The 2014 Jury

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SANTOLOCI Alfredo - President

Jury president

CLASSICAL MUSIC

 

Alfredo SantolociDirector of the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome.

Alfredo Santoloci is a composer and polistrumentist. Gratuated in Composition, Electronic music, Saxophone and Clarinet. His compositions have been performed in Italy and abroad (Barcellona, Paris, Varsavia, Tel Aviv, Teheran, Instambul…). He produced performances for the Theatre, the Radio and Television. His works have been broadcast on RAI television and Radio Vaticana. His orchestral compositions have been performed in occasion of famous jazz festivals and contemporary music festivals (JAZZ & IMAGE-Roma; NUOVA CONSONANZA-Roma; FESTIVAL delle NAZIONI-Città di Castello; PERUGIA CLASSICO-Perugia). He performed in Italy and abroad with the most famous italian orchestras (Orchestra dell’Accademia di S.Cecilia - Orch. Sinfonica della RAI - Orch. Ritmi moderni della RAI - Orch. Del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma - Orch. Del Teatro S.Carlo di Napoli) under the direction of: L. Berio, L. Mazel, D. Oren, G. Pretre, G. Sinopoli. Moreover, he has practised for 30 years as a concert-artist performing both as a jazz composer and a Big Band director. He wan the fist prize as a best student at Umbria Jazz ’86 in the lectures teached at the Berklee College of Music in Boston held by Gary Burton. He performed with: Sal Nistico, Rosario Giuliani, Xavier Girotto, George Garzone, John La Porta, Massimo Urbani, Maurizio Giammarco, Maria Pia De Vito. His compositions and his CD have been published by “Rai Trade”, “"Edelmusic" di Milano," Vicky Production" di Pavia , "Pentaflower" e “Domani Musica” di Roma. He is actually an academic saxophone professor at the S. Cecilia Conservatory of Rome.

 

PUBLISHED CD

  • Toniche S/Concertanti for jazz orchestra - ed. Domani Musica RM
  • La Passione secondo Maria – ed. Rai Trade
  • Sax in preogress – ed. Rai Trade
  • Coriolano – ed. Xenam Music

 

PUBLISHED WORKS

  • “Trasparenze” (for chamber orchestra)
  • “Sogni” (for chamber orchestra)

AMERIKOVA Yulia

Russia

 

CLASSICAL MUSIC

 

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.

 

BARAN klaudiusz

Polonia

 

CLASSICAL MUSIC

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

CLASSICAL MUSIC

 

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

CLASSICAL MUSIC

 

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

WORLD MUSIC, VARIETE’

 

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.

CICCOTELLI Antonio

Italia

WORLD MUSIC

ciccotelliokAntonio Ciccotelli was born in Campobasso  October 16, 1973 and takes young studying the accordion following an artistic path - teaching diploma at a young age at the Conservatory of Music "G. Rossini "of Pesaro -section detached from Fermo- with Maestro Venturini.
After working as a hornist with several symphony orchestras (Orchestra Regionale delle Marche Alaleona D., Giordani Orchestra, Orchestra Young Instrumentalists Picenes, Benedetto Marcello Orchestra, Sinfonica di Ancona) and renowned classical ensembles (woodwind octet "En plein aire" Rimini, "the Brass Italian" of Chieti), when fully page to return to the passion that, before embarking on his musical studies at the Conservatory, had accompanied him: the accordion. Thus began a new and brilliant career that saw him work as an accordion player with the most famous orchestras including the Orchestra of Romagna "Mario Scraper: the clarinet di Romagna" and the Orchestra "Bourgeois".
He also collaborated as author and composer with major music publishers, such as: ART, Molpas, Scraper Sonora, Three d, Notami folk. In this his artistic activity has always accompanied the musical experience more "classical" chamber music for winds and founded the Wind Quintet "Melange On the Ages" and collaborating with the decimino horn "Harmonious Musici";
in 1998-99 he attended a course of ensemble music for wind instruments at the Academy of Pescara "School of Music" under the guidance of M ° Maurizio Colasanti, and subsequently established a strong artistic bond with maestro Dante Milozzi (first flute in the RAI of Turin). In 2007 he attended the "Masterclass Ensemble" with Maestro Paolo Carlini (principal bassoon of the Orchestra Regionale della Toscana) with which it is then continued a fruitful season of study. Classical music has seen him lead actor as performer and arranger, but also a record producer. And 'in fact the owner of the company Edizioni Musicali Notami (www.edizioninotami.it) for which the label "classic Notami" has produced two recording projects of music of Maestro Euro Teodori for wind quintet and solo titled "Hail" and Pentaerofonia "and is working on the release of a third album with reworked music for solo oboe and wind quintet. The business of music publisher is not limited to classical music but extends to teaching, producing and distributing the "Method for Oboe" Maestro Francesco Di Rosa (1st Oboe soloist of the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia in Rome) and the "Method for Trumpet" of Maestro Daniele Giardina, and even jazz music. It stands out in this area as a record producer with assets of refined and innovative ben 10 record productions for the label "jazz Notami" among which stand out collaborations with musicians from the international jazz scene such as Mike Melillo, Marco Tamburini and Fabrizio Bosso .
There were numerous accolades from journalists and music critics of the industry who have recognized in various recording projects originality and quality. This led him to broaden their artistic horizons by working steadily as a hornist with the Big Band "Colours Jazz Orchestra" under the direction of M ° Massimo Morganti in particular a recent international project "Gil Evans Project" in the festival "jazz Ancona "directed by Ryan Truesdell occasion.

 

D’ASCANIO Paolo

Italy

VARIETE’

 

PAOLO D'ASCANIOBorn in Capistrello (AQ) has began to study the accordion and the piano at the Conservatory of L'Aquila to graduate in Ravenna (piano) and Bari (accordion).
Winner of many national and international competitions for accordion and piano, from '87 to '95 works as an accordionist on tour with Luciana Turini, Stefano Ruffini, Marco and Gianni Morandi, Cornflower, Don Baki, and on theater tour with Vittorio Gassman. He plays with the master Gervasio Marcosignori (Oscar World Accordion).
He currently performs in concert in Italy and abroad in training solo, trio, quartet and quintet, collaborated with the Orchestra of the Collegium Musicum of Bari directed by M. Brown, with Nuccy War (which he played with the most famous international jazz soloists such as Dizzi Gillespie, Chet Baker, Lee Konitz and Art Farmer).
D'Ascanio is also active in the theater thanks to the partership with actor Paul Panaro and actress Nunzia Antonino.
In addition to a busy concert that ranges from classical to jazz, D'Ascanio holds seminars.

DEL FAVERO Andrea

Italy

WORLD MUSIC

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.

DELLAROLE Giorgio

Italy

CLASSICAL MUSIC

 

GIORGIO-DELLAROLEAccordionist atypical, he devoted himself mainly to the study and interpretation of baroque and classical repertoire with a instrument that was developed in its present form only in the late twentieth century.
He has performed worldwide as a soloist and duo to sextet and has released CD with repertoire ranging from early music to tango.
He teaches accordion at the Conservatoire de la Vallée d'Aoste and at the Royal Conservatory of Mons (Belgium).

DJOKIC Dragan

Serbia

 

CLASSICAL MUSIC

 

Dragan-Djokic

Dragan Djokic was born in 1964 in Kragujevac, where he began his musical education in elementary school, continuing his training in high school music "Dr. Miloje Milojevic".

When the master Radomic Tomic moved from Moscow, he attended his class, obtaining significant results at the international level and in federal competitions. One of these was the first prize in Pula, Category concert, and as having been chosen to represent the former Yugoslavia in the World Championship in Caracas where he was unable to attend because of the war. 

 

In 1994 he completed his post-graduate studies with honors and holds concerts both as a soloist and with other musicians and orchestras in Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany and Slovakia. Apart as performer, he devoted himself to teaching and by the success of his students get the support of the Ministry of Culture of Baden-Wuttemberg, where he became professor of reference for students with accordion. 

 

He attend, as delegate, to the Coupe Mondiale and as a member of the jury at Castelfidardo and regularly takes part in concerts of international artists such as Christian Knebel, Michel Kern and others, where he develops musical programs in Baroque, Renaissance, classical and modern style.

 

DOUYEZ Olivier

Belgium

CLASSICAL MUSIC

 

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).

 

FARMEN Øivind

Norway

 

CLASSICAL MUSIC

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

 

FREIRE Anìbal

Portugal

CLASSICAL MUSIC, VARIETE’

 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

GIACCAGLIA Emiliano

ITALY

 

CLASSICAL MUSIC

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

CLASSICAL MUSIC

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.

JBANOV Roman

Russia

CLASSICAL MUSIC, VARIETE’

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.

KRÜMM Philippe

France

WORLD MUSIC, VARIETE’

 

krumm philippePhilippe Krumm is an expert on accordions, metal free reed instruments and traditional instruments of world music. Journalist traveler, Today editor and founder of several magazines on world music and accordion columnist France Music, authors numerous articles on world music and accordion Philippe Krumm travel since the late 70 years to discover and meet the peoples of the world, their music and their instruments… After studying Marketing, he devoted himself to the ethnomusicology of France Nanterre, organology the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Paris and musical acoustics at Jussieu. He will be responsible mission for traditional music in the Ministry of Culture, Directorate of music (1982.1989). Founder labels Silex Five planets and he was also director of the festival of Saint Chartier… He has participated in numerous exhibitions and expertise to various museums in the world. He had the pleasure and privilege of attending Alain Vian, (brother of the other exciting History and antique musical instruments in Paris) on auctions. He also participated in many seminars and conferences on the history and organology instruments of popular music.

LO RUSSO Marco

ITALIA

 

VARIETE'

 

lorusso

Marco Lo Russo aka Rouge was born in Latin America April 27, 1977. 

Accordionist, composer, arranger, producer, musicologist, conductor and professor at the Conservatory of Music G. Nicolini in Piacenza and G. P. da Palestrina in Cagliari. 

Considered by critics and by many world-renowned artists artist representative from the Guidelines most advanced and updated musical culture of our time, is counted in the Yearbook of Italian Cinema for his work composing for television (RAI, RTI, SKY), the theater, soloists and for its intense concert activity. 

Distinguished appreciation by Ennio Morricone, Leo Brouwer, Nicola Piovani, Piera Degli Esposti, Giorgio Albertazzi, Pupi Avati, and many others identify him as the internationally renowned Italian excellence. It is extremely eclectic, a lover of sounds mediteranee and contemporary musical interests range from the classical repertory to Argentine tango jazz contaminations and electronic equipment. 

He's on international stages and television broadcasts in numerous occasions, performing in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francesco broadcast worldwide. info on www.marcolorusso.com

MATTILA Kimmo

Finland

CLASSICAL MUSIC, WORLD MUSIC, VARIETE’

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 .

MELICHAR Alfred

Austria

CLASSICAL MUSIC

Alfred MelicharBorn 1957 in Vienna, studied in Vienna and Warsaw (with Lech Puchnowski). Soloist concert career as an accordionist and bandoneon-player with the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Camerata Athens, Ensemble Wiener Collage (since 2003 chairman), Austrian Ensemble for New Music, Ensemble Die Reihe, Ensemble Reconsil, Ensemble Kreativ, K & K-Experimental Studio, the Austrian Kammersymphoniker at various festivals, such as Wien Modern, Hörgänge, Vogtländische Music Festival, Carinthian Summer, Musica Nova Brasil in most countries in Europe and overseas. Through his collaboration with contemporary composers (including Cerha, Dinescu, Marez Oyens, Tsepkolenko, Urbanner) a variety of new works for accordion, accordion and chamber music came about, radio and CD productions.

Works as a bandoneon player (works by Piazzolla, Weill and others) with the RSO Orchester Vienna, Munich Radio Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, RSO Ljubljana, Okoun Ensemble , a.o.

Teaching as a professor of accordion at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz and in international courses and seminars.

MORNET Jacques

France

CLASSICAL MUSIC, VARIETE’

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

CLASSICAL MUSIC

 

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.

OSWALDINHO do Accordeon

Brasil

 

WORLD MUSIC/VARIETE'

oswaldinho-3Foi a primeira sanfona de oito baixos, que ganhou de presente de seu pai, que possibilitou a Oswaldinho do Acordeon tornar-se um mestre moderno de seu instrumento.

Carioca, filho de Pedro Sertanejo, nosso precursor do forró em São Paulo, Oswaldinho do Acordeon mudou-se para São Paulo aos oito anos, onde se iniciou no piano, pois não havia professores de acordeon. Porém acabara sempre namorando a sanfona, instrumento que no fundo mais gostava. Aos 12 anos, já tocava profissionalmente com o pai na gravadora Continental e em diversas casas de forrós.

Buscando o aperfeiçoamento, em 1976 conheceu o professor italiano Dante D’Alonzo e começou a estudar pra valer. Estudou música clássica por 13 anos, tendo sido inclusive aluno de Paulo Feolla no “Conservatório Santa Clara”.

O talento raro lhe rendeu uma bolsa no Conservatório Dante de Milão (Itália) e em 1984 Oswaldinho do Acordeon apresentou-se como atração no Festival do Campeonato Mundial de Acordeon e conquistou a admiração de portugueses, ingleses, alemães, suíços, canadenses, japoneses e americanos.

Sua carreira registra gravações com as principais estrelas da MPB e teve a oportunidade de abrir um show de All Jarreau, na França e participar de projetos como: Pixinguinha, US-TOP, Free Jazz Festival, Rock in Rio, inúmeros festivais na Franca, Suíça, Nova York e também no Brasil. Seu talento também esteve presente no MTV Acústico Rita Lee, MTV Acústico Cássia Eller, DVD SPC – Só Pra Contrariar, Show dos 500 anos de Descobrimento do Brasil – Rede Globo, Festival de Amiens, na França (2003), Prêmio TIM 2008 (Homenagem à Dominguinhos), tendo sido ganhador deste mesmo prêmio no ano de 2005 – Melhor Disco “Cada um belisca um pouco” – categoria Instrumental.

Oswaldinho também tem no seu registro atuações como solista convidado por Orquestras como: Jazz Sinfônica de São Paulo, Orquestra de Câmara de Curitiba, Orquestra Sinfônica do Paraná, Orquestra Sinfônica de Santo André, Orquestra Experimental de Repertório, Orquestra Jovem do Estado, Orquestra Infanto-Juvenil de Violões, Banda Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Orquestra Sinfônica de Santos, Orquestra Sinfônica de Porto Alegre, Banda Sinfônica de Cubatão, entre outras.

Oswaldinho do Acordeon é reconhecido mundialmente pelas “fusões” de estilos musicais em suas obras, além de estar sempre difundindo seu instrumento para a quebra de barreiras culturais. Oswaldinho foi o primeiro acordeonista no Brasil a fazer uso de um acordeon digital, ampliando seu repertório de timbres e sons para enriquecer nossa cultura popular.

Tanto talento resultou em uma grande homenagem feita pelos europeus: a réplica de suas mãos está exposta no Museu de Reggio Emilia, na Itália, como uma das mais velozes mãos do acordeon.

Com uma discografia que registra 24 discos, em 2003 lançou o CD “Asa Branca Blues”, que mostra sua versatilidade em um dos grandes clássicos da música brasileira com uma versão Blues cheia de novidades e timbres. Esta obra também conta com a participação especial de Hermeto Paschoal e Rodrigo Botter Maio. No mesmo ano outro CD com o título de “Um bom Forró” foi lançado, resgatando suas raízes nordestinas.

Em 2009, lançou o CD “Lição de Casa” – recheado de composições inéditas e algumas regravações e sucessos com seus parceiros, dentre elas “Um Tom pra Jobim” de parceria com Sivuca, “Tenho Sede” (Anastácia/ Dominguinhos), Só Xote (Nelson Aires) e “Oblivion”, música de um de seus maiores ídolos musicais Astor Piazzolla.

Oswaldinho apresenta seu mais recente trabalho intitulado “Forró Chorado” – uma brilhante releitura do eterno “chorinho” em ritmo tradicional de forró. Este trabalho veio para consagrar a versatilidade e brilhante carreira deste ícone da música brasileira que é Oswaldinho do Acordeon.

 

OUELLET Raynald

Canada

WORLD MUSIC, VARIETE’

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."

PALAZZO Francesco

ITALIA

 

CLASSICAL



Francesco PalazzoFrancesco Palazzo (Martina Franca 1969) studied with Salvatore di Gesualdo. He graduated with honors in Accordion (the first in Italy) at the Conservatory "L. Cherubini "in Florence, completing his training through the humanities, Composition, Choral Music and Choral Conducting.

Special Mention "S. Gubaidulina "all '" Ibla Grand Prize "2001 and 2002 got the opportunity to perform in prestigious concert halls in the United States and Europe (New York - Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, NY University, Amsterdam IIC)
It also played an important concerts in the main Italian cities and abroad (Holland, Germany, Albania, Congo) for important concert associations and music festivals.

               He led a staff technical and expressive research, also based on comparison with other instruments, which prompted him to re-establish his playing technique on a new basis and to design and to build a concert instrument more responsive to the changing demands of art.

              Since 1993 he has been teaching accordion at the Conservatory "N. Piccinni "in Bari, parallel to the concert and teacher, act as the auditor and composer with a number of publications of transcriptions, adaptations and his own compositions for accordion as well as an important work of didactic entitled" Fundamentals of Technical Accordion "for the Berben music publishing and for Physa Musical Editions. 

              He has recorded for Smile Ed Mus., Rugginenti and as a soloist for the Phoenix Audiosystem, a recital includes music by J. S. Bach, C. Franck, F. Lattuada, F. Alfano, L. Ferrari-Trecate, S. Calligaris, B. Bartolozzi and S. Gubaidulina and Digression Music. With the latter has published "Movimento Perpetuo", a new record on the original literature for accordion avant-garde of the last forty years of music by L. Andriessen, T. Hosokawa, T. I. Lundquist, F. Palazzo, S. Gubaidulina, G. Tailleferre, O.Schmidt, S. di Gesualdo, and "FOLKSONGS!", with Tiziana Portoghese, mezzo soprano.
 
              In chamber music and orchestral have to report important collaborations with the "Tamborrino Ensemble", the "Xenia Ensemble", Fondazione Adkins Chiti-"Women in Music", the orchestra "Musica Judaica" and the "Collegium Musicum", with which performed, alongside the cellist Elizabeth Wilson, the opera "Sieben Worte" by the Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina, for accordion, cello and string orchestra, the Orchestra of the concert Society of Bari, with which he performed for the first absolute in 2008 the "Concert for the people" for accordion and orchestra, dedicated to him by the composer Luigi pugliese Morley, the "Morley Mediterranean Quartet" Duo "with the mezzo-soprano Tiziana Portuguese Folksongs, the Duo" Palazzo Squillante, "with the mandolin player Mauro Squillante.

             In 2005 he made his debut as a composer, winning the first prize to the Eighth Edition of the International Composition Competition "Franco Evangelisti", organized by the New Consonance, with "Perpetual Motion" - Studio Concert for accordion, published by Suvini dell'Edizioni Zerboni.

            His performances and compositions have been broadcast by RadioTre, Vatican Radio, Classical Radio Network and other European broadcasters.

            In May 2011 at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari has performed in world premiere, a concerto for solo accordion and orchestra, written for him by composer Vito Palumbo.

PITOCCO Massimiliano

Italy

CLASSICAL MUSIC

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

CLASSICAL MUSIC

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.

RICHARD Jerome

France

VARIETE’

JEROME RICHARDBorn in Cholet, France, Pays de la Loire region of Maine-June 29, 1980, begins to solmizate to 5 years. A year later he began studying accordion and already makes itself heard. Richard curls competitions, cups, trophies. If wore his medals on the lapel would resemble a general of the first empire rather than a accordionist. He goes from one to a gala dance with the naturalness that distinguishes smiling. Never be the last to make the party, always the first to pull off a couple of nudges for the pleasure of an audience that gradually becomes larger.
On 9 December 1989 he took part in the theater of Cholet in one of the selections of "Small wonders of the Accordion" by Maurice Larcange that without which the nouvelle vague of the accordion would not be the same. Is chosen and in May 1991 he made his first recording which is followed by another in the following year.
Since then there have been countless compilations to investments in which it participates as a consultant, not hesitating to become personally involved in the arrangements for the younger ones.
For lovers of dance and accordion Richard reserve moments of extreme virtuosity with a repertoire of great wealth that ranges between evergreen and modern sounds.

RIGANELLI Christian

Italy

CLASSICAL MUSIC, VARIETE’

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.

ROJAC Corrado

Italy

CLASSICAL MUSIC

 

CORRADO ROJACBorn in Trieste, Rojac was the first italian to graduate from an accordion at the State Conservatory and also one of the first teachers of this instrument at state institutions.
He played for the italian most prestigious musical institutions, including the Teatro Regio di Torino, the Arena di Verona, La Fenice in Venice, the Concert Society of Trieste, the Philharmonic Academy of Bologna. Many also his claims abroad (Salzburg, Zagreb, Bucharest, Beijing). He contributed greatly to the development of contemporary literature for accordion, collaborating with numerous composers, and presenting the first performance of various songs, often also own.
Graduated on Composition at the Conservatorio Verdi in Milan under the guidance of Maestro Alessandro Solbiati also carries composition.
He approached the accordion to the world of electronic music.
In 2003 accordionist in residence for the Laboratory of Contemporary Music Maestro Azio Corghi at the Accademia Chigiana.
In 2010 and 2011, held at Harvard University in Boston, a lecture-concert on contemporary music for accordion, and a concert with music in the first performance of students and faculty at the same university.
It 'also graduated in piano and cello, as well as a degree in Music History at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Trieste. His thesis on the method of harmonic bellows of an accordion Joseph Greggiati opens to the philological-historical perspective hitherto unknown. He has recorded for various radio and television stations, including the Austrian ORF, RAI, SKYclassica, Limen tv.

SCIGLIANO Giuseppe

ITALIA

 

CLASSICAL MUSIC

 

sciglianoGiuseppe Scigliano is an Italian classical accordion (bayan) player, bandoneonist and music teacher. It is considered by international critics as one of the most multi-faceted virtuoso bayanist in the Italian accordion scene.

He began at an early age to study the classical accordion with M° Mario Castellacci. It was the first graduate with honors and praise at the Conservatory "Santa Cecilia" in Rome under the guidance of  M° Massimiliano Pitocco. He studied composition and conductorship with Maestro Francesco Carotenuto and attended masterclasses in Italy and abroad with Massimiliano Pitocco, Wjatscheslaw Semionov, Matti Rantanen, Max Bonnay, Friederic Lips, Yuri Shiskin, Geir Draugsvol, Jean Luc Manca and Claudio Jacomucci, with whom he attended the three-year course of "Scuola Superiore di Fisarmonica" at the Conservatory "G. Lettimi" in Rimini.

He has to his credit numerous concerts in Italy and abroad, and his research on classical and contemporary repertoire has always aimed at developing and discovering new techniques to accordion literature.

 

SELIVANOV Alexander

Russia

CLASSICAL MUSIC

 

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.

 

SENECA Giovanni

ITALY

 

WORLD MUSIC

 

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.

SPACCAROTELLA Antonio

ITALY

 

WORLD MUSIC, VARIETÈ

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He forms himself, in very young age, in school Accordion Cosentino, directed by Lucio Cortese.

From 2003 to 2008 he attended the courses of modern accordion with Renzo Ruggeri, in Roseto degli  Abruzzi (TE).

He studied  three years of Jazz accordion, with Professor Renzo Ruggeri, held at the Conservatory  Music G.BRAGA of Teramo, where he studied the history of jazz, modern arrangement  for small and medium-sized formations, computer music. He followed a course lasting 6 months for teaching academic training in organic private held by Renzo Ruggeri.

In 2009 he obtained a license to music theory; Complementary and piano (address
accordion) at the Conservatory P.I. Tchaicovsky Nocera Terinese (CZ).

In 2002, he followed the Classical Accordion Master Class with Zubitsky Vladimir (Russia) and  International Competition town of San Vincenzo La Costa.

In 2007 he followed the seminar Accordion Jazz with Luciano Biondini (Italy); the festival  International Castelfidardo; Seminar Accordion Alexander technique with classical and  Claudio Jacomucci (Italy); the International Festival of Castelfidardo; Stage Music
traditional / folk and popular contamination, Professor Danilo Montenegro, UNICAL University CS Calabria.

In 2008, he followed the course on Roland digital diatonic accordion at Roland FR18d  EU S.p.A. in San Benedetto del Tronto; Seminar Accordion classic Friedric Lips  (Russia); the International Festival of Castelfidardo; the Accordion Jazz Master Class with Frank
Morocco (USA) Victoria accordions factory - Castelfidardo.

In 2009 he followed the Stage Roland Digital Accordion (Roland School) held at the
Roland Italy S.p.A. Milan.

In 2010 he followed instead of the Accordion Master Class with Frederic Modern and Classical  Deschamps (France) and Mika Väyrynen (Finland), at the Conservatorio di Musica "Santa  Cecilia ", Rome and the Classical Accordion Master Class with Massimiliano Pitocco (Italy), at the  P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

In 2011 he continued the jazz seminar, "The art of improvisation", held by: Nicola Pisani (Italy), Mark Tumbas (Grece), at the Conservatory of S. Giacomantonio CS.

Between 2010 and 2012 he referred to as "avant-garde techniques on teaching accordion, Classical  Modern "with Frederich Deschamps, at La Selle / Paris (France).

SUNDEQVIST Jörgen

Sweden

CLASSICAL MUSIC


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.

SVIACKEVICIUS Raimondas

Lithuania

CLASSICAL MUSIC

 

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

ITALIA

 

WORLD MUSIC

 

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.