The future is now, in the audacity of an edition of the International Accordion Award that has not bowed to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic but has rather indicated the way forward, inventing a new digital format that can be taken as a reference in the entire panorama musical. The Russian school is confirmed at the top with Artem Malhasyan, born in 1995, a native of Goryachy Klyuch, a student of the St. Petersburg Conservatory and of maestro Vladimir Orlov, who already won last year in the classical ‘master’ category.
“I have been playing the accordion since I was a child and I can’t imagine myself without”: a talent that describes himself this way and that, albeit remotely, received the consecration in the prestigious concert section by the jury chaired by Friedrich Lips, playing a keyboard instrument, a rather unusual circumstance where the button one can be considered of choice.
Malhasyan preceded the Lithuanian Rakauskas and the Chinese Zhang Zhiyuan, by registering the name of a Russian artist for the 14th time. In the other categories, important Italian achievements with the young Abruzzese Manuel Marchegiani and Gianmarco Alcini in senior virtuosos and electronics (Gervasio Marcosignori award), the exuberant Cono D’Elia from Campania in world music, the elegant Piedmontese duo Valerio Chiovarelli & Fulvio Chiara (trumpet) in jazz.
And let’s talk about numbers. From 15 to 21 September, we had almost 20,000 open sessions on the official website for a total of over 51,000 views.
But beyond the results of the most important Prize & Competition in the world that the world had the merit of bringing together once again by overturning the formula via the web with participants from all continents and high quality, it is the entire organizational machine that has won a challenge. not without risks, collecting remarkable numbers and proposing capital evenings that will remain in history with Raphael Gualazzi, Danilo Rea and Luciano Biondini.
“Three years ago, when I had the honor of receiving this assignment, I had a project that we can proudly say we have realized – says the artistic director Renzo Ruggieri -: I wanted to create synergies, demonstrate that the accordion can fit into any art and musical form , looking to the future with the PIF, which we also did with the book ‘Accordion: the colors that will come’. The hypothesis of stopping due to covid was never taken into consideration: we worked double via streaming, believing in ideas that will now lead by example. I thank all the staff and companions of this wonderful journey ».
It is true that covid has heavily penalized the presence on site (and the related tourist effects for the city), but what goes into the archive is an edition that is special in its own way. “We changed the organization during the race, still achieving exceptional numbers with the whole accordion world represented and great visibility – underlined the mayor Roberto Ascani – for the first time we used the You Tube channel with live coverage of 1400 hours and 300,000 views; on social channels we count 90,000 views and 20,000 interactions; From 15 to 21 September, we had almost 20,000 open sessions on the official website for a total of over 51,000 views. Étv Marche has reached over 200,000 viewers on its TV channels. We had set ourselves the goal of giving space to young people who, with this new format, have been able to be appreciated everywhere. A great team game for which I thank the artists, the jury, Pro Loco, Owl Solutions, Étv, Marche Region, Chamber of Commerce, Carilo foundation, AMMA, all the companies in the sector and above all councilor and maestro Ruggieri for the exceptional care of every detail: next year we will embrace each other in attendance while maintaining live streaming ».
Thus ends with a pinch of emotion “an adventure that began pedaling to Klingenthal to convey our culture with the PIFaround and continued by exploiting the immense potential of the network: the seminars and auditions followed live by entire accordion classes, show that through the accordion you can speak a language that unites peoples and souls, expressing and blending typical expressions “, said Councilor Ruben Cittadini, whose words was followed by Massimo Pigini, president of the Music Marche Accordion association, who reiterated the importance of collaboration and sharing of intentions among all parties.
A particular mention was then spent for the young category, inserted out of competition by sending a video so that it could be a party and an opportunity for everyone: the interest was such that it was necessary to reset the public votes that registered peaks unexpected. With 1200 preferences, the most voted was Peter Sokol (Slovakia), but prizes also went to the youngest (Davide Di Giacomo, born in 2013) and to the Spanish Sofia Ros and special mentions to other contributions to enhance their originality, heart and folklore, such as in the case of the Indian and South African participants.
So, in particular, for the YOUNG section:
Award to the youngest: Davide Di Giacomo born on 29/01/2013 from Italy.
Castelfidardo Municipal Administration Award to Sofia Ros from Spain.
Award to the most voted in the cat. Young to Peter Sokol from the Slovak Republic
– Mikhail Losmakov (Russia)
– Daniel Vorozhun (Sweden)
– Accordion Quartet “Sondeckiukai” (Lithuania)
– Clelland Shand (Scotland)
– Duo Cam (Italy)
– Ravi Benne (India)
– “Su Sonadori” Simone Grussu (Italy)
– Morusu Hlalele (South Africa)
Watch here all the results
(Courtesy of Lucia Flauto, Press office Castelfidardo)