PIF Academy 2020 (3 Seminars & Book)

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In these difficult days, we feel the greater need to offer cultural opportunities to the world of accordion. This year PIF Academy confirms the realization of the announced BOOK on the future of the accordion and adds three SEMINARS (Classical, Jazz and World) with artists who have made the history of the accordion in the world. Thanks to live streaming, these events – in English and Italian – will have an unprecedented international resonance and there will be the opportunity to speak directly with the protagonists.

The protagonists:

  • Gil Goldstein (USA)
    JAZZ Accordion Seminar
    September 18th, about 4:00 pm, live streaming
    Pianist, accordionist, producer and arranger, Gil Goldstein has participated for more than 40 years in the most important American official jazz projects, collaborating with Pat Martino, Pat Metheny Billy Cobham, Ray Barretto, Lee Konitz, Jim Hall, David Sanborn, Bobby McFerrin , Milton Nascimento, Michael and Randy Brecker, Manhattan Transfer, Al Jarreau and many others.
    In 1993 the project “Miles Davis and Quincy Jones Play the Music of Gil Evans” won the Grammy Award and contains his reconstruction of the orchestrations. But he also worked as an orchestrator for film music with composers Ryuichi Sakamoto, Peter Kosminsky and collaborated with Bernardo Bertolucci in the film Piccolo Budda.
    Gil will do a seminar on his experience as an accordionist from a different perspective (than pianist), starting from his beginnings, addressing issues such as solo development, accompaniment, transcriptions and other tips on using the accordion in Jazz.


  • Fabio Turchetti (Italy)
    Accordion seminar WORLD
    September 19th, about 3:00 pm, live streaming
    Fabio Turchetti, accordionist and singer, graduated in musicology at the Dams in Bologna and graduated from the Luigi Cherubini conservatory in Florence.
    In his thirty-year career he has released 40 CDs and held at least a thousand concerts and collaborated with many international artists in different genres, from folk to jazz. He wrote texts and music for the theater, published three books and made a television series of musical journeys. The seminar was born from these last experiences: Fabio traces the last km of “The Way of Santiago de Compostela”, a special and unique path in history, filming the places where millions of pilgrims have passed through the centuries to tell the path through the his music.


  • Viatcheslav Semionov (Russia)
    CLASSIC Accordion Seminar
    September 20, about 5:00 pm, live streaming
    Viatcheslav Semionov has won many international competitions and played concerts in over 30 countries. His students at the Rostov Musical Academy of Music have won the most important competitions in the world and among them we mention: Youri Shishkin, Anatoli Zaikin, Youri Dranga, Yuri Medianik, Alexander Pouliev, Alexander Selivanov.
    In his career he received the prestigious title of “Honored Artist of Russia” along with many other awards. The Maestro is recognized as one of the greatest composers ever for classical accordion; his compositions have become part of the repertoires of the greatest concert performers and among these we remember: Sonata no.1, Basqueriad, Sonata no.2, Reminiscense of the future, Sonata no.3, Fusion, Sonata no.4, Four Rhapsodies : Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania and Estonia, Don Rhapsody, Frescos – Concert for Bayan and orchestra, and many others.
    The seminar will focus on the master’s best-known compositions with tales, anecdotes and plays that will make us discover something even more about the life of the great Russian master.

In the Pif Academy container, as already announced in recent months, the book “FISARMONICA: I COLORI CHE VERRANNO” (“ACCORDION: THE COLORS THAT WILL COME)
The text deals with the theme of the future of the reed family seen by the operators in the sector. From the engineer to the craftsman, from classical music to world music, from contamination to the use of electronics, from design to the creation of fancy instruments, from concertism to teaching.
We asked important protagonists such as Friederich Lips (Russia), Herberth Scheibenreif (Austria), Joseph Natoli (Usa), Lorenzo Antonelli (Italy), Carlo Casabianca (Italy), Loris Douyez (Belgium), Patrizia Angeloni (Italy), Miranda Cortes and Nuovo CDMI (Italy), architect Andrea Straccialini of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design Poliarte of Ancona, Giuseppe Manfredi (Italy) and many others who have been included through interviews, to tell their experience and their thoughts on the future.
The text in Italian and English will be distributed free of charge on our website.

Comments (1)

  • Joan Cochran Sommers


    I am looking forward to watching all reports from this event! But especially to the portion presented by Semionov! Thank you for letting us hear and see this. Good luck with everything.
    My best wishes,
    Joan Cochran Sommers
    Kansas City, Missouri , USA


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