part of the concert series '25 years of international accordion concerts
in Neunkirchen', Herbert
Scheibenreif invited the world-famous 'Duo Semionov' for a tour
of Austria involving 10 concerts - Gloggnitz, Graz, Klagenfurt, Neunkirchen,
Hochegg, Rottenmann, Salzburg, Perg, Vienna and Bad Tatzmannsdorf.
In addition, two workshops were held dealing with 'Russian bayan literature'
at the conservatory in Klagenfurt, and 'Russian accordion pedagogics',
In 1977 Viatcheslav
Semionov was awarded the title 'Merited Artist of Russia', and
in 1988 he became a Professor at the Russian 'Gnessin' Academy of
Music. In 1995 he received the high honor of 'People's Artist of Russia'
from President Boris Yeltsin.
Since 1991, he has been playing in duo with his wife Nathalia Semionov
(Domra). Together they have given many concerts in the USA, China
and in many European countries. Semionov
is well known also as a composer for bayan. His compositions 'First
Sonata', 'Four rhapsodies: Ukraine, Belo-Russia, Lithuania and Latvia',
'Don Rhapsody' and others feature in the standard repertoire of many
accordionists around the world and its works are often used as test
pieces at international accordion competitions. He has recorded several
vinyl records and cassettes, and his first CD 'Semionov Plays His
Transcriptions' was released in 1996.
Afterwards, other CDs followed such as 'Duo Semionov' and 'Kalina
Krasnaja', which feature his original compositions. His concert 'Freski'
for bayan, orchestra and percussion, also released on CD, was selected
as the test piece for the final round of this year's bayan competition
early November accordionist Guy
Klucevsek worked on the Sony Sound Stage in Los Angeles, recording
as part of the orchestra for John Williams' score for Steven Spielberg's
new film, 'Munich'. Guy
played both free bass accordion and bass accordion for the sessions.
'Munich', based on the terrorist attacks at the 1972 Olympics and
the aftermath, opens in theaters across the USA on December 26th 2005.
Scheibenreif writes: "A special
honour was assigned to Friedrich
Lips recently. Friedrich Lips was born on November 18th 1948,
in the city of Yemanzhelinsk near Chelyabinsk - around 2.000 kilometres
east of Moscow on the eastern side of the Ural Mountains, bordering
the Asian part of the Soviet Union - to Russian parents of German
In the context of the 'Friedrich Lips - Cup for the Young Generation'
held in Yemanshelinsk from October 28th to 30th, according to a resolution
of the regional parliament of Chelyabinsk, his former music school
where he received his first music instruction during the 1950s, was
re-named after him: 'Friedrich Lips - Music School for Gifted Children'.
Thus, Friedrich Lips ranks among the few artistes who have actually
received such an honor during their lifetime!"
Karen Tweed has plans to hold workshops in Gloucester, London, Cardiff,
Derbyshire and Leeds early in 2006. These workshops are also likely
to include fiddle, voice and dance or to be ensemble workshops. She
welcomes enquiries from anyone interested in organising an accordion
workshop. On January 7th and 8th, Karen is to appear at an accordion
weekend in Edinburgh.
virtuoso accordionist Sergei Osokin, winner of many international
competitions, will perform a solo concert to mark the official opening
of the Glock Music School in Mühlacker. The concert will start
at 6pm and tickets are available at the cash desk the same evening.
The Glock Music School is situtated at Bahnhofstr 119, 75417 Mühlacker.
Verchuren Recordings, Paris - France Contributed
French accordionist Andre Verchuren began his career in the 1930s,
and his career uniquely bridges the gap between the pre-war 'Golden
Era' of the musette accordion era in Paris and today. Verchuren's
flamboyant performances have made him a greatly admired and much imitated
One of the most prolific French recording artistes, Verchuren has
produced many vinyl records, cassettes, videos and CDs since the mid-1940s.
Several of his CDs of musette, Latin and classical music have recently
been re-issued, and made widely available.
Tokarski's Visit to the Czech Republic
Contributed by Rob
accordionist Mary Tokarski recently visited the Czech Republic, performing
two concerts with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra at the City
Concert Hall in Olomouc. During her visit to Olomouc, Mary also recorded
a composition by Gary Daverne entitled 'A Musical Party', with the
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mary has won many trophies and awards as a competitive player in State,
Regional and National competitions in the USA. In 1971 and 1973 she
represented the USA in the Coupe Mondiale, in Belgium and France respectively.
She usually performs with her brother Walter Kasprzyk and sister Julie
Kasprzyk Cardona as The "K" Trio, but occasionally also
performs as a solo accordionist.
Alberdi is in concert at the Grand Salle, L'Arsenal, Metz on November
18th. He will be performing the 'Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra',
by Jesús Torres, with ORCAM, an orchestra from Madrid. The
concert begins at 8.30pm. In
2006 Inaki Alberdi has plans to write and perform a musical version
of the stories of Hans Christian Anderson.
Spasiuk's European Tour, Buenos Aires - Argentina
Contributed by Rob
accordionist Chango Spasiuk is currently on a tour of Europe, taking
his chamame music, a genre from the north east of Argentina and south
of Brazil, to new audiences. His tour dates and details are:-
November 18th, at 9pm - Teatro Federico García Lorca, Calle
Ramón y Cajal, 22, Getafe, Spain
19th - venue to be confirmed in Madrid
20th - Theatre of Comedy, Brighton, England
22nd - Arts Chapter, Cardiff, Wales
23rd - The Sage, Newcastle, England
24th - Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, England
25th - De Spiegel, St Nicholas, Belgium
26th - Rataplan, Borgerhout, Belgium
27th - Oosterport, Groningen, Netherlands
29th - Moliere Theatre, Galerie de la Porte de Namur, Square du Bastion
5, Brussels, Belgium
Canary Islands Folk festival takes place from November 23rd to 26th.
Amongst the many artistes appearing is local accordionist Miguel Afonso,
who appears in concert on the 26th, sharing the bill with the local
band band Luética and Radio Tarifa, from Madrid. The concert
in the town of Telde, and begins at 9pm.
Vincenzo Abbracciante Trio from Italy, featuring accordion, bass and
drums, will perform a concert at the Stadttheater, Wiener Neustadt,
on December 8th, at 7.30pm. Their program includes tango and jazz.
Festival di Nuova Consonanza, Rome - Italy Contributed
The 42nd Festival di Nuova Consonanza is a music festival that
takes place from November 10th to December 17th at venues in Rome,
involving students from the Conservatory and outside musicians. This
year's festival includes the following two accordion concerts:-
November 19th, at 9pm at the Accademia di Francia Villa Medici - a
concert by Pascal Contet (France) on bayan, playing music by Runchack,
Dusapin, Tsepkolenko, Polyeva and Cardi.
December 10th, at 6.30pm - at the Conservatory of Music, Germano Scurti
performs on the bayan.