many years of performing, I have noticed an interesting phenomenon: famous bayan
and accordion-players, great music legends, almost never took part in competitions
When on the road, I asked my older colleagues, like Mykhail Makarov, Edward Hazarov,
Valeriy Rafailov, Borys Tykhonov, Boris Veksler and many others: "Why do
you have no official awards?" Each of them used to smile and say: "Why
should I? Hopefully, I have enough work to do."
Those performers enjoyed so high demand, that their professional level and talent
needed no prizes and decorations; they could ignore any formal competitions. At
the same time, observing prizewinners of various competitions and festivals, I
have noticed clear incompatibility of awards granted to some musicians and their
poor performance level. Then, I wondered: whether the jury was not professional
enough, when awarding an unworthy candidate, or he was a fake laureate presenting
the counterfeit diploma (unfortunately, such things happen nowadays). In order
to put an end to the ugly practice, me and my colleagues, whose activities have
been widely recognized by the music world - Vladimir Besfamilnov, Professor, People's
Artist of Ukraine, Anatolij Semeshko, Honored Art Worker of Ukraine, and Alfred
Mirek, Doctor of Fine Art, Honored Art Worker and Vice President of the Competition
& Festival - have decided to establish the International Higher League of
Accordion Artistes. Here, we have the most unbiased jury comprising not only prominent
teachers, but also active performers enjoying wide popularity among the global
Jan Tabachnik, Richarg Galliano, Igor Osipenko, Vladimir Besfamilnov, Anatolij
Semeshko, Vladimir Rozhok, Yurij Jastrebov, Alfred Mirek, Yurij Sidorov, Viktor
Vlasov, Eduardas Gabnys, Valerij Kovtun, Leonid Zatulovskyi, Mirco Patorini, Tania
Lukic-Marx, Radomir Tomich. I strongly hope that the competition would lack the
"competitiveness spirit" typical for the Soviet events overlaid with
ideology. We will have not a rival, but a contest of the most beautiful and adored
art in the world.
|A fair musician is a fair man.
A fair man is a fair musician.
President of the International Accordion Festival and Competition AccoHoliday
To participants and guests of the First International Accordion Festival and
It is my distinct honor to welcome participants and guests of the First International
Accordion Festival and Competition ACCOHOLIDAY on the hospitable land of the hero
city Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine.
Your artistic competition will take place in the most charming season, when chestnut
trees are in full blossom, the beautiful Ukrainian nature is redolent in springtime,
when soul-stirring parks of out ancient city stimulate you to new creative endeavors.
I believe that your forum of the virtuoso bayan and accordion performers has attracted
the most gifted and honored musicians from many countries of the world.
I am quite sure that the first prize will be awarded to the worthiest musicians.
| Sincerely yours,
V.I. Rozhok, Doctor of Fine Art, Professor, Honored Art Worker of
Dean of the P.I. Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine
STEERING COMMITTEE OF THE INTERNATIONAL ACCORDION FESTIVAL AND COMPETITION
President - Jan Tabachnik
Vice President - Alfred Mirek
Vice President - Vladimir Besfamilnov
Vice President - Anatolij Semeshko
Members of the Steering Committee:
Alfred Mirek Russian Harmonica Museum
Branch of the Museum of Moscow History
Museum Director Natalja Voronenko
Music editor - Andrej Dubyj