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Classical Accordionists

  • Accord'ance 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Spanish classical accordionist Angel Luis Castaño (in Spanish) studied with Mogens Ellegaard and Max Bonnay. He plays amongst others in a duo with Raquel Ruiz (in Spanish) 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. (in Spanish) Angel Luis Castaño CDs can be bought from musicforaccordions.com.
  • Paul Chamberlain 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). Paul Chamberlain 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.
  • Ad Cominotto 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.
  • French contemporary classical accordionist Pascal Contet. Another site for Pascal Contet, (in French) mainly concerned with his collection / exposition of accordions and related materials.
  • Ensemble D'Acht (in Dutch) 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).
  • The Demian Ensemble (in Dutch) 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".
  • Alexander Dmitriev 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.
  • Norwegian accordionist Geir Draugsvoll A page for Geir Draugsvoll at the Pro Arte management agency
  • e-MeX (in German) is an ensemble for new and contemporary music from the Rhein/Ruhr area of Germany, which includes accordionist Christina Taczyk.
  • Ensemble Wiener Collage, (in German) 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Spanish accordionist, composer and teacher Gorka Hermosa (in Spanish) 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 Ediciones Nubero. (in Spanish) In addition, some sheet music, books, MP3s and videos are available for free download
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ari Lehtonen 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.
  • Friedrich Lips is one of the world's foremost classical accordionists. He has premiered many bayan compositions by composers such as Gubaidulina and Solotaryov. All 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.
  • Mikko Luoma 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.
  • Ludo Mariën (in Dutch) 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.
  • Then 11 year old Ebilin Maruyama 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 Klara-Schuman-Musikschule (in German) -- that page has a sample of one of her compositions.
  • Accordionist, arranger and composer Łukasz Matuszyk [Flash site] 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.
  • Accordionist, choir director and teacher Patrizia Merciari (in Italian) 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 (in Italian) vocalist /narrator Maria Giuliana Anelli and guitarist Pino Bifano. Patrizia Amerciari's (in Italian) myspace page.
  • Harrie Mooten (in Dutch) (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.
  • Alessandro Mugnoz 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
  • The Nederlands Accordeon Ensemble (in Dutch) 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, (in Dutch) 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Paris Moscou Duo (in French) 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (in Italian) 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.
  • Russian bayan player Nikolai Ryskov 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.
  • Viacheslav Semionov 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.
  • I Superfisa (in Italian) [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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Stanislav Venglevski is a bayan player from Moldova (now living in the USA). A page for Stas Venglevski at petosa.com. Various Stas Venglevski CDs are available from musicforaccordion.com.
  • Since Cao Xiao-Qing (in German) 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (in German) 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.

Composers

  • George Antheil (1900-1959) wrote Accordion Dance (1951) for accordion and orchestra
  • 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.
  • David Bedford 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).
  • 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.
  • Brian Cherney 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 (in Dutch) 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
  • Gary Daverne, 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 Gary Daverne's 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.
  • Fraco Donatoni (1927-2000) 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
  • Danish composer Karsten Fundal 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.
  • Deirdre Gribbin, 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 De Haske, where is works are published.
  • Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas (in German) 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").
  • Bengt Hambræus has composed Trio Sonata (1985), for free bass accordion, trombone and piano, and Three Dances (1986), for accordion and percussion
  • Austrian composer Lukas Haselböck (in German) 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, (in Slovak)
  • Christos Hatzis has composed various works for accordion and tape or accordion and chamber orchestra
  • German composer and accordionist Stefan Hippe has written many works for accordion or accordion orchestra, and arranged numerous others.
  • James Hiscott 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 orchestra, and "The Bay Of Naples" (2004) for viola, and G/C button accordion He also wrote "Gilgamesh" (1977) for free-bass accordion and "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 James Hiscott.
  • 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.
  • Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000) wrote 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) (in German) 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 Jostein Stalheim 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 Grieg Academy in Bergen. 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 (in German) at Edition Peters, from which some of his works are available.
  • Danish composer Leif Kayser (1919-) has written works for accordion.
  • Dutch composer Tristan Keuris (1946-1996) wrote 'Chamber Concerto' (1995) for accordion and ensemble
  • 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 Bruno Liberda (in German) 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 ( [email protected]) 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.
  • Dutch 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
  • Elma Miller, 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.
  • Marjan Mozetich wrote Dance of the Blind (1980) for violin, viola, violoncello, and free-bass accordion.
  • Israeli composer Lior Navok wrote "Blurred Formations" (2003) for classical guitar and accordion, commissioned by and premiered by Harald Pröckl and Erika Santek-Pircher.
  • 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.
  • British composer Patrick Nunn 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
  • 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.
  • Avant-garde composer (and also accordionist) Ramon Sender wrote Desert Ambulance (1964) for accordion, voice, 3-track tape and projections, for Pauline Oliveros. 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
  • Ukrainian composer Alexander Shchetynsky 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).
  • Finnish composer Jukka Tiensuu wrote amongst others "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 (in German) 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.
  • 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.
  • Dutch composer Jacob ter Veldhuis (flash site) wrote various works for accordion, accordion duos or ensembles including accordion. A biography and list of works for Jacob ter Veldhuis at Donemus. 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
  • 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).
  • Adrian Williams has composed 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.
  • Russian composer 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 Friedrich Lips.
  • 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.

General Classical Links

  • 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 American Music Center Library has a Score 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).
  • The 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 results.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Entertainers

  • Italian accordionist Fabio Alderighi [Flash site] plays and composes international ballroom and concert music. The CD Fabio Alderighi: El Primero is for sale at musicforaccordion.com.
  • Hugh Barwell from York, England, plays a range of styles, and has written guide books on various MIDI modules especially for accordionists. He also teaches accordion and MIDI accordion.
  • "One man big band" Chuck Berger from Portland, Oregon, has been a professional performer for 40 years. His repertoire consists of the big band sounds of the 40s, through music of the 70s and 80s. He also repairs accordions.
  • Tom Brown is a MIDI accordionist from Dearborn, Michigan. He plays for parties and weddings: Italian, Polish, German, Irish, English, Swing, Disco, Latin, etc. He has also recorded some 39 CDs.
  • Mario Bruneau (in French) is a professional accordionist and accordion and piano tuner from Montreal, Quebec. He plays musette, French chansons, jazz and Quebecois music. He is also the Canadian representative for Accordions Worldwide.
  • Roland Cedermark (in Swedish) is a popular Swedish accordionist who has sold over 2 million records. A Wikipedia entry for Roland Cedermark (in Swedish)
  • Raymond Chuchuk from Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland, started playing the accordion at the age of 10. His repertoire includes light orchestral music, big band, old time and Scottish traditional dancing. He entertains tourists at many of Scotland's hotels, and he plays for Scottish traditional and Old Time and Modern Sequence dance.
  • Accordionist and keyboard player Cliff (in Dutch) from Belgium is a one man orchestra. He plays for old people's homes, parties, festivals, etc., and he has released 4 accordion CDs.
  • Virtuoso accordionist Pasquale Coviello from Italy has a repertoire that includes waltzes, tangos, and polkas, many of his own composition. The sheet music for some of them has been published by Bèrben.
  • Eddy van Damme (in Dutch) from Almere, the Netherlands, plays for weddings and parties. He has studied at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam.
  • Peter Di Bono from San Francisco has played for all kinds of people, including the governor of California and Prince Charles and Lady Camilla. He has also performed as a guest soloist with various symphony orchestras. He'l play classical and jazz, German, Italian, French and many other styles, both solo or in a duo or ensemble. He also teaches, at the CMS Community Music Center and privately.
  • Accordionist and mandolin player David DiGiuseppe from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, plays both solo and with an ensemble, including music from Celtic, French, Italian or American traditions. He also presents family and educational shows of songs and stories. He also plays in contra dance bands FootLoose and Contrazz, both of which perform throughout the US for dance festivals and dance weeks.
  • 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.
  • The Sussex Accordion Academy of Music of Worthing, Shoreham and Eastbourne is run by Gennaro Fiondella. Individual and class tuition is available. Gennaro Fiondella is also available for performances in restaurants etc., concerts and seminars
  • Brian Freeman is a solo artist who plays keyboards, piano accordion, and organ. He providing a wide range of music for events large or small, including dancing, 'big band', jazz, and classical music.
  • Gigmasters is an online directory/booking service for live music and entertainment -- you can select musicians and bands by instrument (including accordion), genre and (US) location.
  • Midi accordionist Enzo Giribaldi from Edensor Park, New South Wales, Australia, can play just about any style: Pop, rock, ethnic, Old Time, ballroom, easy listening, etc. Enzo Giribaldini's Accordion Course for Beginners is an e-book (downloadable, of course), incorporating sound and video. He has recorded a CD, Enzo Giribaldi: My favourite songs, which is available for sale from musicforaccordion.com.
  • Accordionist, keyboardist etc. Jerry Goodman from Concord, North Carolina performs both solo and in the various bands that he leads: the Jerry Goodman Group (a variety band), The Gootmon Sauerkraut Show Band (German), Mucho Mariachi (Mexican), Caribean Breeze Band (island music), Bon Ton Playboys (Cajun), and The Lil' Dixie Jazz Band (Dixieland). Besides, he teaches accordion, for over 30 years, in his studio in Concord.
  • Joseph P. Grima from Malta plays acoustic and midi accordion for anniversaries, weddings, conventions, tourist activities etc.
  • Dutch professional busker Thijs Hanrath has played in the Netherlands, all over Southern Europe and in Latin America. On his web site he has got amongst others pictures of accordionists/buskers, MP3 files for some 40 tunes, and some accordion poems
  • Rolf Harris is an Aussie entertainer, artist and TV presenter living in England, best known for 'Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport'. In 2002 he had an accident on stage: his accordion caught fire
  • Accordonist Wim Janzen (in Dutch) from the Netherlands plays for receptions, parties, etc., with a repertoire including musettes, tangos, latins, jazz, tearjerkers, etc.
  • Kristian & Jens Peter is a Danish accordion duo consisting of Kristian Rusbjerg and Jens Peter Nielsen. Kristian started off in a duo with Jesper Moller Christensen, and this duo's "Accordion Hits" CD made it to the fourth place of the Danish Album charts. That duo turned into the trio with the addition of Jens Peter, which recorded "Accordion Hits II". Now as a duo Kristian and Jens Peter have recorded a CD "Swedish Accordion Hits", with music by the likes of Evert Taube and Carl Jularbo. They can be booked with and without a rythm section for events, old peoples homes, church concerts, etc.
  • Accordionist, pianist, composer and conductor Rune Larsen (in Norwegian) has an extensive repertoire: for a charity event he played 24 hours non-stop, without repeating any songs. Apart from playing solo, he also plays in "44Tango", "Djiromansa" and "Rio de Trokones".
  • Domenic Livoli from Upton, Massachusetts, plays (midi) accordion and keyboard music for all occasions, in Massachusetts and surrounding states. His repertoire includes big band, show tunes, easy listening, dance music, holiday music and in particular Italian favourites.
  • Ginny Mac is a a singer/songwriter/musician from Fort Worth, Texas. She loves Country and Western music, Jazz, and Big Band classics, but enjoys playing all kinds of music. She is available as a vocalist and/or musician for concerts, parties etc., as a soloist, in a small group, or in a full band.
  • Singer and accordionist Joe Martino from Bloomingdale, Illinois, performs Italian and American standards for audiences around the globe
  • Charles Nunzio is firmly part of the accordion establishment in the USA. He was a student and friend of Pietro Frosini, and would often fill in for him during his many radio broadcasts. And he was a founding member of the American Accordionists' Association, and he has been President of the Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International. Currently he resides in Basking Ridge, where he owns an accordion shop and accordion repair workshop.
  • Roy P. Olsen from Sarpsborg, near Oslo, in Norway, has been a full time music entertainer for many years, both at sea and on land. He plays Swing, evergreens, folks, and norwegian popular music.
  • Orpheus Gosh is a street performance unit from Tokyo, with Hitoshi Washizu on cello and keyboards and Dan Kumasawa on accordeon and vocals. They play mostly their own music, for school festivals, Christmas street parties, weddings, etc. Also information about accordionist Bankyu Kaneko.
  • Serguei Pachnine from Surrey, England, is available country-wide for French Cafe Music, as well as East European and Russian music, klezmer, etc.
  • Entertainer and musician Tim Padilla from Norco, California plays at the Champagne Theater in Branson, Missouri, and in the live touring Welk Show. He also plays rock music in his band Rock-a-Bellows. A myspace page for Tim Padilla
  • Accordionist Henk Lippens from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, plays in I Pazzi, which is available as a trio, duo or solo. Their music is well suited for festive occasions and theatre, and can include amongst others Italian music, French Musette, Klezmer, and songs.
  • Peter Piccini from Australia has appeared on radio (since the age of 15) and TV, and worked in the USA, Vietnam and in various countries in Europe. His recording carreer stretches back to 1958. In 2001 he released a CD "Cool Change", with his Jazz trio. Sheet music for some 50 of his compositions are for sale at musicforaccordion.co m, as well as 5 Peter Piccini CDs
  • The Rossano & Anna Band (in Italian) [uses flash for navigation] from Verona, with Rossano Mancini on accordion, play music for dancing and for entertainment: covers of Italian light music and Latin American artists, as well as their own compositions. After filling in a form you can download free songs, sheet music and background tracks for accordion.
  • Russian bayan player Nikolai Ryskov 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.
  • Penny Sandborn performs live accordion music for special events and provides private accordion lessons in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She performs both solo and with other musicians on vocals, guitar and bass, and her repertoire includes French Musette, Italian, tango and standards.
  • Alexander Shirunov from Nikolsk, Russia, started studying at the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory of Music in 2002. He has won various prizes at international competitions, amongst others first prizes in 2005 at Castelfidardo and at the Coupe Mondiale in Castelo Branco. His CD Alexander Shirunov: Absolute is for sale on musicforaccordion.com
  • Joseph Soprani from Philadelphia has been accordion soloist with the USAF Band in Washington, DC, and first accordion soloist with the PA Army National Guard Band "The Adjutant General's Own". He has also played as a solist with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy, and with Luciano Pavarotti. Besides, he has taught the accordion for 25 years.
  • The SoulTownBand from Toronto, Ontario, led by Keyboard player, accordionist and vocalist Jerry Caringi, has been performing at corporate functions, Weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs etc. for over 25 years. Jerry Caringi's myspace page.
  • Accordionist, keyboard player and Hammond organist Rene Trok from Amsterdam, the Netherlands [site uses Java for navigation, and Flash for content]
  • Accordion duo Two in Accord, consists of Shirley Harvey and Bill Perkins. They are based near Brighton on the South Coast of England, and mainly play in London and the South/South East corner of the UK. They have sheet music available for a number of arrangements for accordion duets.

Jazz and Avant Garde

  • Accordion Tribe reads like a who is who of contemporary accordionists: Guy Klucevsek (USA), Maria Kalaniemi (Finland), Bratko Bibic (Slovenia), Lars Hollmer (Sweden), Otto Lechner (Austria). They toured Europe in May '96, and the CD is great! There was a second tour with Guy Klucevsek, Pauline Oliveros, Tim Berne, and Amy Denio. In 2004 Stefan Schwietert filmed an Accordion Tribe documentary, (in German) which won the 2005 Swiss Film Prize for Best Documentary.
  • Pianist and compose Alain Roche founded his Alain Roche Trio [uses flash for navigation] in 1999 after meeting "the Groovemaker" Michel Besson. Unfortunately though Michel Besson got ill, and died September 3, 2002. Now Thierry Roques is the accordionist in the trio.
  • Jazz accordionist Mike Alongi from Rockford, Illinois, has appeared with the likes of Frank Marocco, Mort Herold and Stas Venglevski. As classical accordionist Mike has performed with various orchestras, both as a soloist and in an ensemble role. He has also taught keyboard instruments, jazz improvisation and music theory for over 40 years.
  • Viviane Arnoux is difficult to categorize. Jazz music representative of all the cultures in the world comes close. She has recorded one CD on Buda Musique as part of a duo, Viviane Arnoux and François Michaud: A travel for two, and now four CDs with the group MAM: "Flammes" (which Buda Musique doesn't seem to know anymore), Gouttes d'eau, (in French) Franche Contrée, and Jazz in my musette. (in French) Besides, with MAM she has recorded a CD with Japanese songs, she has two CDs with Hugues Aufray, CDs with Jean Piero, Ray Lema, CDs with African musicians like So Kalmiery, Ngueleka and Bushman, and a techno CD with Limborg. She has toured with les Voix Bulgares, Sam Mangwana, I Mouvrini, and Céline Caussimon; and she plays or played in "Guinguettes & Canotiers". A myspace page for MAM
  • Jazz accordionist Joe Sonny Barbato from Boston has toured Europe as well as the United States, and he continues to work as a freelance musician and teacher in New York City as well as Boston. He has played on over 30 recordings ranging from country to jazz, and in 2006 he recorded a CD with his own group/project, "Crackerjack". A myspace page for Sonny Barbato
  • After 15 years of playing classical guitar, Laure Chailloux started playing the diatonic accordion in 1986. In 2004 she became a full time musician. Her music has influences of baroque, repetitive and minimalist music, musette, rock'n'roll, and traditional music. Many of her programmes are theatrical; for instance in "Petites Histoires en Accordéon" she plays in a hut in parks, and the project "Itinéraires sonores" is adapted to the surroundings each time -- museums, industrial waste lands, gardens, etc. She also performs with various theatre groups. Besides, she plays in a duo with diatonic accordionist Didier Demarq.
  • Johnny Coleclough is the president of Stockport Accordion Club. For many years he was the resident organist at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool, and he has played accordion with the "Mantovani Orchestra". His site contains (links to) videos of various of his concerts at the Stockport accordion club.
  • Mario D'Amario from Italy has won numerous competitions, amongst which the Junior Variété/virtuoso category at the 2006 Coupe Mondiale in Asker and the 2008 Trophée Mondiale in Sarajevo. He is an endorser for Ballone Burini and Roland, and in 2009 he released his first CD, "Carnevale".
  • Russian jazz piano accordionist Vladimir Danilin. Another page for Vladimir Danilin (in Russian) with some tracks from his trio's CD, "Once I loved".
  • Diatonic accordion (organetto) player Danilo Di Paolonicola (in Italian) from Teramo, Italy has won numerous prizes, amongst which the 2007 "Premio Città di Castelfidardo" for jazz accordion with his group "Ethnic Project". He also teaches in Teramo.
  • Drömorkestern with Lars Holm on accordion has been active for some 15 years; it has been the permanent feature of the Malmö Poetry Days from the start.
  • Keyboardist and accordionist Danny Federici (1950 - 2008) was a member of Bruce Springsteen's the E Street Band. Apparently, in 1996 Bruce Springsteen did a special benefit concert in Asbury Park, NJ that was essentially just him on accoustic guitar along with Federici on accordion (which is available as a bootleg). In 2001 he released another solo CD, with smooth jazz. Danny Federici at mp3.com. A Wikipedia article for Danny Federici.
  • Richard Galliano, inventor of the "new musette". A page for Richard Galliano at Dreyfus Records, which has published a number of his CDs -- amongst others a triple CD with three live concerts.
  • Bob Goldberg from New York is available for live performance and studio work. He has played with Washboard Jungle, the Brooklyn Academy of Noise Radio Orchestra, and in Le Nozze di Carlo. He also teaches piano and accordion.
  • English accordionist Martin Green grew up playing English and Irish traditional music in the south of England -- but not necessarily in a traditional style. He keeps himself busy: for The Green Machine he brought together various musical friends to play his original compositions, in particular after he was commissioned to write some music for Celtic Connections 2006. He also plays in trio LAU with Kris Drever and Aidan O'Rourke. They play a modern sound, based on the traditions of England, Scotland and the Orkney. And with fiddler and guitar player Joe Townsend he recorded return to the woods, an album with influences including Duke Ellington, Romanian gypsy music, minimalism and English folk music. Previously he also played with Eliza Carthy (with whom he recorded a duo album Dinner), with Kathryn Tickell, Joan Baez, Linda Thompson, Eddi Reader, the Be Good Tanyas, etc.
  • Irish jazz musician and composer Ronan Guilfoyle wrote "Phantom City" (1997) for soprano sax, accordion, bass guitar and drums.
  • Dutch diatonic accordionist Servais Haanen, now based in Germany, plays "imaginary folk music" -- a mixture of minimal music, jazz and musette. he enjoys playing in ensembles, often with unusual line-ups. He plays or has played in Appellation Contrôlée (Avantgarde), Quatro Ventos (Fado and Portuguese music) and at the KlangWeltenFestival (world music), and also composes for music theatre and documentaries.
  • Luzian Jenny (in German) from Bern, Switzerland "sweet and sour dance music for dreaming" in a duo with saxophonist Monica Staehelin, and "Chamber-Folk-Jazz" in trio Walther-Gubler-Jenny. He has also been involved in various street music and music theatre groups.
  • Sven--Åke Johansson [flash site] is a free jazz musician from Sweden, now living in Berlin. A page for Sven-Åke Johansson as part of the European free improvisation pages
  • Jazz accordionist Jeff Lisenby from Nashville, Tennessee holds a master's degree from The Conservatory of Music of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (presumably he studied with Joan Cochran Sommers). He tours extensively, and has toured amongst others with Luciano Pavarotti, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton. Most recently he was music director for the Broadway show "Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash". Apart for performing, he teaches composition at Belmont University's School of Music and he is active in the Nashville recording scene. Jeff Lisenby's myspace page.
  • Accordion legend Charles Magnante (1905 - 1986) helped raise the profile of the accordion as a serious instrument. In 1939 he was the first accordionist to play Carnegie Hall, and in the 1940s he played up to 31 radio broadcasts a week. A Charles Magnante biography by Tom Colins. Charles Magnante: Background For Success, is a series of essays, which originally appeared in Accordion World (New York) in 1938.
  • Frank Mucedola from the Central New York Area has for many years played in various dance bands and with symphony orchestras. With his sextet he has recorded a CD with standards, arranged for easy listening. Frank Mucedola also has an accordion school in Auburn, New York.
  • Alicia J. Rose started her career as Miss Murgatroid in late 1989. On her 1930's Dallape accordion she plays distorted melodic soundscapes, soundtracks to nightmares, and noisy lullabies for devout insomniacs. She also plays in a duo with violinist Petra Haden.
  • Jean-Luc Nest sells scores of his scores for accordion solo or duo. A few "little study pieces" are available on-line, in PDF format. Recently he has recorded some jazz music with a quartet consisting of Mathias Hecklen Obernesser, Jean-Luc Nest, Sorin Ghera and Pierre Boutelant on violin, accordion, cimbalom and percussion respectively. Pages with recordings for Jean-Luc Nest solo and instantMusic (live improvisations with Mathias Hecklen Obernesser or the quartet).
  • Franz A. Nicolay is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from New York. He plays accordion in two groups: cabaret-punk circus The World/Inferno Friendship Society and in Gypsy-klezmer band Guignol. He is also the founder of composer/performer collective Anti-Social Music. A Wikipedia entry for Franz Nicolay
  • Jazz/swing accordionist Ken Olendorf from Seattle, WA -- accordionist, pianist, keyboard player, singer, arranger, composer, musical director, and recording artist. He has recorded an album with with Paul Anastasio, "Hot Violin and Cool Accordion". There also is a CD on Horseshoe Records featuring Ken Olendorf playing accordion and piano: "Brian the Lion". That one can be purchased from Swing Cat as well, and it is also available from Rus Davis, 4325 156th St S.E., Bothell, Wa. 98012, for .
  • Sylvia Pagni from Scerne di Pineto, Italy, is a demonstrator for Excelsior. She has recorded works by amongst others Art van Damme, Pietro Deiro and Wolter Bertrami, and own compositions.
  • For three years, multi-instrumentalist Zeena Parkins from New York was a member of an accordion duo with Billy Swindler. She also played accordion in quintet No Safety; nowadays she mostly plays electro-harp, it seems.
  • French accordionist and composer Jacques Pellarin used to play mostly classical and traditonal Russian music in the Baïkal Duo, with accordionist and bandoneon player Jean-Luc Brunetti, but since 2004 he mostly plays world jazz music; first with a quartet, and now solo or with his (acoustic) Jacques Pellarin Trio. A review of Jacques Pellarin Trio: Sound of Philadelphia. Apart from CDs, he also sells sheet music for his own compositions.
  • Pere Ubu founder David Thomas plays the accordion. Ubu Projex, "the arts and affairs directory for Pere Ubu and releted projex". David Thomas also played in "The Accordion Club", with at various times John Kirkpatrick, Alan Dunn, and Lynne Thomas.
  • Peter Piccini from Australia has appeared on radio (since the age of 15) and TV, and worked in the USA, Vietnam and in various countries in Europe. His recording carreer stretches back to 1958. In 2001 he released a CD "Cool Change", with his Jazz trio. Sheet music for some 50 of his compositions are for sale at musicforaccordion.co m, as well as 5 Peter Piccini CDs
  • Kimmo Pohjonen from Finland plays 5-row chromatic, melodeon, harmonica, and sometimes gogo marimba. He has played in folk and rock groups, but his primary focus today is his solo 5-row accordion project, featuring original and extreme compositions for accordion, live effects, a powerful and animated stage performance, orchestrated lights and quadrophonic sound. It is different from anything else you might have seen before! A Kimmo Pohjonen page at Rootsworld.
  • Victor Prieto from Spain has merged classical music with Jazz and Gallician music while developing the taste for a unique style, which led to the invention of a new technique: a chordal approach on both hands.
  • Renzo Ruggieri is an Italian jazz accordionist, who plays amongst others solo and in "Renzo Ruggieri Group", and who has written a jazz accordion method. His website includes a forum (in Italian) about the accordion and its didactics. Renzo Ruggieri at www.accordions.com. Renzo Ruggieri CDs are for sale at musicforaccordion.com. Renzo Ruggieri's Youtube channel
  • Richard Sanderson from London, UK, took up the squeezebox after meeting the American experimental accordianist Pauline Oliveros and becoming interested in Morris Dancing. He performs free improvisation, solo, in a trio with Steve Beresford and Anna Homler, and various ad hoc groups. In 2005 he published his first solo record, "Pinhole", which features squeezebox and electronics. A myspace page for Homler Beresford Sanderson
  • Italian accordionist Antonio Spaccarotella studied with Lucio Cortese, Enrico Volpe, Renzo Ruggieri and Luciano Biondini. He plays jazz, French, tango, experimental music, etc., and works as a demonstrator for Logic System and for SOUNDS srl. He also teaches at his own school in Cetraro (Cosenza), and is artistic director for the Accordion Revolution music competition.
  • Karen Street from the UK is a professional accordionist, saxophonist and composer. She participates in broad range of projects encompassing classical, contemporary and jazz, amongst others as a regular member of Mike Westbrook's groups. As a composer she specialises in writing music for saxophone, but she also writes for accordion; one of compositions on her debut CD, won the Composition Competition at the 2001 London Accordion Festival,
  • jazz/new music pianist, composer and accordionist Lee Tomboulian from Appleton, Wisconsin is the leader of Latin jazz band band Circo. He has also played piano accordion with Kenny Wheeler and Maria Schneider at Lawrence University, and he plays with the L[awrence] U[niversity] Trio with Mark Urness on bass and Dane Richeson on percussion. A Myspace page for Lee Tomboulian.
  • Accordionist, keyboard player and composer Cathie Travers from Australia has made a living out of crossing musical boundaries. She plays with and has composed for tango, jazz and fusion groups, dance and theatre companies, a rock band, and various chamber groups and symphony orchestras. Cathie Traver's myspace page; and Cathie Traver a.k.a. AccordionJo's Youtube channel.
  • Tricycle from Belgium consists of three jazz musicians, including Tuur Florizoone [Flash site] on accordion. The trio was founded to accompany performances of circus school "Cirkus in Beweging", but has evolved into a regular concert band. They mostly play their own compositions, jazz and world music -- at the age of 17, Tuur Florizoone spent a year in Brazil, where he played in various groups, and followed workshops with Nana Vasconselos and Gilberto Gil. In 2004 they published their first CD, "Orange for Tea". They have toured widely, amongst others in Brazil, China, Canada, Romania and Germany.
  • Accordionist, arranger and composer Romano Viazzani (1966-) from London studied accordion under Frank Lilley and Prof. Owen Murray. In 1981 he co-founded an Italian flavour function band L'Orchestra Rara, which later expanded both in size and repertoire to become The High Society Dance Orchestra; that band finally disbanded in 2002. In December 2001, together with his wife he organised the London Accordion Festival, which was attended by nearly 1000 people. Since 2002 he plays with Gilad Atzmon's Orient House Ensemble. Also, he plays solo concerts all over the UK, France and Italy, and he is the UK demonstrator for the Roland-V accordion.
  • Composer, arranger, accordion and qanoun player Kostas Vomvolos from Greece has composed music for over 80 theater plays for groups in Greece, the UK and Ireland. In 1994 he founded group "Primavera en Salonico" with singer Savina Yannatou. He was a member of ethnic jazz trio "Wutu wupatou", and in 2005 formed new music oriented trio Tabako.
  • Simone Zanchini [uses flash for navigation] from Novafeltria, Italy, is an eclectic performer with a partiality for jazz, "etno music" and Argentine Tango. His performance with the saxophone ensemble "Hallo Mr. Sax" was one of the highlights of the 2001 London Accordion Festival.

Pop and Rock

  • Benny Andersson got an accordion from his father when he was six. He played it with Abba sometimes, for instance on the 1977 and 1979 ABBA World Tours (as evidenced by photos on the ABBA Annual Homepage ). Also, after ABBA, he has recorded two albums with Swedish folk-like music, with the Orsa Spelman. (in Swedish) Accordionist Larsåke Leksell is also a member of the Orsa Spelmann
  • The Aqua Velvets from San Francisco, with Michael Lindner on bass, keyboards and accordion, play instrumental surf music. A page for The Aqua Velvets at mp3.com
  • The Bad Things is a band from Seattle, led by "Jimmy the Pickpocket" on accordion. It is the successor of "A Midnite Choir". They mix gypsy and other traditional music, vaudeville theatre and punk rock. A CD Baby page for The Bad Things
  • Gérard Blanchard (in French) [Wikipedia entry] is a French singer/songwriter and accordionist, who was one of the first to play accordion in rock music. His first band, in the mid seventies, was Roxy Musette; after a few more bands he started playing solo in 1980. A myspace page for Gérard Blanchard (in French)
  • Yasuhiro Kobayashi (COBA) (in Japanese) is probably the most famous accordionist from Japan. A blog for COBA. (in Japanese)
  • Ad Cominotto 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.
  • DAAU [flash site] (Die Anarchistische Abendunterhaltung) is a band from Antwerp, Belgium with Roel van Camp on accordion. Apart from the accordion, the lineup constists of a violin, a cello and a clarinet - not your average rock band! They play a kind of mixture of rock, jazz, blues and classical music. Another DAAU page. To quote: "we are classically derailed and play with a rock intention". A Wikipedia article for DAAU. An unofficial DAAU web site.
  • The Adventures of AccordionGuy in the 21st Century is the blog of Joey deVilla from Toronto. He plays "Mostly pop and rock -- Nine Inch Nails, Fatboy Slim, AC/DC and a pretty mean Britney." His day job is programming; apparently he does use his accordion for presentations (but mainly for attracting women :-)
  • Os Diplomáticos de Monte-Alto (in Spanish) was a Spanish rock&roots band, with Manolo Maseda on vocals, accordion and saxophone, and Rómulo Sanjurjo on accordion and guitars. They disbanded in 2005. A page for Os Diplomaticos at RootsWorld/cdRoots.
  • Aaron Seeman is a versatile accordionist from Oakland, California. Amongst others he plays classical music and klezmer; Balkan gypsy music, jazz and Japanese music in duo Shamalamacord, with Mike Penny on Tsugaru Shamisen (both previously members of Romanian folk band Fishtank Ensemble); and rock and punk as Duckmandu. Under that moniker he recorded a note for note rendition of the Dead Kennedys' album "Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables" -- but also ditties like Tom Lehrer's "The Elements". A myspace page for Duckmandu.
  • Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello, with Yuri Lemeshev (previously Sasha Kazatchkoff) on accordion, was described by Phill Jupitus as "a bit like The Clash having a fight with The Pogues in Eastern Europe". A Wikipedia page for Gogol Bordello. Gogol Bordello's myspace page.
  • Johnny Grande (1930 - 2006) played accordion and piano with Bill Haley and the Saddlemen, later known as Bill Haley & His Comets -- pretty much the first rock'n'roll band. A Wikipedia entry for Johnny Grande
  • The Great Lakes Myth Society is a folk rock band from Michigan (and who sing songs about Michigan), with Timothy Monger on accordion, guitar and vocals. A myspace page for The Great Lakes Myth Society
  • Bruce Hornsby plays accordion, among others with the Grateful Dead for close to a year immediately following the death of keyboardist Brent Midland in July of 1990).
  • Les Hurlements D'Léo is an alternative rock band from Bordeaux, France, with Jojo Gallardo on accordion, guitar and trombone. They are influenced by the likes of "Les Négresses Vertes". A Wikipedia page for Les Hurlements D'Léo, and a myspace page for Les Hurlements D'Léo (in French)
  • Aaron Professor "Louie" Hurwitz from Woodstock, New York, has his own band, Professor Louie & The Crowmatix in which he plays keyboards and accordion (and sings). Their music is a blend of Rock'n'Roll, Soul, Country and Folk, and they have released 4 CDs so far. He is also active as a record producer (amonst others for The Band), and he has played accordion on CDs by amongst others Rick Danko and Garth Hudson, Levon Helm, The Band, Four Men and Dog and Graham Parker. A myspace page for Professor Louie & the Crowmatix.
  • Iva Nova is an all-female band from St. Petersburg, Russia, with Elnara Shafigullina on accordion. Their music is a mixture of modern rock and punk and Russian folk music. Their agents for the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland and Germany, More Zvukov
  • Joe Jackson played accordion on the Big World Tour and on the video of "The Big World Sessions". He also played accordion on the song "A Bud And A Slice" on the Heaven & Hell Tour With this instrument - specifically bought for the tour - he tried to recreate the complex arrangement found on the album.
  • Jean Michel Jarre [flash site] plays/played accordion on Chronogie (6), on the 1993 Europe in Concert tour, and in the 1995 Concert For Tolerance
  • Milkmachine from Washington D.C. features Russ Henry on accordion and vocals. There music is a mix of rock and cabaret -- the other instruments are drums, trumpet and sousaphone. A myspace page for milkmachine, and a facebook page for milkmachine. An article about milkmachine
  • Nirvana unplugged in New York saw Krist Novoselic playing Kurt Cobain's accordion on "Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam". Apparently, it was the first instrument Kris learned.
  • Entertainer and musician Tim Padilla from Norco, California plays at the Champagne Theater in Branson, Missouri, and in the live touring Welk Show. He also plays rock music in his band Rock-a-Bellows. A myspace page for Tim Padilla
  • Turlu Tursu (in French) from Belgium, play "Accordion 'n Drum 'n Bass", with Fabian Beghin providing the accordion part of that. They are an eclectic lot, that mix music from Turkey, India, Ireland, Eastern Europe, etc. with rock and jazz. A page for Turlu Tursu at their record label, Home Records.
  • Tom Waits plays the accordion occasionally (or pretends to?) amongst others in the Tempation music video. He co-wrote and starred in Frank's Wild Years (1986), "Un Operachi Romantico in Two Acts", "a story of one accordion player's redemption and baptism". A Wikipedia page for Frank's Wild Years. On the album Bill Schimmel and Dave Hidalgo play accordion.
  • Jason Webley is one of the more famous Seattle accordionist/singers at the moment. He plays guitar and maybe piano, but he is best known for performing outside with just his accordion and a homemade rattle made from a plastic bottle filled with coins. His performance and singing style is sort of a cross between Tom Waits with an accordion and Kurt Cobain singing sea chanteys, with perhaps a dose of Baby Gramps thrown in for good measure. RealAudio for most of his songs.
  • The portfolio of jt yost includes hand-painted accordion block prints (image on the bottom row). He played with a band called Drunk for about seven years, "doing kind of depressing, introspective, beautiful kinda stuff along the lines of maybe Leonard Cohen or Will Oldham".

Punk

World Music in General

  • Accordions Go Crazy was a band formed in 1984 after Mike Adcock [flash site] organised an event for accordion owners at the London Musician's Collective (normally a home for free improvisers). After a while the band settled as a six-piece, with Mike Adcock, Clive Bell [flash site] (who suggested the name), Sylvia Hallet, Nicola Hadley, Dean Brodrick and Stuart Jones. All played accordion (but not exclusively), with the music a mix of everything: reggea, Irish, waltzes, polka, cajun and zydeco... They recorded three albums on the Trikont label: "Overboard" in 1988, "Zombie Dancer" in 1989 (with Nicola Hadley replaced by drummer Ann Day), and "The art of paper folding" in 1991, with Stuart Jones replaced by Ruth Bitelli on bass guitar. Gradually people got more involved in other projects, and Accordions Go Crazy last played on a short tour of Italy in 1991, with Dan Brown replacing Ruth on bass.
  • Viviane Arnoux is difficult to categorize. Jazz music representative of all the cultures in the world comes close. She has recorded one CD on Buda Musique as part of a duo, Viviane Arnoux and François Michaud: A travel for two, and now four CDs with the group MAM: "Flammes" (which Buda Musique doesn't seem to know anymore), Gouttes d'eau, (in French) Franche Contrée, and Jazz in my musette. (in French) Besides, with MAM she has recorded a CD with Japanese songs, she has two CDs with Hugues Aufray, CDs with Jean Piero, Ray Lema, CDs with African musicians like So Kalmiery, Ngueleka and Bushman, and a techno CD with Limborg. She has toured with les Voix Bulgares, Sam Mangwana, I Mouvrini, and Céline Caussimon; and she plays or played in "Guinguettes & Canotiers". A myspace page for MAM
  • Rahman Asadolli, is Azerbaijan's foremost accordion (garmon) player, now living in Germany. Another page for Raham Asadolli. A review of The best of Rahman
  • Sophie Cavez (in French) from Belgium started playing the diatonic accordion in 2002 or so, but already plays and has played in many groups -- replacing Didier Laloy in some of them, like Urban Trad. Currently her main band seems to be KV Express. In Dazibao, (in French) in which she also plays percussion, Arabic folk is mixed with flamenco music. She also plays in diatonic accordion quartet Knopf Quartet, in duo Du Montanaro / Cavez (in French) (with fiddler Baltazar Montanaro) and Galician music in Camaxe. Besides she plays in various projects for children. She also teaches, both privately and in workshops. An interview with Sophie Cavez (in Dutch)
  • Dutch accordionist and composer Gerie Daanen (in Dutch) 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
  • Dobrek Bistro is a group from Vienna around Polish accordionist Krzystof Dobrek, who also signs for all the compositions. They mix Musette, Salsa, jazz, Gypsy Swing, classical influences, balkam music, klezmer, slavic music etc.
  • Gaia from Beersel, Belgium, with Jean-Pierre Vandenbosch on accordion and vocals, plays folk music from all over Europe, as well as North and South America and Israel. He also plays in Les P'tits Campagnols, (in French) who play dance music for children.
  • All of the projects of Choux de Bruxelles, a small production company from Brussels, Belgium, seem to involve accordionist Piet Maris. He is member of six-piece band Jaune Toujours, whose music is described as Urban feel from Brussels, modern modern circus music, high-rise tango, subway-fado and gipsy rembetika. He also plays Eastern European and Balkan music in Mec Yek, and with Jaune Toujours he provided the music for the film Metafoor.
  • German piano accordionist and former JAMS member Cathrin Pfeifer plays in a wide range of styles: world music, rock, avant garde, music for theater and films, etc. With her band she plays own compositions, influenced by Argentinian musicians, Brasilian rhythms and melodies and French playing, as well as Balkan rhythms and Oriental influences. She recorded a CD Pänico Na Panificadora with two percussionists. In 2002 she published her 3rd (or 4th?) solo CD, "lonely tramp", and 2005 another CD (with band), "Waiting for Valentin" Her latest CD is "Tough & Tender", another solo CD.
  • 3 Mustaphas 3 live in a fridge in Szegerely. They were true world music fusion pioneers, playing any kind of world music they could lay their hands on. They sing amongst others in Swahili, Greek, Hindi, English, Turkish, Arabic, French, Spanish, Hebrew, Albanian, Serbian, Rom, and Indonesian, and that's only on two albums! A rather informative 3 Mustaphas 3 entry at allmusic.com. Another 3 Mustaphas 3 page. An interview with Hijaz Mustapha The latest 3M3 CD, "Play Musty for Me", is available from Kartini Music. There is a Three Mustaphas Three 3 M3 Yahoo group for world-music Szegerely stylee.
  • Tricycle from Belgium consists of three jazz musicians, including Tuur Florizoone [Flash site] on accordion. The trio was founded to accompany performances of circus school "Cirkus in Beweging", but has evolved into a regular concert band. They mostly play their own compositions, jazz and world music -- at the age of 17, Tuur Florizoone spent a year in Brazil, where he played in various groups, and followed workshops with Nana Vasconselos and Gilberto Gil. In 2004 they published their first CD, "Orange for Tea". They have toured widely, amongst others in Brazil, China, Canada, Romania and Germany.
  • Turlu Tursu (in French) from Belgium, play "Accordion 'n Drum 'n Bass", with Fabian Beghin providing the accordion part of that. They are an eclectic lot, that mix music from Turkey, India, Ireland, Eastern Europe, etc. with rock and jazz. A page for Turlu Tursu at their record label, Home Records.
  • Ellen van Vliet (in Dutch) is a Dutch world music accordionists. She plays in trio Wereldact (in Dutch) and in accordion duo Black Celluloid, (in Dutch) together with Theo van Tol. She teaches at Muziekschool Amsterdam, (in Dutch) at Muziekschool Waterland, (in Dutch) and privately. And she also teaches world music workshops for music schools, brass bands, accordion orchestras and mixed ensembles.
  • webmusici.nl from the Netherlands is the agent for amongst others En Route, Chats Cadiens, Fiddler on the Roof, Odessa Express and Witte Nachten.

Folk Music in General

  • Blowzabella from England plays music from all over Europe. In 2003 they've reformed for a 25th anniversary tour, with Andy Cutting on melodeon.
  • John Colville is an accordionist, guitarist and vocalist from Laidley, Australia. He plays C system chromatic button accordion and 2-row diatonic accordions; His repertoire includes mainly Scottisch, English, Irish and Australian songs and tunes, both for concerts and for dancing. He also hosts the Laidley Folk Club.
  • www.folkmusic.org is "the comprehensive source for folk and acoustic music resources on the World Wide Web"
  • English accordionist Martin Green grew up playing English and Irish traditional music in the south of England -- but not necessarily in a traditional style. He keeps himself busy: for The Green Machine he brought together various musical friends to play his original compositions, in particular after he was commissioned to write some music for Celtic Connections 2006. He also plays in trio LAU with Kris Drever and Aidan O'Rourke. They play a modern sound, based on the traditions of England, Scotland and the Orkney. And with fiddler and guitar player Joe Townsend he recorded return to the woods, an album with influences including Duke Ellington, Romanian gypsy music, minimalism and English folk music. Previously he also played with Eliza Carthy (with whom he recorded a duo album Dinner), with Kathryn Tickell, Joan Baez, Linda Thompson, Eddi Reader, the Be Good Tanyas, etc.
  • Mark Iannace a.k.a. Dr. Bellows was 2007 Detroit Music Awards Nominee for "Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Instrumentalist". He used to play with Tangerine Trousers; nowadays he plays solo and in duo/trio Luke Sayers and the Last to Know
  • Leadbelly (Huddy Ledbetter) is best known for his guitar playing, but he played accordion as well. And another Leadbelly page.
  • Accordionst and songwriter Amber Lee Baker from Santa Rosa, California, brings "Neo-Folkloric Accordion Charm". as Amber Lee and the Anomalies. Currently she is performing as a one-woman-show, using her accordion, glockenspiel, odd percussion instruments and a super-duper-looper. A myspace page for Amber Lee Baker and the Anomalies (with 6 songs from her first CD).
  • Ivo van der Putten (in Dutch) [uses Flash for navigation] has arranged a collection of Dutch children's songs (in Dutch) for C/F diatonic accordions. He plays accordion for shanty choir Op Koers (in Dutch) [uses Flash for navigation]. On its site there is a collection of sheet music for its repertoire of some 80 shanties (in Dutch)
  • Sam Pirt plays accordion in various bands, amongst others in 422 -- winner of the 1999 BBC Radio 2 Young Tradition Award. The 422 website described him as "accordion wonder from Hull, Humberside" - he is very good, indeed! 422 play traditional folk music from all over the planet, including Sweden, Canada, Ireland, Scotland and their native Northumbria and Yorkshire. The same personel also makes up "The 422 Dance Band", which plays for dances as well. 422 at Rootsworld's Free Reed festival. Besides, he plays in duo "The Hut People" with percussionist Gary Hammond, Forro band "FoRRo PoRRo", with his father Graham Pirt, and in ceilidh band "The Foolish Virgins". Besides, he gives various workshops, amongst others at the Burwell Bash. Sam Pirt's myspace page.
  • Pressgang is a folk rock band from the UK, with George Whitfield on vocals, accordions and keyboards. An older site for Pressgang.
  • Street Squeeze is a diatonic accordion busking duo from Austin, Texas, consisting of Kay Hickman and Pete Nalda. They play original and traditional European folk tunes. A myspace page for Street Squeeze.

Singer Songwriter

  • Željko Joksimović [flash site] from Serbia won "First Accordion of Europe" in Paris when he was 12. Nowadays he's mostly famous as a singer/songwriter -- he represented Serbia and Montenegro at the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest, and he presented the 2008 one. He still plays the accordion on stage, occasionally. A Wikipedia entry for Željko Joksimović.
  • Accordionst and songwriter Amber Lee Baker from Santa Rosa, California, brings "Neo-Folkloric Accordion Charm". as Amber Lee and the Anomalies. Currently she is performing as a one-woman-show, using her accordion, glockenspiel, odd percussion instruments and a super-duper-looper. A myspace page for Amber Lee Baker and the Anomalies (with 6 songs from her first CD).
  • Ginny Mac is a a singer/songwriter/musician from Fort Worth, Texas. She loves Country and Western music, Jazz, and Big Band classics, but enjoys playing all kinds of music. She is available as a vocalist and/or musician for concerts, parties etc., as a soloist, in a small group, or in a full band.
  • Grzegorz Turnau (in Polish) [flash site] is an excellent Polish singer, composer and songwriter from Cracow. He plays mostly piano, but on his latest CD, "Historia pewnej podrózy", he also plays accordion. A German Wikipedia entry for Grzegorz Turnau. (in German)

Vallenato and Cumbia

  • Celso Piña (in Spanish) from Monterrey, Mexico, a.k.a. El Rebelde del Acordeón, started playing Cumbia in the early 80s. In 2001 he recorded "Barrio Bravo" with local rock bands, for which he received Latin Grammy nominations for "Contemporary Tropical Album" and "Best New Artist From the North" (sic!). An informative Austin Chronicle article about Celso Piña
  • Antonio Rivas [Flash site; Try Antonio Rivas English main page if the above fails] from Istimina, Colombia, lives in France since 1984, where he has founded various vallenato groups. (He's also got a PhD in high energy physics). A myspace page for Antonio Rivas
  • www.vallesounds.com with articles and information about Vallenato, festivals, with video clips, and with CDs for sale.
  • Los Viajes del Viento (the Wind Journeys) is a movie from Colombia about an accordionist who travels a long distance to return his instrument to his elderly teacher. It's got a lot of vallenato music in! The trailer for Los Viajes del Viento. The IMDB page for Los Viajes del Viento, and a Wikipedia article for The Wind Journeys.

Forró

  • Rob Curto's Forró For All from New York is a band dedicated to the sound of Northeastern Brazil's "forró pé de serra"
  • Ocho Bajos from Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a booking agency that represents artists that perform traditional accordion music from South America, including Rob Curto's Forró For All, Dudu Maia from Brazil, Rubén Rodriguez y su Conjunto from Argentina, Los Gauchos de Roldán from Urugay, and José Curbelo and Friends and Los Jefes, both from Minnesota.

Tango

  • Bailante from the Netherlands, with Henny Langeveld on accordion, is specialised in tango, Fado, South American music and Gypsy music. Henny Langeveld won the Coupe Mondiale in 1966, and for 25 years he was the first accordionist and arranger in the Malando Tango Orchestra.
  • Bandoneon player and composer Daniel Binelli is specialized in all styles of tango, but in particular Astor Piazolla's music. From 1968 until 1982 he was member of and arranger for Osvaldo Pugliese's Orchestra, and from 1989 he played in Piazolla's New Tango Sextet.
  • Composer, accordionist and guitarist Yayo Cáceres (in Spanish) from Curuzú Cuatiá, Argentina. A page for Yayo Cáceres at CDRoots.
  • Martin de Ruiter (in Dutch) is a Dutch bandoneon player and composer. He studied accordion at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Amsterdam, but in 1992 he started to play the bandoneon, both solo and in various ensembles, amongst others his own quintet Conjunto Nuevo. He has written scores for various silent movies, and the score for tango opera "Carlitos Sur".
  • Mandrágora Tango Orchestra is a music collective from Minneapolis, Minnesota, which can range in size from a duo to a 9-piece orchestra. It is led led by accordionist Bob Barnes. He has put online a book of sheet music for all of their repertoire, with leadsheets for about 100 tangos in one big PDF file.
  • Olivier Manoury is a bandoneonist from Paris, France. A myspace page for Olivier Manoury solo and for the Olivier Manoury Quartet
  • Quinteto Ángel (formerly Nuevo Quinteto Ángel) from Berlin, with Christian Gerber on bandoneon, play new arrangements of classical and Piazzolla tangos, but also their own compositions. A myspace page for Quinteto Ángel
  • Bandoneon player and composer Hèctor Ulises Passarella was born in Florida, Urugay, but now lives in Italy. He has played with amongst others René Marino Rivero, and as a soloist with the symphonic and chamber orchestras of Montevideo. As composer, he has written numerous pieces inspired by the traditional Rio de La Plata music both for solo bandoneon and for bandoneon and chamber orchestra. (In 2000, he gave two courses, one for tango groups, and one for bandoneon players; no idea whether that was a one-off).
  • Massimiliano Pitocco is a chromatic button accordion and bandoneon player from Pescara, Italy. He is an active concert performer, both solo and in ensembles such as "Quartetto Novitango", Four for Tango (in Italian) and "Ensemble 900", and he teaches or has taugth at the Conservatory of Bari and at the Musical Academy of Pescara.
  • Quartetto Magritte is an ensemble from Italy who play tango, baroque and jazz inspirated by the paintings of René Magritte. The accordion part seems to be shared by Simone Zanchini, Massimo Tagliata and Daniele Donadelli. for sale on musicforaccordion.com
  • Tiempo Tango Chicago is a quartet from Chicago, with Joe Vito on accordion. They play tangos, milongas and valses, but also jazz standards, Brazilian music, and even classical and holiday music. (since Joe Vito is often booked with other gigs, the band is looking for a bandoneon player)
  • pianist, bandoneonist, composer and arranger Norberto Vogel from Buenos Aires, Argentina, can provide custom arrangements for Tango music projects -- any group, any title, any style -- Guardia vieja, Di Sarli, Pugliese, Piazzolla, etc, with the arrangements written according to the technical level of the musicians. As a performer, he has accompanied a number of singers, and he plays or played bandoneon in amongst others the instrumental trio Hombres de Tango and quartet Milongueros Viejos

Conjunto

  • Alexander Gonzalez Fonseca (in Spanish) is a conjunto accordionist from Bogotá, Colombia. He currently plays in Don Bob. (in Spanish) A myspace page for Don Bob (in Spanish)
  • Esteban Jordan is also known as "El Parch", "the Jimi Hendrix of the accordion", or "the accordion wizard". Another page about Steve Jordan. A page for Esteban "Steve" Jordan at Hacienda Records.
  • Thierry Carpentier is the band leader and accordionist of Los Gallos, a conjunto band from Paris, France. He also plays musette in Les Canotiers du Dimanche. A myspace page for Los Gallos
  • Tejano accordionist Sunny Sauceda, [Flash site] former accordionst of Grupo Vida, won the 2004 Grammy for best Tejano album for "Polkas, Gritos, y Acordeones", together with Joel Guzman, David Lee Garza. In 2005 he recorded his first solo album. He also repairs accordions.

Canadian Music

  • Bottleneck is a folk-country-blues group from Vancouver, Canada, with Robyn Carrigan on vocals, guitar, accordion and banjo. She plays a 32 bass Silvestrini on stage, and a 120 bass Hohner for recording.
  • Daniel Thonon from St-Marc-sur-Richelieu in Québec, Canada (born in Brussels, Belgium) plays diatonic accordion (a Castagnari, with a layout designed himself), , hurdy-gurdy, Flemish bagpipes, amongst others. He formed "Ad Vielle que Pourra", which disbanded in 1999. After that, he founded "Montcorbier", and he also plays in trio "Trafic d'Influences" and in a duo/trio with Chris Parkinson and John Whellan. He plays mostly his own compositions (and has published "The music written for Advielle Que Pourra"), but also Baroque, Tango, jazz, musette, French songs and Klezmer.
  • Le Vent du Nord is a group from Quebec, with musician/dancer Benoit Bourqe on amongst others diatonic accordions. A page for Le Vent du Nord at their record label, Borealis.

Cajun and Zydeco

  • Greg Benusa from San Diego, California, teaches Zydeco dance, but also organises local (1-row) accordion workshops. His site includes a page with accordion info, mostly on how get one and how to learn to play it, with references to workshops, books and videos, and tablature for a few tunes.
  • The Cajun Squeezebox Blog with information, news, ideas, and tablatures for Cajun songs
  • Les Chats Cadiens (in Dutch) from the Netherlands, with Henk de Kat (formerly of amongst others La Blusa) on piano accordion with a seperately amplified bass-side. A page for Les Chats Cadiens (in Dutch) at their agent, webmusici.nl, with a few sound clips.
  • Clifton Chenier, the King of Zydeco. A Wikipedia page for Clifton Chenier.
  • Contemporary Louisiana Cajun, Creole and Zydeco Musicians, (!) a section of Louisiana State University at Eunice's website, compiled by its director of pulbic relations, David Simpson. It contains of biographies with photos for scores of Cajun and Zydeco artists and bands.
  • Bruce Daigrepoint Cajun Band from New Orleans, with Bruce Daigrepoint on one-row accordion. They play most weeks for the Sunday evening fais do do at Tipitina's in New Orleans.
  • LouisianaCajun.com is a directory and search engine for Lousiana and Cajun websites.
  • The River Zydeco Band from Brabant, the Netherlands, with Jo van Strien on Accordion, play only one kind of music: Zydeco! They are also responsible for the yearly Zydeco Zity in Raamsdonkveer, the Netherlands, a.k.a. Zydeco Zity. It will next be held June 12 - 14, 2009.
  • Cajun accordionist Jo-El Sonnier; A Wikipedia entry for Jo-El Sonnier
  • Whozyamama is a traditional Cajun band from Bainbridge Island, Washington, with Claudette Boudreaux (ex Les Femmes d'Enfer) on one-row accordion. Another page for Whozyamama

Country

  • Bottleneck is a folk-country-blues group from Vancouver, Canada, with Robyn Carrigan on vocals, guitar, accordion and banjo. She plays a 32 bass Silvestrini on stage, and a 120 bass Hohner for recording.
  • Rusty Hudelson plays and teaches in many styles: rock, New Orleans' jazz, contemporary Christian and gospel, and both traditional and new country. Amongst many instructional videos for piano, he has published a video on how to "Play the Accordion"

Contradance

  • The Dance Gypsy is a site for traditional, contra and folk dance (in the USA), with amongst others a directory with over a thousand of musicians, bands, callers and instructors (including the odd accordionist, and some Cajun bands).
  • Accordionist and mandolin player David DiGiuseppe from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, plays both solo and with an ensemble, including music from Celtic, French, Italian or American traditions. He also presents family and educational shows of songs and stories. He also plays in contra dance bands FootLoose and Contrazz, both of which perform throughout the US for dance festivals and dance weeks.
  • Tom Norulak has been an accordion player since the age of 8 or nine. He used to be a a member of the contradance band Magic Forest, which stopped playing in 2003 or so, and is planning to start playing again in October 2009 with a band named "Quickstep", for waltz and couple dances in Cleveland. Tom Norulak's myspace page.
  • Quasimodal, the house band for the Sebastopol English Country Dance (that's in the Bay Area) includes Mark Carroll on accordion

Japan

African Music

Austrian Music

Polkas

  • The Alpine Trio with Al Wehrle on piano accordion and Erika Wehrele on Steyrische, who as a duo have been performing German and Slovenian music for over 20 years. The Alpine Trio play at restaurants and private parties all over the United States.
  • Atomik Harmonik (in Slovenian) is a Turbo Folk band from Slovenia, with Frai Toni (Dejan Celik) on Steyrische acordion. A review by Eric Iverson of their "Brizgaaj!" CD (for Rootsworld) gives an apt characterisation: "In my ongoing quest to build a library of music to inflict on unruly neighbors, this one's a real keeper." A Wikipedia entry on Atomik Harmonik.
  • E.F.O. is a Western Massachusetts polka band with Eddie Forman on accordion and keyboards. They have been performing for 28 years.
  • Len Gadica from Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada, has played in dance bands since he was 14. In the early nineties, he began writing children's and he regularly performs at elementary schools and children's festivals. Apart from two albums for children, he has recorded two old-time albums.
  • Dan Gruetzmacher from Wausau, Wisconsin, has been playing the concertina for over 60 years, and was inducted into the World Concertina Congress Hall Of Fame in 1979. He sells concertina and accordion sheet music, as well as concertinas.
  • Lynn Marie Hrovat-Rink from Nashville, Tennessee. A page for Lynn Marie at www.polkas.com
  • Barry Mitchell from New York used to give regular accordion-based commentary on World News Now, ABC's overnightnews program. Since 2005 he works for CUNY TV. The Wikipedia entry for Barry Mitchell
  • Eric Noltkamper is a polka accordionist, now living in Cleveland, Ohio. He has been playing professionally since the age of 15, amongst others with Frank Yankovic and Eddie Blazonczyk. In 1998 he married Nancy Hlad, and together they run Nancys Place for Polkas, www.polkas.com.
  • Veronique Chevalier's Polka Haunt Us is a compilation recording, containing 13 spooky songs, to be released in time for Halloween 2007, with a part of the proceeds going to charity. The aim is to include many styles of polka: Slovenian, Norteño, klezmer, funk, etc.
  • polkaconnection.com sells polka CDs and DVDs via the internet -- both European and American. 30 seconds samples are available for many of the tracks.
  • 247polkaheaven broadcasts Polka music 24/7 from Cleveland, Ohio, including a show called "Right on the button" for button box fans.
  • Erik-Hans Vagen from New Jersey has been playing as a live musician (accordion, keyboard and vocals) for over 35 years.

German Music

  • The Alpine Mountain Men from Nashville, Tennessee, led by accordionist Walt Schissler. For over 6 years they have been one of the regular house bands at Nashville's German restaurant, "The Gerst Haus", and they play around the Nashville area for different festivals and events.
  • Bairisch Diatonischer Jodelwahnsinn (in German) was a musical cabaret trio, from Bavaria, with Otto Görtler on amongst others Steyrisch accordion. A Wikipedia entry for Bairisch Diatonischer Jodelwahnsinn (in German)
  • Oktoberfest EuroBand Australia from Sidney, Australia, with Leo Karnauchow on accordion. Another page for Oktoberfest EuroBand Australia
  • The Beerbarrels are a 3 piece Oompa-pa dance band from Richmond, B.C., Cananda, with Ken Oszinski on MIDI accordion. They have been performing professionally for some 25 years.
  • The Harmonika-Sextett Karlsruhe (in German) (five diatonic accordionists and an organist) play German folk music, Schlagers, and dance music and the like, for old people's homes, parties etc.
  • Hundsbuam Miserablige, (in German) with Streitbichi Michi on guitar, Steyrische accordion and vocals, is a Bavarian folk-rock group following in the tradition of Attwenger, Haindling and Hubert von Goisern Und Die Alpinkatzen. An English article about Hundsbuam Miserablige. A myspace page for Hundsbuam Miserablige
  • German piano accordionist and former JAMS member Cathrin Pfeifer plays in a wide range of styles: world music, rock, avant garde, music for theater and films, etc. With her band she plays own compositions, influenced by Argentinian musicians, Brasilian rhythms and melodies and French playing, as well as Balkan rhythms and Oriental influences. She recorded a CD Pänico Na Panificadora with two percussionists. In 2002 she published her 3rd (or 4th?) solo CD, "lonely tramp", and 2005 another CD (with band), "Waiting for Valentin" Her latest CD is "Tough & Tender", another solo CD.
  • Steffi Zachmeier (in German) plays (and sings) traditional music from the Franken area in Germany in a number of groups. She also sells (and publishes?) music books (with German folk music), some of them in normal notation, some of them in Griffschrift (tablature) for Steyrische accordion.

Dutch and Belgian Music

  • Belgian folk band Ambrozijn from Ghent, with Wim Claeys on diatonic accordion and bagpipes. The web site had got some tunes in real audio [not working currently], and sheet music (and midi) for a few tunes -- under the Dutch translation only, though (i.e. if you want to see/hear them, select language "Nederlands", and select menu item "de muziek"). Wim Clays also plays in Tref which also includes Bruno Le Tron and Didier Laloy.
  • Boombal, (in Dutch) is a monthly folk ball in Ghent, Belgium, organised by accordionist Wim Clayes. (in Dutch) It has since become a proper noun, as the formula has been copied widely, both in Belgium and now also in the Netherlands: traditional dances with live music, preceded by dance instruction. The Boombal website also contains sheet music for mostly traditional French music, (in Dutch) mostly with chords and tablature for C/F melodeons.
  • Sophie Cavez (in French) from Belgium started playing the diatonic accordion in 2002 or so, but already plays and has played in many groups -- replacing Didier Laloy in some of them, like Urban Trad. Currently her main band seems to be KV Express. In Dazibao, (in French) in which she also plays percussion, Arabic folk is mixed with flamenco music. She also plays in diatonic accordion quartet Knopf Quartet, in duo Du Montanaro / Cavez (in French) (with fiddler Baltazar Montanaro) and Galician music in Camaxe. Besides she plays in various projects for children. She also teaches, both privately and in workshops. An interview with Sophie Cavez (in Dutch)
  • www.diatonisch-accordeon.tk (in Dutch) is a site by Kris Blomme for users and fans of diatonic accordeons, in particular in Flanders, with news, info, links to accordionists, makers, etc.
  • ferry's musicbase (in Dutch) contains discographies for many Dutch artists, amongst others accordionists such as the Accordeola's, Johnny Meijer and John Woodhouse on the Instrumentals page and cajun bands on the Nederlandse Volksmuziek page.
  • Accordonist Wim Janzen (in Dutch) from the Netherlands plays for receptions, parties, etc., with a repertoire including musettes, tangos, latins, jazz, tearjerkers, etc.
  • Popular Dutch accordion duo De Kermisklanten, (in Dutch) Henny van Voskuylen and Coby van Voskuylen-Mol, had a long career: they first performed together in 1962, and since 1969 as "De Kermisklanten", until they had to stop in 2000 because of Henny van Voskuylen's health; he died January 12, 2010. They released some 70 records, in the Netherlands and Germany, and in 1999 they were knighted. A Wikipedia article for Die Kirrmesmusikanten, (in German) as they are called in Germany. A biography and (Dutch) discography of De Kermisklanten (in Dutch)
  • Mart Heijmans and Mark Söhngen (the latter on accordion) have been giving school concerts for over 25 years. Currently they do so under the moniker Kruis en Mol (in Dutch)
  • Diatonic accordionist Wouter Kuyper (in Dutch) is active in the bal folk scene, amongst others with Liro. His Bal Folk Deunenboek (in Dutch) contains "40 new melodies for the modern bal folk" -- illustrated with cartoons by Auke Eringa. He also teaches, with the Trekharmonica-vereniging Amsterdam (THA) and at the Trekzakacademie in Nieuwegein.
  • Naragonia (in Dutch) / (in French) is a duo consisting of Pascale Rubens and Toon van Mierlo sometimes extended to a quartet. Both play (and teach) diatonic accordion and other instruments. They play mainly their own compositions, both for concerts and dances. Both teach as well. Pascale Rubens also plays in Musaraigne, Griff, Noodplan B, and in a duo with chromatic accordionist Bert Leemans.
  • Folk music group Papaver from Belgium, with Leo Rutten on (amongst others) diatonic accordion (2 and 3 row Castagnaris), plays traditional and new folk music for dances and concerts.
  • Twalseree (in Dutch) is a quartet from Antwerp, Belgium, with Ingrid Van Delden on diatonic accordion, recorder and vocals. They play Flemish folk music for concerts and dances.
  • Zusjes van Wanrooy, (Sisters Van Wanrooy), Anny and Paula, from Klaaswaal, the Netherlands, had their first TV performance at an early age. In 1981 they won an international competition for accordion duos in Saint-Etienne. They play all kinds of styles, and perform all around the world -- they speak English, French, German, Russian, Italian, Spanish and Japanese... And the next generation also plays, two daughters each: Annapaola, Juanita, Teresa and Rosita.
  • John Woodhouse (in Dutch) (1923 - 2001), real name Johnny Holshuysen, was one of the best known Dutch accordionists. He was known for his "Magic Accordeon" (Cavagnolo's first accordionorgan).

English Music

  • English concertina and Northumbrian smallpipes player and composer Alistair Anderson has played in The High Level Ranters, and collaborated with string quartet The Lindsays, for which he wrote On Cheviot Hills, and with trombonist Annie Whitehead, with whom he recorded Airplay. He is also the artistic director of Folkworks and he is also one of the main lecturers of the BMus (and Diploma) in Folk and Traditional Music course at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (see a page for Alistair Anderson at Newcastle University)
  • Ivan Armbsy has a blog about all kinds of free reed and keyboard instruments. He plays accordion semi-professionally for Catherine Feeny and less professionally with Ipswich, Suffolk based folk/country/etc. band Mike Summers and The Doons
  • Simon Care is a button box player who learned his trade with the Moulton Morris Men. Amongst others he plays or played with e2k, the band that rose from the ashes of Edward II, after its Jamaican members left for Africa for spiritual reasons. In 2002 or 2003 he released Simon Care: The "Box" Set, an anthology of 30 years of melodeon playing.
  • Bill Jones is a singer from Stafford, UK, now living in the North-East, who accompanies herself (Bill is short for Belinda!) on piano or accordion. Besides, she plays and teaches flute and whistle.
  • John Spiers and Jon Boden are a young and vibrant English duo who play melodeon and fiddle respectively. They sing and play traditional English songs and tunes. The site contains written music for their tune sets (and the lyrics of the songs). In 2003 they won the BBC Radio 2 Horizon award for best newcomers to the folk scene, followed by the Best Duo Award in 2004. Summer 2004 they formed Bellowhead, [Flash site] an 11-piece big band, which rightly won the BBC Radio 2 folk award for Best Live Act 2005: they are magnificent!
  • Webfeet dance data (!) is devoted to many types of dance, most of which are made for the accordion or the concertina, such as cajun, English Ceilidh or Morris.

English Ceilidh and Barn Dance Bands

  • The Bursledon Village Band based neare Southampton, England, with Dave Ingledew on melodeon and Graham Pretty on Anglo concertina is first and foremost a band for dancing to.
  • The Committee Band, with Ian Dedic on two and three row melodeons, and Martin Nail on Anglo concertina, started as a band for the Knees Up Cecil Sharp ceilidhs at Cecil Sharp House in London. They play music for English ceilidhs.
  • the glowworms is a London-based trio, with John Brenner on accordion, who play traditional English music for dancing.
  • Herbal Remedy are a lively accordion bass and drums band for barn dances and English country dance from the Worcestershire / Warwickshire area, with Fiona Hawkins on piano accordion and melodeon.
  • Simon Ritchie is a traditional English melodeon player from Thaxted, Essex. Apart from playing and recording solo, he also plays or played in "Old Hat", and in the Posh band. He also plays for Thaxted Morris Men and for local country dances.
  • Liam Robinson is an Lincolnshire based melodeon and English concertina player. He currently plays with his own dance band (The Liam Robinson Dance Band) and with English Compass. He is also the director of the Mini Morris Company who provide workshops, performances, etcetera for schools, festivals and the like.
  • Stradivarious from Lichfield / Derby, England, with amongst others Rod Stradling on accordion and piano and Howard Mitchell on double bass and melodeon plays for folk dances, country dances, workshops, etc. [This is a different Rod Stradling from the Tiger Moth / Musical Tradition one]. The website contains some concertina articles: Neil Wayne's "History of the Wheatstone Concertina", John Kirkpatrick's "Anglo Concertina Chords" and Jim Cottingham's "Free Reed Acoustics" articles.

Morris

  • The Albemarle Morris Men is a Morris side from Charlottesville, Virginia. One of their members, Marc Lamb, plays a Serenellini D/G Melodeon and a Lachenal 'Edeophone' McCann Duet Concertina. The fingering chart for the McCann and the Crane concertinas that he used to have on his own web site have found their way to Noel Cragg's (see the link in the Keyboard and Button Layouts section)
  • Advice on playing for dancing, a paper originally produced by an English Folk Dance and Song Society working party.

Scandinavian

  • The web site of Ing-Britt Alvesparr (in Swedish) has information about her CD, photos of accordionists, and sheet music for her own songs/tunes (hambos, schottisches, waltzes etc.)
  • The 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 results.
  • Flyskrekk (in Norwegian) from Norway, with Per Hammerø Jr and Arne Johnson on accordion plays dance music for all ages.
  • Hedningarna with Hållbus Totte Mattson on (amongst others) accordion, is a Swedish/Finnish group that plays music with roots in the old Swedish/Finnish history. A page for Hedningarna at Northside Records.
  • The Carl Jularbo Museum in Avesta, Sweden, dedictated to Swedish accordionist king Carl Jularbo (1893 - 1966) A listing for the Carl Jularbo (in Swedish) at the Swedish music centre.
  • Kvarts (in Norwegian) is a folk group from Norway with Jo-Asgeir Lie on accordion. Apart from performing, he teaches folk music at the Viken and Voss folk high schools, and works as a music teacher for the district of Aal in Hallingdal.
  • Markku Lepistö from Finland plays in Värttinä and in Doina Klezmer. In 1984 he started studying at the then newly founded Folk Music Department of the Sibelius Academy, and for many years he has been responsible for teaching of one and two-row accordion there. In 2006 he recorded his second solo CD, Polku
  • Danish diatonic accordionist Carl Erik Lundgaard plays in the trio Lang Linken, which has been going for over 30 years.
  • Benny Andersson got an accordion from his father when he was six. He played it with Abba sometimes, for instance on the 1977 and 1979 ABBA World Tours (as evidenced by photos on the ABBA Annual Homepage ). Also, after ABBA, he has recorded two albums with Swedish folk-like music, with the Orsa Spelman. (in Swedish) Accordionist Larsåke Leksell is also a member of the Orsa Spelmann
  • Orust [Rootsworld CD review] is a Swedish acoustic trio with Johan Kullberg on diatonic accordion. Myspace pages for Orust (in Swedish) and Johan Kullberg.
  • Kimmo Pohjonen from Finland plays 5-row chromatic, melodeon, harmonica, and sometimes gogo marimba. He has played in folk and rock groups, but his primary focus today is his solo 5-row accordion project, featuring original and extreme compositions for accordion, live effects, a powerful and animated stage performance, orchestrated lights and quadrophonic sound. It is different from anything else you might have seen before! A Kimmo Pohjonen page at Rootsworld.
  • The Swedish Riksförbundet för Folkmusik och Dans (National Society for Folk music and dance)
  • The Svenskt Visarkiv, the Centre for Swedish Folk Music and Jazz Research, collect, preserve and publish material concerning instrumental folk music, folk songs and traditional music in general, from the end of the 16th century up to now, as well as material on the history of jazz in Sweden. Amongst others, they have made field recordings of Swedish folk musicians and singers since 1968, and they have a collection of manuscripts, mostly from around 1900.
  • 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
  • Erik-Hans Vagen from New Jersey has been playing as a live musician (accordion, keyboard and vocals) for over 35 years.

General Celtic

  • Harriet Bartlett from Minsterley, England, has been performing playing Celtic music on the piano accordion, at festivals, folk clubs and theatres for the past 5 years. Her debut CD "Eyes Wide Open" was produced by Phil Cunningham, with whom she has regularly performed as well.
  • Calennig from Wales consists of Mick Tems on voice and diatonic accordeons and Patricia Carron-Smith on voice, concertina, and spoons, (and occasionally others). Their material, both for concerts and dances, is based firmly in the traditions and creative spirit of South Wales.
  • Frank Edgley from Michigan has played Anglo concertinas for almost 18 years, and repaired them for 15 years; and he now builds them as well. He has played with several Celtic groups in Michigan and Ontario, and teaches as well.
  • The Poozies, is a Scottish/English band, since November 2007 with young accordionist and piper Mairearad Green -- she took over from Karen Tweed. Mairearad also plays with The Anna Massie Band and in Box Club, and she has performed with Karen Polwart and Celtic big band "The Unusual Suspects". Since 2005 there is a mailing list for the Poozies and related bands: chantoozies, and now also a chantoozies myspace page. (there also is an announcement list: poozmusic).
  • The Rumours of Whiskey Ceilidh Band from South Yorkshire, England, with Ann McCarthy on button accordion and whistle, plays Celtic/ English/ Scandinavian/ American jigs, polkas, hornpipes, klezmer etc. They even include the sheet music for some of the tunes on their album.
  • Karen Tweed has played with The Poozies for 17 years, and with SWÅP for 12, but she has now left both. With Timo Alakotila (et al) she recorded the brilliant "May Monday" CD in 2003, and its successor, "Midnight May Monday" (not bad either!) in 2008, and she has played in "Circa Compania" and in the Uiscedwr big band and quartet, and in various duos. Karen Tweed has also published a book, 'Traditional Irish Music' with the transcription of 93 tunes (with a preface by Phil Cunningham), published by Dave Mallinson Publications. There are 2 CDs to go with that, 'Drop of Springwater' and 'the Silver Spire'. Karen also teaches, privately in the UK and Ireland, and at the Sage Gateshead, Linmerick University and Sibelius Academy, Helsinki. Karen Tweed's myspace page

Irish Music

  • According to a Gaeilge (Irish Gaelic)-English dictionary, the Gaelic for 'melodeon' is `bosca ceoil [buska kyole]': music box.
  • Mick Bramich has published an Irish Concertina style tutor (for the Anglo)
  • Cut the Mustard are a three to six piece ceilidh band, based in the West Midlands, England, with Roger Champkin on guitar and piano accordion. Apart from playing for dancing they'll also entertain with Irish, Scottish or even 60's songs. A page for Cut the Mustard at agency Hop Till You Drop.
  • Jackie Daly was an Irish diatonic button accordionist from Kanturk, Co. Cork. He played with many famous bands, including De Danann, Patrick Street, Buttons and Bows, Arcady, Reel Union and Kinvara. A Wikipedia entry for Jackie Daly.
  • Luke Daniels plays everything from Irish reels to Brazilian waltzes, Paganini and Bach on a two and a half row button accordion. In 1992 he won BBC Radio 2's Young Traditional Musician of the Year. He has worked with jazz/world fusion group 'Scarp' and as a commissioned composer and soloist for the English National Opera, and he has played for Riverdance, and in UK based quartet Broderick. 2009 he released a studio album, Art of Trio, together with fiddler Kate Kavanagh and guitarist Mike Galvin. A review of Luke Daniels and Jonathan Preiss: Above The Bellow. A review of Luke Daniels: Tarantella.
  • Dusty Feet Ceili Band from Paris, with Jean-Paul Moreau on melodeon, plays Irish music for set dancing and step dancing.
  • The Fiddlestix Ceilidh band from Surrey, England, with Colette O'Dowd on accordion, play for (Scottish) ceilidhs and barn dances. They also play for Irish ceilidhs, but then as The Cuchulainn Ceilidh Band
  • Christian Genieux (in French) from the Chalon sur Saône region of France plays Irish button accordion, C#/D. He plays in a band called "Pure Malt", they play traditional music from Ireland and Quebec. On his site has a page about the Irish button accordion, as well as sheet music / tablature for a few tunes (in Word 97/ gif / midi and mp3 format).
  • Guide to accompaniment for Irish traditional music
  • Lia Luachra is (was?) a young band from Dublin, with Shane Bracken on concertina, and bodhran. They started in 1997, at/for the Inter Celtic Festival in Lorient.
  • Not a book but a CD-ROM: madfortrad have produced CD-ROM tutorials for traditional Irish music, for various instruments. That includes one for button accordion with Derek Hickey (of De Dannan) as tutor, one for piano accordion with Karen Tweed, and in May 2002 one will come out for concertina, with Niall Vallely. The CD-ROMs combine video (MPEG), text (HTML), photographs and music notation, and will work on most computers (Windows, Mac, and Linux -- i.e. it works for me). You can download a sample video clip to check whether it works for you. Other than the tutorials, they also sell CDs.
  • John Nolan was the first American-born musician ever to win the Senior All-Ireland Championship on the button accordion--for both the two-row and three-row button boxes (B/C and B/C/C#). He has been performing professionally in the New York area and recording for the past 25 years. He also teaches and tunes accordions. A video of John Nolan
  • Patrick Street with Jackie Daly on accordion is the band who turned Simon Jeffe's "Music for a Found Harmonium" into a traditional Irish tune. A Wikipedia article for Patrick Street
  • Sharon Shannon. A Ceolas page for Sharon Shannon. An interview with Sharon Shannon. A Sharon Shannon biography at RamblingHouse.
  • Tears for Beers from Germany, with Bert Ritscher on accordion, mixes Irish music with rock.

Scottish Music

  • Box Club [Flash site] is a band from Glasgow, fronted by four young accordionists: Mairearad Green, Gary Innes, Angus Lyon and John Somerville. A myspace page for Box Club
  • Paul Chamberlain 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). Paul Chamberlain 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.
  • Phil Cunningham proves one can play Celtic music on a piano accordion. He has played in Silly Wizard, and often plays with fiddler Aly Bain. A website for Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain, and a page for Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain at Green Linnet.
  • Ian Lowthian is a great accordionist from the Scottish borders. He trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London, but still palys traditional Scottish music - as well as his own compositions. He used to play in duo with Catriona MacDonald. He has edited/arranged a book of (traditional and modern) Scottish Folk Tunes
  • Alan and Jan Roy from Inverness, Scotland, with Alan on accordion, have performed together for some 20 years. They have played in Britain, Canada and the USA, as well as on the cruise ships "Canberra", "Oriana" and the "QE2".
  • Emily Smith [flash] is a singer/accordionist who won BBC Radio Scotland's 2002 Young Traditional Musician Award. With her own band she has recorded her first CD; She is also member of (and the vocalist of) KODA, Keith Dickson's Accordion Orchestra. A page for Emily Smith at the Footstompin record label. A review of Emily Smith's A Day Like Today
  • Rob Thorn is a a young professional accordion player in West Yorkshire, UK, who has recorded a CD with up-beat Scottish, Irish and Continental music. "The Rob Thorn Band" are available for private functions including weddings, special occasions, ceilidhs, etc.
  • Simon Thoumire is a Scottish concertina player who plays (and composes) contemporary traditional music. The Simon Thoumire Three record was called "March, Strathspey & Surreal" -- that sort of sums it up. He plays in Seannachie, The Simon Thoumire Three, in a duo with Fergus MacKenzie, and with his Simon Thoumire Orchestra. He has produced records for the Scottish tourist market under the pseudonym Hamish McGregor ("30 great traditional tunes with the unique feature of Scottish place-names in the titles" -- if that is what sells in tourist shops...). Furthermore, he plays concertina and lowland pipes in Scottish traditional band Keep it UP. Most of his CDs are published on his own Footstompin' Records label (formerly Tartan Tapes)
  • Frances Wilkins plays English concertina. She played professionally for a few years in the Shetland-based band Sølan, but in 2001 she started a degree in ethnomusicology, and she is currently doing a PhD at the University of Aberdeen.

Ceilidh Bands

  • Beggars Belief is an accordion-led ceilidh band based in South Yorkshire. Funky folk-rock style available for festivals and private events all over the UK.
  • The Carlyle Family from Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland, with father Matt on accordion, play Scottish Dance Music as a family band. They play for accordion & fiddle clubs, weddings, ceilidhs etc.
  • Clyde Valley Ceilidh Band, based in Central Scotland, was (re)formed in 2000. The band includes band leader Allan Smith on accordion and Alex Graham on 2nd accordion. They are available for parties, weddings and all functions including St Andrews and Burns Associations near and far.
  • The Colin Dewar Scottish Dance Band, with Alasdair MacLeod on 2nd accordion, have been playing together for twenty years.
  • The Fiddlestix Ceilidh band from Surrey, England, with Colette O'Dowd on accordion, play for (Scottish) ceilidhs and barn dances. They also play for Irish ceilidhs, but then as The Cuchulainn Ceilidh Band
  • The Glenhoulachan Midgie Club Ceilidh Band from in and around Dumbarton in the West of Scotland, with Billy MacPhee on accordion, plays for ceilidhs all over Scotland, the British Isles and further afield.
  • Gypsy's Kiss is an Irish Ceilidh band from Bristol, UK, with Dave Rowlands on accordion. A page for Gypsy's Kiss at agency Hop Till You Drop.
  • Alasdair MacCuish & The Black Rose Ceilidh Band from Glasgow, with Alasdair MacCuish and Scott Gordon on accordions. A page for Alasdair MacCuish & The Black Rose Ceilidh Band at Footstompin' Records.
  • Jimmy Shand was the grand old man of Scottish Country Dance Music. A FAQ for Richard Thompson (ex-Fairport Convention) has an item on Jimmy Shand. He died December 2000. Rel Records has published many Jimmy Shand CDs and videos. A Jimmy Shand tribute.
  • The 3dB Ceilidh Band from Devon, UK is led by accordionist Leslie Thompson and includes Chris Jewell on Melodeon and Mike Cosgrave, guitar. The band evolved out of the Seven Stars Ceilidh Band and has played for hundreds of weddings, parties and barn dances spanning over twenty years. They play English, Scottish and Irish traditional folk music, with a dash of Ukrainian thrown in.

East European

  • Ars Harmonica (in Polish) / (in German) [flash site] is a Polish accordion trio, consisting of Piotr Blazik, Piotr Chołołowicz and Jakub Mietła. Their style has elements of folk, "ethno" and "trans music", with irregular rhythms, East European harmony, and Slavic melancholy. [flash site -- it offers options for Polish, English and German, but the latter two don't work... However, if you choose "Polski", and select e.g. 'musycy' (musicians), you can then go to a German translation of that page] Unfortunately, they've had to suspend their activities: Piotr Biazik is rehabilitating after a brain tumour operation
  • Hans Baken has published a 115 page Fake Book Folk Music from Bulgaria which can be downloaded for free (PDF, 6.7 MB) -- or you can order a hardcopy from lulu.com (for EUR 7.50 + shipping).
  • Balkan Cabaret is a Balkan group from Townsend (near Seattle), Washington, with Michael Lawson on accordion and vocals. They play Sevdalinka ballads from Bosnia and Hercogovina, old town Starogradski tunes from Bulgaria, and songs and tunes from Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia -- songs for listening as well as energetic dance tunes.
  • www.balkanmusic.com aims to provide "Your guide to ethnic folk music & dance on the web". Milan Kontich is accordionist for both Izvor and Sloboda, both based in Milwaukee.
  • Russian folk music band Moscow Nights, with band leader Vitaliy Bezrodnov on bayan, was initially formed in Kaluga, Russia, but regrouped in the USA in 1996. Since 1998 they operate from Cleveland, Ohio. A myspace page for the Moscow Nights Trio.
  • Bibs Ekkel's Russian Music Services, located in Middlesex, UK, can provide Russian Folk musicians, dancers, singers, advisors, translators, Soloists or Groups for all occasions. He is mainly a balalaika player himself, but he does play a two-row button accordion, and his band includes a bayan player.
  • Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello, with Yuri Lemeshev (previously Sasha Kazatchkoff) on accordion, was described by Phill Jupitus as "a bit like The Clash having a fight with The Pogues in Eastern Europe". A Wikipedia page for Gogol Bordello. Gogol Bordello's myspace page.
  • Iva Nova is an all-female band from St. Petersburg, Russia, with Elnara Shafigullina on accordion. Their music is a mixture of modern rock and punk and Russian folk music. Their agents for the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland and Germany, More Zvukov
  • Russian Bayan player Yury Kazakov (1924-) is a pioneer of the bayan, and one of the first to play the free bass bayan as a classical concert instrument. He started his career in the Soviet Navy during the Second World War, and after the war he studied with Nikolai Chaikin at the Gnessin Pedagogical Institute in Moscow. In 1953 he premiered Chaikin's concert for bayan and symphony orchestra. In 2002 he received the award "For merites of native land Russia" from president Putin. A review of Yuri Kazakov: Stars of Russian Bayan
  • All of the projects of Choux de Bruxelles, a small production company from Brussels, Belgium, seem to involve accordionist Piet Maris. He is member of six-piece band Jaune Toujours, whose music is described as Urban feel from Brussels, modern modern circus music, high-rise tango, subway-fado and gipsy rembetika. He also plays Eastern European and Balkan music in Mec Yek, and with Jaune Toujours he provided the music for the film Metafoor.
  • Orhcestra Mihalache is a Gypsy orchestra from Bucharest, Romania, with Andrei Mihalache on accordion. A myspace page for Orchestra Mihalache.
  • The Mostar Sevdah Reunion from Mostar, Bosnia, was for a long time led by singer Ilijaz Delic and accordionist and clarinet player Mustafa Santic; currently the accordionists is Elmedin Balalic Titi. They play traditional Bosnian music, "Sevdah". A myspace page for Mostar Sevdah Reunion.
  • MusTraDem, (in French) Musiques Traditionnelles de Demain, is a collective of musicians from Grenoble, France. It includes diatonic accordionists Norbert Pignol, who plays in concert and bal folk band Dédale, and Stéphane Milleret, who plays in bal folk band Djal. Both are members of Obsession, which plays "asymmetrical music, creations and improvisations, influences from central Europe". They have also written a method for diatonic accordion.
  • 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.
  • Victor Pryblov (in Dutch) is a bayan player from Novosibirsk, Siberia, who has settled in the Netherlands with his his wife, folk dancer Natalja Priblova. Together they organise cultural events, shows, concerts, workshops, and lessons for bayan and dance. The link above is for an installment of the VPRO radio show "De Wandelende Tak" featuring Victor Pryblov (real-audio)
  • Petar Ralchev is a Bulgarian accordionist who is is equally at home with folk, jazz and classical music. He plays or has played in various groups, amongst which the Zig Zag Trio. A short biography for Petar Ralchev, and a review of his eponymous Petar Ralchev CD.
  • Romashka from New York, with Patrick Farrell on accordion (formerly Stevhen Iancu), play Russian and Romanian Gypsy Muzica for Dancing and Dreaming. A review of Rmashka's debut CD.
  • Milen Slavov is a composer, arranger, performer, teacher, vocalist, and conductor from Bulgary, who plays and composes in Bulgarian traditional, contemporary, improvisational, Eastern European, gypsy, and classical styles. He has been a guest teacher at the UCLA Ethnomusicology Department, and currently he lives in Ocean Springs, Missisipi. He has published a number of books (+CD) with sheet music for his own compositions, most recently "Bright Stage", and he will shortly publish a book with popular Bulgarian folk songs, amongst others arranged for accordion. He also provides one to one on-line Bulgarian accordion lessons
  • "Squeezer" Dee Langley from Minnesotat plays "artsy-fartsy classically folk": Spanish classics, Klezmer, Russian concert works and Polish dances in SKWEEZERGRABBIT. She also teaches accordion in the Minneapolis Metro area. A page for Dee Langley at accordions.com. She plays in an accordion duo with Greg Dagoumas, "Just Du-et".
  • Taraful Din Naipu from Naipu, Romania, with Alexandru Bârcă on accordions and vocals (two songs are available in MP3 format; a whole CD is available for sale)
  • Grzegorz Turnau (in Polish) [flash site] is an excellent Polish singer, composer and songwriter from Cracow. He plays mostly piano, but on his latest CD, "Historia pewnej podrózy", he also plays accordion. A German Wikipedia entry for Grzegorz Turnau. (in German)
  • The Ukrainians from the UK play a mixture of traditional Ukrainian music and modern popular music; mostly original material, with a few interpretations of traditional songs. On their first album, The Ukrainians, Pete Solowka played accordion. Stepan Pasicznyk took over for the tour, and he also plays accordion on Vorony, Kultura, and on the Smiths EP. When Stepan Pasicznyk left, Stefan Tymruk joined the band.
  • 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.
  • The Washington Balalaika Society includes an orchestra, various folk ensembles, and "The Spirit of St. Petersburg", a duo consisting of Svetlana Nikonova on domra and Vladimir Zakharevich on bayan. The orchestra and the ensembles also include bayans, of course. They also have teaching programs, for balalaika, domra, bayan, guitar and piano.
  • Gennady Dmitrievich Zavolokin (in Russian) (1948 - 2001) was a well known Russian accordion player, and founder of the TV programme "Igray, Garmon!", ("Play, Accordion"). That is probably the same program as Igray, garmon' lyubimaya (in Russian) ("Play, beloved accordion"). According to a list of Russian Musical Highlights of the 20th Century the program was launched in 1986. Another biography for Gennady Zavolokin, (in Russian) and an obituary for Gennadiy Zavolokin. (in Russian)

Klezmer

  • The Austin Klezmorim, with Mike Maddux on accordion. Sheet music for a few tunes is provided, and they've also got a Klezmer music fake book containing some 50 tunes in for sale.
  • Beyond the Pale is a klezmer band from Toronto, Canada, with Milos Popovic on accordion. Although firmly routed in klezmer music, they also include elements of other eastern-European folk styles, as well as bluegrass, reggae, and funk. A page for Beyond the Pale at their record company, Borealis.
  • Freylekh Jamboree (in Japanese) is a Klezmer group from Japan with Sachie Fujisawa on accordion. They also play Balkan music, popular music and originals. A myspace page for Freylekh Jamboree
  • Michael Greenspan from South Florida specialises in Jewish and international folk music. He used to be a full time musician with the American Balalaika Company, but now works in education -- while still playing the accordion. He is also the Cantorial Soloist for Congregation Etz Chaim.
  • Franka Lampe (in German) is a Klezmer accordionist from Berlin. She plays in various bands: Café Central, Klezmers Techter, Ljuti Hora, Modern Klezmer Quartett, Nu, Oloyé and Schikker Wi Lot. Previously she played in La'om (from 1994 - 2002) and in Caval and neo-Bulgarian band Jerewan. She has also played for various theatre productions, and she teaches, with Musica Viva (in German) and with Arbeitskreis Musik in der Jugend. (in German) Franka Lampe's (in German) myspace page.
  • Ot Azoj Klezmerband from the Netherlands, with Hans Minnaert on accordion (but they are looking for a new accordion player)
  • Aaron Seeman is a versatile accordionist from Oakland, California. Amongst others he plays classical music and klezmer; Balkan gypsy music, jazz and Japanese music in duo Shamalamacord, with Mike Penny on Tsugaru Shamisen (both previously members of Romanian folk band Fishtank Ensemble); and rock and punk as Duckmandu. Under that moniker he recorded a note for note rendition of the Dead Kennedys' album "Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables" -- but also ditties like Tom Lehrer's "The Elements". A myspace page for Duckmandu.
  • The Ruth Yaakov Ensemble from Tel Aviv, with Shkëlzen Doli on violin and accordion, brings Sephardic songs of the Balkans. A page for the Ruth Yaakov Ensemble at klezmershack.com, and a page for the Ruth Yaakov Ensemble at cdRoots.

French Music

  • An Tour Tan (in French) is a site for "Breton expats". Under "Cyber Fest Noz" (and then "le best of", or previous years) there are various video clips (real audio) of concerts and the like.
  • Lydie Auvray (in German) is of French origin but lives in Germany. She has published a number of solo CDs, mostly with her own compositions. She has also written music for film and television.
  • French Marcel Azzola (in French) has accompanied many French singers, including Édith Piaf, Yves Montand, and in particular Jacques Brel. Also, he provides music for films by Claude Lelouche, Jacques Tati, and many others. He was instrumental in introducing the accordion at the Paris Conservatory. Currently he plays in a duo with pianist Lina Bossatti. A page for Marcel Azzola (in French) at his agent, Musique et Mouvement. A Wikipedia article about Marcel Azzola. (in French)
  • BivOAc (in French) is a Breton trio with Ronan Robert on diatonic accordion. They play their own compositions in the traditional breton styles for concerts and fest noz balls.
  • Gérard Blanchard (in French) [Wikipedia entry] is a French singer/songwriter and accordionist, who was one of the first to play accordion in rock music. His first band, in the mid seventies, was Roxy Musette; after a few more bands he started playing solo in 1980. A myspace page for Gérard Blanchard (in French)
  • Breizh Storming (in French) is a 7 piece fest noz band from Brest with Yannig Coiron on accordion. A myspace page for Breizh Storming, (in French) and Breizh Storming videos on Youtube (in French)
  • Mario Bruneau (in French) is a professional accordionist and accordion and piano tuner from Montreal, Quebec. He plays musette, French chansons, jazz and Quebecois music. He is also the Canadian representative for Accordions Worldwide.
  • Musette accordionist and band leader Jean-Robert Chappelet (in French) from Grignon, Franche, has performed on all five continents, and appeared in various TV programs. Amongst others he has a weekly accordion show together with Carole Montmayeur on TV8 Mont Blanc, (in French) which is broadcast at 7AM and 3PM on Saturday and 8:30AM on Sunday -- and can be viewed on-line as well. Another site for Jean-Robert Chappelet
  • Mario D'Amario from Italy has won numerous competitions, amongst which the Junior Variété/virtuoso category at the 2006 Coupe Mondiale in Asker and the 2008 Trophée Mondiale in Sarajevo. He is an endorser for Ballone Burini and Roland, and in 2009 he released his first CD, "Carnevale".
  • Erika (in French) from Belgium has been playing the accordion professionally for almost 20 years. She plays musette, swing, and pop music styles.
  • Contact details for a few accordion players in France
  • Richard Galliano, inventor of the "new musette". A page for Richard Galliano at Dreyfus Records, which has published a number of his CDs -- amongst others a triple CD with three live concerts.
  • Claude Kaeser (in French) is an accordionist, band leader, multi-instrumentalist and accordion repairer. His website contains sheet music for various of his compositions: waltzes, javas, boleros, paso dobles etc.
  • Max Lhopital (in French) plays musette in a duo with Nicole. His site has sheet music for some of his compositions.
  • André Loppe (in French) and his orchestra from Aiseau, Belgium, "king of the popular balls", regularly perform on TV in various countries, and has performed all over the world. André Loppe is also the importer for Belgium of Maugein and Piermaria accordions.
  • Thierry Carpentier is the band leader and accordionist of Los Gallos, a conjunto band from Paris, France. He also plays musette in Les Canotiers du Dimanche. A myspace page for Los Gallos
  • MusTraDem, (in French) Musiques Traditionnelles de Demain, is a collective of musicians from Grenoble, France. It includes diatonic accordionists Norbert Pignol, who plays in concert and bal folk band Dédale, and Stéphane Milleret, who plays in bal folk band Djal. Both are members of Obsession, which plays "asymmetrical music, creations and improvisations, influences from central Europe". They have also written a method for diatonic accordion.
  • Serguei Pachnine from Surrey, England, is available country-wide for French Cafe Music, as well as East European and Russian music, klezmer, etc.
  • Alain Pennec is one of the foremost Breton diatonic accordionists. He also publishes sheet music, amongst which a series of books with tablature for the diatonic accordion (with accompanying CDs).
  • Sylvain Peron's tradfrance with sheet music for 630 traditional French tunes, mostly in abc format. For some of them, audio samples in MIDI or RealAudio are available. Sylvain Perron plays in trio Les abandonnés.
  • Yann-Fañch Perroches is a Breton diatonic accordion player, and a member the Breton traditional music group "Skolvan". Also, he formed a shortlived group called "Cocktail Diatonique", with Jacques Beauchamp, Patrick Lancien, Yann-Fañch Perroches and Ronan Robert, all on diatonic accordion. Cocktail Diatonique did manage to record one album, on which Richard Galliano appeared as a guest. Currently (2005) he plays amongst others in the group Jolie Vilaine, which showcases ballads from Eastern Brittany. The site includes a few audio clips, as well as tablature for a few tunes.
  • French diatonic accordion player Marc Perrone (in French) Another page for Mac Perrone (in French)
  • Roger Poitevin is a Breton diatonic accordion player who has been playing for 25 years.
  • Diou Flo, formerly Potes Flor', is an accordion consisting of two Florences: Florence Glorion on chromatic accordion and Florence Pinvidic on diatonic accordion. They play Breton music and original compositions. Their site contains tablature for some traditional tunes and for some of their own compositions.
  • Les Primitifs du Futur was formed in 1986 when Robert Crumb lived in Paris for a few months. Initially Florence Dionneau played the accordion, later Daniel Colin and Fabienne Dondard did.
  • DiscAmbiance is the company of musette accordionist Michel Pruvot, selling CDs, cassettes, videos, and sheet music of himself and others. Michel Pruvot has a weekly show on French TV, Sur un air d'accordéon, and he holds or held the world endurance record for accordion playing: 117 and a half hours!

Spain and Portugal

  • Brigada Victor Jara from Coimbra, Portugal, with Rui Curto on accordion (and "concertina", i.e. diatonic accordion). An older page for Brigada Victór Jara (in Portuguese) at attambur.com, and a blog of Brigada Victor Jara (in Portuguese)
  • Danças Ocultas (in Portuguese) from Portugal is a "concertina" quartet (-- but concertina is Portuguese for diatonic accordion!), consisting of Artur Fernandes, Filipe Cal, Filipe Ricardo and Francisco Miguel. All are conservatory educated (but not in diatonic accordion). They play self-composed non-traditional music -- they play folk festivals because of their instruments, classical concerts because of their repertoire, and pop concerts because of their approach. The Danças Ocultas (in Portuguese) Weblog. A live recording of Danças Ocultas in Real Audio/MP3 format, part of Rootsworld's virtual Free Reed Festival. A review of their self-titled Danças Ocultas CD. Another Danças Ocultas page, at their Dutch agent's site. A myspace page for Danças Ocultas (in Portuguese)
  • Euskal Herriko Trikitixa Elkartea, (in Basque) which stands for Basque Trikitixa Organisation, I think. Amongst others, the site mentions an Trikitixa Day in Getxo, April 22, 2001.
  • www.euskalmusika.com (in Basque) / (in Spanish) aims to be a meeting point for the Basque music, with links, concert listings, etc.
  • Basque chromatic button accordion (and bandoneon and keyboards) player Joxan Goikoetxea plays traditional Basque music in Alboka, and some less traditional but still very much Basque music on for instance Quartet or Beti Ttun-Ttun. A myspace page for Joxan Goikoetxea (in Spanish)
  • Roldana Folk is a Portuguese group around accordionist Helena Soares (formerly? of Vai de Roda), founded in 2000. Their music mixes Celtic, Portuguese, Latin-American music, jazz and folk. They provide some of the music for a TV soap...
  • Tejedor (in Spanish) is family trio from Avilés, Asturias, Spain, with Javier Tejedor on (amongst others) accordion. They play traditional Asturian styles of music. A Wikipedia page for Tejedor

Italian Music

  • Angelo Aquilini is an accordionist and teacher from Italy. He has performed in Canada, France, Germany, Austria and Greece, and every year since 2001 he has toured Japan, for concerts and Workshops.
  • Quintet for Ethnic Music Calamus from Italy, with Emilio Parente on organetto, is part of an association of the same name that aims to promote the zampogna, (a type of bagpipes). Their repertoire consists of local songs and music and particular plays.
  • Gabriele Di Pietro (in Italian) is an Italian organetto player and composer. Sheet music for various of his compositions, such as La Polka del trillo, are available in PDF format.
  • Lucio Raggiunti is an organetto player from Ontario, Canada. He has played for Canadian radio and TV.
  • I Superfisa (in Italian) [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.

Other Musicicans

  • Holda Paoletti-Kampl does not play the accordion, but she is European Manager for Accordions Worldwide.
  • Rosin Coven with Carri Abrahms alias Elya Zeker on vocals and accordion is "San Francisco's Premiere Pagan Lounge Ensemble" --- I suspect they don't have much competition for that title. Their music is a blend of classical strings, big-band swing, trabal dance, theatrical cabaret and more. Amongst others, they've played at the Burning Man festival.

Music Theatre

  • Caravan is an experimental Canadian professional theatre group that tours and performs on a 30 meter Tall Ship. For their fifth European Water Tour, which runs from June 10 to September 14, they have got an accordionist on board. The tour will visit western Greece, Albania, Montenegro and southern Croatia.

Music Theatre: Canada

  • The Cirque du Soleil is a modern circus / theatre. For at least one of their shows the music is described as "accordion-heavy"; hardly surprising, given that founding president Guy Laliberté is an accordion player (and stiltwalker and fire-eater...). A Forbes article about Guy Laliberté -- he is rich :-). A Wikipedia entry for Guy Laliberté

Music Theatre: France

  • After 15 years of playing classical guitar, Laure Chailloux started playing the diatonic accordion in 1986. In 2004 she became a full time musician. Her music has influences of baroque, repetitive and minimalist music, musette, rock'n'roll, and traditional music. Many of her programmes are theatrical; for instance in "Petites Histoires en Accordéon" she plays in a hut in parks, and the project "Itinéraires sonores" is adapted to the surroundings each time -- museums, industrial waste lands, gardens, etc. She also performs with various theatre groups. Besides, she plays in a duo with diatonic accordionist Didier Demarq.

Music Theatre: Greece

  • Composer, arranger, accordion and qanoun player Kostas Vomvolos from Greece has composed music for over 80 theater plays for groups in Greece, the UK and Ireland. In 1994 he founded group "Primavera en Salonico" with singer Savina Yannatou. He was a member of ethnic jazz trio "Wutu wupatou", and in 2005 formed new music oriented trio Tabako.

Music Theatre: The Netherlands

  • Mart Heijmans and Mark Söhngen (the latter on accordion) have been giving school concerts for over 25 years. Currently they do so under the moniker Kruis en Mol (in Dutch)

Music Theatre: Switzerland

  • Luzian Jenny (in German) from Bern, Switzerland "sweet and sour dance music for dreaming" in a duo with saxophonist Monica Staehelin, and "Chamber-Folk-Jazz" in trio Walther-Gubler-Jenny. He has also been involved in various street music and music theatre groups.

General

  • The Squeezebox mailing list started life as a mirror for the rec.music.makers.squeezebox newsgroup (with the mirroring courtesy of DoN Nichols), but it is now a separate (and fairly quiet) mailing list. Still about accordions and concertinas, of course.
  • Accordions Worldwide, www.accordions.com, is the largest accordion internet site, with over 3, 000 pages. (!) The complete site is also available in German, www.akkordeon.com a.k.a. "Akkordeons Weltweit",, (in German) and in French: www.accordeon.com. (in French) Features of the site include:
    • The Accordion Yellow Pages database, the most comprehensive source of internet information about the accordion. This includes a section on "Future Events" where accordion events from all over the world are listed. Free listings are available for everyone.
    • Weekly News is published Friday in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and Russian
    • National news for the USA, Germany, France, Italy, China and Eastern Europe
    • CD reviews
    • "Celebrity Interviews"
    • Many other informational pages on history, types of accordions, etc.
    • Service of designing and hosting web sites for accordionists and accordion organisations.
    • memorials and obituaries
    • A Stolen accordion list
  • accordion-space4u is kind of a myspace etc. for accordionists -- you can load videos, sound tracks, music, pictures, and have all your friends contact you easily too.
  • accordionist.org, set up by Jordan Wagner, aims to be an on-line community for accordionists, accordion teachers, and publishers of accordion music.
  • The Accordion entry from the CHICO (Cultural Heritage Initiative for Community Outreach) Instrument Encyclopedia
  • Frequently Asked Questions about the accordion, with answers, by James P. O'Brien, emiritus professor of music at the University of Arizona. James P. O'Brien has composed or arranged over 200 works for accordion, for which sheet music is for sale at musicforaccordion.com.
  • Vapaalehdykkä a.k.a. The Free Reed is a website by Viljo Mannerjoki, about the accordion and related free reed instruments, mostly in Finnish. It contains a history, material about accordion care, posture etc., a travel guide for accordion related cities (Sysmä, Ikaalinen, Klingenthal, Castelfidard, Stradella), an extensive list of sources, and a forum.

Educational essays

Keyboard and Button Board Layouts

  • Accordion Trainer is a shareware program, written by Philippe Beckers, for training the Stradella button layout: it shows the bass buttons, and you either have to press the chord / fundamental bass button that is named (with the mouse), or name the chord/bass that is highlighted. A trial version can be downloaded for free, the full version can be downloaded for €11.
  • Chromatic button accordion layout and chord patterns at www.thecipher.com, for both B and C systems. Also: layout of the wholetone = Janko = Reuther keyboard
  • Noel Cragg has collected keyboard layouts from various places on the net; amongst others, he has copies of Marc Lamb's (disappeared) layouts for the Crane, Hayden and McCann concertinas. He also has a page about the Uniform Keyboard.
  • chords for duet concertina players (or anyone who needs to build them from single notes, really)
  • On his website Pether Ganther (in German) has information about the Steyrische accordion, the tablature system used for them (Rosenzopf's "Griffschrift"), and keyboard layouts for Steyrische accordions and the club accordion (Club IIb). He's also got the dots for a few of his own compositions, in tablature.
  • A melodeon FAQ by Hobgoblin, with fingering charts for various two to three-row instruments.
  • How to play chords on any MacCann Duet Concertina by Robert Gaskins, which contains a 51 page PDF file that explains how to play chords to accompany folk songs on MacCann Duet concertinas of any size and from any period. It shows the chord shapes, as well as the layout for a large number of `standard' as well as actual MacCann models.
  • The button layout for the Childley modification of the McCann Duet
  • melodeon.net is a site about melodeons (diatonic accordions), founded by John Spiers, and now maintained by Theo Gibb. It has a large collection of layouts for different melodeon types, a section where players can review their instrument for the site, as well as links to melodeon makers, (UK) shops, players, and general links.
  • On Hans Palm's pages, the uniform keyboard, a comparison between the treble keyboard layouts for the piano accordion, the five-row chromatic button accordion (C and B system) and the uniform keyboard, and a Stradella bass diagram
  • Soinu Ttiki (in French) is an association for traditional Basque music, based in Espelette, France. Amongst others they organise workshops and exchanges. Their website contains a comparison between the trikitixa and the standard 2-row diatonic accordion, (in French) with keyboard layouts. The main differences are that the trikitixa has unisonorous basses (same note on push and pull), and more buttons.

Books

  • Andy's Front Hall from Voorheesville, NY, (re)publishes "The Anglo Concertina Demystified" by Bertram Levy and "Concertina Workshop Tutor For The English Concertina" by Alistair Anderson.
  • Mick Bramich has published an Irish Concertina style tutor (for the Anglo)
  • David DiGiuseppe wrote THE MIGHTY ACCORDION - The Complete Guide to Mastering Left Hand Bass/Chord Patterns, for beginners through to advanced players.
  • Bill Funkhouser developed a set of Stradella bass accordion flash cards, with the motto "read it, say it, play it". Versions are available for 12 bass accordions and for full size Stradella bass, either bass or treble clef. He developed them after finding that for a pianist, getting the hang of the basses wasn't quite as easy as he thought...
  • Midi accordionist Enzo Giribaldi from Edensor Park, New South Wales, Australia, can play just about any style: Pop, rock, ethnic, Old Time, ballroom, easy listening, etc. Enzo Giribaldini's Accordion Course for Beginners is an e-book (downloadable, of course), incorporating sound and video. He has recorded a CD, Enzo Giribaldi: My favourite songs, which is available for sale from musicforaccordion.com.
  • Gorka Hermosa has written a few accordion books, (in Spanish) available for download in PDF format: "El Repertorio para acordeón en el Estado Español", with a list of compositions and a biographical dictionary of composers, and a 2 part "Oposiciones para acordeonistas", aimed at musicians who want to become a teacher at a Spanish conservatory.
  • "An A to Z of the Accordion" is a 256 page reference book dedic
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