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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

Joey Miskulin

accordion, composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist

Joey Miskulin

Joey Miskulin (USA) is a hall of fame accordionist and producer. In a music career spanning more than four decades, Joey Miskulin has collaborated with a range of artists including Paul McCartney, John Denver, Johnny Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Roy Rogers, Andy Williams, Ricky Van Shelton, Emmylou Harris, Frankie Yankovic,U2 and many others. He is a performer, studio musician, producer and pedagogue.

Joey, the child prodigy discovered by Chicago’s Roman Possedi, toured the United States with Yankovic - "America's Polka King” - as his featured accordionist at age thirteen, writing and arranging songs between performances. Broadening his experience, Joey toured the Far East with the Hawaii International Revue, and, in the 1970’s became a studio musician and producer, performing on bass, piano, banjo, guitar, organ, accordion, and as a vocalist with the likes of Andy Williams, Doc Severinsen, and Charlie Daniels. Among his astounding list of credits are countless appearances on national television and radio, in the movies, and on video; hundreds of recording sessions; four Grammy-winning and several gold and platinum albums among scores of international hit recordings.

Joey has always represented Cleveland-Style Polkas with the utmost of class and dignity, befriending most everyone with his congenial and personable demeanor.

Massimiliano Pitocco

accordion, bandoneon, organ, professor

Massimiliano Pitocco

Massimiliano Pitocco (Italy) is currently professor and chair of the Bayan/Accordion class at the "Santa Cecilia" Academy of Music in Rome and is commonly regarded as Italy’s leading accordion pedagogue.

He commenced accordion studies with Alessandro Di Zio in Pescara and subsequently with Max Bonnay at the Superior National Academy of Music in Paris where he graduated in 1992. He additionally studied organ with Giovanna Franzoni in Pescara, graduating with honors and Composition with Edgar Alandia. He is often invited to conferences, seminars, and international competitions. He has performed in the prestigious theaters of Budapest, Belgrade, Brussels, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Lisbon, Lucern, Luxembourg, Mexico City, Monaco, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo, Vienna, Yokohama, Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, Berlin Konzerthaus, Tonhalle in Zurich, Brazil, Marocco, and USA.

As a prominent bandoneonist specializing in the music of Astor Piazzolla, Massimiliano has founded several ensembles, including the Four for Tango quartet in 1998, the TrisTango in 2000 and the Sextet “Viento de Tango” in 2006. He often collaborates with musicians and actors such as Milva, Luis Bacalov, Ennio Morricone, and has been recording movie and television soundtracks.

In November 2018 he was nominated one the most important Italian citizens in recognition of his contribution for the development of Accordion studies.

Rucner String Quartet

Rucner String Quartet

The Rucner String Quartet (Croatia) was founded in 1998 by spouses Snježana and Dragan Rucner, nurturing the Zagreb chamber music tradition through their performances of both classical and contemporary repertoire written by renowned international and Croatian composers. Its members are Ivana Penić Defar (Violin I), Ana Paula Knapić Franković (Violin II), Dragan Rucner (Viola), and Snježana Rucner (Cello). Rucner Quartet has hosted more than 200 artists and premiered over 80 compositions, reaching out to “non-conventional” musical genres and world music. They initiated an enriching collaboration for over 20 years with Peter Soave, with whom they have recorded several CDs.

Every year, the Quartet produces a four-part concert series called “Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter”, hosting renowned artists and performing new works by leading composers, making it a unique concept in Croatia. This project is supported by the Croatian Ministry of Culture and the Zagreb Cultural Department. They have been awarded the prize of Diplomat Milka Trnina Croatian Society of Music Artists and Vatroslav Lisinski for their contribution to promoting Croatian Music and Croatian artists.

The quartet regularly performs in Croatia and abroad : Italy, France, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Egypt, Israel, China, Australia, Spain, Greece, Germany, Lithuania, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia.

Igor Zobin

accordion, orchestra director

Igor Zobin

Igor Zobin is one of the most active young accordionists on the Italian musical scene in many different musical spheres. He started accordion studies at a very young age at the Glasbena Matica music institute in Trieste with Claudio Furlan. At the age of nine he took part in his first international competition, the 14th International Accordion Competition in Treviso, winning first prize. He then competed successfully in numerous international and national competitions, in Italy, France, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia. He regularly performs as a soloist, as a member of chamber music groups and as guest artist with symphony orchestras in Italy, Canada, Cuba, France, The Netherlands, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia-Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Romania, Poland, and Hungary. He collaborated with composers and conductors : G.Kurtàg, S.Gubajdulina, A.Corghi, F.Nieder, L.Francesconi, J.Francaix, B.Furrer, A.Cattaneo, D.Kawka, T.Brock, R.Tamayo, Z.Pesko, L.Jia, F.Lanzillotta, M.Angius, F.Maestri, F.Perocco, B.Hannigan, B.Gaertner, D.Michel-Dansac, A.Caiello, I.Windsor, with the National Symphony Orchestra of the RAI, Philharmonic Orchestra Novecento and with the Symphony Orchestra of Tuscany.

He has been invited to severals musical festivals (Biennale Musica in Venice, Rai Nuova Musica, Bologna Festival, MITO Festival, Society of concerts in Milan), and has performed in many international and national premieres with some of the most important Italian music ensembles (Arsenale, Ex Novo ensemble, Le Risognanze ensemble, String Orchestra Camerata strumentale italiana).

He graduated in Accordion at the Conservatory G.Rossini in Pesaro, in Composition at the Conservatory G.Tartini in Trieste and in Orchestral Conducting at the Academy of Music in Pescara.

Ralf Bethke

accordion, technician

Ralf Bethke

www.accordeon-special.de

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!

Marco Gemelli

accordion, bandoneon, professor

Marco Gemelli

Marco Gemelli is director of accordion studies at the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali P.I. Tchaikovsky in Nocera Terinese, Calabria.

He commenced accordion studies at age 7 under the guidance of Claudio Calista and Cesare Chiacchiaretta in Pescara.

He participated in many national and international accordion competitions with success and has now a concert activity both as a soloist and in various instrumental ensembles. Often invited to masterclasses and festivals, he also collaborated with masters Luis Bacalov (Oscar winner for the soundtrack of the film "Il Postino”), Giovanni Bacalov (recording of the music for "Napoletango", with the "Buenos Aires Cafe Quintet”) and Argentine singer Roxana Fontan (for the theater show “Fantango").

Marco is also professor of accordion at the Fara San Martino Civic Music School (CH), the Spoltore Comprehensive School (PE) and the San Giovanni Teatino Civic Music School (CH).

Lev Lavrov

accordion, professor, orchestra director

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!

Massimo Pividori

accordion, professor

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

accordion, professor

Manuel Šavron

Prizes

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

accordion, professor, composer

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.

Mary Tokarski

accordion, professor

Mary Tokarski

http://accordions.com/mary

Mary Tokarski (Connecticut, USA) is an outstanding artist and dynamic educator. Her performances are bombastic and her dedication to the accordion is tremendous. Long time member of the "K" Trio, Mary is current President of the American Accordionists' Association (AAA). For over 20 years Mary served as Director of Music Education at Tokarski Music Center, where she taught piano and accordion, conducted the choral & ensemble programs, supervised the pre-school programs, and served as a Music Educator in the North Haven Department of Education's Early Childhood Development Program at Green Acres Elementary School.

 

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