Compiled by Jeroen Nijhof.
Please let me know if you find any errors, or if you know of a link that should be included!
Please let me know if you find any errors, or if you know of a link that should be included!
- Acclarion is a duo from Canada, consisting of David Carovillano on accordion and Becky Sajo on clarinets. A review of their self titled Acclarion CD at The Classical Free-Reed. An Acclarion biography at their agent's site.
- Acco Duo is a classical accordion duo from Croatia, consisting of Ivana Levak Vaupotić and Miran Vaupotić. Both play bayans, Miran Vaupotić also plays bandoneon. Their repertoire includes works by amongst others Albinoni, Vivaldi, Schnittke, Piazzolla, Angelis and Velasques. Both also teach at music conservatories in Croatia.
is an accordion sextet from Italy.
They aim introduce an original repertoire of accordion music to a
large public and to supply a different interpretation of music pieces
composed for other instruments.
- The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra has recorded (? or performed, at least) Gorecki's Symphony No. 3 with James Crabb on accordion
- Valentyna Akhmedzyanova is a bayanist, teacher and accordionist from Russia, now living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has studied at the Moscow State Institute of Culture and at the Alma Ata State Conservatory, and she was conductor of the dance orchestra ("Chernomorsky souvenir") of the Odessa State Philharmony. She has recorded two CDs, "Album of Bayan" and "Tango".
has studied with Carlos Iturralde, Miren Iñarga, Friedrich Lips and Matti Rantanen.
He has played with various orchestras, and interpreted new compositions
by a number of Spanish composers.
Also, he plays in chamber music ensemble
(with Josetxo Silguero on saxophones, along with
percussionist Jesús Mari Garmendia and composer Pascal Gaigne),
and he teaches at ESMUC (High School of Music of Catalunya),
the High School of Music of the Basque Country.
Iñaki Alberdi: Música De Cámara Actual
is available from musicforaccordion.com
- Teodoro Anzellotti () (biography in English) is among the best classical accordion players in the world. His repertoire ranges from the Baroque to composers such as Berio (whose Sequenza XIII he premiered) and Kagel, or Erik Satie. He teaches amongst others at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Biel in Switzerland.
- Arcana is a classical accordeon duo from Hull, Quebec, consisting of Laurie Rosewarne and Pierre-Paul Provencher
Accordionist and composer
from Los Angeles has performed solo, in chamber ensembles and with
various orchestras and choirs; he is equally at home in classical,
contemporary and avant-garde music, jazz, blues, folk and world music,
Recently he released his first solo CD, "Trilucence", with
own compositions and arrangements of works by Satie, Whitney, Poulenc
- Concert accordionist Joanna Arnold performs both solo and with her erstwhile teacher Stanley Darrow. (On June 6, 2002, Stanley Darrow and Joanna Arnold got married)
- Classical accordionist Claudio Azzaro studied with Renzo Ruggieri with Massimiliano Pitocco, and graduated from the Conservatory of Music "U.Giordano" in Foggia in 2004; in 2006 he graduated in "Didactics of Music" in the Conservatory of Music "L. D'Annunzio" of Pescara. He performs solo and in a duo with cellist Federico Orlando, with a repertoire that includes music of Piazzolla, Reverberi, Squire, and Di Biase. He also teaches at his own music school in Mosciano Sant'Angelo (Teramo).
is a quartet from Geneva, Switzerland, with Sylvie Bossi and Daniel Cloux
They play in various genres: Argentian tangos, Baroque, personal compositions,
Both also teach at the Avenir accordéoniste de Châtelaine --
where Sylvie Bossi is the manager and Daniel Cloux is the musical director.
- The Baikal Duo from France was a bayan duo, consisting of Jean-Luc Brunetti and Jacques Pellarin (both play bandoneon as well). They've dubbed their music "Bayan culture" -- which includes interpreations of works by Bratsch, Galliano, Piazzola, Bach, Bartok, Nino Rota, as well as Scandinavian and Russian composers. They disbanded in 2004 -- Jacques Pellarin switched to world jazz.
- Bandoneonist and composer Alejandro Barletta from Buenos Aires
Italian concert accordionist and composer
TOTEM for accordion and piano
performed by Patrizia Angeloni and Chiara Montelatici in 2007;
score for TOTEM
is available in PDF format.
- Bayan+ () is a bayan duo from Munich, Germany, consisting of Konstantin Ischenko (1998 winner of the Coupe Mondiale) and Maxim Heinitz. Their repertoire ranges from baroque and classical music to tango and jazz.
- Majken Bell is (or probably was)a student at The Danish Accordion Academy and a member of the Danish Accordion Ensemble
is a classical accordionist from Visby, Sweden, now living in Göteborg.
He has performed solo concerts throughout Sweden and Europe and been
featured in several radio and television recordings.
He has founded a private music school in Göteborg,
which offers classes in accordion and piano.
He also works as a composer.
- Professor Vladimir Besfamilnov teaches at the Ukrainian National Music Academy. He also has an active career as a soloist with concerts around the world, radio and television broadcasts and recordings with recording company "Melodiya".
- Accordionist, composer and theatre organist Ronald Binge (1910 - 1979) from Derby, England, composed and arranged many works for the Mantovani orchestra. A Wikipedia entry for Ronald Binge
from Groningen, the Netherlands, has studied accordion with
Egbert Spelde and theory of music with Johan de Wit.
He plays modern classical music, amongst others in a duo with
saxophonist Niels Bijl, as well as world music:
tango, forró, cajun/Tex Mex (in "Laredo Rose"), etc.
He also teaches, private and at music schools in Haren and Gieten.
- Italian concert accordionist Gianluca Campi () was winner of the 2000 Trophée Mondial de l'Accordéon in the varieté category. His repertoire includes works by Paganini, Rossini, Galliano, Piazzolla and Albeniz.
- Accordion Ensemble Caprice from New Zealand plays a varied programme of light classical and easy listening music. All members are past members of the Air New Zealand Accordion Orchestra, and most are music teachers.
Juan Carlos Cárcamo
is an accordionist from Spain who has played many concerts, both
solo and in chamber groups, but in recent years he has concentrated
mostly on composing for the accordion;
his works have been published by Bérben Edizioni Musicali,
Editorial Boileau and Musical Real.
Since 1986 is professor for accordion at the Conservatory of Santurtzi.
- Classical accordionist Carmen Carrozza (born 1920) was a student of Pietro Deiro. He is a past president of the American Accordionist' Association.
- Spanish classical accordionist Angel Luis Castaño () studied with Mogens Ellegaard and Max Bonnay. He plays amongst others in a duo with Raquel Ruiz () and in duo AN-tifon with pianist Ananda Sukarlan. He also is professor for accordion at the Conservatory of Segovia and at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón. () Angel Luis Castaño CDs can be bought from musicforaccordions.com.
from Bowden, Scotland,
has won a number of national competitions in Scotland, and in 1999 he
was awarded Second Place in the Under 18 Classical section at the UK
National Accordion Championships.
He plays both piano accordion and free-bass button accordion
(which he studied with Djordje Gajic).
performs works ranging
from classical bayan works and transcriptions to French & continental music and Scottish traditional music.
He also composes a wide range of accordion music; on musicforaccordion.com
the sheet music for a few musette tunes are for sale.
- The Classic Buskers were formed in 1988 from the original Cambridge Buskers. They are Michael Copley on over 30 woodwind instruments, and Ian Moore on two distinct styles of accordion - pink and yellow. They play (or murder?) classical standards.
- Tom Collins
from Hasselt, Belgium, began to play contemporary classical music for accordion
while he studied piano at the conservatory of Liege.
Afterwards, he mainly switched to keyboard (not neglecting the accordion
completely), and he has recorded with amongst others Arno, Elisa Waut and
David Byrne. Recently he has taken up the classical side again as well.
- Bernadette Conlon, born 1978, is Australia's most popular concert accordionist. She has won the Australian Champion 8 years in a row, and she has played solo concerts in Germany, Austria, and England. Apart from a classical accordionist, she is also virtuoso entertainer, with a huge international repertoire, including Australian, Austrian, French, tangos, show tunes, etcetera. She has taken part in a recording of a CD with compositions of Australian composer Michael Easton.
- Accordion quartet Consonance from Bulgaria, consisting of Peter and Angel Marinov and Elena and Victor Melnik, was formed in 1996. They have recorded works by amongst others Bach, Piazzolla and Andre Verchuren and Jo Moutet.
French contemporary classical accordionist
Another site for
mainly concerned with his collection / exposition of accordions and
- Ensemble D'Acht () is a Dutch professional accordion ensemble consisting of 10 accordionists. Most of them have studied accordion at one of the conservatories in the Netherlands, and teach the accordion or direct accordion orchestras themselves. They play music from neo-baroque to avant-garde and minimal music. They have had a number of compositions written for them: Ad Wammes' "Boardwalk" (1996), Wim de Ruiter's "Tetrade" (1996), Rita Knuistingh-Neven's "Hunter" (1999) and Stefan Hippe's "Faux" (2002).
- Accordionist, organiser and composer Adrian Dante (1914 - 2005) from London made countless radio broadcasts in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. He had a large repertoire ranging from musette to classical transcriptions; amongst others he was the first in the UK to broadcast the compositions of Pietro Frosini. He was co-founder of the British Association of Accordionists, and of the Confédération Mondiale de l'Accordéon. He also founded Modern Accordion Publications (a.k.a. M.A.P Editions).
taught accordion at the Lamont School of Music Faculty.
He passed away in November 2001.
- The Demian Ensemble () started life in 1990 as an accordion ensemble, consisting mostly of students of Ad en Antje de Jong. Nowadays it is a quintet: Stijn Sips, Niek van Uden, Annemarieke van der Ploeg, Ad de Jong and Antje de Jong-Coppelmans. Their repertoire is mostly classical music, both arrangements of works by composers like Albéniz, Bizet and Bach, as well as compositions for accordion by composers like Bagdonas, Götz and Jelsma, and lately also compositions and arrangements by Ad de Jong, specifically written for the Demian Ensemble. In 2004 they released their first CD, "Winged Panorama".
- Branko Djordevic, born in Serbia but now living in Odense, Denmark, started playing folk music on the piano accordion at the age of eight, but later switched to classical music and the chromatic button accordion. He has won various competitions such as Klingenthal and Castelfidardo, and has performed the premiere of several works. He performs both solo, in ensembles such Duo Novello, with Hanne Askou on violin.
has been professor of St. Petersburg Conservatoire and
"Soloist - St Petersburg Philharmonie Concert"
for more than 20 years.
- Vitaly Dmitriev was born in St. Petersburg in 1977, and graduated from the State St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory of Music in 1999. He has won various international accordion competitions, amongst which Castelfidardo in 1993, Klingental in 1994 and the Coupe Mondiale in Sweden in 1995. He has recorded 3 CDs, with works by amongst others Vlasislav Zolotaryov, Eddy Flecijn, Bach, Scarlatti and Albenis; they are for sale on musicforaccordion.com.
- Pianist, organist, and accordionist Henry Doktorski has recorded with the Pittsburgh Symphony and was the featured soloist on two compact discs: A Classical Christmas with members of the PSO, and A Ragtime Rendition of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, with the Duquesne University Chamber Players. His repertoire extends beyond classical music: from Bach to the Beatles. Apart from performing, he teaches accordion, piano and organ students, from beginners to advanced professionals. He has founded The Classical Free-Reed, Inc.
is a classical accordionist who studied with Paolo Gandolfi and
Mirko Ferrarini. With the former has recorded a CD, "Dialoghi".
He also plays in or with
- Norwegian accordionist Geir Draugsvoll A page for Geir Draugsvoll at the Pro Arte management agency
- Duo 2000 from South Africa, with Sergio Zampolli on free bass MIDI accordion and Amarillie Ackermann on harp, play popular classics. A review of Duo 2000: Song to the Evening Star
is an ensemble for new and contemporary music from the Rhein/Ruhr
area of Germany, which includes accordionist
- A site about pianist and composer Arthur Oswald Dulay contains recordings where he accompanies concertina player Alf Edwards on some Frosini compositions.
- Danish accordionist Mogens Ellegaard (an obituary at www.accordions.com) was one of the first accordionists to use the free bass accordion. A collection of biographies and obituaries of Mogens Ellegaard
Ensemble di Musiche Possibili
from Monferrato, Italy,
with Fabio Martino on accordion,
perform an original blend of music from chamber music to "middle of the road":
from Bach and Verdi to Metallica!
- Ensemble Wiener Collage, () with Ernst Melichar on accordeon, is a chamber ensemble and chamber orchestra for new music, 20th century classical music, and older music that is significant to the development of 20th century music.
- Otine van Erp () studied at the Brabants Conservatorium under Ronald van Overbruggen, and followed master classes with Friedrich Lips, Wjatcheslaw Semjonow, Mogens Ellegaard, Mie Miki, Stefan Hussong, Joseph Macerollo, and others. She does many solo concerts, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Besides, she is regularly involved in theatre and dance productions. She plays music by amongst others Gershwin, Gubaidulina and Piazzolla with duo 2Track, with saxophone player Steven Stustek; folk and world music in POVA; and a children programme "The Chinese Nightingale" with Venster.
Baltic International Accordion Quintet
consists of Vladimir Ushakov (St. Petersburg, Russia), Svetlana
Stavitskaya (Daugavpils, Latvia), Gennady Savkov, Eduardas Gabnis
(both Vilnius, Lithuania), and Sergei Likhachov (St. Petersburg, Russia).
The quintet was founded after four of the members met at an international
bayan and accordion festival in Chelyabinsk.
In 2003 they won the first prize in Castelfidardo in the classic music ensemble
- Jean Marc Fabiano () is a French concert accordionist and conductor. He also teaches at la Scuola Cantorum, école supérieure de musique in Paris and at the Conservatoire National de Région de Marseille.
- Louis Fanucchi from San Diego studied classical accordion with Anthony Galla-Rini, and later jazz accordion with Frank Marocco; and he has extended his repertoire with Cajun, tango nuevo, etc.
from Norway, plays classical music, both solo and in a duo with
Swede Jörgen Sundeqvist. He has won various international competitions.
Besides, he plays gammeldans music.
He teaches at the
- Young British classical accordionist David Farmer has studied with Owen Murray and with Matti Rantanen, and has performed with contemporary ensemble 'Icebreaker' and with the London Sinfonietta.
- Gianni Fassetta from Pordenone, Italy, performs solo, in a duo with flautist Giorgio Samar, and in New Art Ensemble "Ricordando Astor Piazzolla". He also teaches accordion, at the Conservatorio "Jacopo Tomadini" in Udine.
was born in Moldova (in the former Soviet Union).
He studied at the music college in Tiraspol (Moldova)
and at the Gnesin Academy in Moscow, where he graduated in 1993.
Since 1996 he lives in the Netherlands,
where he plays solo concerts, in theatre productions, festivals, etc.
He plays Russian, Moldavian, and classical, as well as improvised music,
and he also writes his own compositions and arrangements.
- English virtuoso accordionist Pearl Fawcett Adriano became C.M.A. Trophée Mondiale world champion in Hamburg, Germany in 1961. Her repertoire ranges from the classics to light music, French Musette and continental. She has performed classical concerts and recitals in the UK, the former USSR and Europe, and with her lighter program she has appeared on various BBC radio and TV shows. She has made various recordings, which are for sale on musicforaccordion.com.
- Paulo Jorge Ferreira is a Portuguese accordionist who has recitals in Portugal, France, Mexico and Macau and who has recorded on two CDs of chamber music; he also plays in a duo with fellow accordionist Pedro Santos. He teaches at the Arts High School of Castelo Branco () and at the Conservatório Regional de Castelo Branco Paulo Jorge Ferreira's CD "Percursos"
Accordion trio Fratres
(Raimo Vertainen, Heikki Jokiaho and Toni Hämäläinen)
play mainly classical music (Almila, Stravinski, Musorgsky, Zolotarjov,
Corelli,..) But they also play Deep Purple!
- Kevin Friedrich is an accordion performer and teacher, who has participated in the Coupe Mondiale three times, and who has served two terms as president of the Accordionists & Teachers Guild. Currently he is Accordions Worldwide representative for North America. He performs both solo and in The International Trio.
- The Library of Congress has an online recording of New York Blues (`a classical rag') by the classical accordionist and composer Pietro Frosini. There also exists a Frosini Society, based in Sweden.
from the USA
- Aude Giuliano is a young classical accordions from France, who has won first prizes in the Città di Castelfidardo in 2002 and in the Trophée Mondial and in Klingenthal in 2001 (the latter two in youth categories). Currently she plays in ensemble NOMAD lib'
- Classical accordionist Murray Grainger teaches accordion at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, UK, a boarding school for musically gifted pupils aged eight to eighteen.
from Poland graduated from the Vienna Conservatoire and the
Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music, and is actively performing as a
soloist and chamber musician. His repertoire ranges from classical to
ethno jazz music.
In 2006/2007 he recorded a CD "Southern impressions",
with compositions by
Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados, Erik Satie, Ole Schmidt,
Jean-Philippe Rameau, Domenico Scarlatti and Henryk Wieniawski.
- Jeroen Gulikers () from the Netherlands plays accordion and keyboards, amongst others in accordion ensemble D'Acht. He also conducts various accordion orchestras: Accona from Beekbergen, Advendo from Wilp and De Almelonia's from Almelo.
- Norwegian accordionist Frode Haltli (born 1975) studied at the Norwegian State Academy of Music and the Royal Danish Concervatory of Music, and was selected by the Norwegian Concert Institute as the "Young Soloist of the Year, 2001". Apart from new classical music (solo and chamber music) he also plays a lot of Norwegian folk music, amongst others in the group Rusk
is a student at The Danish Accordion Academy and the Academy of Music, Odense.
- US Accordionist and composer Evan Harlan has recorded and performed internationally with several jazz and "world music" ensembles including Dave Douglas and the Klezmer Conservatory Band. His own quartet, Andromeda, plays original music in the tango, gypsy and related traditions His previous group, Excelsior, played unorthodox arrangements of 20th century composers' works. In February 2002 was featured in Hovanhess' Rubaiyat and Hindemith's Kammermusik 1.
- Accordionist and composer Semir Sammy Hasić was born in Zenica in Bosnia in 1964. In 1994 he won the World Accordion Contest in Italy, and he has included all over Europe and in the USA. His repertoire includes classical music (Bach, Mozart, Brahms,..), jazz, etno etc.
Spanish accordionist, composer and teacher
trained as a classical accordionist, and he plays classical music
with the 3+1 Sax Ensemble, with orchestras and solo. But he has
also branched out into jazz, folk, techno, pop,
amongst others with a flamenco company, with his own (jazz?) trio and
with Zuhaitzaren Soinua Kolektiboa, a group of
txalaparta, accordion and programmed bass.
He has also published a book
"El Repertorio para acordeén en el Estado Español"
and various other sheet music, formerly via Editorial Hauspoz,
but now on his own imprint
In addition, some sheet music, books, MP3s and videos are available for
- Mort Herold (b. 1925) is a classical accordionist and accordion teacher from Chicago. In the 1960s he was one of the first teachers of classical accordion at college level. 1961 - 1962 he was the president of the Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International, and he was instrumental in the ATG commissioning Ole Schmidt's "Toccata No. 2 for Accordion". The link above is a reprint from the November 1948 issue of "Accordion World".
- Carsten Holbek is a student at The Danish Accordion Academy and a member of the Danish Accordion Ensemble
Hans Jørgen Holbek
is a student at The Danish Accordion Academy and a member of The
Danish Accordion Ensemble
- Nihad Hrustanbegović () is a classical accordionist from Bosnia, who lives in the Netherlands since 1994. He has studied with Miny Dekers and with Gerrie Daanen. He has performed in solo concerts, amongst others in the Dutch Parliament, in theatre productions, and world music with his Mediteranean Sundance Ensemble.
- German accordionist Stefan Hussong has performed and recorded a large repertoire, both of original 20th century accordion works, and of transcriptions of baroque music and tangos. He is professor for accordion and chamber music at the Würzburg conservatory and professor at the International Summer academy of the Mozarteum Salzburg.
is a Finnish accordionist (1, 2, 3 and 5-row), bandoneon and concertina
He graduated from the Sibelius Academy in 1998 where he studied solo
performance and folk music; today he is a freelance musician, teacher,
arranger, composer and conductor playing in various light, classical
and folk music line-ups.
His latest CD,
is available from musicforaccordion.com.
- 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 from October 2009 to June 2010, with master classes by himself, and Alexander Technique teacher Kathleen Delaney.
- Trio La Jalousie () from Luzern, Switzerland, with Sabine Bachmann-Frey on accordion, plays light classical music ("Salonmusik"), tango, etc. She also plays in various other ensmbles: duo "Cabriolas" with Sven Bachmann on clarinet (folk music, klezmer, jazz, tango, etc); duo "La Salonetta" with Mirjam Sahli on violin (operetta, musical, film music); trio "Trigon" (folk and jazz); and Ensemble Contrapposto () (light classical music, musical, jazz, tangos, oldies etc.)
Javier López Jaso
is a classical accordionist from Pamplona, Spain.
He has given solo concerts in Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland and
Cuba, and he has co-founded Neofusión,
with which he plays music by Piazzolla and other tango composers.
his repertoire also includes works by Gubaidulina, Berio, and various
Spanish composers, such as Carlos Etxeberria, Jaquín Rodrigo
and Jesús Echeverría.
- Tian Jianan () is a young Chinese accordionst, currently studying with Cao Xiaqing, at the Central Conservatory of Music in Bejing. She has won numerous prizes at various accordion festivals, including Castelfidardo, first prize in the category children up to 15 years old in Klingenthal in 2008, and most recently at the 5th International Competition of Bayan and Accordion Players in Moscow, in 2010. Tian Jianan has released a CD titled "Contest Repetoire - Klingenthal", available from musicforaccordion.com.
- Sylvie Jobard recorded J. S. Bach's Two Part Inventions
is a free-lance musician and music teacher from Andebu, Norway.
He teaches at Andebu Music School, 20 miles west of Tønsberg,
and he has recorded CDs with classical and varieté music.
Adress: Daleneveien 706, 3158 Andebu; phone: (+47) 33 44 00 86;
- Accordions Worldwide founder, concert accordionist and teacher Harley Jones He has been involved with the Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes for many years, as adjudicator and as member of the executive committee.
- Lian Jones, who was born in the Fujian province of China, now lives in Auckland, New Zealand. She has won many accordion competitions in China, and has also performed in the USA and in New Zealand. She teaches piano and accordion in Auckland, and she is the Liaison Officer for the NZAA for Chinese language teachers and contestants.
from Serbia studied with Ronald van Overbruggen at the
Fontys Conservatory in Tilburg, the Netherlands. He won the piano accordion
category of the 2007 Coupe Mondiale in Washington.
myspace page; and a Youtube video of
Stanislav Jusufovic playinga Franck Angelis: Solilique, Franz Schubert: The Bee and Vladamir Zubitsky: Omaggio ad Astor Piazzolla
- Rajmund Kákoni is a classical accordionist from Slovakia.
- The Finnish classical accordionist Tatu Kantomaa, now living in Iceland, has amongst others released an album 'Listen', with compositions by amongst others Johann Strauss, Franz Liszt, Gus Viseur and Astor Piazzolla.
is a classical accordionist from Slovakia.
- Margit Kern studied under Hugo Noth in Trossingen, and now teaches at the conservatory in Bremen. She was awarded first place at the "International Gaudeamus Competition for Interpreters of Contemporary Music", and she has toured most European countries as well as the United States and South Korea.
- Classical accordionist Ryuya Kinoshita () from Japan has studied with Francesco Palazzo at the "Niccolò Piccinni" Conservatory of Bari.
The "K" Trio,
is an accordion trio from Connecticut, consisting of
Walter Kasprzyk, Mary Kasprzyk Tokarski and Julie Kasprzyk Cardona.
- Volodymyr Kurylenko is a bayan player from Ukraine, who regularly performs in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium -- both concerts proper and for entertainment at events. His repertoire includes classical music from Bach up to contemporary composers, jazz and entertaining music. He mostly plays works written for the bayan by Soviet, Ukrainian and Russian composers.
- Anne Landa is a classical and contemporary accordionist especially interested on playing in interaction with other arts. She plays as solo, duos and various ensembles. She is also an Alexander Technique teacher, and is co-founder of the association ACCO LAND, which organises an Accordion and Alexander Technique workshop every July.
is a classical accordionist from Finland.
He has studied accordion with Matti Rantanen, Mie Miki, Joseph Macerollo
and conducting with Dominique Rouits.
His repertoire consists of both original contemporary music for the accordion as well as organ, harpsichord and piano transcriptions from earlier centuries.
- Boris Lenko is a classical accordionist from Slovakia. Since 1989 he is a full-time lecturer at the Academy of Music and Drama in Bratislava.
- Vincent Lhermet has studied with Jacques Mornet at CNIMA and Olivier Urbano from the Dijon Conservatory. In 2006 he won first prize at the Trophee Mondial in Kragujevac, and 1st prize, public and test price prizes in the Arrasate-Hiria International competition. Currently he is studying classical accordion with Matti Rantanen at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
is one of the world's foremost classical accordionists.
He has premiered many bayan compositions by composers such as
Gubaidulina and Solotaryov.
Friedrich Lips CDs
are for sale at musicforaccordion.com, as well as his book
"The Art of Bayan Playing"
- Accordionist and composer Marco Lo Russo from Italy has interests ranging from classical to argentine tango with jazz contaminations. He recorded Marco Lo Russo: Tarabuk (for sale on musicforaccordions.com) with Velut Luna on double bass, with compositions by himself and by Tiziano Zanotti.
- Tania Lukic-Marx is Yugoslavian by birth, studied for 7 years at the Kiev Conservatorium of Music in Ukraine with professor Vladimir Besfamilnov, and is now a naturalized Australian living in Sydney. In 1986 she performed the world premiere of Vladimir Zubitsky's "Slavic" Sonata No. 2, in Klingenthal, and in 1993 she made a concert tour in China. Since 1992 she has been the director of her own Music School in Sydney, and she is also heavily involved with accordion activities as the President of the Australian Accordion Teachers Association Inc, which runs the annual Australian International Accordion Championships and Festival in May each year.
studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen under Hugo Noth
and from 1992 to 1995 at the Sibelius Academy under Matti Rantanen.
Since then he has performed
contemporary accordion music, both solo
and chamber music, in many European countries as well as in the USA.
He has appeared as soloist for The New Juilliard Ensemble and the Zagros
ensemble, and is a founder member of the Plus Ensemble
(with Erkki Lahesmaa on cello and Christoffer Sundqvist on clarinet).
He also is a senior lecturer in classical accordion and contemporary
chamber music at the
Turku Music Academy
- Oleg Lysenko is an Ukrainian bayan and bandoneon player, now living in the Netherlands. He studied at the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy in Kiev, followed by a masters at the Messiaen Conservatory in the Netherlands. Subsequently he specialized in Argentinian tango at the World Music Department of the Rotterdam Conservatory. He plays classical music, modern accordion compositions, Argentinian tango and French musette. He has performed with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and solo concerts at the international festival for Russian culture in Paris and in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw for AVRO on Radio 4.
- Canadian classical accordionist Joseph Macerollo has been a member of Quartetto Gelato since 1998. He wrote a book, the Accordion Resource Manual, published in 1980, which contains amongst others an extensive list of classical compositions for accordion.
St Petersburg Double Duet
founded by the Terem Quart Igor Ponomarenko, with
Aleksandr Matrosov on bayan, plays
classical music (e.g. Satie, Debussy), jazz, folk and even avant-garde.
- Roman Mamaev from Nalchik, Kabardin Balkar Republic, performs solo and with symphonic orchestra or chamber ensemble. Besides, he teaches at the Nalchik music college and at the Kabardin-Balkar State University.
- Ludo Mariën () teaches accordion at the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Antwerp He has recored two solo CDs, with works by amongst others Lemmens, Wurthner, Vivaldi, Bach and Semionov, and he gives many concerts, both in Belgium and abroad. He also promotes the accordion by organising youth music camps in July and August (not in 2005, though), and accordion weekends for teenagers and adults throughout the year.
Classical accordion performer
from Italy plays both chromatic button accordion and bandoneon.
She is currently the president of the "Italian Association of Classic
The site has sound files available.
- The Marggräfler Akkordeon-Ensemble () from Germany has won various competitions and has appeared on ZDF and SDR television. They play works by amongst other Wladislaw Solotarjow, Johann Sebastian Bach, Fritz Dobler and Astor Piazzolla.
- Barbara Ann Martindale is a classical accordionists and accordion teacher from Vancouver. She plays in Trio Punchinello
Then 11 year old
from Germany was the first accordionist to feature on
From the Top,
a US radio show for/about pre-college aged musicians,
distributed by National Public Radio.
She played two movements of Takahashi's "Into the Valley"
(available on-line as real-audio as well).
It seems she also studies composition a the
-- that page has a sample of one of her compositions.
- Grayson Masefield from New Zealand won in both the Classical category and the Virtuoso Entertainment category at the 2009 Coupe Mondiale, as well as many other competitions. He is currently studying at the HEMU (University of Music Lausanne) under Prof. Stéphane Chapuis.
- Heather Masefield is a classical accordionist and teacher from Auckland, New Zealand. She has been a member of the New Zealand Accordion Association committee since 1981, and has been the secretary of the Accordion Examination Board of New Zeland since then.
Accordionist, arranger and composer
in 2003 graduated with honour from the Music Academy in Wroclaw, Poland.
He has played as a soloist with "Euro Iuvenis Sinfonica"
during concerts in Germany, and participated in various theatre
performances, amongst which the children's theatre production
"Nie Pieprz Prietrze[...]", for which he wrote the music.
- The Mazaika Duo [Flash site] from the UK consists of accordionist and tenor Igor Outkine and violinist Sarah Harrison. They play Russian folk and Gypsy music, as well as classical music and operatic arias. They've played amongst others in the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, at the Rheingau Music Festival in Germany, and at the Edinburgh Festival.
- Yuri Medianik is a bayanist and violin player from Moscow, who has played both solo concerts and with various orchestras. [site uses flash] He has studied bayan with Prof. Semionov, and he is currently studying violin with Prof. Bogdanyan, also at the Gnessin Academy. Two Yuri Medianik CDs are available from musicforaccordion.com.
Elena and Viktor Melnyk,
from Russia and the Ukraine respectively now live in Bulgaria.
They play as a duo, and play or used to play in quartet Consonance
(q.v.) as well. Viktor Melnyk is also a qualified accordion tuner and
- Accordionist, choir director and teacher Patrizia Merciari () from Casarza Ligure (GE), Italy has won various competitions (both as an accordionist and with choirs), and has performed for radio and television. She was the director of the Trofeo Internazionale "Città di Casarza Ligure" competition. Apart from solo, she also performis in trio Briareo () vocalist /narrator Maria Giuliana Anelli and guitarist Pino Bifano. Patrizia Amerciari's () myspace page.
- Mie Miki-Schenk teaches accordion at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold () A site about Mie Miki's accordion class () with information about Mie Miki and her students.
born in Kragujevac,
has been studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London under Prof.
Owen Murray. since 2002.
He has given many recitals in countries such as Serbia, Russia, and the UK,
and performed the premiere of Anthony Gilbert's "Rose Luisante"
and the UK premier of Sequenza No.13 by Luciano Berio
- Anthony Millet () studied with Max Bonnay at the Paris Conservatoire. He preforms solo and with various orchestras and contemporary music ensembles, and has premiered various compositions. He is a founder member of tango quintet Quinto Centos.
- Jelena Milojevic from Croatia studied with Prof. Denis Modrusan at the Music Acedemy in Pula, and with Prof. Radomir Tomić at the Musica Academy in Kragujevac, where she graduated in 2004. Currently she lives in Vancouver, BC, where she is working on various solo and chamber music projects.
is a New York based contemporary music ensemble,
which includes Bill Schimmel (formerly Mikko Luoma)
- Harrie Mooten () (1928-1996) was a Dutch accordionist with a long and varied career. He started playing popular music, but he also was one of the first to play classical music (like Bach) on the accordion. For people of my generation, he was probably best known as 'de Grote Grijze Geitenbreier' [the Great Greay Goat knitter], in the children's TV series 'de film van Ome Willem' [the movie of Uncle William]. A Harry Mooten obituary that I translated from the Volkskrant.
- The Moscow Duo, Aleksandr Ushakov and Evgenij Grechov, both studied at the Gnessin Academy under Friedrich Lips. Since 1995 they have played over a hundred concerts, and in 1998 they won the duet category at Castelfidardo.
studied choral music and direction ath the "Martini" Conservatoire
in Bologna and accordion at the "Rossini" Conservatoire
in Pesaro. He currently teaches at the
Musical Institute "G.B. Pergolesi" in Ancona,
and has written various didactic booklets and works for solo accordion and for
ensembles, some of which have been chosen as obligatory pieces
in national competitions.
Together with pianist Claudia Menghi he has recorded
Dal Repertorio ottocentesco per strumenti ad ancia libera alla musica del Novecento
- Lonenzo Munari from Carpineti, Italy studied classical accordion at the Conservatory "Gioacchino Rossini" in Pesaro, and musicology at the University of Bologna. He performs in Italy and abroad, both solo and in various ensmbles, amongst which a duo and a trio with bandoneon player Marco Fabbri. He also teaches at Scuola di Musica Luigi Valcavi in Carpineti, and he is founder and conductor of he associated accordion orchestra.
- Classical accordionist and Royal Academy of Music professor Owen Murray has commisioned and/or premiered many works by British composers.
was born in Romania, but lives in Montreal now.
He plays classical, modern, jazz, gypsy music, etc.
- The Nederlands Accordeon Ensemble () is an ensemble consisting of students and ex-students of the ArtEZ Conservatory Enschede, and is led by Egbert Spelde. It consists of a core of 10 accordionists, but the ensemble focusses on repertoire involving vocalists, choir, and/or instruments other than accordion. They have performed Christoph Taggatz' Lukas Passion Op.67 (2007), jacques Bank's Requiem voor een Levende, and W.A. Mozart's Requiem KV 626 (in an arrangement for amongst others accordion ensemble and vibraphone)
- The Nederlands Accordeon Ensemble, () formerly "Nederlands Accordeon Atelier", was founded in 2000 by (ex-) students of Egbert Spelde. It consists of a core of 9 accordionists, but it often cooperates with other instrumentalists or vocalists. They often perform new compositions. For example, for 2008-2009 they have programmed Christoph Taggatz' "Lukas Passion" (2007) for voice, guitar, cello, 2 sopranos, 8 accordions, flute, clarinet, alto and percussion.
from Yugoslavia is a student at The Danish Accordion Academy
and appears frequently as a soloist.
- Duo No Strings from Birmingham, United Kingdom, consists of Michael Adams on accordion and Peter Gosling on clarinet. Their repertoire is drawn from a wide range of popular music for strings and other instruments from baroque and classical pieces to popular jazz numbers.
- Norvic Concordia Accordion Ensemble is an accordion quintet based in Norwich, Norfolk, England. They play a widely ranging repertoire, including classical and light popular music, mostly in their own arrangements.
from the Netherlands consists of Miny Dekkers on accordion and
Henri Bok on bass clarinet and alto saxophone.
A review of the
- Danish accordionist Adam Ørvad studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music with James Crabb and Geir Draugsvol. He does not limit himself to classical music: amongst others he plays contemporary classical music, music theatre, Balkan music, musette and folk-rock.
- Accordionist and composer Yehuda Oppenheimer is known as the "Prophet of the Accordion" in Israel. After surviving the war in Holland, he immigrated to Israel in 1946, where he graduated the Academy of Music on violin; but he got more and more involved with the accordion, as a performer, composer and teacher. His composition "Chaconne" was chosen as a test piece for the 1966 Trophée Mondiale (won by Richard Gaillano...). Sheet music for some of his compositions and arrangements, as well as the CDs "The Magic Accordion of Yehuda Oppenheimer" and "Accordion Mon Amour" can be ordered from musicforaccordion.com, at the above link. A review of the CD The Magic Accordion of Yehuda Oppenheimer; and another review of The Magic Accordion of Yehuda Oppenheimer.
mainly plays in the "Podium Duo" with guitarist Gabor Ursu.
They play "well-known melodies on accordion in virtuoso
interpretation", from various genres: classical, musette, tangos,
etc. He also plays in the "Budapest Accordion Trio".
With these groups Zoltan Orosz has recorded 3 CDs, and apart from that he
also plays on many CDs of other Hungarian artists.
- Russian accordionist Sergey Osokin studied at the Schnittke's State Music College and Institute in Moscow under professor Andrey Ledenev, and at the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow under professor Friedrich Lips. He won many competitions, including Castelfidardo (2003) and the Trophée Mondiale (2005). In 2006 he became the soloist of the Moscow Philharmonic society, and he is currently an active concert artist. ALso, since 2006 he has been a teacher at the Schnittke's Moscow State Institute of Music and he frequently serves as an adjudicator at international competitions. He has recorded two CDs, available from musicforaccordion.com: "Eternal Returning" and "Il cinema per sempre".
- Italian concert soloist and composer Francesco Palazzo teaches at "Niccolò Piccinni" Conservatory of Bari The CD Francesco Palazzo: Fisarmonica Classica is available from musicforaccordion.com.
who died April 30, 1996, was the last of the
team of Palmer-Hughes, and arguably one of the greatest accordion
teachers of all time -- and an excellent classical accordionist, as
can be heard on the Planet Squeezebox anthology.
- Paris Moscou Duo () consists of Domi Emorine and Roman Jbanov from Larodde, France. Both have won various prizes in international competitions, and since 2000 both teach at CNIMA, the Centre National et International de Musique et d'Accordéon (which is led by Professor Jacques Mornet). In 2002 they released their first CD. That CD, as well as Roman Jbanov solo CDs are for sale on musicforaccordion.com.
- Accordion quintet Pentaccord from Belgian Limburg plays classical and light classical music, by Bach, Katchaturian, Piazzolla, etc.
has studied amongst others with Paulo Jorge Ferreira, Jacques Mornet,
and Peter Soave, V. Semyonov, Friedrich Lips and V. Zubitsky.
He has performed in numerous solo accordion recitals,
concers with chamber ensembles, and performed as a soloist
with the Algarve Orchestra and with the Utopica Orchestra.
His repertoire includes works by Mozart, Bach, Piazzolla,
Galliano, Zubitsky, Gershwin, etc.
- Canadian accordionist Joseph Petric has commissioned almost 200 new works from an international roster of composers, amongst them 10 concertos and 26 works for electroacoustic element, computer and video playback. He is the only concert accordionist active on the international scene who devotes himself solely to concertizing, and he gives more than 70 concerts a year in solo recital, new music, chamber music and concerto performances.
- Organist and bayanist Marko Petričić from Indianapolis, Indiana, performs both solo and in a duo "Gypsy Moods", with violinist Mathieu Névéol. He has performed for the Yugoslav National Radio and Television, and more recently, with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
is a collection of short biographies of hundreds of classical accordionists
- Classical concert accordion solist Gianluca Pica from Italy
- Paolo Picchio
Peter Piccini Snr
(1900 - 1989) emigrated from Italy to Australia in 1922.
There he started a long career
as the first solo accordionist with the Isador Goodman orchestra,
appearing in Tivoli Variety Shows in Sydney and Melbourne,
in the film
Strike Me Lucky,
and broadcasting on national and commercial radio.
- Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi is an accordionist from Italy, who is currently studying with Prof. Cesare Chiacchiaretta. He has won various competitions, amongst which the 2001 Trophée Mondiale.
- Alexander Poeluev from Rostov-on-Don, Russia, is a student of prof. Semionov. In 2002 he won the Coupe Mondiale in both the "Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships" and "International Competition for Piano Accordion" categories.
Quartetto di fisarmoniche Hans Brehme
from Stresa, Italy, was founded in 1986. Its members are
Anna Uccelli, Mario Milani, Paolo Vignani and Roberto Sgaria.
Their repertoire consists of transcriptions of classical composers,
as well as original works for accordion quartet, many of them by Italian composers and dedicated to the ensemble.
- Quartetto Gelato is a classical quartet from Canada with Joseph Macerollo on accordion
- Accordion quartet Quator Harmonia () from France, conssting of Jérémy Vannereau, Denis Croisonnier, Patricia Croisonnier and Pier-Yves Têtu. They play classical music, folk, music from films, etc.
is an accordion quintet from Porto Allegre, Brazil,
consisting of Fernando Santos, Adriano Persch, Daniel Castilhos,
André Machado and Luciano Rhoden.
Their repertoire includes works by Brazilian composers such as
Claudio Santoro and Tom Jobim and foreign composers like Bach,
Mozart, Astor Piazolla, Wladislaw Solotaryow and John Williams.
- Piotr Ragno () is a Polish bayanist who now lives in Gronau, Germany. His repertoire includes compositions by amongst others Bach, Vivaldi, Derbenko, Chopin, Brahms and Piazzolla, as well as klezmer and folk music from the Balkan; both solo and in duos with guitarist Krzysztof Pelech, pianist Clemens Rave, violinist Sabine Raveau and story teller Ingeborg Bitterer.
- Finnish accordionist Janne Rättyä Janne Rättyä has given concerts in various countries in Europe and in Japan, and has recorded works of Bach, Gubaidulina, Berio and others. He has taught at the Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki and at the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen, and currently is a lecturer at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Graz, Austria.
from Cambridge, UK, consists of
Evelyn Nallen on recorder and Eddie Hession on accordion. They play
Medieval and early baroque music from Italy, traditional and
contemporary Irish folk and a bit of tango.
- "Besides his talent on the guitar, Giulio Regondi (1822-1872) also mastered the new invention of Wheatstone, the Concertina". Another biography of Giulio Regondi
- Classical accordionist Christian Riganelli () [Flash site] from Castelfidardo, Italy, plays in various combinations: solo, in a duo with Antinio Felicioli on flute and saxophone, in the Voyage Trio, in the Milonga Quintet, which plays mostly music by Astor Piazzolla (also with Roberto Picchio on accordion) and in chamber ensemble "Concerto Musicale Ambaradan".
has published two CDs with music by Regondi,
(catalogue # 9039 and 9055), with the concertina played by Douglas Rogers.
- Corrado Rojac () in 1994 was the first accordionist to get a degree as such from an Italian conservatory. He teaches at the conservatories in Mantova and Fermo, and he has recorded a CD with music by amongst others Bach, Solotarev, Donatoni and Kagel.
- Russian bayanist Viktor Romanko won first prize at the International Accordion Competition in Klingenthal 1983, and tours regularly all over Europe. He teaches at the Ural State Conservatory in Yekatarinburg, Russia and has published 6 CDs, plus 4 sheet music books with accordion arrangements of amongst others Vivaldi's "Four Seasons".
is a student at The Danish Accordion Academy and the Academy of Music, Odense.
- Jytte Niendorf von Rüden teaches classical accordion at Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium, the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus. With violinist Marta Líbalová she forms Duo Modus. Their repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary music.
- Ukrainian bayan player Pavel Runov [flash site] now lives in Milan, Italy. His repertoire includes works by Bach, Beethoven, Rossini, etc. He also teaches privately.
Russian bayan player
studied at the Gnessin Academy in Mosic between 1984 and 1988
and at the Russian Academy of Music from 1988 to 1994.
In 1995 he moved to England, where he now lives in London.
He has a large repertoire of classical music, international
popular music, French musettes and Russian folk music,
and he can provide music for weddings, parties etc.,
either solo or in various ensembles.
He also teaches piano and accordion.
- SalonOrchester Schwanen from Germany, with Heinz R. Huber on accordion, plays light classical music.
- Fay-Ellen Schaw
is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Accordion Society
(IAS), and producer and distributor of CDs with Friedrich Lips and Ural-Trio.
And he is an accordionist, of course
- William Schimmel from New York is composer, author, lecturer, philosopher and virtuoso accordionist. He performs in a wide variety of styles, from classical to pop, amongst others in the New York contemporary music ensemble Sopeso and with Tom Waits. He has recorded all of Kurt Weill's music with accordion. His essay What Constitutes a Classical Accordionist in America is worth reading. Various William Schimmel CDs are available from musicforaccordion.com.
- Simone Schoch () from Mettmenstetten, Switzerland, won first prize in the 2001 Coupe Suisse de l'Accordéon.
is an internationally renowned bayanist and teacher,
highly acclaimed especially for his playing in a duo with his wife,
domra player Natalya Semionova.
- Free-bass accordionist Alexander Sevastian from Canada, winner of the 2001 Anthony Galla-Rini International Competition for Classical Accordion held by the Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International (ATG.) In 2007 he won the Coupe Mondiale in Washington.
- Bayanist / accordionist Don Severs has a made a design for a modified, more ergonomical bayan. He has studied with Joan Cochran Sommers, and he won 1st place at the AAA festival in Miami in 1979.
- Russian Byan player Yuri Shishkin was a student of Semionov (graduating from the Gnesin Academy in 1992), and he has won prizes in Klingental, Kansas City and Castelfidardo. He has performed in amongst others Belgium, Germany, the USA, Canada and China, and the premieres of his new works are annually taking place in the Netherlands. Salta Music sells a Yuri Shishkin CD "Romantic Bayan". At musicforaccordions.com 5 Yiri Shishkin CDs are available: "Towards The Sun" (works by Prokoviev, Kusiakov and Schnittke), "Images Of The Passing Time" (Kusiakov and Shishkin), "Favourites" (Bizet, Liszt, Schubert..) "Shishkin Plays Semionov" and "Yuri Shishkin Bajan" (mostly Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition)
- Bayanist Vladimir Sidorov [Flash menu] from Volgograd, Russia graduated from the Astrakhan State Conservatory in 1994; he currently lives in Canada. His repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary, including many of his own transcriptions. In addition to performing solo, Vladimir has played with various ensembles in Russia and Canada. He has recorded two solo CDs and a CD with Marie Josée Simard on vibraphone, xylophone and percussions. A Youtube video of Vladimir Sidorov.
from Russia is a member of the State Soloist Ensemble "Philarmonia"
(formerly "Moscow Festival Ensemble";
accompanists of the Don KosakenChor), and a teacher at the
Gnessin Institute in Moscow.
has recorded 2 solo CDs, "Impromptu" and "Capriccio",
with works by amongst others Bach, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Mozart and Derbenko.
(but Impromptu is out of print, it seems)
- Nina Slyusar and Lena Zybo from Belarus have a CD out with compositions of Bach, Mendelson, Piazzolla as well as Russian folk music. Nina Slyusar now lives in Tampa, Florida; Lena Zybo lives in Moscow. A Free-Reed review of their Nina & Lena: Vitebsk, Minsk, Moscow CD.
- Richard Smith was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire in 1984. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2004, where he studied with Owen Murray.
Classical American bayanist and bandoneon player
- Soundscape is a classical accordion trio from Denver, Colorado, consisting of Larry Miller, Madalynn Neu and John Neu. A review of Soundscape's Dynamic Impressions CD at The Free-Reed -- it made it to #2 in Classical cd sales at the local Tower Records.
- Uwe Steger () from Großzöberlitz, Germany, studied accordion at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" Berlin until 1993, with Eduard Wall. He seems to be a Jack of all trades: in various bands he plays sophisticated accordion music (in duo Accart, with Heidi Hirschmüller), Italian entertainment, "something between ethno-mystic and vulgar folk", jazz, swing and comedy. Also he accompanies or has accompanied Klaus Hoffman (regularly), Montserat Caballé (with the Brandenburgischen Philharmonie), and Ina Deter, and he is active in theatre and film. Also he works as a teacher and juror at competitions. Often he plays an electronic Cavagnolo, it seems.
Swedish concert accordionist
- Ragner "Raggie" Sundquist () or Sundqvist (1892 - 1951) was one of the most popular Swedish accordionists in the first half of the 20th century. He would sometimes be billed as "the Swedish Frosini". A Ragnar Sundqvist discography ()
- I Superfisa () [uses Flash for navigation] is an Italian accordion quartet, consisting of Rossano Mancini, Giacomo Zanna, Luigi Guerra and Anna Dal Bosco. They play folk and classical accordion music.
is a free-lance accordionist from Oslo, Norway.
He performs mainly classical repertoire, both as a soloist and
with other musicians, and on several occasions with various orchestras.
He has frequently performed in radio and television,
and has toured Venezuela, the USA, and various European countries.
Apart from the classical concerts, he also holds workshops,
and he works as an entertainer.
Information in English about
- Raimondas Sviackevicius is an accordionist from Lithuania. In 1996 he won the first prize in the duet section in Castelfidardo, and in 1999 he gained his Master degree at the Lithuanian Music Academy. Apart from his concert activities, he also teaches at the Music School and Conservatory in Vilnius. Raimondas Sviackevicius at www.accordions.com
- The repertoire of Russian accordionist Sergej Tchirkov includes music of different genres but consists first and foremost of contemporary new music.
is a Russian accordionist who has studied at the Gnessin Academy
(in Moscow). He plays classical and Russian music,
sometimes in a duo with a balalaika player.
Apparently, he lives in Switzerland now.
- Ukrainian button accordionist Alexander Tchuev moved to Kozani, Greece in 2000, after graduating as soloist and teacher from the National Musical Academy of Ukraine in Kiev. In May 2005 he orgainesed the First National Competitions of accordion-players in Greneva, and recently he founded an accordion orchestra in Kozani. He also continues to perform as a soloist.
- Tjaq is an accordion quintet from Enschede, the Netherlands, consisting of Saskia Akkersdijk, Raymond Kaspers, Marieke Kroes, Mark Ter Maat and Ellen Zijm.
from the Netherlands consists of Renée Bekker and Pieternel Berkers.
Both started playing the accordion at the age of 9, at the music school
in Gemert, and both currently study with Ronald van Overbruggen
at the Fontys Conservatorium. They have won various prizes, both solo
and as a duo.
Their repertoire includes works of Solotaryov, Scarlatti, Piazzolla,
- Concert accordionists Mary Tokarski performs both nationally and internationally as a soloist, with Symphony Orchestra and as a member of The 'K' Trio. She teaches piano and accordion, in Northford, Connecticut.
- Duo Røyseng/Aase a.k.a. "Duo Jupiter" from Oslo, Norway,both play on Jupiter bayans. Their repertoire consists of Baroque music, Russian folk music, Norwegian contemporary and folk music, and light music. They were winners in the duo and chamber music category in Castelfidardo, both in 2001 and in 2003. Both Lars Røyseng and Stian Aase also teach in and around Oslo. A Myspace site for Røyseng/Aase, and one for Stian Aase
is a duo from Winnsboro, Texas,
consisting of Jessica Faltot and Rebecca Ratliff.
They play a varied repertoire, ranging from traditional classical
music, to light jazz, contemporary music and ethnic pieces.
They competed at the 2005 ATG Championships, in the
Adult Advanced Classical Duet as well as Pop/Standard categories,
-- they won in the latter category.
- Finnish accordionist Marjut Tynkkyen
- The Tyrolean Ensemble of Contemporary Music with Harald Pröckl on accordion
was formed in Kiev in 1957 by
Nikolai Khudiakov, Ivan Shepelsky and Anatoly Khishniak,
then students of M.M.Gelisa.
They perform original compositions and adaptations of folk music and
of organ-, piano-, violin- and symphonic music, and
have performed in some 20 countries in Europe, Asia and Australia.
All three have been named Honored Artist of Russia.
In 1997 Nikolai Khudiakov died after an illness;
he was replaced by Dmitry Kokorin.
A review of
Ural Trio: Perpetuum Mobile
- Vladimir Ushenin is Honoured Artist of Russia and professor at the Rostov State S. Rakhmaninov Conservatory. He has made some 100 arrangements for solo bayan, Russian folk ensemble or bayan orchestra. He has also recorded one solo CD and 5 CDs with his "Kalinka" ensemble.
- Finnish concert accordionist Mika Väyrinen has won a total of eight prizes in International Competitions, including first prize in the CIA's Coupe Mondiale. He is currently one of the most active performers and recording artists, concertizing and recording both as a soloist and with major orchestras worldwide, and he has collaborated with and premiered works of various composers.
is a bayan player from Moldova (now living in the USA).
A page for
Stas Venglevski CDs
are available from musicforaccordion.com.
- Classical accordionist Daniele Venturi from Impruneta, Italy, was the "first" student of Salvatare di Gesualdo. He has taken part in the production of Musicus Concentus with Egisto Macchi and Luciano Berio, and has often played with the orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and with the R.A.I. Orchestra "A. Scarlatti" (Naples). He teaches accordion at the Music Academy in Florence and at the Civic Music School of Greve in Chianti (Florence).
- Anders Vesterdahl is a student at The Danish Accordion Academy and the Academy of Music, Odense.
Viennese Accordion Chamber Ensemble,
directed by Werner Weibert.
- Accordion Ensembe Virtuosa () is an accordion quartet from the Netherlands, consisting of Loes Dircken-de Rooy, Trix Reintjens-Rietjens, Wim Roelands and Bout Marcelis. The ensemble started some thirty years ago, and have performed in France, Germany and the Netherlands.
- Ian Watson graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2000 with the Dip.Ram, its highest performance accolade. He plays or has played in the Czardas Duo with cellist Matthew Forbes, and performs regularly with the Icebreaker and Chroma new music ensembles. He has also performed and recorded with Blur, The Divine Comedy and Sophie Solomon.
won the 13 to 15 years age class at the 2001 Città di Castelfidardo,
and won third place in the Premio category in 2006.
She has recorded a CD, "A Love Affair With Bayan",
with songs from Italy, Spain, France, Russia, Ireland and China.
- Johan de With () from the Netherlands (Friesland), accordionist, conservatory teacher, conductor of Brouwer's Akkordeonorkest, composer, and historian
- Since Cao Xiao-Qing () is professor for accordion at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Like himself in the past, many of his students are now succesful in various accordion competitions.
(1990-) from Qinhuangdao, China, has won numerous (youth) accordion
competitions, and now studies with Prof. Cao Xiaoqing at the Central
Conservatory of Music in Beijing.
He has recorded a CD "Sunrise", with works by amongst others
Bach, Gubaidulina and Zubitsky.
- Yi Yao is a classical accordionist from China, who studied with Owen Murray at the Royal Academy of Music in London, from which she graduated with a 1st class degree. Apart from an active solo career, she plays with Ensemble Tangissimo, and previously(?) with Allegro Ensemble/ the tangerines. She has recorded José Serebrier: Passacaglia and Perpetuum Mobile.
- Fang Yuan is an accordion teacher and concert accordionist from China, currently living in Singapore.
is a classical accordionist from the Ukraine.
He has performed all over Europe, and in the United Arab Emirates,
the USA and Canada.
He has recorded 7 CDs and 2 DVDs, with music by Bach, Piazolla, Vivaldi,
Mozart, Derbenko, etc.
- Guoping Zhang is a classical accordionist from Beijing, China, from a family of professional accordionists. He has performed in Germany, USA, Canada, Poland, Switzerland and France, and he has recorded a number of CDs, amongst others a CD of Scarlatti keyboard sonatas. The CD Zhang Guoping: Happy Sheng is for sale at musicforaccordions.com.
- Marie Zichová is a classical accordionist from Prague, the Chech Republic. She has studied with Jarmila Vlachová at the Conservatory in Pilsen, and with Jacques Mornet, Roman Jbanov and Domi Emorine at the CNIMA in France. She has performed many concerts in the Czech Republic, Germany, France, Poland, Italy, and elsewhere.
is a virtuoso concert accordionst from Hungary.
In 1992 he founded the "Podium Duo" with guitar player Gabor Ursu,
in which he plays various genres of music: French musettes,
German, Italian, Russian and Spanish music, tangos, etc.
- Vladimir Zubitsky from the Ukraine, currently living in Pesaro, Italy began his international carreer in 1975 with winning the Coupe Mondiale in Finland. He has composed various works for accordions, as well as symphonies, operas, ballets, etc. Vladimir Zubitsky's CDs are available from musicforaccordion.com.
- Ensemble Zungenreden () from Germany consists of is the accordionist Britta Wodarczak and counter tenor Thomas Bremser. They arrange music from all eras for counter tenor and accordion, as well as other reed instruments such as clarinet, organ and saxophone.
- Franck Angelis is a French composer and accordionist, and former teacher at the Centre National et International de Musique et d'Accordeon (CNIMA). His compositions are very popular at national and international accordion competitions, ever since Domi Emorine won Klingenthal with is "Boite a Ryhthme".
- George Antheil (1900-1959) wrote Accordion Dance (1951) for accordion and orchestra
[PDF] wrote the score to a one-act ballet, Corporal Jan, op. 42.
It is a robust score that includes piano-accordion,
Hammond organ and a vast array of percussion including piano.
- Violet Balestreri Archer (1913-2000) wrote Four miniatures (1988) for accordion solo.
- Italian concert accordionist and composer Ivano Battiston. His TOTEM for accordion and piano [Youtube video] performed by Patrizia Angeloni and Chiara Montelatici in 2007; the score for TOTEM is available in PDF format.
wrote Piece for Mo (1963) for a chamber orchestra including an accordion
- Peter Bengtson has among others composed 'Schakt' (1983) for 6 accordions, 3 double basses, percussion and a harmonium.
- Luciano Berio (1925-2003) wrote El Mar la Mar (1952) for soprano, mezzo soprano and ensemble (including accordion), and Sequenza No. 13 for accordion, which premiered at at the Berio festival ConSequenze in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on November 9th, 1995. Also, in opera Outis (1996) there is an accordion part in the orchestral score and in one of the scenes (which was played by Claudio Jacomucci in the Scala).
Composer and pianist
born in New York, now resident in New Zealand.
- Contemporary Australian composer Ross Bolleter
- Contemporary Australian composer Warren Burt
Juan Carlos Cárcamo
has studied or done master classes with
Friedrich Lips, Alexander Dmitriev, Mogens Ellegaard and many others.
Since 1986 he teaches at the Conservatorio Municipal de Música
and he has been a jury member at many national and international
competitions, including the Trophée Mondiale.
His compositions have been published by
Bérben, Editorial Boileau and Real Musical.
- Russian composer Nikolai Yakovlevich Chaikin (1915-2000) wrote many works for bayan, amongst which two Concertos for Accordion and Symphony Orchestra, and two Sonatas for Accordion and Symphony Orchestra. Also, he was a professor at the Gorky Conservatory and at the Gnessins' Musical Institute in Moscow.
- Sophie Chapman () from Melbourne, Australia wrote a music theatre piece called "Four Accordionists of the Apocalypse", in which "the four horsemen are replaced by accordionists with Frikka, the Norse goddess of fertility and death, on harmonium". She also plays accordion in Vardos, a Melbourne based band that plays gypsy music.
has composed 'Accord' (1985), for cello, oboe and accordion
- Italian composer Giorgio Colombo Taccani has written a number of works for accordion: "Recitativo" (1997/98) for solo accordion, written for Corrado Rojac; "Diario di viaggio" (1999) for violin and accordion, written for AVA ensemble - Berlin (Acc: Heiner Frauendorf); "Secondo diario di viaggio" (2000) for alto sax and two accordions, written for Corrado Rojac; "Aria di sortita" (2000) for solo accordion, written for Teodoro Anzellotti, and "Auge der Zeit" (2002) for mezzosoprano, recorder, violin, percussion, accordion and piano); written for AVA ensemble - Berlin (performance in Autumn 2002); "Sin Sueño - terzo diario di viaggio" for piano and accordion (2002), written for AN-tifon; and "L'enigma dell'ora" for accordion and electronics (2006), for written Davide Vendramin. Excerpts from the scores are available for all works, and complete MP3 audio files are available for "Recitativo", "Diario di viaggio", "Secondo diario di viaggio" and "L'enigma dell'ora".
- Dutch accordionist and composer Gerie Daanen () has written music for music theatre, musicals, and commercials; his "Accordion Crimes" (inspired by the novel) was premiered on the 2008 "Het Accordeon" festival. He plays in world music ensemble ®chestra, and teaches at Municipal Centre for Cultural Education 'De Lindenberg' in Nijmegen, and as freelance teacher at various academies. A short biography of Gerie Daanen
from Auckland, New Zealand, is an orchestral conductor, composer, arranger,
and record producer. He has composed works for accordion solo and duet,
accordion and strings, and accordion group and orchestra,
and he has arranged various works for accordion orchestra.
Sheet music for some of
compositions is for sale at musicforaccordion.com:
the "Concert Waltz for Accordion and Strings", some works
for accordion orchestra and some solo accordion works --
as well as the CD "Accordion Concert Music", with
compositions for accordion solo, duet, ensemble and orchestra.
- Gualtiero Dazzi wrote "All'alba della trasparenza" (1995-96) for violin, cello and accordion.
- Belgian composer Koen Dejonghe (who teaches practical harmony and improvisation at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp) has written or arranged a number of tangos, some for ensembles including accordion. They can be heard on the above site, and the sheet music can also be printed with the Sibelius Scorch plug-in.
wrote Feria III (1992-96) for accordion,
and Feria IV (1997), dedicated to Claudio Jacomucci.
- Composer Lukas Foss wrote "Curriculum Vitae" (1977) for accordion, commissioned by the American Accordionists' Association.
- Ivar Frounberg composed "A Dirge: Other Echoes Inhabit the Garden" (1988) for small orchestra and accordion solo (arranged for solo accordion in 1994). It was recorded by Geir Draugsvoll and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra on Ivar Frounberg: Orchestral Works
wrote Butterfly (1994) for accordion and wind quintet and
"The Wings of a Butterfly" (1996-97) for clarinet(/bass clarinet),
violin, viola, and accordion .
- British composer Anthony Gilbert wrote "Rose luisante" (2003) for solo free-bass accordion
- German composer Adolf Götz wrote many works for accordion orchestra, and for accordion solo or with other instruments.
born in Belfast, studied with Per Nørgård.
Amongst others she wrote Hells Kells (1995) for accordion solo,
premiered by Stefan Hussong.
- Benjamin Grosser composed `Limpid Form' (1992) for violin, alto saxophone and accordion
- Among Sofia Gubaidulina 's works are `Seven words' for cello, bayan and strings (1982), `De Profundis' for bayan (1978) and `Silenzio', five pieces for bayan, violin and cello (1991). Seven Words / Silenzio / In Croce were recorded on the Naxos Label, with Elsbeth Moser on bayan.
Jacob de Haan
is a Dutch composer who has written various works for accordion orchestra
-- they are not listed on the Compositions page, but can be found on
the Recordings page: a CD with his accordion compositions has been
published. Alternatively, one could request the accordion catalogue of
where is works are published.
- Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas () wrote "...." (1994) for accordion, viola and chamber ensemble, and "Natures Mortes" (2003) for orchestra and accordion.
- Composer Stefan Hakenberg Stefan Hakenberg has written a number of works for ensembles with accordion(s). Among them are two musical picture books, Niemand darf seinen Wohnort verlassen and Handwerk, illustrated by Harald Klemm, which can be seen an heard online, in realaudio (click on the "illustrations: Harald Klemm link").
has composed Trio Sonata (1985), for free bass accordion, trombone and
piano, and Three Dances (1986), for accordion and percussion
- Austrian composer Lukas Haselböck () wrote "Zwei Stücke für Violoncello und Klavier", rearranged for saxophone and accordion in 1997, "Schatten" (1999) for bass clarinet, percussion and accordion, and "Sonnentanz" (2000) for flute, viola, bass clarinet and accordion
- Slovak composer Juraj Hatrik wrote amongst others "Quarrel Over a Plastered Dwarf, antiduo for 2 accordions" (1969), "Choral Fantasia for accordion and chamber orchestra" (1975), and a number of works for accordion solo. A CD of Choral Fantasia has been published by the Music Fund Slovakia, ()
has composed various works for accordion and tape or accordion and
- Sven Hermann () is an accordionist and composer from Essen, Germany. He studies with Teodoro Anzellotti and Alois Müller and has studied with Mie Miki and Nicolaus Huber. Together with electric bass player Matthias Hettmer he forms the duo Interzone perceptible, in which he plays electrified accordion and electronics.
- German composer and accordionist Stefan Hippe has written many works for accordion or accordion orchestra, and arranged numerous others.
is a Canadian composer with a special interest in world folk music and North
American music. Amongst others, he has written
for the 2-row button accordion, which he plays,
amongst others on
"Spirit Reel" (1982) for violin and G/C button accordion,
"Lesotho" (1988) for two-row button accordion,
"Dancing On Wings Of Fire" (1991) for A/D button accordion and
"The Bay Of Naples" (2004) for viola, and G/C button accordion
He also wrote
"Gilgamesh" (1977) for free-bass accordion
"Ballad No. 1" (1978) for alto flute, clarinet,
baritone saxophone, percussion, free-bass accordion, piano.
The Canadian Music Centre has a short bio and a discography of
- Catalan composer Joaquim Homs wrote "Dos soliloquis" (1992) and Suite no. 4 "Entre two línies" (1992), both for 12' clarinet, violin, violoncello, piano and accordion
- Michael S. Horwood wrote amongst others "Interphase" (1975) for flute, tenor sax, piano, accordion, 2 percussion, "Talos IV" (1977) for solo accordion, "Bipolarity" (1979) for accordion and string trio and "Suite for Accordion and Percussion" (1985). Short sound clips are available for each composition.
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
for orchestra, accordion and narration, which was recorded with
Dianne Schmidt on accordion.
- German composer Bertold Hummel (1925 - 2002) wrote Tripartita for accordion and string quartet (1986). It was premiered by Hugo Noth and the "Joachim-Quartet", and has also been performed by Stefan Hussong.
- Neoclassical German composer Wolfgang Jacobi (1894-1972) () wrote a large number of works for accordion orchestra and solo accordion from 1955 onwards.
David A. Jaffe
composed "Music For an Imaginary Wedding" for mandolin,
concertina, and cello
- David Johnstone is a Brittish cellist and composer who is based in Spain. His compositions, which are published by Creighton's Collection, include various works for accordion: "Iranzu" for flute, cello and accordion (2000/2008); "Music of the Pirates" (The Pirates) for accordion and narrator (2001-2); "Sonata de Camara 'Mar del Plata'" for accordion and string quartet (2003); "Concierto de Camara 'Mar del Plata'" for solo accordion and string orchestra (2004); "Mediterranean Suite" for four accordions (2004); "Concert Miniatures for Solo Accordion" volumes 1 and 2 (2007); "The Song Sonata" for accordion and piano duo (2008); and "Concerto for Solo Accordion and Orchestra" (2009).
- Danish composer, organist and choire director Henrik Colding-Jørgensen wrote "Englens Hånd" ("the Angel Hand") (2001) for contralto, baritone, piano and accordion. It was premiered by Ensemble Couleurs, with accordionist Morten Rosse, and it is published by Samfundet. He also wrote "Screaming Void" (2005) for accordion solo.
Norwegian composer and accordionist
has studied composition and accordion at the Royal Conservatory of
Music in Copenhagen and at the Norwegian State Academy of Music.
He works mainly in the field of classical and
contemporary music, but also traditional music.
He has written various works for accordion,
amongst which "Labyrinth", "Nuuk dag" (2000)
and "Nuuk nat" (2000) for solo accordion,
"Gaps" (1998) for accordion and percussion
and "A - AB - ABS" (1992) for accordion and wind quartet.
He teaches accordion at the
As a performer he has appeared on the BBC TV, NRK-TV, the Video
Festival in Cannes-85 and with several international orchestras.
- German-Argentinian composer Mauricio Kagel wrote amongst others "Aus Zungen Stimmen" for accordion quintet (1972), "Tango Alemán" for voice, violin, bandoneon (or accordion) and piano (1977/1978), "Variété Konzertstück für sechs" for chamber ensemble (1977), "Episoden, Figuren" for accordion solo (1993), "Pandorasbox (Bandoneonpiece)", and "Orchestrion-Straat" for chamber ensemble (1995/1996). A biography and works list of Mauricio Kagel () at Edition Peters, from which some of his works are available.
- Danish composer Leif Kayser (1919-) has written works for accordion.
wrote 'Chamber Concerto' (1995) for accordion and ensemble
- Komponisten schreiben für Akkordeon (ISBN: 978-3-9802675-4-0) by Klaus Kronibus contains short biographies of some 2000 composers. The 737 page book is published by Deutschen Harmonika-Verband, Trossingen.
- Jiří Laburda (b. 1931) is a Czech composer who has written various works for accordion solo, accordion and orchestra or chamber ensemble including accordion. That page was last updated in 2002, it seems -- later compositions include the 3rd and 4th Sonata for Accordion solo (2003 / 2004) and "Terpsichoré" (2004) and "Fiori teneri" (2004) for accordion solo. The first one of these is published by Wolfgang G. Haas, the other three by Edition Rondon-Prague. Laburda's "Prelude for Accordion" was awarded the "Prize SACEM/UPAC", Paris 1974. And apparently the "Concerto for Accordion and String Orchestra" is a favourite with students of Prague Conservatory of Music -- the orchestral parts are not difficult and their are very suitable for the amateurs too.
Viennese composer of electroacoustical music
wrote Kakanische Soirée (1986) for clarinet, violoncello,
accordion and tape.
- Finnish publisher Love Music has published a few works for accordion (+ other instruments): Jokinen Erkki: "A Yellow Primrose to Alberto Caeiro", for accordion and cello; Koskelin Olli: "Pas de trois" for accordion, clarinet and cello; Nuorvala Juhani: "What's a Nice Chord Like You Doing in a Piece Like This?" for three accordions or accordion and pre-recorded tape [5 accordions in the original]; and Vuori Harri: "Suden hetki (Hour of the Wolf)" for accordion.
- Slovak composer Peter Machajdik, living in Germany since 1992, wrote "Five Mirrors" for accordion in 1997. It was premiered by Slovak accordionist Boris Lenko; the score is available from Musica Slovaka ( firstname.lastname@example.org) or from the composer. He also wrote "Portrait of an Aquarium" (2006) for violin, accordion, piano and double-bass, premiered by Ensemble ALEA, "Lines and Waves in Blue Deep" (2007) for 5 accordions, commissioned by the Deutscher Harmonika Verband, and "Concerto for 2 Bayans and concerto" (2008), premiered on 4 June 2009 by AccoDuo and the Symphony Orchestra of the Pomorian Philharmonic under Aleksander Gref. All compositions are available from the composer.
Tera de Marez Oyens (1932-1996)
wrote 'Linzer Concert' for accordion and orchestra,
as well as a few other works for accordion or ensembles including accordion.
- Prof. Walter Maurer from Vienna, Austria is a composer, publisher and teacher for accordion. He is the editor and owner of Edition Harmonia. He has written numerous articles, and is also active in organisations such as the Harmonikaverband österreich and the Confédeeration Internationale des Accordeonistes.
- Scottish composer Kevin Mayo wrote rain dance (2002) for free-bass accordion and piano, and Melisma for 11 players, including accordion
a composer of "contemporary classical music",
wrote "...to light one candle..." for accordion and strings,
and "Schroedinger's Cat", for accordion solo
- Composer and bayan player Alexandr Morduhovich is a senior lecturer at the Magnitogorsk State Conservatory, and a winner of diplomas at the the All-Russian Contest in Moscow and at the international Contest of bayan players "The Far East Cup" in Vladivostok, both in 2000. Scores for various of his compositions are available for sale at the above site.
- Noriko Motomatsu, [Flash site] born in Japan in 1977, but now living in England, has written a number of works for accordion: Dawn and Festival (1997) for free-bass accordion, flute and harp, Ibuki (1998) for free-bass accordion and piano, and Winds of Autumn (1999) for solo piano-accordion and orchestra.
wrote Dance of the Blind (1980) for violin, viola, violoncello,
and free-bass accordion.
- Finnish accordionist, composer, and pedagogue Matti Murto () (summary and list of works in English). There is an page with an essay (concert notes?) about "Meditaatio harmonikalle" (1975) / "Partita harmonikalle" (1998), a page with biographies of some accordionists (Matti Rantanen, Heikki Laitinen, Mika Väyrynen, and Seppo Valkeajoki), and a few pages with accordion history.
- Borys Myronchuk is a bayan player and composer from the Ukraine Currently he lives in Donetsk, where he also teaches the bayan.
wrote "Blurred Formations" (2003) for classical guitar and
accordion, commissioned by and premiered by Harald Pröckl and
- Italian composer Dimitri Nicolau has written a number of compositions for accordion: "Jacoland Music" n.1 op. 134 for accordion duo (written for Duo Accoland), "Jacoland Music" n. 2 op. 154 for accordion solo (written for Claudio Jacomucci), "Anaki Music" op. 220 for accordion and piano (written for Duo Anaki), and "Bayan Music" op. 221 for bayan trio (written for the Italian Trio Solotarev). A composition for saxophone and accordion is in preparation.
- Per Nørgård composition "Anatomic Safari" (1967) is one of the first "modern classical" accordion compositions
wrote "Escape Velocity" (2005) for
free bass accordion and string quartet
- John Palmer wrote "Drang" (1999) for solo accordion.
- Barbara Pentland (1912-2000) wrote Interplay (1972) for freebass accordion, 2 violins, viola, and violoncello.
A database of
Compositions for accordion by and short biographies of Polish composers,
compiled by Elżbieta Rosińska.
You can search the database by name of the composer, type of work or title,
or you can view a list of composers and works
- Bulgarian accordionist and composer Rumen Poterov is professor and dean of the Faculty of Arts at the South-West University "Neofit Rilski" in Blagoevgrad. Until 1994 he mainly composed and performed; since 1994 he concentrates scientific and pedagogic activity, besides composing. His research is in the field of Bulgarian musical culture, accordion pedagogy and contemporary performing art. On his website he has some samples of his (recent) compositions. Rumen Poterov's () profile at the Sout-West University.
- British composer Alwynne Pritchard wrote amongst others "Critical Mass" (2002) for orchestra (including accordion) and tape.
Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje
wrote a number of works with accordion,
amongst others "gagaku variations" (2001) for accordion and string
quartet, "composition for three floors" (2001)
for percussion, accordion and voice in three different floors,
an Four parts from two of Prokofieff's "Romeo and Juliet"
suits arranged for two accordions (2000)
- Herman Rechberger is a composer, musician and graphic artist from Austria, who moved to Finland in the Seventies. He has written various works for accordions, amongst which "Minirendezvous" (1989-1990) for accordion duo, Tratado (1991) for English horn and organ or accordion, and Assahra ("Sahara", 1996), "Karadeniz" ("Black Sea", 1997) and "Hagia Eikon" ("Holy picture", 2001) for accordion trio. Extracts of Assahra and Minirendevous are available in realaudio(8) format.
- Robert X. Rodríguez wrote "The Old Majestic" (1988), an opera about the fading of the vaudeville era, with the sounds of a typical vaudeville-era pit orchestra, including accordion.
Avant-garde composer (and also accordionist)
(1964) for accordion, voice, 3-track tape and projections, for
That was first performed at the
San Francisco Tape Music Center,
of which Raman Sender was a co-founder.
He also wrote "Great-Grandpa Lemuel's Death-Rattle What-In-Tarnation Reincarnation Blues" (1981) for Dixieland band, accordion, and tape;
and "Tropical Fish Opera" (1962) for 4 instruments
has also been played with Pauline Oliveros and Ramon Sender on accordion.
Program notes of a Ramon Sender concert, with background to some of his compositions
- José Serebrier (1938 -) wrote "Passacaglia and Perpetuum Mobile" (1966) for accordion and chamber orchestra, commissioned by the American Accordionists Association.
- Compositions by Shchedrin include Chamber Suite (1961) for twenty violins, harp, accordion and two double basses
has written various works for solo button accordion,
many of them premiered by Joseph Purits,
as well as works for ensembles including accordion.
- Howard Skempton is an English composer, accordionist and music publisher. His works include "Concerto for Oboe, Accordion and Strings" (1997), some works for duos or trios with accordion, and many miniatures for solo accordion. A Wikipedia entry for Howard Skempton, and a List of compositions by Howard Skempton. Also, two article by Michael Parsons The Music of Howard Skempton and Howard Skempton: Chorales, Landscapes and Melodies
- Japanese composer Yuji Takahashi has written various works for accordion. Like a Water-Buffalo (1985) is probably the best known; it has been recorded by Mie Miki, Geir Draugsvoll and Friedrich Lips. On the above web sites, scores are available for "For Sofia Gubaidulina" (2001) (acc, vn, vc), "Like Swans leaving the Lake" (1995) (va, acc), "Dream Carp" (1992) (vc, acc) and "Ins Tal" (1982)(acc).
"Plus V" (1994) and "Spiriti" (2000-2005)
for accordion and string orchestra,
"Sinistro" (1977) for accordion and guitar,
and ", mutta" [sic] (1985/1987) for 3 accordions.
- Tre Media () publishes works of various composers, of which Thomas Bruttger, Volker Heyn, Klaus K. Hübler, Mesias Maiguashca, Christoph Neidhöfer, Bojidar Spassov, Ernstalbrecht Stiebler and Caroline Wilkins have written works for accordion. They are also the representatives of Finnish publishers Love Music in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
- Czech composer Jan Truhlar has written a number of works for accordion: for accordion solo, duo, ensembles, and in combination with other instruments. Some of them were written for accordion competitions.
Composer and bayanist
Georgy Titowich Tyshkewich
- Italian composer Paolo Ugoletti has written two reels for accordion: "Eleanor Rigby reel" and "Meadbh the brave". Also, he has written two concertos for bandoneon and orchestra: one in three movements for bandoneon, guitar and strings orchestra, and the second one, in a single long movement, for AA bandoneon, piano and string orchestra. The first one was written for Italian bandoneonist Stefano Pietrodarchi; the second one was written for Miran Vaupotic, and premiered in May 2009 in Lithuania. Scores are available on request from the composer. Paolo Ugoletti's biography in English
- Finnish composer Heikki Valpola has written numerous works for accordion, either solo or in a chamber ensemble. Many of them were written for Matti Rantanen, who has recorded a CD Fire Making, with music of Valpola. Heikki Valpola teaches music theory and composing at the Folk Music Department of the Sibelius Academy.
Jacob ter Veldhuis
wrote various works for accordion, accordion duos or ensembles including
A biography and list of works for
Jacob ter Veldhuis
An older (non-flash)
Jacob ter Veldhuis
- Lindsay Vickery has composed solo works including "Ancient Streams..." (1989) for solo accordion and chamber music including "A-Synchronous Au Privave" (1989) for alto sax, violin, accordion, bass and drums
- British Composer John Webb wrote a Concerto for classical accordion, strings and clarinet (1997) and Four Bagatelles (1994) for free bass accordion, two violins, and cello. From the above site the scores can be previewed and ordered. The Concerto got its premiere by Owen Murray in October 1998. An older page for John Webb
used the bandoneon in
"Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny",
"Happy End" and in "Die Dreigroschenoper",
and the accordion amongst others in "Marie Galante"
- Finnish composer Harri Wessman wrote various works for accordion, including "Duo for Accordions" (1980), "Trio for Accordion, Flute and Guitar" (1981), "Krogtema och kommentarer" (2001) for accordion, piano and cello, and a collection of pedagogical works, "Album for Marjut Tynkkynen's Accordion Class, and others as well" (1990 - 1996).
- Contemporary Australian composer Caroline Wilkins
Quintet (1997) for accordion and string quartet for Joseph Petric
and the Vanbrugh String Quartet
- Irish composer James Wilson wrote "Quintet for Accordion and Strings" Op. 22 (1967)
- New York composer Charles Wuorinen wrote "Buttons and Bows (or Superparticular Variations)" (2001) for cello and accordion.
Vladislav Andreyevich Zolotaryov
(1942 - 1975)
wrote various works for bayan, amongst others his Children's Suites.
Many are dedicated to (and were premiered by) Eduard Mitchenko or
- Vladimir Zubitsky from the Ukraine, currently living in Pesaro, Italy began his international carreer in 1975 with winning the Coupe Mondiale in Finland. He has composed various works for accordions, as well as symphonies, operas, ballets, etc. Vladimir Zubitsky's CDs are available from musicforaccordion.com.
- Classical accordionist Henry Doktorski has founded The Classical Free-Reed, Inc, an organisation for furthering free-reed instruments in classical music. The site contains amongst others excerpts from his book The Classical Squeezebox and a quiz.
- The International Association of Music Information Centres is an international network of organisations promoting new music, many of which have user biographies and databases of compositions online.
American Music Center Library
that includes over 120 works for accordion and possibly other instruments
- The British Music Information Centre is a resource centre for British contemporary classical music. Searching the collection for instrument accordion returns information about 97 works. For some of them, the scores are available.
- For Canadian composers, Canadian Music Centre has a database of compositions. Searching for Instrument => Includes => Other => Accordion finds 14 works; leaving the Instruments section empty, but searching for Keyword "accordion" finds 256 works instead.
Works for/including accordion
listed at the
Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland
- The Czech Music Information Centre has information about a large number of composers, of which at least the following wrote works for the accordion: Milan Bachorek, Jiri Barta, Pavel Blatny, Frantisek Domazlicky, Jindrich Feld, Peter Graham, Jan Kapr, Marek Kopelent, Otomar Kvech, Jiri Laburda, Jiri Matys, Jan Novak, Roman Z. Novak, Peterk Pokorny, Vaclav Riedlbauch, Milan Slavicky, Jan Tausinger, Vaclav Trojan and Evzen Zamecnik. Frantisek Domazlicky played the accordion as well (and the violin and trumpet); Vaclav Riedlbauch studied accordion at the Prague Conservatory with Dr. Josef Smetana. By far the most productive of these, as far as works for the accordion (or accordion orchestra) are concerned is Jindrich Feld. Many of his works for accordion are published by the likes of Hohner and Preissler.
- Donemus is the national institution in the Netherlands for composed contemporary music. It's publications cataloge contains 30 works for accordion (or accordion ensemble), 1 for accordion and band, 1 for accordion and large ensemble, 10 for accordion and orchestra, 3 for accordion and string orchestra and none for accordion orchestra. (Note: you need to select 'Genre' Chamber music or Orchestra / Larger Ensemble before you can select the instrumentation).
Finnish Music Information Centre
has information about both contemporary (classical) music and folk music.
The accordion features in both: searching for accordion yielded over 300
- The MERB/CMI (Music Education Resource Base) is a bibliographic database of more than 31,000 resources in music and music education from 27 Canadian and International journals, there are ten articles listed mentioning the "accordion" and and one mentioning the "accordéon"
- Some countries seem to have a good catalog of what their composers produce: if you search the catalogue of the Norwegian Music Information Centre for "acc" in the field "Instrumentation" , that returns many hits (186 as of writing). Also, searching for "trekkspill" in the news archive or directory (from e.g. "Nyhetsarkiv") or for accordion on the English page turns up many hits.
An essay by Krzysztof Olczak on
The combination of accordio and organ as a new form of chamber music,
possibly written as part of a concert programme.
- G. Schirmer publishes classical sheet music. You can do an advanced search on instrumentation. To find all works involving accordion: select the instrument ("Accordion"), select "as specified or more", click on "Add", and click on "Search". As of writing the catalogue contains 130 works involving accordion, 6 with bandoneon, 0 with concertina (and 8 with zheng). The catalogue does contains works for bayan (e.g. Gubaidulina's "in croce"), but the bayan isn't listed under the instruments...
- The Swiss Music Edition sells sheet music for works by Swiss composers, amongst which compositions for accordion, solo, with ensemble or with orchestra.
- Martin Weyde has a number of biographies of German composers, and a number of his own compositions online -- the sheet music, and a few as MP3 soundclips.
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