The music never stops in the streets of Castelfidardo, capital of the accordion, and to deceive the wait for the 48th edition of the Pif – scheduled from 13 to 17 September – the Auditorium San Francesco is preparing to host, on Thursday 29 June from 7.30 pm, the Pif Off 2023 with an exceptional guest like Cesare Chiacchiaretta.

A true accordion and bandoneon virtuosic, already winner of the Pif 1933, the artist from Abruzzo returns to the Marches after the performance two years ago when he accompanied the former Matia Bazar Silvia Mezzanotte on the piano together with Filippo Arlia playing the historic bandoneon that belonged to Piazzolla as a child, restored by the skilled hands of the Fidardo luthier Rodolfo Spadari and returned to the stage after more than 80 years. Accompanying him will be the string section of the Sanremo Symphony Orchestra, one of the oldest in Italy (117 years of activity), since 2003 the protagonist of the famous Festival organized by Rai, directed by Maestro Giancarlo De Lorenzo.

The program includes pieces by Astor Piazzolla and the Frenchman Richard Galliano, two great innovators of the genre who have been able to ignite interest in bellows instruments. A truly top-level “those waiting for the Pif”. “We wanted to include this Pif Off event in the summer program – explains the Councilor for Culture of the Municipality of Castelfidardo, Ruben Cittadini – to keep attention high on the award and allow the many tourists who are staying on the Conero Riviera to be able to attend and listen to a concert of the highest level, moreover with free admission”.

Chiacchiaretta teaches at the State Conservatory of Music – Institute of Higher Musical Education “Umberto Giordano” in Foggia. He has held masterclasses at the Universities of Missoula (Montana-USA), St. Petersburg (Russia), Loyola University (Los Angeles-USA) and the Central Conservatory of Beijing (CHINA). He has recorded for Decca, Naxos, Concerto, Fonè. He has given over 2,000 concerts in 45 countries around the world. In his notes, the best way to trigger the countdown towards the 2023 International Accordion Prize.