Jury 2016

Fabrizio DE ROSSI RE - Jury president

Italy
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(Rome 1960) Is the author of a vast composition production characterized by the continuous research of an unpredictable sound path which meets and melts stylistically multifaceted experiences, alwais balancing a direct and open communication and the linguistic heritage of the historical avant-gardes. De Rossi Re’s music is open to various and differentiated influences and experiences, ranging from jazz, to popular music, to early music, and to experimentalism. The result is a sort of musical theatre with a deep sense of (postmodernistic) irony.

His ability to assimilate various musical techniques and to carefully evaluate the expressive potentials inherent in all musical styles, from popular music to avantgarde, resulted in a highly original musical language, capable of a difficult syntesis between experimentation and communication.

Among his compositions we remind the works for the musical theatre Biancaneve, ovvero il perfido candore (chamber opera, libretto by the composer), L’ombra dentro la pietra (opera ballet Roma Europa Festival, choreography by Paola Rampone), 1996; Cesare Lombroso o il corpo come principio morale (azione musicale, libretto by Adriano Vianello), voice, actor, mime, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, percussion, and tape, 2000; Rappresentatione soli, coro e orchestra written on commission from Fondazione Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Musica senza cuore Azione musicale grottesca per attrice e gruppo strumentale ( libretto by F.Angeli after Libro Cuore by E.De Amicis) Songs and memories (L’Occhio della memoria) ISME International Society for Music Education - Bologna 2008).Terror vocis (written on commission from Festival Contemporanea Auditorium “Musica per Roma” 2010) King Kong, amore mio ( texts by Luis Gabriel Santiago) written on commission Opera Incanto, 2011. Canti di cielo e terra   (London 2009, Rome 2010, Helsinki 2011, Paris 2011)

He teaches Composition Elements for Music Didactics at the Fermo Conservatory .

He also teaches Improvisation and Composition at the Scuola di Specializzazione SSIS Università del Lazio (Musica e Spettacolo)

His works have been recorded on CD by Adda Records, Agenda, BMG Ricordi, Contempo, Edipan, Fonit Cetra, QQD, RAI TRADE, RCA, Semar, Sonzogno.

Franck ANGELIS

France

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Born in 1962 in Melun, Franck Angelis came very young to the music and accordion without getting locked into playing several instruments and also teaches piano, discipline in which he won a gold medal.

In 1981 he won the World Trophy Accordion ( Classical senior category). Requested by many composers, he participated in several creations ( Mass Bernard Cavanna , the festival " musica " Strasbourg ) and recorded for film soundtracks : " Jeanne and wonderful boys " music of Philip Miller, " a world between two " music of Bernard Cavanna . Thereafter , he continued his concert career and is moving happily to the composition. He signs among other theatrical music " The Soliloquies of a heart " for the National scene Clermont Ferrand directed by Jean Philippe Vidal . Participates in numerous national and international juries ( World Cup , World Trophy , Castelfidardo , montrond baths ) and some of his compositions have emerged as reference pieces . Even more than the technical virtuosity they require is for their musical qualities Franck compositions were selected. They are equally works together as parts of competitions, in which the performers must show all their expressiveness and sensitivity . Franck compositions are works of great originality and modernity , who do not hesitate to get married in a very personal expression baroque and French song ( Brel -Bach ), or traditional Chinese music and jazz (Asia -flashes ) . They attest to the creative genius and great musical culture of their composer . It was during his tours in France and abroad as part of festivals and concerts that Frank was able to discover other cultures, other ways of approaching music ( Italy, Austria, Yugoslavia , China ... ) . With his experience as a concert , it draws a very personal inspiration which makes for a remarkable concert accordion composer . Graduate Professor of State, he currently teaches at the Ecole Nationale de Musique de Gennevilliers (92). Parts Franck Angelis are programs of the world's great concert ( Mika Varynen Alexander skyarov Petar Maric , Grayson Masefield , Domi Emorine Roman Jbanov etc ... In 2010, his play " HAITI " he won , Croatia, the first composition prize awarded by the International Confederation of accordionists (IMC- UNESCO) and also the first prize in 2012 His play " BEIJING 2011".

Emanuela ANTOLINI

Italy

Luciano BIONDINI

Italy


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Luciano Biondini was born in Spoleto in 1971 and began playing the accordion at 10 years. After completing his classical studies, he won many national and international competitions and, in 1994, he aimed to jazz music. Besides taking part in television and radio broadcasts, he has performed in several European countries (Spain, Germany, Denmark, Croatia, Andorra) and has participated in many festivals: Umbria Jazz Winter, Fano Jazz Festival dei Due Mondi, Klezmer Festival Ancona, Metronome and many others. Among the collaborations stand out the names of Tony Scott, Enrico Rava, Mike Turk, Ares Tavolazzi, Battista Lena, Gabriel Mirabassi, Roberto Ottaviano, Javier Girotto, Marteen Van der Grinten, Martin Classen, Enzo Pietropaoli.

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.

Vladimir BLAGOJEVIC

Serbia

vladBorn in 1980, Vladimir Blagojević obtained primary and secondary musical education in his hometown of Kragujevac, Serbia. In the year of 2007, he obtained his advanced MA degree (Solisten Diplom) at Hochschule der Künste - Bern (Switzerland), where he was mentored by prof. Teodoro Anzellotti. Currently, Vladimir is an accordion teacher at the Music Academy in Kragujevac - Serbia, where he currently carries a position of a Head of the department for the Accordion, and is a former president of the Faculty Senate.    

   Amongst numerous achievements as a renowned accordion player a number of first prizes at various international competitions is certainly worth mentioning. Vladimir is the winner of seven prestigious international accordion competitions such as “Coupe Monidale”, “Tropheo Mondiale” and “PIF Castelfidardo”.

   He had solo and chamber concerts in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, France, Argentina, Austria, Nederland, United Kingdom, Poland, Serbia, Croatia, Georgia, Armenia etc; in a prestigious concert venues such as: The Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Old opera house Frankfurt, KKL Lucerne Switzerland, Theatre Colon Buenos Aires, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall London etc.

   He performed with many prestigious chamber ensembles and orchestras such as Ensemble „Modern“ Frankfurt, SWR symphonic orchestra, BR symphonic orchestra, ensemble “Paul Klee”, ensemble “13”.

   Vladimir is a regular member of the “Pre-Art” ensemble from Zurich and the “Studio6“ensemble from Belgrade.

   His creativity is evident in joint efforts with numerous composers on the creation of new solo-accordion and chamber pieces.

   He had over fifty premier performances with different chamber ensembles and as a soloist.

Linda BULL

Australia

LINDA BULLLinda began her education in classical music (violin and viola) and received an Honours degree in Political Science and Italian, teaching at University in Australia for many years. She moved to Canada in 2003 where she then started delving into traditional styles of music, including American old-time music, while continuing her research into Italian folk music. She has played music professionally in Canada as well as working as a session musician and touring with musicians both at home and abroad. Linda is an experienced radio host, creating an Italian music show on CiTR 101.9FM (Give ‘em the boot!) in 2006. She is also an in-demand music publicist, promoter, translator and booking agent involved in bringing Italian music and musicians to Canada.

Xiao Qing CAO

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.

Riccardo CENTAZZO

Italy

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Riccardo Centazzo is currently considered, by the specialized critics, one of the most popular performers on the international stage. He received the Diploma in Accordion, with highest honors, from the Conservatory of Music "Luigi Cherubini" in Florence, and choral singing and choral conducting at the Conservatory of Music "Cesare Pollini" of Padua. The studies in piano, organ, trumpet and cello allowed him to become an eclectic and versatile artist. Studies in Composition, with M.ri Wolfgang Dalla Vecchia and Paolo Troncon, who completed his musical training making it a thick musician. Always interested in the performance practice of the Baroque period and, more generally, literature from key has actively attended the specialization of large industry experts courses such as Emilia Fadini, Clemente Terni, Andrea Coen and Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini. He also participated in specific courses and seminars on the original literature for accordion with Salvatore Di Gesualdo, in Talla (Ar) and the Higher School of Florence, with Teodoro Anzellotti, the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, with Eugenia Marini at Anzio, for ' Arts Academy of Rome with Ivano Battiston and Francesco Visentin in Asolo, Asolo Musica. To date it is the winner of important national and international competitions (Camalò, Genoa, Stresa, Vercelli, Rome). He has the requisite qualifications to Theatre "La Scala" in Milan on stage Artists section. In 2000, for the celebrations of Bach, he has had the honor of being the first and only Italian musician playing in the Hall of Mirrors of the Coethen castle where Bach, to the service of Prince Leopold, wrote much of his instrumental works. His repertoire ranges from 1300, with Francesco Landini, until the twenty-first century avant-garde compositions (Bettinelli, Porena, Berio). He has given concerts and recitals for important organizations such as: "Friends of Music" in Pordenone, Friends of Music "Salvador Gandino" of Porcia, Teatro Comunale of Treviso, the Academic Theatre of Castelfranco Veneto, the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, Festival of the Etruscan Riviera Summer Music at Villa Manin of Passariano, "Friends of Music" of Matera, European Meetings at Chartres, City of Florence and Tuscany Region, Ravello Festival, Florence Symphonietta, the Temple, "Friends of Music" of Rome, etc.,. Recorded recitals for R.a.i., Italian Radio and Television, for the German ZDF, Tele France, and for various Italian private broadcasters. And 'co - author of "The Composition of Lied", didactic work for accordion published by Edizioni Physa Caselle di Altivole (Tv). It 'also active as a composer, essayist and from the keyboard instruments, especially Girolamo Frescobaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Pachelbel and Bernardo Pasquini. It is appreciated in concerts in Italy and abroad, both as a soloist and in various chamber groups, from duo for Violin, Cello, Flute, Accordion, the Trio with Violin and Cello, with String Quartet, until ' string orchestra and chamber.

As Director, as part of the Great Vatican Events for 2001, he directed in World Premiere the "Miserere" by Giovanni Pacini for Soloists, Choir and Accordion at the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome. His discography includes: a monographic Cd of G. Frescobaldi, for Videoradio of Alexandria, a CD attached to the Volume "Super VI Scandalli - an accordion in the history", published by Edizioni Physa Caselle di Altivole, a CD "Homage to Maria Luisa Spaziani "for Aliamusica Records of Parma, a double Cd monograph on JS notebooks Bach (Notebook of Anna Magdalena, Wilhelm Friedemann, Inventions and Symphonies) and "Kaleidoscope" for Ema Records Fibbiana (Fi). Published compositions, original and transcriptions, by Edizioni Bèrben of Ancona and Physa Caselle di Altivole. As a composer, in 2009, he won the Special Jury Prize at the "National Juvenile Fiction 2009" with the musical fairy tale "In the Kingdom of Familandia". And 'Accordion Professor at the Conservatory of Music "G.B. Pergolesi" of Fermo.

Giorgio DELLAROLE

Italy

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Accordion teacher at the Conservatory "Arrigo Boito" in Parma, Giorgio Dellarole completed his musical studies with Emanuele Spantaconi and Sergio Scappini and he perfected in the interpretation of early music with Marco Farolfi, Emilia Fadini and Luca Oberti.

With its concert activity has brought the accordion in prestigious venues, giving concerts throughout Italy, in Europe (France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Romania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Greece, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Slovakia), and in China, Africa and the United States and recording for RAI 1 and Radio 3 ( "the music room" and "Piazza Verdi"), for the African International Television and Polish and Greek national broadcasters.

His discography includes solo productions and collaborations with chamber groups from duo to sextet under the ancient music of the contemporary repertoire and the Tango.

He has received awards in international competitions and has established itself in dell'A.R.A.M selections. and Music Youth in Italy.

He played in the first run, among others, works by Nicola Campogrande and Angelo Gilardino and has collaborated with musicians like Michael Andalò, Fiorella Andriani, Luigi Attademo, Bruno Cavallo, Gabriele Geminiani, Luca Giardini, Lorenzo Micheli, Alessandro Palmeri, Rocco Parisi, Emanuele Segre, Alessandro Tampieri, Ensemble "ANIMANTICA".

With his work aims to promote the accordion in all its aspects, emancipandola popular scope in which it was born.

In recent years he has dedicated himself mainly to the study of the baroque and classical repertoire bringing, among the first, his instrument to the attention of the specialists of the genre and spreading among accordionists, through seminars and master classes, the idea of rigorous research philological and stylistic applied to early music.

For the implementation of the ancient repertoire Giorgio Dellarole uses a Bugari accordion with The 415hz, granted with Vallotti system.

 

Danilo DI PAOLONICOLA

Italy


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Winner of six "World Championships" of the diatonic accordion (1987,88,89,90,91,95), and numerous national and international competitions.

Among the many contests won, in 2007 Danilo with his group "Ethnic Project" won the most important competition in the world for jazz accordion "Premio Città di Castelfidardo" and in the same year with his band also won the "Award Stefano Bizzarri ", where he had the honor to open the gala concert of Richard Galliano.

He studied accordion and jazz music with the teacher Renzo Ruggieri, attending advanced training courses at the Berklee School in Perugia (Umbria Jazz). And following the first experimental course in Italy for the diatonic accordion at the Aquila "A. Box ". In 2009 and 2010 he was professor of higher education courses Campus Afam in Santa Severina (Kr) set up by 'Higher Institute of Music Studies Tchaikovsky Nocera Terinese (Cz). He has given master classes and seminars in conservatories, festivals and competitions, including the International Accordion Prize of Castelfidardo.

He 's official demonstrator of accordion and barrel organs companies "Paolo Soprani" . He's technical and official demonstrator consultant "Roland Europe" for the V Accordion line for which he created the first virtual diatonic accordion and representative of the accordion of Castelfidardo museum, which organizes events related to the history of the accordion.

He has recorded about twenty discs side man, and in 2008 he collaborated on the design of the disc "Abruzzo Mediterraneo" product label Wide Sound with M.Edit Ensemble of Angelo Values which was distributed as an annex to the newspaper of Abruzzo " The center". He has recorded several soundtracks for Cinik records, including "The House On Clouds" produced by Warner Bros, Man Match, The Kalibani Journey, Brothers of Italy, Our Lady Of Fruits, etc ..

He has given concerts in Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium, Croatia, Holland, Hungary, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Japan, California, Florida, Portugal, etc ..

He has performed at various festivals dedicated to folk music, ethnic and jazz, to remember the International Accordion Prize in Castelfidardo, "La Casa Del Jazz" in Pescara, Mediterranean Sounds of Atri (TE), Serravalle Jazz Festival (MI), Pineto Accordion Jazz Festival (TE), Jiulia Jazz (TE), Namm Breakfast (Los Angeles), Sound fields (AQ), ATG Accordion Festival (Orlando Florida), Instruments & Music Festival (PG), World Trophy CMA (Pineto TE), V- Accordion Festival (park of Roma music), World Trophy CMA (Spokane Washington USA), Italian Embassy in Washington for the Urbino Press award given to CNN journalist Wolf Blitzer, representing the Italian culture in America etc ...

He also played and collaborated with musicians such as: Renzo Ruggieri, Peppino Principe, Toni Fidanza, Mauro De Federicis, Gianluca Caporale, Enrico Melozzi, Paolo Di Sabatino, Giovanni Sollima, Livio Gianola, Bruno Marcozzi, Massimo Manzi, Massimo Morriconi, Enrico Pierannunzi, Luca Bulgarelli, Maria Pia DeVito, Maurizio Rolli, Pierpaolo Pecoriello, Robert Desiderio, Fabrizio Mandolins, Angelo values, Lila Elsa, Linda values, Grazia Di Michele, Mark Guazzone Jerry Gates, Ernestico Rodriguez, Ludovic Beier, Mike Rossi.

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

oivindØivind Farmen was born on the 14th of April 1972  in Tjølling, Norway. At present he lives at Selbu. Eight years old he started playing the accordion with Gustav Schmidt in Sandefjord. He continued at Sandefjord Music School and the musics side of Sandefjord Grammar School (1988-1991) under Arne Kulsvehagen.

Øivind Farmen regulary collaborates with composers writing new works. He has worked with different composers as e.g. Håkon Berge, Fred Nøddelund, Terje Bjørklund, Erlend Skomsvoll, Johan Kvandal, Morten Gaathaug and Sigmund Lillebjerka.

Results from competitions:
1993: 1. prize in the prestigious accordion competition in Klingenthal, Germany. 
1994: 2. prize in Premio Internazionale "Città di Castelfidardo" for concert soloists in Castelfidardo, Italy.
1996: 1. prize in Trofée Mondial de l'accordéon ("World Championships on the accordion") in Faro, Portugal. 

In addition, Farmen has received many prizes from the annual national competition by the Norwegian accordionists' association.

Since 1995 Farmen has been teaching at the Institute of Music at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). More info on www.farmen.net

 

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.

Anìbal FREIRE

Portugal

FreireAníbal Freire was the first accordionist Portuguese to achieve the title of World Champion in 1972, success that he repeated in 1974.

He is a member of the international jury and invited to organize Masterclasses accordion both in Portugal or abroad.

He teaches at the Institute of Music Vitorino Matono in Lisbon, founder and president of the Association of Accordion Alcobaça / Portugal and founder / director of the Orchestra and Chorus of Alcobaça Typical.

As a teacher has been highlighted by the results achieved by students nationwide and internationally.

He is a composer and comme artistic director / organizer is responsible for the International Week of Accordion, which led to Portugal's best accordionists in the world, on a constant supply of this great tool.

Alessandro GAUDIO

Italy


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Born in Sapri, a town located in the Gulf of Policastro (province of Salerno), in 1990 and at the age of 7 years thanks to his father Rocco (even his teacher), he began his study of the diatonic accordion.
Well knowned for its technical speed (unmatched in faster changes) and adapted for the use of the five fingers. At age 10 began to participate in competitions and festivals of organ and, in 2002, manages to rank among the top prizes of the category C to 7 ° Italian championship organ held in Ruoti (PZ). In the following years can achieve much more prestigious results, type the 1st place in the category D with points 99/100 to the national competition Futani (SA) in 2003. At the age of 14 years form a group with the current Maestro Paul Vertullo (still also work together to record works) and Pasquale Fortunato (organ player and bass player).
He began studying piano under the guidance of The Chamber Orchestra of Flavio. In 2006 continues the chain of triumphs with the excellent results obtained in Colliano (SA) at the 10th edition of the Italian championship where organ with 99/100 is ranked first overall in category D. The following year, in the municipalities of Mompeo and Salisano (RI), reached the highest podium at the 11th Italian championship organ graduating so ITALIAN CHAMPION 2007 for "junior" and selected as regulation, participates in July in Trentino at the 16th World championship organ and even here, despite being the first participation at the highest competition for accordion, he manages to win the title of WORLD CHAMPION in category "junior" in a tie with Slovenian Niko Poles.
Its always uphill continuous career, in fact, was the guest of honor at various events such as the 25th anniversary of Beltuna (note accordions and accordions) factory on the occasion of the 32nd International Festival of the Accordion Castelfidardo (AN), the International event "Z armoniku V ROC" in Istria (Croatia), and many more.
By the age of 17 years he is registered as a composer at the SIAE and collaborates with Masters of organ and accordion, and accordion factories as Baffetti and Beltuna. He currently teaches and participates with his students at competitions, contests and championships of accordions, with excellent results, in fact, in 2010 one of his pupils, Carmine Manfredi, winning the title of Italian Champion accordion-junior 2010. Already active creator of a CD with his group in 2006, in 2010 he released his single with several original songs.

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).

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.

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.

Petri MAKKONEN

Finland
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Petri Makkonen was born in 1967 in Iisalmi, central Finland. He started his musical career by playing folk music with piano accordion in the age of eight. Six years later he began to get regular classical button accordion lessons from Heidi Velamo at Sibelius Academy Junior Department in Helsinki. In the year 1994 he graduated Sibelius Academy Professional Department with excellent marks after studying accordion (teached by prof. Matti Rantanen) and composition (teached by Heikki Valpola and Olli Kortekangas).

Petri Makkonen’s international achievements:                                                                          - The second prize in CIA international accordion tape-recording competition (cat. under 18 years) in 1985   - The Silver Disc –prize at Moscow Accordion Festival in 2006 for the career as an accordion composer               - The Best New Original Work Award for his composition Tango-Toccata in Coupe Mondiale accordion contest 2011 (Shanghai)

Nowadays Petri Makkonen works mainly as the accordion lecturer of Kuopio Conservatoire including conducting Kuopio Conservatoire Accordion Orchestra. He also gives internationally solo concerts presenting especially his own music, plays in several ensembles in many different music styles (tango, folk, classical) as well as a theatre musician (2016-2016 the musical Annie, Get Your Gun by Irving Berlin, Kuopio City Theatre). Furthermore he works as a member of international accordion contest juries and as the conductor of Siilifolk festival.

Petri Makkonen´s compositions for accordion consists of internationally quite well-known virtuoso solo pieces like A Flight beyond Time, Disco-Toccata, Disco-Tango and Tango-Toccata, characteristic suites especially for children like Space Music, a dodecaphonic suite Ghost Party and Real Stories!, other solo pieces in different styles like Anhelo Inquietante, The Red Bike album 8including f. ex. …Like Swans) and chamber music like Pan for accordion and string quartet, Blu Amore for viola, accordion, piano and double-bass (premiered 2014 in Italy), Longing for Primitivity for three accordions, Moldavian Rock for accordion and piano (premiered 2014 in Italy), A legend for two accordions (premiered 201 in Slovenia) and Mbprschzdt! for junior accordion orchestra. Petri Makkonen has also made a remarkable amount of arrangements for junior accordion orchestra and many other instrument combinations. He has played as a musician in many CD:s, his own solo CD (The Red Bike) was released in 2006 ( the Finnish Accordion Institute). The sheet books of Petri Makkonen’s music are available in www.convertor.fi and www.harmonikkainstituutti.net

 

Jean-Luc MANCA

France

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After beginning his studies at the music school of St Martin d'Heres (L.Bonali class) and then at the National Conservatory of Grenoble, Chambéry he entered the Accordion School (Class A. Thépaz ).
    He obtained the SACEM Prize in 1978 and 1980 and won the First Prize at the Geneva International Competition (Switzerland). In 1983 he recorded the complete program which earned him first prize at the World Cup accordion in Linz (Austria).

After two years of study in Moscow in the class F. Lips, he graduated from the Institute? Gnessin Pedagogical.

Holder of the CA he shares his professional time between teaching at the Conservatory? Grenoble and his concert career which led him to perform with G.et J.Akoka, F.Gyps, I.Lagarde, N.Gubisch, N .Yermani, N.Strancar, D.Sandre, M.Kino, F.Martin, G.Blaise, AM.Werster, D.Benetti, B.Cervera, C.Dourthé, JM.Volta, C.Lajarrige, A.Buet , P.Mindy, JMPhillips-Varjabédian, I.Varga, R.Pidoux, V.Mardirossian, N.Schindler, M.Piketty, P.Clément, A.Petit, JM Danet, F.Bouaniche, Juliette, L.Denoux , S.Chamoux, G.Greggio, P.Souillot, G.Scordialo, JCMalgoire, P.Marco, the Opéra National de Lyon, the RATP Orchestra, Academic Symphony Orchestra of Grenoble, the National Orchestra of France, the Paris Masters of the Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing, the Lyon Symphony Orchestra "Confluence" .......
Composers: R.Gagneux, G.Finzi, G.Scordialo, J.Truhlar, P.Sciortino have dedicated compositions to him.

3-4-5 April 2008 he played in the first part of Juliette with Pier No. 5 in Olympia

In September 2011 he recorded 2 CDs in Japan Masayuki Kino and P.Clément

Discography:
  "Concert of Accordion", "Yehuda", "Caravan Express," "Bagatelles", "Akord's," "sin manera", "Quai N ° 5", "Mastery of Paris," "Quai N ° 5 Metamorphosis" "Soleil de Mediterranee", "flavor of France", "Influences", "Liberquartet"

2012 founded the "LIBERQUARTET"

2013 Released a CD and DVD "Live at the Festival of Kumagawa" in JAPAN

2014 Classical music festival in Bailu CHINA

2015 Release of the CD "LIBERQUARTET"

Kimmo MATTILA

Finland

Kimmo MattilaKimmo Mattila is a key figure in the international scenario of the accordion. He graduated from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki - the only music university in Finland and one of the largest in Europe - and then undertake a prolific career as a musician, arranger, teacher, publisher, director of international festivals. Director of the festival Sata-Häme Soi Ikaalinen, which he held for twenty-seven years. He also assumed important positions in international organizations that promote the accordion in the world: the Secretary-General of the Confédération Internationale des accordéonistes (CIA), President of the Finnish Accordion Association and director of the Finnish Accordion Institute. A few years ago he published "Accordion ABC", a four-volume manual aimed at beginners, while on the concert is currently engaged in a duo with the violinist Aino Ojakoski, with whom he has released a CD where they came many pieces of traditional Finnish music .

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."

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 Xiao QING

China

Cao Xiao QingCao Xiao Qing was born in 1965 in Tianjin in China and has started taking accordion lessons at age five.
He gave his first public concert in Beijing and soon she began studying at the Tianjin Academy of Music with Master Wang Yu-Ping.
Thanks to his brilliant abilities, he immediately had the opportunity to follow important tips and instructions for many accordionists of Beijing and Tianjin.
In 1987 he received the "All China Accordion Competition" and won the competition for young artists in the city of Tianjin.
After a short period as an assistant in China, he has oppenuto a prestigious scholarship to continue studying in Germany at the German Academic Exchange Service.
Germany was followed in training by Professor Elsbeth Moser and for some years he taught at the University of Music and Theatre in Hanover.
Since 2003 is a professor at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China.
Cao Xiao Qing won the first prize in the seventh edition of the German Accordion Music Award of Baden-Baden in 1997 and the first prize at the International Accordion Competition "Città di Castelfidardo" in Italy.

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.

Zoran RAKIC

Bosnia and Herzegovina

ZokiZoran Rakić, PhD, acquired his higher education at the Russian National Academy of Music “Gnjesinih” in Moscow (graduated in 1990, finished master studies in 1994 and doctoral studies in 2004). He is in the academic title of full professor. He is the author of six accordion course books for elementary music schools and of numerous music collections and professional literature.

His students and pupils have realized remarkable results - more than 400 prizes, including 270 victories, special and first prizes at numerous competitions and festivals.

By now, he has been a jury member for 110 times in Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia, Greece, Italy, France, Macedonia, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Latvia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Croatia and China. For 55 times he has been a lecturer at seminars, winter and summer schools or participant at scientific and professional meetings in the country and abroad (Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine and Russia). He is a member of editorial board in international scientific magazines in Ukraine and Russia.

He won numerous prizes and acknowledgements.

In December 2011 he was appointed as an Honoured Professor of the Belgorod State Institute for Arts and Culture (Russia).

From 2006 to 2015, he was at the position of the Dean of the Academy of Music in East Sarajevo.

 

Renzo RUGGIERI

Italy

Renzo22_ph pancaldiRenzo Ruggieri has played all over the world. He deals with Italian Jazz with projects ranging from ONLY at Renzo Ruggieri Orchestra and was the first accordionist to realize completely improvised CD with SOLO ACCORDION PROJECT. In 2007 on the Sanremo stage with Antonella Ruggiero. In 2009 he was awarded the VOCE D'ORO by the International Castelfidardo and in 2013 the Prize SILVER DISK from the prestigious Gnessin Moscow Akademy. He has collaborated with Franco Cerri, Sergio Caputo, Fabio Concato, 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 Marocco.

Giuseppe SCIGLIANO

Italy

GSHe started at an early age the study of Classical Accordion with Maestro Mario Castellacci. E 'was the first graduated with highest honors at the Conservatory of Music "Santa Cecilia" in Rome under the guidance of Massimiliano Pitocco.

She has performed as a soloist and in various chamber ensembles in numerous 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" in Rome, the Teatro "Rendano" of Cosenza, Teatro "Anselmi" in Giardini Naxos (ME), the Concert Hall of Deventer (Netherland), the Theatre "Ariston" in 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 "Tchaikovsky" Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Calabria, the Rome Philharmonic, the Symphony Orchestra of the Conservatory "S. Cecilia "of Rome, the Symphony of the" San Carlo "in Naples and played for prestigious festivals and concert seasons as the" Circuit of Myth ", the" Mendelssohn Festival "in Lecce," Summer Traimonti "of Varallo Sesia (VC ), "Extramoenia" in Giardini Naxos (ME), "Homage 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.

Alexander SELIVANOV

Russia

ALEXANDER SELIVANOVWinner of many international awards including the "Klingenthal", the "Coupe Mondiale", the "Castelfidardo", Selivanov was born 35 years ago in Kazan (USSR) and Selivanov has studied accordion and conducting with Professor Viatcheslav Semionov Accademia Musicale "Gnesins" in Moscow where he currently teaches.
In addition to the concerts as a soloist, duet with Y. Amerikova in "A Left" and played with numerous orchestras, he holds master classes and conferences in Russia, Asia and Europe.
It is also the organizing of competitions and international accordion festival in Russia.

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

Antonio Spaccarotella

He 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.

Jorgen SUNDEQVIST

Sweden


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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.

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.

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. 

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.

Shu Sheng WANG

China

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Born in August 1954, Tianjin. Accordion performer and educator; vice president of China music association director of accordion Association; Professor, Tianjin Conservatory of Music Department of accordion keyboard, Master Tutor . Admitted to Tianjin Conservatory of Music in 1970, 1974 graduated with honors and teaches today. In 1989 won the national outstanding teaching achievement award; in 1990 1998 was promoted to associate professor, Professor of promotion. Professional accordion teaching for many years. He has accumulated rich experience, his students all over the country, many awards in the domestic and International Accordion competition. Published in the creation of accordion solo: "Nuoenjiya fantasy", "the spring", transcriptions: "sunset Xiao drum". The author of two hundred thousand words "and" playing the accordion teaching monographs, academic papers. As the continuous Italy "Cass fee of" International Accordion competition judges.