Jury 2015

MOLINELLI Roberto - President

Italy

Roberto MolinelliConductor, composer and violist, Roberto Molinelli began his concert career very young and he won first prizes in national and international competitions.

The master Molinelli has orchestrated some of the most important international successes of Andrea Bocelli as "go with you", "Romanza" and "Song of the Earth", performed all over the world. He also collaborates with artists such as Erwin Schrott, Eddie Daniels, Gustav Kuhn, Cecilia Gasdia, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Nicola Alaimo, Andrea Griminelli, Enrico Dindo.

Many of his premieres have been performed by symphony orchestras in the most important international venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Concerts Euroradio, Ministry of Culture-Rome, Teatro Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, National Chamber Orch. Of Armenia, Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, Teatro de Las Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Auditorium RadioTV Slovenia, The Presidential Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Ankara.

Molinelli directed in Sweden, USA and Rome his work "Montessori" which in 2007 was the protagonist the great Italian actress Valeria Moriconi for the centenary of the world-renowned educator Maria Montessori.

Along with Enrico Montesano, another great Italian actor, paid tribute to the pianist and composer for film and theater Armando Trovajoli bringing in concert symphonic arrangements of his works.

The opera Olympia.2000 Molinelli debuted with great success at the Teatro Pavarotti in Modena in the season 2013/2014.

Molinelli also collaborated with pop artists (Lucio Dalla, Enrico Ruggeri, Alexia, Mario Lavezzi) and has composed music for film and television. An original composition has been chosen as the theme of the advertising campaign for Barilla pasta, broadcast continuously from 1999 to 2006.

He conducted the Orchestra of the RAI Festival Di Sanremo editions in 2005 and 2009, obtaining first place in the vote of the Jury of Quality for the best arrangement. He was also a member and Chairman of the Jury of SanremoLab - Academy of the Sanremo Song for three consecutive years.

Since January 2009 he was Artistic Director for Innovation Symphony Orchestra Rossini.

The recordings of Roberto Molinelli got various awards and rave reviews in the international press: the TV channel RAI International has recently dedicated a special.

AMERIKOVA Yulia

Russia

yulia_amerikovaBorn in 1980 in Moscow, Yulia Amerikova started learning the button accordion in music school when she was 7 years. She finished in 1995 with piano accordion and in 1999, Yulia graduated from the State Musical College Gnessins’.

From 1999 to 2004, Yulia Amerikova studied both piano and button accordions at the Russian Academy of Music, Gnessins’ with one of the finest accordion teachers in the world, the very famous Professor Viatcheslav Semionov.

During her study she won the International Competition “The Teacher and the Pupil”.

Yulia also became the winner of the competition of arrangements for Russian folk instruments orchestra. Her arrangements have been performed by the best folk orchestras – “Ossipov” national academic folk instruments orchestra of Russia, Russian TV and Radio State company folk orchestra.

 

ANZELLOTTI Teodoro

Switzerland

anzellottiTeodoro Anzellotti was born in Italy  and living since he was five in Germany. Studied in Karlsruhe and with Hugo Noth in Trossingen.

He has played as solist with the Orchestre de Opera National de Paris, Tonhalle Zurich, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen,  Bamberger Symphoniker, Münchner Kammerorchester and the Radio Symphony Orchestras in München, Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Köln, Vienna, Turin, Freiburg, Stuttgart, Saarbrücken, Prag, Ljubljana, Bukarest.

He regularly appears as a guest artist at such widely known festivals as Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Lucerne, Schwetzingen, Wien Modern, Biennale di Venezia, Dresden or the Festival d’ Automne in Paris.

More than 350 works by major composers who have written for him as Luciano Berio, Heinz Holliger, Mauricio Kagel, Matthias Pintscher, Salvatore Sciarrino, Jörg Widmann he brought world premiered.

In the next seasons, he will premieres new accordion concerto by Georges Aperghis, Toshio Hosokawa, Marco Stroppa and Wolfgang Rihm.

Voted ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ at the International Award Echo Classic 2011.

Since 1987, he has been professor of accordion at Bern/Suisse University of Music and University of Music in Freiburg/Germany. In addition to the concerts he was a teacher of many now outstanding young accordionist.

 

 

BARAN klaudiusz

Poland

Klaudiusz BaranBorn in Przemysl. In 1995 he graduated from the Academy of Music. Fryderyk Chopin in Warsaw in the class of Prof. Jerzy Jurka. He continued his studies at the Conservatoire "Paul Dukas" in Paris in the class of prof. Max Bonnay'a.

He is the winner of First Prize in the National Accordion Competition in Katowice in 1993, first prize at the International Accordion Competition in Castelfidardo (Italy) in 1997, the first prize at the International Accordion Competition in Paris in 1997

As a soloist he has worked with orchestras Philharmonic, Philharmonic Hall, the Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonic Hall, Rzeszów Philharmonic, Philharmonic Góra, Zielona Góra Philharmonic, Philharmonic Kielce, Szczecin Philharmonic, Kalisz Philharmonic, Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia Orchestra AUKSO, "Capella Bydgostiensis "," Concerto Avenna "Camerata Academia," Capella Premisliensis "Orchestra" Vratislavia, Dresdner Philharmonic, the Philharmonie Greiz-Reichenbach, Philharmonie Meinengen, "Fresco Sonare" Polish Radio Orchestra "Amadeus", Tarnów Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of Plock Symphony Philharmonic Orchestra in Władymirze, Lviv Orchestra "Academy", under the direction of among others. Jerzy Maksymiuk, Tadeusz Wojciechowski, Reinbert de Leeuv, Agnes Duczmal, Michael Nesterowicz, Stefan Fraas, Reinhold Petersen, Zsolt Hamara, Jiri Malata, Charles Oliveri-Munroe, Adam Klocek, Zygmunt Rychert, Lucas Visa, Martin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski, Krzysztof Urbanski, Daniel Raiskin, Stefanos Tsialis, Miroslaw Skoryk, Hector Guzman and others. 

He has worked with artists such as: Roby Lakatos, Ivan Monighetti, Julius Berger, Moncayo von Hase Susana, Tomasz Tomaszewski, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Krzysztof Jablonski, Peter Pławner, Tomasz Strahl, Andrew Bauer, Michael Nagy, Vadim Brodsky, Waldemar Malicki, Paul Gusnar, Royal String Quartet, the Quartet "Bell'Arte". 

In March 2009, he had the opportunity to perform "The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross" by Sofia Gubaidulina in the presence of the composer. 

It is a founding member of bands such as: Tangata Quintet with which he was twice nominated for the Fryderyk Award (2004, 2005), Machina del Tango and DesOrient.

He has performed solo and in chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras in Poland and abroad - in France, Italy, Austria, Ukraine, Russia, Spain, Czech Republic, Germany, Serbia, Slovakia, Lithuania, Estonia, Great Britain, Belarus, Norway, China and Argentina.

He has been invited as a lecturer on international exchange of musical interpretation (Poland, France, Serbia).

In 2003, he released his first album recorded for the author's label SonyClassical of solo and chamber works by Astor Piazzolla, who was awarded the Phonographic Academy "Fryderyk 2003" in the category - "Best Album - chamber music."

He has made numerous recordings for Polish Radio and Television, as well as music for film, theater and entertainment.

He is a professor at the University of Music in Warsaw Frederic Chopin, where in 2002-2005 he served as Head of the Chair of the accordion.

 

BATTISTON Ivano

Italy

Ivano BattistonProfessor of accordion at the "Cherubini" Conservatory of Florence, he studied with Salvatore di Gesualdo, graduating with honors from the Conservatory of Castelfranco Veneto.
In 1978 he won first prize at the XXVIII Trophée Mondial de l'Accordeon and later he also completed diplomas in choral music and bassoon deepening also studying composition with Bruno Coulter.
Guest of the most important musical institutions, Battiston performs as a soloist with orchestras and musicians such as Avi Avital, David Bellugi, Mario Brunello, etc.. He has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Ema Records, Fonit Cetra, Velut Moon, etc.. and has been awarded in several international composition competitions.

 

BjELETIC Miljan

Serbia

MILJAN BJELETICGraduated at National Music Academy “P.I. Chaykovsky” in Kiyev. Associate professor of accordion at Faculty of Art in Nish (Serbia).
Many of his students have won some of the most prestigious international competitions such as the World Trophy, World Cup, Città di Castelfidardo, Klingenthal etc.
He had successful soloist career and was a lecturer on seminars in Europe and Asia.
In 2013 the CIA Confederation International Accordion (Coupe Mondiale) present to him a Merit Award for his pedagogical successes.

BULL Linda

Australia

LINDA BULLLinda began her education in classical music (violin and viola) and subsequenetly received an Honours degree in Policital Science and Italian, teaching at University in Australia for many years.
She moved to Canada in 2003 where she has since delved into traditional styles of music including American old-time music while continuing her research into Italian folk music. She has played music professionally in Vancouver as well as working as a session musician and touring with singer-songwriters both at home and abroad.
Linda is an experienced radio host, producing an Italian music show on CiTR 101.9FM (Give ‘em the boot!) since 2006 and is one of the hosts of the long-running bluegrass and old-time music show In the Pines on CFRO 100.5FM. She is an in-demand music publicist, promoter, translator and booking agent involved in bringing Italian music and musicians to Canada.

CHIACCHIARETTA Cesare

Italy

ChiacchiarettaBorn in Chieti, Cesare Chiacchiaretta devoted himself to the study of the accordion at a very young age, taking up the bandoneon later. He studied under Maestro Claudio Calista at the Music Academy of Pescara, graduating with distinction at the “N. Piccinni” Conservatory of Bari in 1995.
Later, he perfected his skills under renowned maestros such as Max and Christiane Bonnay, Vladimir Zubitsky and Mogens Ellegaard. Cesare Chiacchiaretta has performed for the most prestigious concert institutions in Italy and abroad (France, Russia, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, Croatia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Spain, etc.) both as a soloist and in several chamber music ensembles.
In 2005 he made their debut in the prestigious Grand Hall of Saint Petersburg Academic Philarmonic achieving such great success that he was immediately asked to play for the following two years.
He was awarded many prizes at the most important national and international competitions for soloists and chamber music ensembles. In 1993, he won the first prize at the “Città di Castelfidardo” international competition. No other Italian musician has ever won this prize since. In 1991, he was chosen to be the only Italian representative at the Unesco C.I.A.I.M.C. World Cup.
In 1993, he was invited to represent Italy at the 43th Accordion World Trophy in Setubal, Portugal. His great interest in chamber music leads him to collaborate with renowned musicians and actors such as Corrado Giuffredi, Lorna Windsor, Danilo Rossi, Giuseppe Ettorre, Nando Gazzolo, Arnoldo Foà, Elio, Rino Vernizzi, Massimo Mercelli and ensembles such as Cuarteto del Angel, Trio sin Palabras, Quartetto Mahagonny, exploring the most varied repertoires.
He has been playing as part of the accordion quartet Accord’Ance since its formation, holding many concerts and achieving important results at international competitions. He has recorded for many radio and television broadcasters in Italy and abroad (Rai Uno, Radiotre, Tv Korea, Tv Romania, etc.).
He has always been passionate about Astor Piazzolla’s music of which he is a real connoisseur. As a soloist, he has played with major orchestras and conductors ( particularly worthy of note is the collaboration with the Kaunas Chamber Orchestra-Lithuania conducted by Pavel Berman and, most of all, the Orchestra Vox Aurae conducted by the famous Cuban Maestro Leo Brouwer), performing the most significant solo works composed for his instrument.
In 2006, he played at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, with the Orchestra Sinfonica “L. Cherubini” conducted by Maestro Riccardo Muti, performing Nino Rota’s music. The passion he transmits when teaching has led his students to achieve significant results at the most important international competitions.
He is currently an accordion teacher at the Conservatory “A. Boito” in Parma

COSTA Tino

Portugal

Tino COSTATino Costa, with 49 years of career, has been playing in Western Europe, Africa, North America and South America, in Shows and Radio programs and Television.
Natural of Lagos, Portugal, studied Music, Accordion and Organ, in the Universal Academy of Accordion, with the teacher Anatólio Falé. He recorded 50 Singles, 8 LP's, 4 CD's and 15 K7's with traditional Accordion and Accordion midi.
In 1999, he played in XIº European Meeting of Accordion in Chartres, France.
In 2002, he played at the Teatro Astra and was Jury at the Premium International of Accordion,
in Castelfidardo, Italy.
In 2004 he was President of the Jury at the Premium International of Accordion, in Castelfidardo, Italy.
In 2006, with 40 years of career, Ovation edited 1 CD and 1 K7, " Portugal Music ".
In 2008, he received the "Gold Medal" and the "Diploma of Honour", the City of Lagos.
In 2009, with 43 years of career, Espacial, edited 1 CD and 1 K7, "The Best of Tino Costa."
In 2010 and 2011, was President of the Jury of the Pastime RTP, "King or Queen of the Accordion".
In 2013, the Rotary Club of Mafra, distinguished him as the Professional Artist of the Year.
In 2014, the Rotary Club of Lagos, distinguished him as the Professional Artist of the Year.
In addition to the Spectacles, also gives Music lessons, Accordion and Organ.


DEL FAVERO Andrea

Italy

Del Favero AndreaAndrea del Favero began his musical career in 1982 with the group The Sedon Salvadie, one of the oldest groups in activity in the Italian folk, which still plays today.
With Sedon Salvadie in 1986 he recorded a now historic first album, The gray and moscje, with some young musicians (Giulio Venier, Glauco Toniutti, Emma and Marisa Montanari Scuntaro) interact with the most significant musicians of traditional Friuli.
Between 1988 and 1990 he was part of Current, an Irish-Italian band, while in 1993 it was the turn of Faliscjes, along with Silvio Orlandi, Marco Zoletto and ethnomusicologist and musician Istrian Dario Marusic, with investments also assiduous musician's traditional Friulian Slavia, Liso Iussa, Lino Straulino and Paul Bradley.
In April 1995, he was awarded the prize of  Moret d'aur, a prestigious award for the hard work in favor of the traditional music of Friuli.
Even with the Sedon Salvadie sees the light in 1995 Stories, in 1996 and 1997 took part in the project Adio, Leon!, a collaboration between the groups Calicanto, The Sedon Salvadie and Abies Alba to celebrate the bicentennial of the fall of the Republic of Venice.
Released in 2001, the book Villotte and popular songs of Friuli, containing nearly a hundred transcriptions of traditional Friuli, with simple notation for educational use, published by The Library of Demeter, with an attached compact disc with thirty pieces performed by the Sedon Salvadie. Shortly after participating in the making of the album Scric Bic Scarabic, edited by Giulio Venier: an anthology of recordings collected in the field over a period of twenty years.
He is the artistic director, since the first edition (in 1979, as Fieste of chenti), of Folkest summer festival, the largest folk festival in the South Europe.
During the winter of 2005 she gave birth to a new musical project called Tischlbong, along with his old friend and Lino Straulino singer, violinist and percussionist Peter Pellegrini Fulvia Sponton, to which is added the Austrian singer-songwriter Ed Schnabl, dedicated to the music and culture of Timau, a small village in the municipality of Paluzza at the foot of the Monte Carnian, where about two hundred people still speak an archaic dialect of German sounding unique.
Since the summer of 2009 with a new trio, formed together with Dario Marusic Tuscan and guitarist and singer Giulio D'Agnello, explores the intersections between the repertoire of Fabrizio De André and music Occitan troubadour of the matrix. In this training you recently added guitarist Meme Lucarelli with D'Agnello divides the experience in the group Tuscan Mediterranean.

DJOKIC Dragan

Serbia

Djokic-2015Dragan Djokic began his musical studies at the age of 14 years at the Conservatory in Kragujevac (Serbia) with Professor Radomir Tomic. He has won prizes at several competitions, including He won first prize at the national competition in Pula (Category: concert performer) with Next-line for Coup Mondiale in Venezuela.

Further study in Bratislava (Slovakia) with Prof. Marta Szökeova at the State Academy of Music. Dragan Djokic has graduated with honors. From 1988 to 1990 he was a lecturer at the Belgrade Conservatory in professional accordion and chamber music. As a scholarship holder of the DAAD got Dragan Djokic 1990-1994 studying under Professor Hugo Noth in Trossingen. He graduated with honors the artistic training. Since 2005 he has been a lecturer at the Music Academy in Villingen-Schwenningen and freelance artist with appearances throughout Europe. Dragan Djokic is also in demand as a jury member at several international competitions for accordion and chamber music.
With the Symphony him has a close cooperation: The Piccola Camerata ensemble led by him occurs more often in concerts of the symphony orchestra.

 

DMITRIEV Alexander

Russia

DOUYEZ Olivier

Belgium

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

 

FLAMMINI Dario

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.

FREIRE Anìbal

Portugal

 Freire


Aníbal Freire was the first portuguese accordion player to achieve the title of Champion of the World in 1972 and then in 1974. He's an international member of the jury and invited to give accordion masterclasses in Portugal and another countrys. Aníbal Freire teaches at Music Institut Vitorino Matono, in Lisbon, he's the founder and president of Accordion Association of Alcobaça/Portugal and founder/musical director of Typic and Choral Orchester of Alcobaça.

As a teacher, he has achieved great results with his students on a national and international level.

He's a composer and artistic director/organizer of International Week of Accordion which have been an open door to take the best accordion players of the world to Portugal and an exceptional tool to promote this amazing instrument in his country

GEMELLI Marco

Italy

Marco GemelliMarco Gemelli born in Penne (PE) in 1983 and began studying classical accordion at age 7 with Maestro Claudio Calista and continues with Maestro Cesare Chiacchiaretta.

He graduated with highest honors from the Conservatory "Luisa D'Annunzio" of Pescara under the guidance of Maestro Claudio Jacomucci.

Twins won the first prize in many 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, Marche Loreto (AN), Poggio Rusco (MT), Spoltore (PE), Tollo (CH).

In 2003 he won the prize as best Italian participant in the International Accordion Prize "Città di Castelfidardo".

In 2004 and 2006 Gemelli represents Italy at the World Cup Classic Accordion "CIA - IMC - UNESCO" held respectively in Pontarlier (France) and Asker (NORWAY).

He holds many concerts as an accordionist and bandoneon player and performed in the most important National and International Festival with orchestras and chamber as Accord'Ance, Orchestra of Italian Switzerland, Alma de Tango Orquestra, Cuarteto del Misterio, the Philharmonic Quartet "Mihail Jora" of Bacau (Romania), Trio Sin Palabras, Bajan Trio, Quartet Portango.

He teaches accordion at the Civic School of Music in San Giovanni Teatino (CH), the Comprehensive School of Spoltore (PE) and the Institute of Higher Education Music "PITchaikovsky" Nocera Terinese (CZ)

GIACCAGLIA Emiliano

Italy

GiaccagliaOKPianist, he graduated with honors in 1994 under the guidance of Maestro Bruno Bizzarri, at the Conservatory "G. Rossini" in Pesaro and later graduated to two years of interpretation and composition at the Conservatory of Fermo GBPergolesi, under the M ° Enrico Belli. . He performs as a soloist and in various chamber ensembles, playing in important events. 
Always as a soloist he has performed with the 'string ensemble The Court Swabian and over again with the' Pesaro Symphony Orchestra, also on the occasion of the visit of Pope John Paul II at Loreto. Since 1994 he is interested in the music of Argentina, in particular by Astor Piazzolla, studying with Maestro Hugo Aisemberg in 1999 and winning the contest of musical performance in Macerata Feltria (PU). In 1992 he obtained the qualification of "Pianist Trainer for Children" is allocated by the European Social Fund after attending a course organized by the School of Music "Lino Liviabella" of Macerata, in the years 1996-97 the Seminar on "Rhythm and Solmisazione- pedagogical thinking of Zoltan Kodaly "held by M ° More. He attended the seminar on the music of '900 M ° Bruno Canino in Ravenna, seminars interpretation of Maestro Riccardo Recovered in Recanati, Masters Franco Gulli and Enrica Cavallo on the sonatas for violin piano in Reggio Emilia, M ° Bruno Bizzarri in the 'field of "Seminars intenazionali of Macerata. Carries out an intense didactic activity at the Civic School of Music "P.Soprani" Castelfidardo, where he currently holds the position of Artistic Director, former professor at the Civic School of Music "B.Gigli" of Recanati taking 2002-2004 as well Seminars summer at the Academy of Feronia San Severino Marche, where he also held in 2004 2005 Seminars summer of Improvement, and in Macerata at the music School "L. Liviabella "while since 2006 the course" Physiology of piano technique "in 'field Seminars Internazionali.Viene invited as a juror in national competitions and internazionali.Ha recorded for RAI 2 and RAI 3 Many of his students have won national and international competitions . He performs regularly with the duo along with Michelangelo '70 violinist Michele Torresetti.

HERMOSA Gorka

Spain

HERMOSA GorkaPablo Zinger (Piazzolla`s ex-pianist) said: "Gorka Hermosa`s music impressed me for his originality, his atmosphere and his virtuosity: makes of the word crossover an intense reality. He`s a very talented musician to look very close". Born in 1976 in Urretxu (Basque Country), he is a very multifaceted musician: accordion player, composer, teacher, writer, publisher,…

Gorka Hermosa was the first Spanish accordionist to play as soloist with an symphonic orchestra (the Spanish National Radio and TV orchestra and after more than 12 times with other different orchestras), he often appears in Spanish TV and radio shows and gives concerts all around Europe (Finland, Norway, Estonia, Germany, Slovenia, Switzerland, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain). He has played first time more than 20 works for accordion of Spanish composers. He has also played varied musical styles including flamenco, fado, folk, pop-rock, jazz, techno, fusion… playing with musicians as Paquito D`Rivera (Grammy Awarded), Javier Peixoto (Madredeus), Pablo Zinger, Ara Malikian, La Mari (Chambao), Luis Auserón (Radio Futura), Carmen París, José Luis Montón, Germán Díaz, Baldo Martínez, Carlos Soto (Celtas Cortos), Nacho Mastretta, India Martínez...

As classical composer, his works are very often played by players of the 5 continents (U.S.A., Brazil, China, New Zealand, Madagascar, Russia, Lithuania, Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Slovenia, Bosnia, Serbia, Portugal, Spain...), including some of the winners of the most important accordion competitions (Grayson Masefield, Dorin Grama, Alexander Verettenikov, Iñigo Aizpiolea, Martinas Levickis, Julien Gonzales...) and other known players such as Alexander Selivanov, Yulia Amerikova, Helmut C. Jacobs or Renzo Ruggieri. His works have also been played in the graduation exams of the most important conservatories of the world (Moscow, London, Pekin, Shangai, Trossingen...).

He has published 3 own CDs, mostly with his compositions, and has made more than 20 discographical collaborations. He has written 4 books about the accordion and has given conferences about the history of the accordion in Macedonia, Italy and Spain. At present he is the accordion teacher of the “Jesús de Monasterio” Musical Conservatory of Santander.

HORÁK Ladislav

Czech Republic

HORÁK-foto-2014Ladislav Horák (1966) is a graduate of the Prague Conservatory and the West Bohemia University in Plzen (Prof. Jaroslav Vlach). While still a student, he won the national competition in Hořovice (1990) and garnered successes at international competitions in Andorra, Italy and Spain (1987–1990). He performs as a soloist, chamber player and accompanied by orchestras (the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc, North Bohemia Philharmonic Teplice, Prague Philharmonia, Suk Chamber Orchestra) and has regularly appeared at prestigious festivals in North America, Asia and throughout Europe. He is a champion of and has given premieres of pieces by contemporary Czech and foreign composers, which he has recorded for Czech and international radio stations (Czech Radio, Klassikradio, Classical WQED). His label Edition Rondo Prague has released a dozen CDs. One of the most renowned promoters of Italy’s Borsini. He represents the Czech accordion school in international organizations (La Confederation Mondialede l’Accordeon, European Accordion Federation) and as a chairman of juries of international competitions (Castelfidardo, Innsbruck, Pula, Poprad, Bruchsal, St. Petersburg). He is the only accordionist from Central Europe invited to sit on the juries of the prestigious German competitions Deutscher-Akkordeon-Musikpreis and Deutsche-Orchesterwettbewerb. In Prague he is artistic director of the European Accordion Orchestras Festival and International Accordion Days. Since the 1990s, he has taught at the Prague Conservatory, since 2005 he has been its vice-director. For more than 15 years, he headed the accordion department at the largest South Bavaria private school, in Regen. He has been invited to lead accordion master classes in Andorra, Castelfidardo (Italy), at the Conservatorio Funchal (Madeira), the Music Academies in Lodz (Poland) and Budapest, the Royal Academies in Aarhus (Denmark) and Stockholm (Sweden), and the Steinhardt University in New York (USA).

JBANOV Roman

Russia

roman_jbanovHe begins his studies in Ukraine and complete them in Siberia and gets lots of prizes in all competitions in his country. A graduate of the Conservatory of Novosibirsk, gets the prize of the Cutura and Arts for his concert programs. He gives concerts from St Petersburg to Beijing as a soloist with the Great Russian People's Orchestra. In 1997, the award-winning in major international competitions, choose 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 JS Bach to Russian folklore.

KARAKUTOVSKA Zorica

Macedonia

Zorica KarakutovskaZorica Karakutovska (1975) started playing accordion at age of 8. After finishing primary music school department accordion, she continued her musical studies at the Music High School “D-r Vojislav Vuckovic” Belgrade, Serbia. By this time, Zorica was already a prize-winner of different national competitions. 

After graduating, she continued her accordion studies at the Faculty of Music Skopje (class Prof.Vojin Vasovic). In January 2004, she acquired the degree of the Master of Arts.

Since 2002, Zorica has been working as the professor of accordion and chamber music at the National Academy of Music Skopje. She started her pedagogic work in 1995 at the State Music Ballet School Centre “Ilija Nikolovski-Luj” Skopje. Since then, her students have won more then 200 prestigious awards at numerous national and international competitions. Together they had realized many successful performances on the concert stages both at home and abroad (Luxembourg, Finland, Portugal, France, Italy, Serbia, Czech, Croatia, Bulgaria, USA etc).

Zorica is the President of the Association of Accordionists “Ljubiteli na klasicnata muzika” Skopje which is a member of the International Confederation of Accordionists (CIA, member of the International Music Council of UNESCO).

Prof.Zorica Karakutovska is a winner of the prestigious award ‘13th November’ of the City of Skopje, presented for outstanding achievements of musical education and culture. By the Association of Music and Ballet pedagogues from the Republic of Macedonia she was rewarded for many years’ successful work in the field of music pedagogy.

As a performer, she has played at all prestigious manifestations in Macedonia. She is a collaborator – accordionist of the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra. 

As a representative of the Republic of Macedonia, she participate in the work of professional juries at numerous prestigious competition all over Europe. Since 1995, she has been a jury at all national competitions for solo accordion and chamber music.

Zorica is still active on the concert stage. She is a member of the Macedonian accordion trio AkordioM together with Bojan Volchevski and Filip Stamevski, Zorica’s former students, now her colleagues. 

In June 2015, Trio AkordioM had their American Debut in New York – USA. Excerpt from the concert review by Kevin Friedrich, CIA Ambassador: "Each a virtuoso in their own right, the dynamic and skillful ensemble, Trio AkordioM engaged the audience in a captivating musical journey as they delivered their concert with technical prowess and engaging charisma. From the delicate transparency of Mozart to the magnificent orchestral grandeur of Elmer Bernstein's ‘Magnificent Seven’, from Piazzolla's intricate ‘Fuga Y Misterio’, to the entertaining arrangement of Strauss's ‘Radetzky March’, the trio awed the audience with their musicality and elegantly presented interpretations."

KRIZMAN Igor

Croatia

krizman igorHe born in 1983 in Pula. Elementary education and upper ends at the music school Ivan Matetić-Ronjgov in Pula, in the class of prof. Orhida Antunovic. He graduated from the Department of Music at the University of Pula, in the class of prof. Slavko Magdic. After studying in Pula continuing education at HMTM in Hanover (Germany) with Prof. Elsbeth Moser, where he completed his postgraduate studies. At the same time he attended master classes by famous virtuosos and pedagogues Accordion: S. Hussong, M. Rantanen, I. Alberdi, O. Murray, V. Semenov, R. Tomić, A. Skliarov, P. D. Modrušan J. Soave Djordjevic, M. Bjeletic ...

He won the prestigious DAAD scholarship for artists in 2009 and 2010, and his education was supported by grants from the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia and the city of Pula.

From 1997 - 2010 he participated with great success and has won numerous awards as a soloist, a member of several chamber ensembles and orchestras in national and international competitions in Pula, Rijeka, Bjelovar, Varazdin, Dubrovnik, Sibenik and Zagreb (Croatia) and Castelfidardo Erbezzo (Italy), Klingethal and Cologne (Germany), Lorient (France), Prague (Czech Republic).

As a soloist, member of chamber ensembles and orchestras he has performed in many European countries, as part of music festivals including: Niedersächsische Musiktage and Classics Braunschweig (Germany), RE Music and Pristina International Young Music Festival (Albania), Tribune music (Croatia) and other. Among the concert halls where he performed are the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Academie der Künste in Berlin, the Slovenian Philharmonic and others. With the string orchestra "Amadeo" from Slovenia he appeared as a soloist in the concert cycle "international artists" in Loka (Slovenia) 2013. He participated in the first performances of works by composers Đeni Dekleva-Radakovic, Sanja Drakulić, Bashkim Shehu Damir Buzleta, Art Zeqiraj, Wolfgang Fernow.

Since 2010 teaches classical accordion and chamber music at the Academy of Music at the University of Pula Pula. And the president of the organizing committee and vice chairman of the music committee of the competition "International meeting of accordionists in Pula". Artistic and organizational head of the International Summer School of accordion in Pula. And 'member of the jury in national and international competitions: The Croatian competition for accordion (Daruvar), International meeting of accordionists in Pula (Pola), Mixed international competition of all instruments and singing "Bistrički zvukolik" (Marija Bistrica), Star Trails (Novi Sad)

LENKO Boris

Germany

Boris LenkoAs a graduate of the Žilina Conservatorium (Anton Pittner) and the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava (Marta Szökeová), his international career took off after successfully competing in various competitions, mainly after winning in Andrezieux-Boutheon in 1987. In the nineties he was already ranked as one of the most established Slovak artists, performing regular concerts and making recordings.
Boris Lenko is one of those rare kinds of versatile musicians who perform everything ranging from the Classical repertoire, contemporary serious music, through various cross-over projects (Požoň sentimentál, Phurikane giľa, ALEA, Chassidic Songs) up to jazz (Triango).
He incorporated many innovative elements into the accordion repertoire in Slovakia, mainly by introducing works by significant personalities of the post-war American and European scene (J. Zorn, M. Kagel, M. Lindberg, G. Klucevsek, L. v Vierk, L. Berio, M. Sørensen) and premiering and initiating new Slovak works (J. Beneš, P. Zagar, M. Burlas, P. Machajdík, I. Zeljenka, I. Szeghy, M. Piaček, J. Iršai, Ľ. Burgr, L. Kupkovič…). He regulary performs at contemporary music festivals – Evenings of New Music and the festival Melos-Ethos. In 2001, for the first time in the history of the festival, he performed a full evening accordion-recital at Bratislava Music Days. A year later he performed for the first time at the prominent contemporary music festival Warsaw Autumn.
Boris Lenko became a pioneer with his introduction of the works of A. Piazzolla in Slovakia and in 2001 he established the chamber ensemble ALEA (accordion, violin, piano and double bass), concertrating on the interpretation of Piazzolla´s music. Lenko´s fascination with the Argentinian tango has led to co-operation with Peter Breiner in the exceptionally successful project Triango.

Boris Lenko also devotes himself to his own compositions and is a senior lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava. In May 2014 he has been appointed as a Professor of Music Arts.

LUCINI Luca

Italy

Luca LuciniLuca Lucini, Salò, born in 1971 and began studying classical guitar at age eight. It improved with the masters Giampaolo Bandini and Giovanni Puddu, then follows several master classes with musicians such as Paul Pegoraro, Aniello Desiderio, Alvaro Pierri, Tilmann Hoppstock, Oscar Ghiglia and the Trio di Parma.
Winner of several competitions, concerts side is engaged as a soloist and chamber musician, collaborating with musicians such as violinist Marco Fornaciari, Director José Luis Basso, Nobuhiko Asaeda violinist, accordionist Yuri Shiskin.
He has performed in Europe and in America and Asia playing in prestigious concert halls such as Reviews: LXVII season of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, chamber season 2005-2006 of the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, Festival Internacional de Guitarra Durango in Mexico, Malta arts festival 2013 "Weekends Mozart" Ravello Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, Surgut (Siberia) International Music Festival, the International Guitar Festival "Paganini" of Parma, the International Guitar Festival of Friuli Venezia Giulia.
Together with bandoneon player Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi, he performed in prestigious music festivals and music-theater performances, collaborating with artists such as Tonino Guerra, Ivano Marescotti and Luca Pagliari. Always with the same training it is recently released a CD entitled "el tan (g) or" Piazzolla, Ramirez, Scarpino Caldarella, Schiffrin, Bacalov and Falloni. She collaborates with the famous poet and screenwriter Tonino Guerra in the recording of the documentary film "Journey of a bright life". Lead guitar on the soundtrack of the film "Romeo & Juliet" podotto by RAI on the soundtrack by Andrea Guerra.
Some composers who dedicated the compositions, including the Pescara Andrea Scarpone with a concerto for guitar and string orchestra entitled "Strings" and vibonese Fabio Conocchiella always with a concerto for guitar and string orchestra entitled "Flows".
Artistic director of the festival "Musical afternoons of Salo" and courses of high specialization of Tignale and teaches at the school civic "The Churches" of Storo and the music school "San Carlo" Salo.

MAZZONI Massimo

Italy

MORNET Jacques

France

JacquesMornet2Jacques Mornet, who started playing the Accordion at an early age, quickly discovered and developed a passion for teaching . He first was conductor then Director of the Local LE THOR music School, in the south of France, from 1963 to 1992. He created classes where students can play wind instruments like the Flute, Saxo, Trumpet....

And quickly he correlated the wind instruments with the Accordion and elaborated a very innovative and efficient educational technique.

His students participated brilliantly to the greatest international competitions: World Cup, World Trophy, Castelfidardo, Klingenthal, ... This educational technique received great honors worldwide. On june 2014, his students have won 103 first prizes in international contests, in classical and entertainement music.
 Jacques Mornet is member of many international committees. He trains students and teaches Master Classes all over the World.
He is a professor at the famous “Schola Cantorum” in Paris.

He has been the Founder of CNIMA in 1995 where he did a lot of research and gathered a team following his steps and strengthening the position of the Center as “an Experimental School.”

Jacques Mornet is vice-president of the Confédération Mondiale de l’Accordéon (CMA).

MURRAY Owen

UK

Owen MurrayBorn in Scotland, Owen Murray studied with Mogens Ellegaard at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. He graduated in 1982 and returned to Great Britain where he campaigned, through his playing and teaching, for the acceptance of the accordion at conservatory level. In 1986 he was invited by the Royal Academy of Music in London to establish an accordion department, and appointed Professor - the first appointment of its kind in the UK. Under his dedicated tutelage, a distinguished line of young players has contributed significantly to the accordion’s continuing development, many of his students winning prestigious competitions and embarking on successful careers themselves.
He has inspired not only a new generation of young performers, but has also commissioned a considerable body of works from British composers.
He conferment of an Hon.RAM in 1993 – the Academy’s highest honour, is testimony enough to Owen Murray’s success on the concert platform and pays tribute to the success with which he has fully integrated the accordion into the life and work of one of the world’s leading music conservatories. Past recipients of the Hon.RAM have included Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, José Carreras, Pablo Casals, Yehudi Menuhin, Oliver Messiaen, Itzhak Perlman, Mstislav Rostropovich, Leonard Slatkin and Alfred Schnittke.
Owen Murray has performed at many of the world's leading festivals and with many of the world's leading orchestras.

NUNN Patrick

England

NUNN_MG_8764Patrick Nunn (b.1969, Kent, UK) studied composition with Frank Denyer at Dartington College of Arts, Gary Carpenter at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, and Simon Bainbridge and Jonathan Harvey whilst completing his PhD in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music (funded by a PRS Scholarship).

He has been the recipient of many awards including the Birmingham New Millennium prize for Sentiment of an Invisible Omniscience (2010), the Alan Bush prize for Transilient Fragments (2008), a British Composers Award (solo/duet category) for Mercurial Sparks, Volatile Shadows (2006), and the BBC Radio 3 Composing for Children prize for Songs of Our Generation (1995). His work Pareidolia I for bass clarinet, electronics and sensors (Sonic Arts category, 2012) was the most recent of seven shortlisted works for the British Composers Awards.

Patrick’s music has been performed widely in the UK and on the continent and has featured at more than fifty festivals worldwide, most recently at IRCAM in Paris. He has worked with a diverse range of collaborators, including the BBC Concert Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Bellowhead, Kreutzer Quartet, Thalia Myers, Zubin Kanga, Piano Circus, Icebreaker, Ballet Rambert, Gogmagogs, New London Children’s Choir and the Tempest Flute Trio. 

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Under the auspices of Tod Machover (MIT), Nunn, in his role as Hyperbow Researcher at the Royal Academy of Music, wrote two new works incorporating Diana Young’s (MIT) Hyperbow design: Gaia Sketches for solo cello and live electronics (finalist in the New Media category, British Composers Awards 2006); and Fata Morgana for cello, ensemble and live electronics. Nunn presented the collaborative process between composer and engineer in a research paper alongside Young at the 2006 NIME conference at IRCAM. His recent collaboration, Morphosis with Zubin Kanga, incorporated 3D sensors on the pianist’s hands and was presented at the 2015 ‘Inventing Gestures’ symposium as part of IRCAM’s Manifeste Festival.

As part of his extensive work as an educator, Nunn currently holds the position of Lecturer in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music. His music is published by Cadenza Music and the ABRSM, and features on 21st Century Bow (Royal Academy of Music), Music of the Spheres (Red Sock Records) and Prism (NMC). A new album titled Morphosis showcasing his small-scale works is due to be released late 2015.

OUELLET Raynald

Canada

oulletRaynald Ouellet learned to play the accordion at the age of 2. "It's not an unusual instrument in this area," he says. "I grew up with this instrument so the sound is very natural to me," he says.
Born in Montreal, he would travel with his family to Montmagny on weekends for folk-music festivals. In school, the accordion wasn't on the curriculum so he studied the cello. It didn't compare.
When he graduated, he formed a folk band called Eritage. They were moderately successful - touring around the province, and releasing an album in 1985 produced by Canadian folk musician Stan Rogers.
But one by one, his band mates married, had children and quit. Mr. Ouellet decided to move to Montmagny, his mother's hometown, where, by his own estimation, he has 300 relatives.
Mr. Ouellet, now 53, worked as a woodworker while honing his skills as a musician. He founded the World Accordion Festival, the Accordion Museum and later Accordéon Mélodie, an accordion factory. Asked if the accordion was his whole life, Mr. Ouellet doesn't pause before answering "Yes, I think so." He owns approximately 65 accordions.
"The accordion will definitely make a comeback," he predicts. "We are trying to revive it gradually."

PITOCCO Massimiliano

Italy

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

Winner of numerous international competitions Accordion, including the first prize in Castelfidardo (ed. 86 and 88) and the second prize at the "World Cup" held in Switzerland (ed. 89). He's often invited to conferences and seminars as well as to preside over juries of the most important international competitions.
He also plays Bandoneòn, especially to the 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 and recorded numerous soundtracks for film and television and film recorded several compact discs for record labels Dynamic Fonola, Sculptures d 'Aria, Riovoalto-Ducale, Wide, Azur.

He's Professor of Accordion at the Conservatory "Santa Cecilia" in Rome.

QING Cao Xiao

China

Cao Xiao QingBorn in 1965 in Tianjin VR.China, Cao Xiao-Qing began accordion lessons at the age of 5 years. 
He gave his first public recital in Beijing and he studied at the Academy of Music in Tianjin with Professor Wang Yu-Ping. Thanks to its excellent academic achievements he soon had the opportunity to receive instruction by many accordionists in Beijing and Tianjin.
In 1987 he received the first Price of the All China Accordion Competition in China and he won the competition for young artists in the city of Tianjin. 
After a short time as assistant in China, he received permission to study with a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service in Germany as the first Chinese accordion.
In Germany he studied with Prof. Elsbeth Moser and for some years he was professor at the University of Music and Theatre in Hanover.
Since 2003 he is professor at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing / China.
He won the first Prize at the 7th German Accordion Music Award in Baden-Baden for the 1997 edition and the first prize at the International Accordion Competition "Città di Castelfidardo" Castelfidardo” in Italy.

RANIERI Adriano

Italy

Foto-Adriano-Ranieri-per-CastelfidardoAdriano Ranieri, accordion, bandoneon player, pianist, was born in Lanciano (CH) April 14, 1977 and teaches accordion at the "L. D'Annunzio "of Pescara.

He began studying accordion with Maestro Pasquale De Rosa and continues with Maestro Claudio Calista.

He graduated many times. In 1998 he graduated with honors from the Conservatory "N. Piccinni "in Bari (teacher Maestro Massimiliano Pitocco). Subsequently, with 110/110 and praise, get the Academic Degree of II level in "Musical Disciplines" at the "S. Cecilia "in Rome.

In 1999 he graduated in piano at the "L. D'Annunzio "of Pescara (M ° Marco Moresco). At the same Conservatory in deepens glistudi of Composition and Conducting, and in 2003, he graduated in Music Teaching.

He performs as a soloist, in chamber ensembles and orchestras.

As a musician, he has collaborated with the Teatro Stabile "C. Goldoni "of Venice, 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 RAI National Symphony Orchestra of 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.

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

Ranieri has won 88 national and international competitions of accordion including Castelfidardo (1994) and Teramo 2002 (where he received the plaque of the President of the Italian Republic).

In 2012 he founded the "Rosa's Quartet" with italian musicians teaching at the Conservatory "L. Refice "of Frosinone: Adriano Ranieri (accordion and bandoneon), Ettore Belli (viola), Gilda Buttà (official pianist of the great composer and conductor Ennio Morricone), Luca Cola (bass). Some of the most important contemporary composers from Italy, Europe and outside Europe, have beautiful pages written specifically for the modern quartet all dedicated to his mother Rose, who died prematurely.

RANTANEN Matti

Finland

Rantanen MattiMatti Rantanen (b.1952) is one of the leading  figures on the international classical accordion scene. He began playing  at the age of five, first studying privately with Lasse Pihlajamaa. He graduated from the University of Helsinki with degree in musicology, pedagogics and aesthetics in 1974.He studied also  at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen under Mogens Ellegaard  the following springtime. After successes in various national competitions, Matti Rantanen was twice winner of the Nordic Accordion  Compettion, 1969 and 1970. His recital debut was at Jyväskylä Summer festival in 1971 and has since given concerts in most countries of Europe, the U.S.A. and Canada. He has performed as a soloist and a chamber musician at many international music festivals around the world including Amsterdam, Moscow, Toronto, Reykjavik, Paris, Budapest, Helsinki, Kuhmo, Savonlinna, Viitasaari, Naantali.

Among the many celebrated musicians he has worked  with can be named conductors Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sakari Oramo, Jorma Panula, Juha Kangas, John Storgårds,  percussionist Tim Ferchen, flutist Mikael Helasvuo, barytone Jorma Hynninen, clarinetist Kari Kriikku, harpsichordist Jukka Tiensuu, cellist Marko Ylönen  and  New Helsinki- and Jean Sibelius-quartets.

Matti Rantanen`s playing has inspired over 30  Finnish composers to write for accordion. Among of them are Einojuhani Rautavaara, Aulis Sallinen, Magnus Lindberg, Jukka Tiensuu, Harri Wessman, Jouni Kaipainen, Erkki Jokinen, Timo-Juhani Kyllönen, Per-Henrik Nordgren, Heikki Valpola, Jarmo Sermilä, Ilkka Kuusisto, Tapio Tuomela, Tapio Nevanlinna, Otto Romanowski, Harri Vuori.  This collaboration has  resulted in more than100 first performances of new Finnish works, many of which  he has  recorded on various disc labels.

When the Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki made the decision to accept the accordion in 1977, Matti Rantanen was appointed the head of accordion studies. His school has built up an great international reputation and its students have won many first prizes in international competitions. In 1996 the Sibelius-Academy appointed him Teacher of the Year. Among his students there have been Marjut Tynkkynen, Helka Kymäläinen, Heidi Velamo, Kimmo Mattila, Pasi Hirvonen,  Mika Väyrynen, Elina Leskelä, Reijo Ahonen, Mikko Luoma, Petri Makkonen, Kylli Möls, Janne Rättyä, Veli Kujala, Ari Lehtonen,

Janne Valkeajoki, Petteri Waris and among foreign students  for example Margit Kern, Inaki Alberdi, David Farmer, Primoz Parovel, Raimundas Sviackevicius, Andrea Kiefer, Denis Patkovic, Klemen Leben, Vincent Lhermet,

Matti Rantanen has held master classes in  Germany, Spain, Italy, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Russia, Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Austria, Liethuania, Estonia and been visiting professor at the Trossingen Music Academy  in Germany, the Royal Music Academy in Copenhagen and the Royal Academy of Music in London.

RIGANELLI Christian

Italy

riganelliChristian Riganelli was born in Recanati and began studying accordion with Maestro P.Picchio.
He graduated with honors in classical accordion at the Conservatory "N. Piccinni" in Bari, under the guidance of Maestro M.Pitocco. He continued his studies at the Conservatory "GB Pergolesi" in Fermo, where he earned a degree in Music Education and Postgraduate Diploma level to address interpretation-composition with Maestro R.Centazzo.
He attended master classes and musical interpretation in Italy and abroad, with the masters C.Jacomucci, P.Soave, M.Ellegard and C.Rojac.
He has performed in France, Germany, Denmark, England, Czech Republic, Brazil, Argentina and Japan at major international festivals.
He has collaborated with Vinicio Capossela, Riccardo Tesi and David Rion.
He premiered "The function of the centenary" by Roberto De Simone, cantata for tenor and meta-historical accordion solo, double male choir and band, during the 37th edition of "Settembre al Borgo" in the Cathedral of Casertavecchia.
He released the CD "Livin God", a collection of poetry readings and songs inspired by sacred music, in collaboration with the Marche Region.
He has participated as a performer and composer in theater inspired FGLorca, D.Buzzati, L.Pirandello, G.Leopardi.
He has collaborated with the Piccolo Teatro of Milan in the show "The history of abandoned doll" Brecht-Sastre and with the poet and writer David Swifts in the recital Dante "The love that moves the sun and other stars."
He has performed as a soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra Marche at the Teatro delle Muse in Ancona, playing in the national premiere of B.Moretti the music for the ballet "Earth."
He has performed as a duo with music by Gabriele Mirabassi A.Mehmari for solo accordion, clarinet and string orchestra, first run at the Hall of Jardel Filho in San Paulo, Brazil and the Italian Cultural Institute in Tokyo.
He has appeared recently as a soloist, during the International Festival of Castelfidardo, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the birth of the accordion, accompanied by the Philharmonic Orchestra Marche.
He realized as a composer and performer of the original music for the DVD "Castelfidardo and the Unification of Italy", produced by the City of Castelfidardo and the Marche Region.
He has an intense concert activity as a soloist and in various chamber music ensembles, offering repertoire ranging from classical music to varieté French, from klezmer to songwriting.
And 'accordion teacher at the Civica Scuola di Musica "P.Soprani" Castelfidardo and the Liceo Musicale "Rinaldini" of Ancona.
In 2014 he was appointed Chairman of the International Accordion Museum in Castelfidardo.

ROSSI Christine

France

RossiShe completed her musical education (music education, piano, choral singing, harmony) at the CNR of Nice and Monaco Music Academy along parallel accordion lessons with Mr Jacques Mornet.

Diplomas:
1987: 1st Specialization Award in Music Teaching at the CNR of Nice.
1987: 1st Prize at the World Cup Accordion (Arnhem, Netherlands)
1989: 1st World Accordion Trophy Award (Terni, Italy)
1990: Winner of 1st International Competition Klingenthal (former GDR)
1992: State Diploma of Music Teacher, Discipline Accordion.

Concerts:
Occurs in different formations:
chamber music (Piano, Domra, Balalïka, Saxophone, Violin, Cello ...)
With Orchestra: is occasionally used in the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte Carlo and Nice (works by Dimitri Shostakovich, Henri Dutilleux, Maurice Jarre, Alban Berg, Ole Schmitt, Sofia Gubaidulina ...)
Soloist (Transcripts contemporary works, original compositions for concert accordion)

Records:
"For Accordion Works" (2015) Compositions by Gorka Hermosa
 "Sound Palette" (2003) Evelyne peudon, Cello
"MonteCarlo Bayan Duo" (1993) with Alexander Chmykov, Accordion
"Christine Rossi Accordion" (1991) Music Series at Monaco

Education:
Works at the music school "Paul Michelot" Roquebrune Cap Martin: Accordion lessons and school-based interventions.

RUGGIERI Renzo

Italy

Renzo RuggieriRenzo Ruggieri has played all over the world. He interest in Italian Jazz

with projects ranging from the Renzo Ruggieri SOLO ORCHESTRA and was

Ruggeri is the first accordionist to achieve CD completely improvised with the SOLO ACCORDION PROJECT. In 2007 on the stage of Sanremo with the great Italian singer Antonella Ruggiero. In 2009 he was awarded the VOICE OF GOLD Award from the International Castelfidardo and in 2013 the SILVER DISK by the prestigious Gnessin Moscow Akademy. He has collaborated with Franco Cerri, Sergio Caputo, Moby, Tullio De Piscopo, Piera Degli Esposti, Roberto Gatto, Tonino Guerra, Monica Guerritore, Gabriele Mirabassi, Ron Morgan, Gino Paoli, Lino Patruno, Nicola Piovani, Enrico Rava, Danilo Rea, Art Van Damme, Frank Morocco.

SCAPPINI Sergio

Italy

Sergio ScappiniHolder of the first chair of accordion in Italy, at the Conservatory "Gioachino Rossini" of Pesaro, currently is professor at the Conservatory "Giuseppe Verdi" in Milan.

He studied accordion, piano and composition with E. Spantaconi, Porrini A. and B. Bettinelli.

He has won numerous national and international competitions, including the XXIV trophee mondial CMA (Confederation Mondial de l'Accordeon).

Has been very active as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra at prestigious venues in major venues:

La Scala Theatre, Little Theatre, Opera House, Teatro delle Erbe-Foro Bonaparte, Auditorium "G. Verdi" La Scala Museum in Milan; Piccinni of Bari; Greek Politeama of Lecce; Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome; F. Alfano auditorium of Sanremo; Teatro Regio in Parma; Academy of Music of Bologna; Piccolo Regio in Turin; Italian Embassy in Stockholm; Consulate of Lvov (Ukraine), Institute of Culture in Tokyo (Japan), Gnessin Institute in Moscow, Stockholm (Sweden), Timisoara (Romania) and Rabat (Morocco), Department of Culture Swiss music; Glasbena Matica in Trieste, the Conservatories of Barcelona, ​​Lleyda, Malaga, Cuenca, Ourense (Spain), of Tjanin (China), Kosice (Czech Republic), Pula (Yugoslavia), Frankfurt, Novara, Bolzano, Foggia, Como Lyceum, Agimus etc.

She performed in "première" works for solo accordion and for accordion and orchestra by R. Grisoni, L. Belmonti, W. Zubitzky, L. Francesconi, A. Corghi, M. Panni, Tessadrelli L., M. Moretti, A . Solbiati M. Cesa, F. Gemmo, D. Maggi, P. Rimoldi, Y. Avital

He recorded for BBC1, for Radiotre, Mediaset Channel 5, for the Radio of Italian Switzerland, for the first television network in the Suisse Romande, for Portuguese TV.

He recorded for SMEF56, Play Roland, Physa, etnomusica / Self

He has worked with prestigious groups including: the Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, La Scala Philharmonic, San Remo Symphony Orchestra "G. Cantelli "Milan, Chamber Orchestra of the Italian Swiss Radio Orchestra of Italian Switzerland Orchestra" Coccia "of Novara, Chamber Orchestra" City of Pavia ", Ensemble" Edgar Varèse "," Quartet Elfran "," Soloists Milan "," Orchestra Reunion cumbre ", Ensemble Scaligero.

Artistic director of "Sinequanonakkordionensemble".

He has given master classes in Italy, China, North Korea, Spain, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland.

With "Conjunto para el tango" he recorded on CD all production BORGES-Piazzolla.

With the ensemble Swiss Ivano Torre he has collaborated on "Urtopia", for "Other Songs" CD winner of the "Selection Swiss Radio International" and "Urt in public."

With the "Sinequanonakkordionensemble" he recorded the complete works of Luciano Fancelli collaboration with RSI2 and 'AIF (International Association accordionists).

He collaborated with the "Roland Europe" to the creation of the V-Accordion, the first virtual accordion in the world, of which he was ambassador in Italy, Germany, Belgium, Australia, Spain, Japan, China, South Korea, Canada, Russia and United States.

Winner of accordionist stage of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

He plays instruments "Armando Bugari" - Castelfidardo - Italy.

SCIGLIANO Giuseppe

ITALIA 

Scigliano GiuseppeGiuseppe Scigliano is very young when he began studying classical accordion with Maestro Mario Castellacci. It was the first graduated with highest honors from the Conservatory "Santa Cecilia" in Rome under the guidance of M° Massimiliano Pitocco.

Scigliano has performed as a soloist and in various chamber ensembles in theaters such as the Theater "San Carlo" in Naples, the Theatre "Belli", the Theatre "Universal" and the Theatre "Clock" of Rome, the Theatre "Apollo "Crotone, the 'Auditorium of the Conservatory" Santa Cecilia "of Rome, the" Rendano "Theatre of Cosenza, Theatre" Anselmi "in Giardini Naxos (ME), the Concert Hall of Deventer (Netherland), the Theatre" Ariston "of Sanremo, the Theatre of Alagna (VC), the Theatre "Paisiello" of Lecce, the "Sala Scarlatti" in Naples, Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo (Japan).

He has performed with numerous Italian and foreign orchestras such as the Philharmonic "Tchaikovsky", the chamber orchestra of Calabria, the Rome Philharmonic, the Symphony Orchestra of the Conservatory "S. Cecilia "of Rome, the Symphony of the" San Carlo "of Naples.

He played for prestigious festivals and concert seasons as the "Circuit of Myth", the "Mendelssohn Festival" of Lecce, "Traimonti summer" of Varallo Sesia (VC), "Extramoenia" Giardini Naxos (ME), "Tribute to Taormina "(ME), International Akkordion Vilnius Festival, International Festival of Castelfidardo (AN), Music in Style (Tokyo).

In 2012 he founded the Trio Accordion Classics "Fatum Trio" along with Massimiliano Pitocco and Angelo Miele.

He currently teaches classical accordion at the Conservatory of Music "D. Cimarosa" of Avellino.

 

SELIVANOV Alexander

Russia

ALEXANDER SELIVANOV

Alexander Selivanov born in 1979 in Kazan USSR. 
Studied accordion and conducting in Russian State «Gnesins»  Academy of Music in Moscow with prof Viatcheslav Semionov.
Winner of international competitions like «Klingenthal», «Coupe Mondiale», «Castelfidardo» etc. 
Professor in «Gnesins» Academy of Music.
Holding concerts solo, «Una sinistra» duet with Y. Amerikova, chamber and orchestral performances, teaching, masterclasses and lecturing across all Russia, Asia and Europe.
Organizer of national and international accordion competitions and festivals in Russia.

 

SHISHKIN Yuri

Russia

IMG_5282-OKYuri Shishkin is a laureate of international contests in Klingenthal, Germany in 1988, Kansas City, USA in 1990 and Castelfidardo, Italy in 1991.

Yuri Shishkin was born August 24th, 1963 in Azov, Russia. After leaving the music school in Azov, Yuri entered the Rostov School of Arts when he was 15. Within two years, 1978 and 1979, he won first prize of the contest for young accordionists. Everybody got excited over the perfection of his skills. While studying in the class of Professor V. Semionov at the Rostov Conservatory he went on with triumphal victories at the most difficult contests for bajan and accordion players in Russia and other international contests. During the age of 17 and 28, Yuri Shishkin participated in 10 contests and won 7 of them.

Summer 1992 he graduated from the Gnesins’ Russian Academy of Music in Moscow.

At the age of 25, Yuri Shishkin started his concert career. He scored big successes performing in Holland, Belgium, Germany, Finland, Sweden, USA and China. The premiere of his new program takes place annually in Holland where he also delivers lectures and master-classes.

Besides the international tours, Yuri Shishkin often performs in various cities in Russia, making his audience familiar with rare and interesting compositions of composers such as J. Brahms, S. Prokofiev, I. Stravinsky, G. Bizet, F. Liszt, C. Saint-Saens, M. Moszkowski, J. Sibelius, A. Schnittke or with pieces by A. Kusiakov, V. Semionov, V. Podgorny and variations of popular melodies.

The famous piano transcriptions by V. Horowitz performed by Yuri on his bajan are a revelation for the listeners.

The performance of Yuri Shishkin is distinguished by deep revealing images, prominence and even spectacular personification of music expressing it with brilliant skills. His artistic image is added to his passion for music and his enthusiasm while elaborating new techniques of sound by extending the possible playing the bajan create a very special artistic charm.

SPACCAROTELLA Antonio

Italy

Antonio SpaccarotellaHe formed in jazz accordion with Professor Renzo Ruggeri at the conservatory of music G.BRAGA of Teramo (IT) where he studied history of jazz, contemporary arrangement for small and medium-sized formations, electronic music .He Specializes in accordion seminars and master classes of Classical / Modern / Jazz whit: Zubitsky Vladimir (Russia), Luciano Biondini (Italy), Alexander technique with Claudio Jacomucci (Italy), Frederic Lips (Russia), Frank Morocco (USA), Frederic Deschamps (France), Mika Väyrynen (Finland), Nicola Pisani (Italy) - Mark Tumbas (Grece), Massimiliano Pitocco (Italy). He participated and won countless international competitions by the following categories Varietè, jazz and accordion with string orchestra. Selected by the Italian delegations to represent Italy in the Coupe CIA World Galsgow (Scotland) - World Trophy CMA Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), in October 2008 she won the City of Castelfidardo Award cat. Senior Varietè, considered in the accordion scape, the largest accordion competition and recognition in the world.

Despite his young age, he untwines a frenetic musical activity with many projects of varied artistic extraction . After the new made work “non c’è tempo” , he continues recording new compositions and arrangements , presented in the latest tour in Brazil. He bend a lot of musical kinds,: jazz , French, tango , experimental music , is involved in many projects : Solo Accordion Project (Accordion and multimedia - experimentation in the tango), La Neve / Spaccarotella 2et (saxophone and accordion), original repertoire with a hard asset (non cè tempo, produced by NSJ Productions).

Quartet (Alberto La Neve SAX, Fabrizio La Fauci DRUMS, Carlo Cimino BASS). He performed in Italy and abroad, with tours in France , Spain , Switzerland, Germany , Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina , Bulgaria, Croatia , Holland, Hungary , Ireland, Scotland , England, New Zealand , China , Canada, USA with concerts at Sata Hame Soi Festival ( Ikalineen - Finland) Shanghai Art Teatre ( Shanghai CHINA) , Conca acoustics Juazeiro ( Salvador de Bahia - Brazil) , Art Arena SEOUL (South Korea ) , Gnessin Academy in Moscow, XXVIII - Accordion Festival St Petersburg ( Russia) , Bing Crosby Theater- Spokane ( USA) . he’s an official artist of the Scandalli Accordions Castelfidardo for The Air , official endorser in Frankfurt Musikmesse and Shanghai Musikchina .

He’s specialist for the disciplines of World Music and teacher of modern and classical accordion in the -Nuove Armonie Musical Institute (Italy). He periodically hold masterclasses in Italy and abroad and has several collaborations whit illustrious names in the international accordion. He’s one of specialized teachers on global education and the use of new technologies for teaching applied to the Accordion. He’s involved in various projects in public and private institutes in Italy and abroad, held seminars and masterclasses at Shanghai Normal University (China), Department of Music of the of Paraiba Federa University l (Brazil), Conservatory of Music P..I Thaicovsky. (Italy). Actually he is teacher of accordion in the Nuove Armonie Music Academy of Paola CS and co-teacher of jazz accordion in the jazz department of the Conservatory of Music (Stanislao Giacomantonio) of Cosenza (Italy). One of the first teachers of accordion on Campus AFAM-MIUR Santa Severina Kr.

He held the Workshop of World Music in the FIF of the 38th International Festival of Castelfidardo (Italy). In 2013, He’s educational coordinator of Accordion Advance, a project synergy for professional training between Italy and Brazil. Excellent placings of an International students class, who boasts a lot of winners and claimed musicians from more than 5 countries. He collaborates with Roland Europe and Roland Italy and is director of the official Roland school's of Calabria (IT) that selects and trains, the finalists of the V-Accordion Festival (Rome). Establishing the SIAC (South Italy Accordion Culture), member (IAC Italian premiere voting member CIA), CMA (Confederation Mondiale de l'Accordeon). He’s member of Music Commettee of (Cofederatio Mondiale Accordioenist), he’s an official artist Scandalli Accordions of Castelfidardo, official endorser in Frankfurt Musikmesse and MusikChina-Shanghai.

STONKUS Kazis

Lithuania

Kazys StonkusPerformer, professor in Kaunas „Vytautas Magnus“ University Music Academy -  the head of the accordion departmant, President of Lithuanian National accordionist‘s union, member of CIA music comitee.
In 1992 graduated the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy, 1992 - 1993 internship at the Music Academy in Paris, 1996-1997 internship at the Moscow Gnessin’s Institute.
Kazys Stonkus - regular concert accordionist - a soloist and ensemble player. Concert tour runs through the whole world : Lithuania, Riga, Tallinn, Parnu, Beijing, Changsha, Izmir, Shanghai, Ankara, Madrid, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Istanbul, Brussels, Kemer, Paris, Cannes, Ath, Toulouse, Moscow, Antalya, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Berlin, Cologne, Warsaw, Rome, Naples.
Kazys Stonkus wrote and recorded music for the film A.Griskeviciaus "Mikališkės Miracles" (demonstrated acceptance in New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, Berlin), music of V.Gerulaitis anniversary.
Participated in concert tours with artists Asta Krikščiūnaitė, Virgilijus Noreika, Gintare Skerytė, Judita Leitaite, Rasa Rapalyte, Egidijus Sipavicius, M.K. Čiurlionis Quartet.
The records of Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Amsterdam, Moscow, Rome, Eindhoven, Paris, Warsaw, Riga, Beijing, Brussels studio.
Recorded the music created by composers G.Puskunigis, B.Kutavičius, A.Martynaitis - a total of 65 performances. Inclusion of the presence of 14 CDs. Also recorded by Lithuanian composers - J. Tamulionis, F.Bajoras, O.Balakauskas, A.Kučinsko, O.Narbutaitės, S.Dikčiūtes, A.Martynaičio, K.Stonkaus solo accordion pieces.
Music television broadcasts of LTV, LNK, TV1, TV projects Jury member.
Kazys Stonkus involved in national and international competitions juries work.

SUNDEQVIST Jörgen

Sweden


Jörgen Sundeqvist
Jörgen Sundeqvist was born in Nykoping, Sweden on April 19th, 1962 to a family of musicians. His grandparents and other relatives played the accordion and his uncle played the cello, string bass and guitar. Jörgen began playing the accordion at the age of seven and shortly thereafter started to study the accordion under the tutelage of Hans-Erik Naas, one of Sweden's outstanding accordionists and teachers, with whom he eventually made a number of records and played on many TV and radio programs.

During the course of his studies he also took instructions on string-bass, harmony, musical form and ear training at Framnas Music School. Jörgen decided to come to America and study with the famous concert accordionist and teacher Anthony Galla-Rini for two solid years in order to further his knowledge of music theory and to expand his concert repertory on the accordion with the intention of establishing a career as a concert accordionist, composer, arranger and teacher. He has given solo concerts in many countries and has been soloist on television and radio both in America and in Sweden. Concerts have been given in Sweden, Norway, Finland, U.S.A., Canada, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Austria, France, Russia, England, Scotland, Spain, Denmark and New Zealand.

His outstanding talents prompted Galla-Rini to go on a concert tour with him as a concert accordion duo in 1981. They toured Western Canada, United States and Continental Europe. A long playing recording was also made at the same time in Sweden. He has also toured and given concerts together with the leading accordionists Yuri Kazakov, Yuri Vostrelov, Oleg Sharov and Carmen Carrozza.

He has also performed with the accordion in many unique and special combinations such as with the church organ, played by Hakan Dahlen, one of the leading organists in Sweden. They perform both original compositions and Baroque music. A CD has also been recorded with the duo.

Jörgen has also been soloist in many symphony concerts with different symphony orchestras in Sweden. Jörgen is a well renowned teacher in Sweden and is currently teaching at Kramfors cultural school.

Many famous composers have written music for accordion, especially for Jörgen. Among them are the famous composers John Gart, Sven-Eric Johanson, Johannes Degen, Olof Lindgren, Gunnar Holmberg and Fredrik Högberg. Jörgen has a great knowledge of original accordion music from all over the world. He is also frequently engaged as an adjudicator in many International accordion competitions all over the world.

Jörgen is a member of the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and Vice President of the Swedish Accordionist's Association. In 1994 he was elected the Accordionist of the Year in Sweden.

ŠVERKO Ivan

Croatia

 Ivan ŠverkoIvan Šverko (1985) was born in Pula, Croatia. He started to play accordion at the age of nine. Under the influential mentorship of prof. Valter Bašić, he managed to master the basics early on and soon thereafter he was able to put together a demanding concert repertoire. Still very young, he started to regularly perform, compete and attend international masterclasses. 

He graduated accordion at the University of Pula in 2009. (prof. Borut Zagoranski) and went on to continue his education at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki (Finland), studying under one of the worlds' foremost concert accordionists, Mika Väyrynen. 

Throughout his education, Ivan took part of many national and international competitions winning over twenty first prizes, including the first prize at the competition in Castelfidardo (2007, soloists without age limit), the first prize at the Arrasate Hiria competition (2010) and the first prize at the multi-instrumental music competition Ferdo Livadić (2011). 

He is an active performer with exceptionally large repertoire. In addition to countless recitals in his home country and abroad, he had been invited to play as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Cantus Ensemble of the Zagreb Philharmony, Austrian Zeitfluss Ensemble, Belarus Phiharmony, and the Symphony Orchestra of Dubrovnik and has performed in many fine venues throughout Europe. 

In the recent years, he is sought-after as a masterclass lecturer and is a regular jury member of various national and international competitions. 

Since 2014. , he is teaching accordion at the Music Academy in Pula.

SVIACKEVICIUS Raimondas

Lithuania

Raimondas SviackeviciusHe graduated with MA from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in 1999 (with Assoc. Prof. Zita Abromavičiūtė). 1998–1999 he studied at the Academy of Music in Lodz (Poland), with the accordionist and composer, Prof. Bogdan Dowlasz. 1999–2000 he attended the Sibelius Music Academy in Helsinki (Finland), with Prof. Matti Rantanen. 1999–2001 he pursued post-graduate studies at the Royal conservatoire in the Hague (Holland), with the world famous Prof. Friedrich Lips (Russia) and Johan De With (Holland).
He participated in many international competitions winning many of them, he was first prize winner at the 9th international Premio Internazionale Stefano Bizzarri accordion competition, where he also received the “Golden Lyre” award in 2000.
Performing actively as a soloist he also plays chamber music and participates in various formations and unconventional groups playing experimental and avant-garde music as well as jazz. In 2004, he joined the contemporary music ensemble Gaida, and since 2009 has been actively involved in the Lithuanian Ensemble Network.
Sviackevičius regularly appears (in the past as a participant, now as a pedagogue) in international master classes, seminars and festivals. Since 2000, Sviackevičius has been on a faculty at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Many of his students are winners of various international competitions, appear in various festivals, and are actively involved in concert life where they are recognized as contemporary music adepts. He is also a pedagogue/expert at the Vilnius Conservatory. Recently, beside his performing career Raimondas Sviackevičius has been actively involved in organisation of various accordion events, and since 2008, he has been an artistic director of International Accordion Festivals in Vilnius and Palanga.

TESI Riccardo

Italy

tesiWhat striking about Tesi is the style, clearly recognizable, through which it is able to speak both an archaic language and new, expanding vocabulary and technique of an instrument for a long heritage of a traditional a choice "brilliantly outdated" that enrolls for lyricism and virtuosity, the circle of those who, at all latitudes have restored dignity to the accordion and its cognates.

In 2012 Riccardo Tesi has created the project Cameristico, where the diatonic accordion meets the classical sound of the piano, clarinet and cello for a re-reading of some of the most significant pages of his repertoire. 

It is part of The Samurai, international quintet of French accordions with Bruno Le Tron, the Finnish Markku Lepisto, the Belgian Didier Laloy and Irish David Munnelly and plays regularly in duo with Mauro Palmas and in duo with Maurizio Geri, with Triotonico , trio of accordions with Filippo Gambetta and Simone Bottasso well as in solitude with his accordion.

 

TOMIC Radomir

Serbia

Tomic FOTORadomir Tomic (1952) is the accordion professor and head of music department at Faculty of Philology and Arts in Kragujevac.
Radomir started his music education in Kragujevac, where he finished primary and secondary music school, and continued at Gnessin, Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. In that period he won 2nd prize at competition in Klingenthal.
His pedagogical carrier started in 1980 and from that time his pupils and students got more than 300 prizes on most prestigious competitions all around the world.
Radomir is the founder of modern accordion school in Serbia and he was invited to be a member of juries such Coupe Mondiale, World Trophy, Klingenthal, Castelfidardo, Moscow, Kiev, Pola etc
For his exceptional contribution in develop of performing art on accordion, Radomir Tomic is holder of highest awards of Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes/C.I.A) and Gnessin Russian Academy of Music.

Jury 2014

Jury 2014 classics

Jury 2014 light music

Jury 2014 world music