Wednesday 19th September: Arrived in Lorient, France the Venue for the 51st Tropheo Mondiale CMA,
was the Palais de Congress, an imposing building positioned on the Harbour,
a beautiful setting for this very important event. The first day was
the arrival of all the contestants and delegates, members of the jury and
organisers. The event was arranged meticulously, never once did you
struggle for information in any language, interpreters were on hand should
you require them.
The cocktail reception was hosted by the Organisers, Frederic
Deschamps welcomed everyone in Italian and English. The music was provided
by Jarome Richard a wonderful start, after which dinner was served. After
this it was bedtime for everybody.
Thursday 20th September: 1st day was the Junior Cat.1 and Senior Cat.1 This was the performance
of the Test Piece Pantomima Umeristica, for the Junior Cat 1, followed by
The Bach Prelude and Fugue open choice, and the Scarlatti Sonata Open
Choice. The performance of the pieces was as exhilarating for the
audience as it was for the competitors, they all obviously enjoyed their
Bach and Scarlatti, and for me, as firstly a pianist, it was
wonderful to hear the stylistic performances of the Scarlatti and
the Preludes, Fugues, each individual played with such expertise, it
was such a treat for me.
The Junior Category 1 was dominated on that first day by Aude Giuliano
of France, such composure, an accurate and musical performance of
all the required pieces.
Eleonora Tomassetti, of Italy played a very exciting Pantomima
Umeristica, with the humour and character best describing the piece to me,
I enjoyed her playing there were some exciting moments.
The Senior section Cat 1 Set Piece Divertissement Rhapsodia by L.
Logist followed, again a magnificent array of performances of the Test
piece, the Scarlatti and the Prelude and Fugue, and here I was going to
see such diversity in styles and techniques, but one performance was going
to effect me personally, like no other performance could have, my first
encounter with Mario Stefano Petrodarchi, the charismatic performance,
such artistry on stage, every single note in itself a work of art, every
movement of the bellows technically perfect, over the next few days this
was going to be an experience of a lifetime for me. The word enjoy could
never be profound enough to describe this performance, it was brilliant
and reduced me in the Fugue to tears, in the Scarlatti a smile was more
than appropriate as the lightness of this piece set a different mood. With
such a sensitive portrayal of every single note in every possible
descriptive way. The performances of each of the candidates showed such
brilliance and musical dedication, and a treat for all who witnessed these
sections on the first day.
Friday 21st September: The second day was the own choice program, 20 minutes of different
styleshere we were going to hear such wonderful music, these being perhaps
the favourite pieces of the Candidates. Once more in the junior
Section Aude Giuliano set a tremendously high standard, but performances
from all was such a treat, a super performance Mathilda Royet,
Jelena Zivic and a very exciting performance from Snesar Alexandra, in the
Senior Section, some
very stylistic playing in his program, with contrasting elements, Snesar
has a tremendous style and I enjoyed his performance a lot. The Audience
loved his set it was exciting and entertaining.
The first section of the Entertainment was next on the agenda, and I
must admit to enjoying this section a lot, it was such a superb contrast to the
previous classical sections. Two little boys took me by surprise
Marcello Guarnacci and Denis Berto, from San Morino what superb
performances they gave, such experience for their very young ages, their
teacher must be very proud of them.
The outstanding performance was from Vincent Carenzi, he made the very
difficult Polka 2001, by Frederic Deschamps/J. Richard look like a five
finger exercise. Great playing and great personality.
After the dinner, it was to be an exciting evening with a concert by
Gaston Lorho Trio, featuring the Bandoneon, Guitar and Vocals, this was
such a treat, such expertise and a contrasting Concert given by these 3
very talented artistes. Followed by Richard Galliano, this was such
a treat also, an amazing accordionist, he had the audience mesmerized,
this brilliant Maestro had the audience in his hands and took 4 encores, I
will never forget that magical performance.
Saturday 22nd September was the finale for the competitions the 3rd
Category was a Contemporary 8 - 20 mins for the juniors, 10 - 30 mins for
the seniors, all made the longer program by choice. Here was an
exciting performance, with Contemporary works for the Accordion played
with such understanding of the criteria, imagination and understanding of
the Composers intention was expertly portrayed by all the Candidates, the
use of the timbre, the percussion and voice was experienced, talented
performances from all the candidates here, there was lot of nerves
on this last day for all, the stress was beginning to show, and I was glad
for them all, that a decision had been made not to insist on a winners
concert, adding to the stress of such an undertaking. The finest
performance of the Flight of the Bumble Bee, by Rimsky Korsakov was played
by Snesar Alexander, although 59 seconds is the acceptable time for this
piece, I believe it was more like 40 seconds, I could not believe it was
possible to play this piece at this incredible speed, but he did. A great
A magnificent performance from Aude Giuliano once again and 1st place
was inevitable, Igor
Krizman from Croatia, played beautifully and secured 2nd Place, with his
meticulous performance. A beautiful performance from Mathilda Royet, this was
more than enough to secure 3rd place for this lovely young lady.
The piano accordion was featured amongst the contestants with
exceptional memorable performances from Jarmila Vlachova, Josef Hrebik and
Katerina Paclikova, from the Czec Republic.
Sunday 23rd September: it was the results, and a celebratory cocktail party.
The adjudicators and officials were presented with certificates, and then
the awards, there was extreme tension for the Candidates placed it was an
emotional time, as I can well remember from my own experience in the CMA
Tropheo Mondiale, there were tears of joy, and such wonderful camaraderie
between the candidates. The three winning candidates, were the
winning candidates from day 1 of their ordeal, Aude Giuliano, total
perfection musically and incredibly beautiful to watch, how to make the
accordion the most feminine of all instruments, just watch this young
Mario Stefano Petrodarchi, you are superb, you have made me cry,
you have made me smile, you have moved me in a way few other accordionists
have ever done. You made me feel every note, as is the intention, but
rarely achieved, a very Supreme Senior World Champion. Mario is at the
Pesaro Conservatorio, he has played the accordion since he was very small,
and his only instrument of study at the Conservatorio is the Accordion,
that is very encouraging to hear, that no other instrument was
imposed. Pesaro the home of Rossini has been responsible for the
finest musicians in Italy, and they now have a World Champion Accordionist
to add to that list.
Vincent Carenzi, you are a star performer, as an entertainer No 1 in
the World, this title you deserve, you made everything seem so easy, and
smiled throughout your performance. A very experienced musician, every
inch a performer.
To all the contestants Congratulations for all your wonderful
performances, for those that witnessed this event, the faces of these
young people, their individual charismatic personalities, and their musicianship will never be forgotten, how difficult a job you gave to the
adjudicators, to have to decide the placement of such performances must
have been tremendously difficult. Congratulations to all the
contestants who took
part in this superb event, you were simply THE BEST.
The final enjoyable experience was the Bal de Musette, performances
from all the top French artistes, it was full of variety, and it seemed
all the local community turned out to enjoy themselves, dressed up
befitting the event title of a Musette Ball.
Thanks must go to the Organisers at the Palaise de Congress, the
Organisers of the Tropheo Mondiale, the international Adjudicators, the
Secretaries, and to Frederic Deschamps, who seemed to have four of
himself working, every corner you took he was working. It was such a
great event take time to pat yourselves on the back for an event well
AS SOON AS
THE DATES AND VENUE ARE KNOWN FOR NEXT YEAR, I WILL PUT THEM ON THE
WEBSITE, DO NOT MISS THIS EVENT