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Competitions

International

Andorra

  • Apart from regular lessons, Harmonia Music School in Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra, also organises summer schools, and an International Accordion Competition, "Gran Premi d' Escaldes-Engordany", the 3rd edition of which will be held September 23 - 26, 2005.

Australia

Canada

China

Finland

  • The Finnish Accordion Institute publishes CDs, LPs, sheet music, books, etc. It also has an accordion museum, and September 18 - 22, 2001 it organised the first International Lasse Pihlajamaa Competition.

Germany

  • In 2003 the categories for the International Wolfgang Jacobi Competition for chamber music of the 20th century are flute/piano and flute/accordion. It will be held 14-16 November at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, Germany. The competition is open for young chamber music ensembles from Europe (age limit: 30 years); the jury includes Hugo Noth. (Currently, the website still refers to the 2002 program).
  • International Accordion Competition Klingenthal (in German) in Klingenthal, Germany, May 7 - 14, 2004, for soloists, duos and ensembles.

Italy

  • The 3rd National and 2nd Internatioal Premio Citta' di Atri will be held in Atri, Italy, on April 30 and May 1, 2004. The competition is open to accordion players, pianists and keyboard players.
  • The City of Castelfidardo (in Italian) in Italy organises a yearly Premio e Concorso Internazionale di Fisarmonica "Citta' di Castelfidardo". The next one will be held October 8-12, 2003.
  • The 2005 edition of the International Composition Competition F. Evangelisti in Rome is a competition for compositions for the Bayan Accordion in chamber music, either solo or in ensemble. The deadline for entry is 15 September 2005; the six finalist scores will be performed by Germano Scurti and by the Alter Ego ensemble on December 10, 2005 during Nuova Consonanza Festival.
     
     
  • Fisa...armonie is an international competition held in Trieste, Italy for accordion soloists, concert players and chamber ensembles. The third edition will be held September 23 - 25, 2005.
  • The 9th edition of the International Astor Piazzolla Award will be held in Udine, Italy, on October 30th - November 1st, 2002. The competition is open to groups and solists playing music by Astor PIazzolla; the application deadline is October 15th, 2002.
  • The International Music Competitions of Val Tidone, Italy, June 7 - 13, 2004 include the "Carlo Civardi" Classical and Varieté Accordion Prize, as well as chamber music and composition competitions in which accordionists can enter. There is also a National Competition on June 5-6, an International Masterclass Project July 28 - August 7, 2004 and A festival running from May to September

Japan

New Zealand

  • The New Zealand Accordion Association organises the South Pacific Accordion Championships and the New Zealand Accordion Championships and Festival in Auckland, New Zealand, on June 3 - 5, 2005. They also organise concerts, workshops, socials, etc., and they bring out a newsletter every 2 to 3 months.

Russia

Spain

  • Hauspoz, the Basque Accordion Association, aims to promote the accordion music, and artists and future artists. They organize "Arrasate Hiria 2001", the 9th International Accordion Competition, 22nd National Competition and 14th Accordion Festival in Arrasate-Mondragón on December 3-8, 2001. Also, they organise an accordion week in July, 2002.
  • The first Festival de Acordeón "Ciudad de Salamanca" (in Spanish) was held on November 2--4, 2001, with competitions both for solo accordions and (mixed) ensembles. The 2nd Festival de Acordeón "Ciudad de Salamanca" (in Spanish) will be held November 1--3, 2002.

United Kingdom

USA

  • The Accordion Federation of North America was founded in 1955 to stimulate the general public's interest in the accordion and to improve teaching. It organises a yearly festival in Los Angeles, California. Their 50th Gala Celebration will be held August 12 - 14, 2005. It will include accordion, piano, vocal and dance competitions, concerts and a Frank Marocco seminar.
  • The Accordion Teachers Association of Massachusetts sponsors annual New England Music Competition and Festival. The next one is April 2-4, 2004, in Newton, Massachusetts.

Concerts

International

  • Chango Spasiuk tours Europe in November 2005, with concerts in Norway, Spain, the UK, Portugal, Belgium and the Netherlands

Germany

The Netherlands

  • In the Bimhuis in Amsterdam there are 2 accordion concerts on November 13, 2006: Richard Galliano in the afternoon, and Kimmo Pohjonen and Eric Echampard in the evening.
  • The Leeuwarder Accordeon Ensemble gives a concert in Leeuwarden on April 1, 2006.
  • A Dutch concert diary (in Dutch) with amongst other concerts by Dutch accordion orchestras.

Portugal

  • Cultural Association d'orfeu (in Portuguese) in Águeda, Portugal, regularly has accordion concerts (they don't update their website often enough, but they have an accordion-specific mailing list, if you are interested)

USA

Festivals

International

Australia

  • The Accordion Society of Australia publishes a quarterly magazine, Accordion Review. It organises its 34th International Festival and 35st annual congress in Melbourne, Victoria on July 4 - 10, 2005.

Austria

  • The Internationales Akkordeonfestival Wien (in German) in Vienna, February 25 - March 26, 2006 features many concerts in many locations (many of which are double concerts), as well as workshops (every Wednesday afternoon). Artists include Otto Lechner, Frank Marocco, Riccardo Tesi and many others

Belgium

  • The Airbag Festival (in Dutch) was held in Brugge, Belgium from May 15 to July 25, 2004. It included concerts by amongst others Guy Klucevsek, Raul Barbosa and Attwenger, balls, and two exhibitions: "About squeezeboxes and spoon basses" with the collection of Charles Maeyaert (170 items), and "Variétés" about the influence of the accordion on the art and culture of Flanders.
  • Muziekpublique (in Dutch) / (in French) organised an International Accordion Festival in Brussels, Belgium.
  • Hoger Streven organises their 4th Accordion Festival (in Dutch)

Canada

The Czech Republic

  • The 2nd Prague Accordion and Harmonica Days The competition is open to amateur harmonica and accordion ensembles and orchestras. It is held biannually, alternating with the European Festival of Accordion Orchestras, also in Prague.

Denmark

Finland

France

Germany

  • Carsfeld (in German) in Germany is where the Bandoneon was invented -- on the site of its Tourist Information Bureau, there are a few pages a description and diagrams of the instrument, its history and a few sound clips. Also, there is a yearly Bandoneon Meeting in Carsfeld, which will next be held October 7 - 9, 2005.

Iceland

Ireland

Japan

The Netherlands

  • The River Zydeco Band from Brabant, the Netherlands, with Jo van Strien on Accordion, play only one kind of music: Zydeco! They are also responsible for the yearly Zydeco Zity in Raamsdonkveer, the Netherlands, a.k.a. Zydeco Zity. It will next be held June 16 - 18, 2006
  • Festival Het Accordeon (in Dutch) in Deventer, the Netherlands, will next be held February 15 - 19, 2006, with the Klaus Paier Trio, Pigalle 44, James Crabb, Orquesta Tipica OTRA, Deux Accords Diront and Noctambules (if link that doesn't show anything, try the Het Accordeon starting page )
  • Folkfestival trad.IT (in Dutch) in Groningen, the Netherlands
     
  • A Dutch and Flemish diatonic diary (in Dutch)
  • Diatonic accordion meeting Harmonicatrefdag Zuidlaren (the Netherlands), May 13 - 14, 2005
  • Adri Kruijer organises the 13th Accordion Festival Hoogezand-Sappemeer (in Dutch) in theatre 't Kielzog on October 8, 2006, from 13:00. Performing artists are the Marielle Roy (France), Gert Wantenaar, Piet Smit and Trio Wouter de Polkaman. Information and booking: +31 (0)598 - 322 107 (or see the web site for the email address).
  • Stichting Wereldmuziek in Limburg (in Dutch) (in the Netherlands) organises a yearly Klezmer festival
  • De Agenda van Nederland: (in Dutch) accordeon

Poland

Russia

  • The International Festival of Accordion Music Vivat Bayan in the Samara provice of Russia, is organised by Sergei Voitenko.

Sweden

United Kingdom

  • The North West International Accordion Festival is held twice a year  near Blackpool, with concerts, individual and orchestral workshops, etc. The next Spring and Autumn Festivals to be announced Organiser and Managing Director Gina Brannelli, Administrator Loretta Rolston.
  • The next Eastbourne Accordion Festival is the Autumn Break, October 13 - 16, 2006 in Eastbourne, UK (and the Winter Accordion Weekend will be held February 16 - 19, 2007).
  • A listing of Accordion festivals in the UK
     
     
  • This year's Warwick Folk Festival, July 21 - 23, 2006 features the (Anglo) Concertina, with a Concertina Convention with workshops by the likes of John Kirkpatrick, Brian Peters, Chris Sherburn, Alan Day, and Jody Kruskal.

USA

Workshops

Austria

  • Kulturlaub is a series of music workshops in Imst, Austria. July 10 - 14, 2006 there are two accordion workshops, one led by Friedrich Lips and one by Roman Pechmann.
  • The Steirisches Volksliedwerk (the Styrian Center for Folk Music) organises one-day introductory (diatonic) accordion workshops, in various locations. They've also got a list of "Musikantenstammtische", music sessions.

Belgium

  • Every 2nd Tuesday of the month, Boombal Gent organises tune learning sessions (in Dutch)
  • Musique Acoustique organises a (yearly) workshop of acoustic music in Virton, Belgium Filipppo Gambetta teaches diatonic accordion.
  • The Volksmuziekgilde and Volksmuziekfederatie organise a yearly Stage voor traditionele muziek (workshop for traditional music) in Gooik, Belgium, with amongst others diatonic accordion workshops for beginners and advanced players.

France

  • Rencontres Musicales des Monts Dore (in French) organises various workshops in the French village La Bourboule (region Auvergne), amongst others an accordion week from July 30 - August 4, 2006, with Domi Emorine and Roman Jbanov. Open for every styles, every levels, and all age.
  • Artedu organises holiday courses and workshops in France -- mostly drawing and painting, but also an accordion workshop. That one is held July 3 - July 16.
  • Diatononic accordionist François Heim (in French) organises regular workshops in Chalap, near Alès.
     
     
  • The association La Mission Bretonne/Ti ar Vretoned (in French) organises amongst others diatonic accordion courses and workshops in Paris

Germany

  • Bordun e.V. is a society for hurdy gurdy and bagpipes, but their workshops often include the diatonic accordion. Their Blankenheim Easter Workshop, (in German) includes a workshop by Bruno Le Tron for diatonic accordion.
  • The  Fürstenecker Folkwerkstatt with amongst others beginners and advanced courses for diatonic accordion (by Karsten Evers and Jan Budweis), a Klezmer course by deishovida's accordionist Lothar Lässer, and a course on Balkan music by Sasenko Prolic (also of deishovida).
  • The 43rd International summercourses for new music at the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Germany, August 5 - 20, 2006, will include a course on interpretation for accordion given by Teodoro Anzellotti
     
     
  • The Edberg Hof in the Degendorfer Land, in Nature Park Bayerischer Wald, offers Steyrische workshops led by Stanko Zagar throughout the year.
  • The Internationale Akkordeon-Seminar-Woche 2001 (in German)

Ireland

Italy

  • Claudio Jacomucci is a contemporary solo accordionist and Alexander technique teacher. He has played both solo, in duo Acco Land with Anne Landa, and in various ensembles, and he gives workshops to musicians, performers, and dancers. Amongst others he organises and teaches at an Accordion High School in Rimini (in Italian) (PDF file) from October 2006 to June 2007, with master classes by Viacheslav Semionov and Matti Rantanen, and workshops and lectures by Luciano Biondini, Roberto Lucanero and Paolo Picchio workshops. Subscription deadline: July 31, 2006.
  • Associazione Musica Temporis organises music workshops in Villamagna, Italy, near Florence

The Netherlands

See also the Dutch accordeon calendar (in Dutch)

Spain

  • Cultural association Acco Land organises a yearly accordion workshop in San Sebastian, Spain. This year, it will be held July 13 - 22, and the teachers are Jean-Luc Manca (France) for accordion, and Anne Landa (Spain) for Alexander Technique (for players of any instrument) Contact: accoland@hotmail.com

Switzerland

  • Kulturkreis Arosa (in German) organises some 50 music workshops a year (in Arosa), amongst which some accordion workshops:
  • The Musikkurswochen in Innerarosa, (in German) Switzerland, include various courses for accordion, in 2006: July 16 - 22: chamber music for accordion, led by Yolanda Schibli Zimmermann, and Astrid Schlumberger; August 6 - 12: folk music for accordion, led by Willi Valotti; July 9 - 16: Schwyzerörgeli, Josias-Jenny style, led by René Degoumois; and and July 30 - August 5, 2006: Schwyzerörgeli, led by Simon Dettwiler and Thomas Aeschbacher.
  • The International Montreux Accordion Camp is organised by Peter and Mady Soave and Jean-Louis Noton. In 2006 there will be two sessions: August 1 - 8 and August 11-18.

United Kingdom

  • Karen Tweed organises various Adventures In Music workshops, usually for various instruments and voice: May 5 - 7, 2006 at Cap-A-Pie, Dipton, Northumberland (Karen and Ian Lowthian for accordion); June 6 - 9, 2006 (preceding the Seed weekend, with Karen and John Kirkpatrick); an accordion day for beginners/ low intermediate level on June 9 in Derby; September 9 - 10, 2006 in Tetford, Lincolnshire; and a combined Art and Music course November 25 - December 2, 2006 in Tuscany, Italy, with Karen (accordion/art) and Graham Pirt (voice/art). .
  • Folkworks organises a yearly summerschool in Durham, one for youth and one for adults, with workshops for amongst others English concertina, piano accordion and diatonic accordion. The next one is August 7 - 12, 2006. For the adult summer school, squeezebox tutors will be Alistair Anderson for English concertina, Ian Lowthian and Shona Kipling for piano accordion, and Katie Howson for melodeon (D/G); Karen Tweed and Kerry Fletcher will rund a "Band with Dance" group. They also organise a 'workout weekend' in Darlington in October. Apparently the Sage / Folkworks website is somewhat difficult to navigate around, so some of the Folkworks regulars have started the Our Folkworks website, with a list of events at Folkworks and elsewhere, sessions, etc.
  • Glow Arts organises a day of master classes during Edinburgh's Ceilidh Culture on Saturday April 22, 2006, including an accordion master class by Martin Green
  • Hands on Music organises instrumental workshop weekends in Witney, England, under the direction of Dave Townsend. The workshops include including Concertinas at Witney (last held September 25 - 26, 2004), Melodeons at Witney (November 14 - 15, 2004), and Accordions at Witney (February 19 - 20, 2005). The tutors usually are excellent, both as teachers and as musicians!
  • The 16th Harwich Accordionists Annual Residential Orchestral Accordion Week will be held in Harwich, UK, on August 19-23, 2002
  • The Seed, co-directed by Karen Tweed, organises a workshop weekend in Llandinam, Wales, on June 9 - 11, 2006. Tutors include Karen Tweed and John Kirkpatrick. There will be an Adventures In Music Course immediately preceding the weekend, June 6 - 9.
  • Scottish Summer Schools at the Unversity of Stirling include an Accordion Summer Schools, July 2 - 7, 2006: Accordion playing (Scottish style), tutor Ian Muir. Also there are sprint and autumn accordion weekends.

USA

  • Texas Folklife Resources organises the Accordion Kings Camp and Jamboree on August 26 -- 27, 2000 in Round Rock, Texas, with workshops, organised jams and dance on Saturday evening. Teachers include Geno Delafose (Zydeco), Eva Ybarra (Conjunto), Gary Bertrand (Cajun) and John Dujka (Czech Polka).
  • At the Augusta Heritage Center of the Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia, in 2006 there are accordion courses at the Cajun and Creole week, July 9 - 14, "3 levels + Creole", as well as an accordion repair workshop led by Larry Miller; and there is a button accordion workshop at the Irish week, July 23 - 28. See the class list
  • The East European Folklife Center organises three workshops on Balkan music and dance: June 24 - July 1, 2006 in Mendocino, California, August 12 - 19, 2006 in Rock Hill, New York.
     
     
  • Gaelic Roots, Boston College, MA, June 20-26, 1999, had Jackie Daly teaching accordion in '97, and Anne Conroy Burke and Joe Burke for accordion and Noel Hill for concertina in '98.
     
     
  • Noel Hill is an Irish concertina player, originally from County Clare. He organises the "Noel Hill Irish Concertina School" in various locations in the USA. In 2003 they were held in East Durham, New York (August 3 - 8), in Newberg, Oregon (August 10 - 15) and Cincinnati, Ohio (July 27 - August 1).

 



 

 

 

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