Accessorial Middle School and continued to study the accordion full time at Tianjin Conservatory of Music in 1984. In 1987, he won the first prize in the National Accordion Competition of China. After his graduation, he became a teacher of Tianjin Conservatory. Later he was given the opportunity to study in Europe by the Chinese Culture Ministry and was sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to study abroad at the Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater in Hanover, Germany in 1992.  In 2001, he was awarded the "Master Soloist Diploma," the highest performance degree awarded by the German Academy of Music, for his outstanding achievements in music recital, which made him the first Chinese musician to obtain this degree at theHochschule fuer Musik und Theater in Hanover,.

With his superb artistry and outstanding performance , Professor Cao won the first prize in "The 7th Accordion Grand Prix" in Baden-Baden, Germany in June 1997 and in October he won the first prize again in "The 22nd Citta' Di Castelfidardo International Accordion Soloist Competition" in Italy, which gained tremendous honor for China.

 Professor Cao maintains a busy schedule, performing in solo recitals and chamber music concerts and giving lectures in many countries including Germany, Italy, France, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, Denmark and Yugoslavia. As an international music competition judge, he is more sought after and has worked for several international competitions, including the Castelfidardo International Accordion Competition in Italy, the Klingenthal  International Accordion Competition in Germany and the Spain Arrasate and Moscow international competitions. From 2000 to 2004, Professor Cao taught in the Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater in Hanover. In 2001 he was appointed as visiting professor of Tianjin Conservatory of Music. In March 2004, he established the undergraduate course for the accordion students in Central Conservatory of Music, where his excellent teaching is well regarded and widely recognized. His students have been highly successful in top International and Chinese accordion competitions, winning a total of 186 gold medals and 91 first prizes, among which 47 are the first occasions when Chinese competitors won awards in the International Accordion Competitions.  Professor Cao has continued to win awards himself, both for teaching and organizing international events, raising the standing of the Central Conservatory of Music and making an important contribution to the reputation of Chinese accordion performers in the international arena.

Adriano RANIERI

Italy

Foto-Adriano-Ranieri-per-CastelfidardoAdriano Ranieri, accordionist, bandoneonist, piano player, was born in Lanciano (CH) 14 April 1977. Privately Initiated his musical studies with the accordion with Maestro Pasquale De Rosa, was a student of M ° Claudio Calista, graduating in 1998 , with the highest marks at the Conservatory "N. Piccinni "in Bari, with Maestro Massimiliano Pitocco. Thereafter follows the Academic Degree in "Musical Disciplines" Diploma at the Conservatory "S. Cecilia "of Rome with 110/110 cum laude.

In 1999 he graduated in piano at the "L. D'Annunzio "of Pescara with Master Marco Moresco. In 2003 he graduated in music teaching at the same Conservatory, where he also continued his studies in Composition and Conducting.

It performs as a soloist, in chamber ensembles and with orchestras.

He collaborated with the Teatro Stabile "C. Goldoni "in Venice, as a musician, in 'play" Anonymous Venetian "by G. Berto. He played with the 'Orchestra of the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, with the' Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese and with the National Symphony Orchestra of the RAI in Turin. He has worked with conductors such as Fabio Maestri, Marcello Panni, Gary Bertini, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky and Nicola Piovani.

As accordionist with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro San Carlo in Naples he attended the world premiere of the opera in semi-staged version of "Garibaldi en Sicile" by Marcello Panni directed by Elena Barbalich at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples.

He has given concerts for the 'Italian Embassy in Nigeria and at the Conservatory of Tianjin in China (the oldest and most prestigious of China).

He has won 88 national and international accordion competitions including Castelfidardo (AN) in 1994 (which gets the cover of the magazine "Instruments and Music") and Teramo 2002 (where he received the plaque of the President of the Republic).

In 2012 he founded the "Rosa's Quartet" (accordion and bandoneon: Adriano Ranieri; purple: Ettore Belli; piano: Gilda Butta, official pianist of the great composer and conductor Ennio Morricone; bass: Luca Cola), formed by musicians all teachers at the Conservatory "L. Refice "in Frosinone, for which they have written especially beautiful modern pages of the most important Italian composers, and outside Europe, all dedicated to his mother Rose, who died prematurely. He teaches accordion at the "L. D'Annunzio "of Pescara.

Corrado Rojac

Italy

Pietro Roffi

Italy

Renzo Ruggieri

Italy

Herbert Scheibenreif

Austria

Germano Scurti

Italy

Giovanni SENECA

Italy 

giovanni_seneca10Giovanni Seneca was born in Naples in 1967. He graduated in 1988 in the conservatory “Rossini” in Pesaro with full marks cum laude. In 1989 he moved to Paris, where he specialized in classical guitar, musical analysis and orchestration at “Ecole Normale de Musique” and at the conservatory “Ravel”. During his stay in Paris he began composing and he increased his concert activity, always characterised by the desire to deal with the different languages of music. In 1993 he went back to the Marche and dedicated himself mainly to composition, writing and interpreting music for several chamber groups and orchestras, but also for television, cinema and  theatre with several pieces of stage music for live performances by well known italian actors such as s Valeria Moriconi, Maddalena Crippa, David Riondino,Neri Marcorè,Lunetta Savino. Giovanni Seneca performs concerts in solo or ensemble with pieces of his own composition, but also as soloist performer in chamber groups and in concerts for guitar and orchestra.

He has performed in the most important Italian cities and festivals, but also in Paris, Berlin  Cannes, New York, Philadelphia, Tel Aviv, Sarajevo, Split, Belgrade,Izmir, Durres,Cairo,Istanbul, Alexandria. In April 2009 he toured New Zealand with 12 concerts. He performed as soloist for the following orchestras: RAI Orchestra Sinfonica of Rome, Orchestre des Concerts Lamoreux of Paris, Orchestre Symphonique Français of Paris, Orchestre Philarmonique of Cannes in the French Riviera, Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana of Ancona, Orchestra Filarmonica of Udine. The great Italian composer Ennio Morricone wrote and dedicated to Giovanni Seneca a concert for guitar and orchestra whose world premier was performed in Paris and recorded on CD together with Orchestra Nazionale Accademia di Santa Cecilia of Rome. He is the artistic consultant of the international festival Adriatico Mediterraneo (www.adriaticomediterraneo.eu). He is also guitar teacher at the conservatorium G.B. Pergolesi in Ancona.

Antonio Spaccarotella

Italy

Kazis Stonkus

Lithuania

Raimondas SVIACKEVICIUS

Lithuania

Raimondas SviackeviciusHe graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in 1999. From 1998 to 1999 he studied at the Academy of Music in Lodz (Poland) with accordionist and composer Bogdan Dowlasz. From 1999 to 2000 he attended the Academy of Music Sibelius in Helsinki (Finland), with Prof. Matti Rantanen and, until 2001, has done post-graduate studies at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (Netherlands), with famous teachers as Friedrich Lips (Russia) and Johan De Con (Netherlands).
He has participated in numerous international competitions, winning many to the first prize at the International Accordion 9th International Stefano Bizzarri Prize competition, where he also received the "Golden Lyre" in 2000.
Active as a soloist, he also plays chamber music and participating in various formations and groups who play experimental music, avant-garde and jazz. In 2004, he joined the ensemble of contemporary music Gaida, and since 2009 has been actively involved in the Lithuanian Ensemble Network.
Sviackevičius holds international master classes and seminars. Many of his students are winners of international competitions, appearing at various festivals, and are actively involved in the concert life where they are recognized as a contemporary music adepts. Recently, the artistic career Raimondas Sviackevičius deals with the organization of events themed accordion and, since 2008, he is artistic director of the International Accordion Festival in Vilnius and Palanga.

Jørgen Sundqvist

Sweden

Josè Valente

Portugal

Vojin VASOVIC

Serbia

06-vojin vasovićBorn in 1963 in Belgrade. Started with music education at 9 as pupil of Kragujevac Music School. After that, as one of the best pupils of Radomir Tomic's class, he continued his accordion studies at Russian Academy of Music “Gnesin” in Moscow where he graduated regular and postgraduate studies at classes of Prof. Yury Dranga and Vladimir Dolgopolov. Besides his accordion study Mr. Vasovic graduated as conductor.In 1988, he started to work at Kragujevac Music School. From that period he started with extraordinary pedagogue activity recognized and respected all around world and today he has more than 250 prizes his pupils took on biggest Serbian and International accordion competitions such as: Klingethal, Castelfidardo, Arrasate, Azzola-Zolotariov, Coupe Mondiale, World Trophy etc. These results are surely the best contribution to the world affirmation of Kragujevac Music School as one of world leaders in education of talented accordionists.

In 1998 Mr. Vasovic started to work at Belgrade Music Academy, department for accordion.

Since March 2002 he works at University of Kragujevac - Faculty of Philology and Arts (Department for Music) as a accordion professor. Also he gave master classes in many towns in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Italia, Spain, Portugal, Great Britain, China…

His former pupils studied and study at most important music academies in Moscow, Kiew, Bratislava, Hannover, Weimar, Duisburg, London, San Sebastian, Helsinki, Copenhagen…

As a member of jury he took part in International competitions Coupe Mondiale, World Trophy, Grand Prix, Moscow, Arrasate, Castelfidardo, Klingenthal etc. 

Paolo Vignani

Italy

Hanzhi WANG

Denmark
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Hanzhi Wang is considered to be one of the shining stars amongst the young upcoming generation of classical accordionists. Despite her young age, she already has a remarkable career, and tours all over the world as soloist and chamber musician. In reviews she is described as "Masterfully", "Technically flawless" and "remarkable stage presence", which adds to her innovative musicianship.

She won the most important competitions for young accordionists by the age of 18, such as the Beijing International accordion competition in China and Klingenthal International accordion competition in Germany. Recently she won two of the absolutely most important accordion competitions for Professional players; The Arrasate International Accordion Competition in Spain (2013), and the Premio category of the International accordion competition in Castelfidardo (2015). 

The success in the competitions has lead to concerts and tours in Germany, Denmark, China, Japan, Sweden, Italy, Belgium, Portugal, Serbia, Monternegro and Taiwan. For the upcoming season, she will play concerts in Denmark, Holland, China, Japan, Taiwan, Serbia and Montenegro, just to name a few. She has also made several TV- and radio appearances in many countries.

With her offensive and yet sensitive performances, Hanzhi Wang has also become very popular amongst contemporary composers. Several of them has dedicated their works to her, such as Martin Lohse (DK) and James Black (UK). 

For inspiring the young accordion generation, she made a lecture and excellent master classes as assistant teacher in the 7th International Summer Campus at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. She was also invited as jury member at the 6th International Digital Accordion Competition of Rome and the International Accordion Festival in Alcobaça, Portugal. 

In 2016 she will release her first solo-cd, with works by Danish composers. The CD is called "In the path of H.C. Andersen", and takes the listener in to the heritage of Danish adventures.

Simone Zanchini

Italy

 

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