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Peter and Mady Soave

Founder & Artistic Director

Peter Soave

www.petersoave.com

Recognized worldwide as the foremost master of the bandoneon and concert accordion, Peter Soave has established himself as the leading soloist of his generation. The hallmark of his performances is his unique combination of commanding stage presence and the excitement of his vibrant virtuosity. He now presents Peter Soave Music Academy, and is proud to offer a rich musical experience that will plunge his guests into the depths of musical artistry, culture, and friendship.

Co-Founder & Administrator

Mady Soave

www.madysoave.com

Mady Soave is an accomplished accordion player, scholar and music teacher, traveling around the world to share her musical knowledge and passion for the accordion. Eager to harmonize nature and music, she is a founding member of Peter Soave Music Academy, along with her husband Peter. They offer master classes, intense week-ends, workshops and concerts. She is your onsite liaison and administrator of PSMA and will be happy to assist you during your stay.

Special Guest PSMA 2018

Snježana and Dragan Rucner

Snježana and Dragan Rucner

Violoncellist Snježana Rucner graduated from the Zagreb Academy of Music under Valter Dešpalj and then attended master courses of André Navarra, Daniel Šafran and Siegfried Palm. Snježana won the Matrix Croatica Award for her appearances as a soloist (with a distinct talent for contemporary music). Long time member of the Zagreb Philharmonic, she also plays with the Orchestra of the Zagreb Opera. As chamber musician, she has played with the Zagreb Piano Trio, the Sarajevo Quartet and the Klima String Quartet.

Violist Dragan Rucner graduated from the Zagreb Academy of Music under Daniel Thune by winning the Vaclav Huml Award assigned by Croatian Musical Institute (HGZ). As soloist he has appeared with the Croatian RTV Symphony Orchestra, the Zagreb Philharmonic, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the Norwegian Opera Orchestra in Oslo, and is presently the leading viola player at the Zagreb Philharmonic. As chamber musician Dragan was member of the Klima String Quartet with whom he won the Milka Tmina and Josip Štolcer Slavenski awards.

Spouses Snježana and Dragan Rucner founded the Rucner String Quartet in 1998, nurturing the Zagreb chamber music tradition through their performances of both classical and contemporary repertoire written by renowned international and Croatian composers. They have reached out towards the music of non-conventional genres and initiated a enriching collaboration for over 20 years with Peter Soave with whom they have recorded several CDs.

Ralf Bethke (Germany) has been with us from the beginning. He is a passionate accordion technician, player, and teacher. Often referred to as "Doktor Ralf", he can do wonders on your instrument! He is available for all MIDI consultations, questions, requests, inquiries on Sibelius software and ForScore app, as well as programming, including: basics of MIDI, tools, sound(s), creating your own MP3 files...and so much more. We all look forward to hearing Ralf’s tasty playing in Sauris!

Damir Bužleta

Damir Bužleta

Damir Bužleta (Pula, Croatia) graduated from the Faculty of Pedagogy in Pula with a degree in music culture. He was a teacher at the Okud Istra Academy and conductor of the “Stanko Mihovilić” Accordion Orchestra for over 20 years, winning first prize in national and international competitions. In 1992 he founded the “International Summer School” in Pula, which brings together world pedagogues and concert artists. Bužleta is conductor of the “Matko Brajša-Rašan” mixed Choir since 1995. As composer, his works are performed in numerous national and international festivals.

Nicolas Gabaron

Nicolas Gabaron

Nicolas Gabaron (Lyon, France) begins his musical studies playing flute with renowned pedagogues Jean Patéro, Pierre Bardon and Jean-Marc Boissière. After graduating in Literature, he obtained a master's degree in musicology as well as a teaching diploma. Passionate about early music, he graduated in traverso, with Pr. Jean-Pierre Pinet, founding member of the Stravinsky Ensemble. Nicolas Gabaron teaches flute in Lyon and its suburb. He regularly performs in various formations such as chamber music ensembles, orchestras, theater, vocal ensembles, and is always looking to share his talent and passion.

Lev Lavrov

Lev Lavrov

Lev Lavrov (Voronezh, Russia), born in 1991, is a graduate of the Gnessin Academy Of Music in Moscow where he studied with Viacheslav Semionov. He won many international prizes, most notably 1st prize Coupe Mondiale 2015 in Finland. Lev possesses an exceptional talent with a great work ethic. Don’t be surprised to hear him work early in the morning and late at night!

Eddie Monteiro

Eddie Monteiro

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Eddie Monteiro (New Jersey, USA), of Portuguese descent, is one of the most unique jazz accordionists of all time. He has over 30 years of musical performances in classical, jazz, dance, theater, cabaret and choral ensembles. He has recorded radio and television jingles for Sesame Street, General Foods, Pontiac, Colgate, Palmolive, Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Bennigan's Restaurants and more. He has conducted workshops and seminars at the Manhattan School of Music, Kansas City Jazz Workshop, Artists in Jazz at Pace University, Topeka Jazz Workshop and a Harmony & Improvisation Clinic in Norway. His numerous recordings include collaboration with artists Gerry Mulligan, Roger Kellaway, Claudio Roditi, Karen Akers, Ronny Whyte, and many more. Eddie has performed at national Jazz Festivals such as the JVC Jazz Festival, the Toyota Jazz Festival in New York City, Salishan Jazz Festival and the Centrum Jazz Festival both in Washington. Internationally he was a guest at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Jakarta Jazz Festival, Sea Jazz Festival, Jazz In El Tambo Festival in Punta del Esta, Uruguay performing with Paquito D'Rivera, Leny Andrade, John Patitucci and Benny Golson. His harmonic skills are mind boggling and his talent is colossal.

Massimo Pividori

Massimo Pividori

Massimo Pividori (Tarcento, Italy) studied accordion with Flocco Fiori, and Adolfo Del Cont. He graduated at the Conservatory of Music in the Accordion Bachelor Degree program as well as piano and harmony under the tutelage of Maria Puxeddu. He has won several national and international awards and is now artistic director of "Gruppo Fisarmonicisti Tarcento" and the "Flocco Fiori" Ensemble. Massimo is at the forefront of a renewed interest for the accordion in the Tarcento region, an area renowned for its rich accordion heritage.

Manuel Šavron

Manuel Šavron

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Manuel Šavron (Slovenia) is a young virtuoso of the diatonic accordion. Born in 1991 in Koper, Slovenia, he started studying piano accordion at age 10 on his own. The following year, he undertook diatonic accordion with A. Gropajc and continued with Prof. Z. Lupinc. In 2014 he obtained a bachelor's degree in classical saxophone at the Music Conservatory “G. Tartini” in Trieste and in 2016 he graduated with honour with a master's degree in performance of the diatonic/styrian accordion at the Schubert Konservatorium in Vienna. As a soloist, he has appeared in various theaters & concert halls throughout Europe and has been invited to numerous Accordion Festivals and radio and TV shows. Aside from his own adaptations and musical arrangements, Savron transcribes compositions for diatonic accordion at the Austrian publishing company “Knöpferl-Musikverlag für Steirische Harmonika”. He is teaching diatonic/styrian accordion in several music schools and is now a music teacher at Limex in Austria. Manuel’s versatility leads him to a vast range of music, from classical to popular, from tango to rock, from folk to jazz, ethno, world and more.

Prof. Viatcheslav Semionov

Viatcheslav Semionov Interview

Viatcheslav Semionov (Russia), a renowned composer, concert artist & pedagogue, is a pillar of the concert accordion world. In 1995, Semionov was awarded the title of "Artist Of The People Of Russia" by President Boris Yeltsin. Professor at the Gnessin Institute of Music in Moscow, his students have won numerous gold medals in the most prestigious international competitions. Many of his compositions for accordion, namely Don Rhapsody, are becoming standard repertoire. Slava is an accordion ball of fire who brings great flavor and color.

Sincere gratitude to the Pigini factory for sponsoring Mr. Semionov's travel.

Natalya Semionova

Natalya Semionov

Natalya Semionova (Russia) is a Domra virtuoso. She is a graduate of Gnessin Institute of Music in Moscow (Russia) and was a successful prize winner of numerous national competitions. She went on teaching in Krasnaya and Rostov, before forming a duo with her husband, Viatcheslav Semionov. Together they toured the world: Holland, Scandinavia, Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, China, USA, etc... They have recorded several CD’s with a repertoire ranging from classical transcriptions, Russian folk music and original music written for Domra & Bayan. Natalya is currently teaching music in Moscow.

 

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