The Jury of the Second International Accordion Festival and Competition AccoHoliday
| Jan Tabachnik |
People's Artist of Ukraine, Doctor of Fine Art, Professor,
holder of the titles "The Golden Accordion of Europe", "The
Grand Maestro", "Star of the Ukrainian Popular Music" and
the plaque installed on the Ukrainian Walk of Fame; Commander of the Ukrainian
Order of Merit (I, II, Ш degree), Commander of the Russian orders - Order
of Mykhail Lomonosov (IV degree), Order of the Peter the Great; Commander
of Religious Orders: Order of St. Stanislav (III, IV degrees), Order of
St. Nicolas, Order of International fame awarded by His Holiness the Patriarch
of Moscow and all Russia Aleksiy II, the medal for Public Esteem; Professor
of Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts, Honored Professor of
the National Academy of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Honored Professor
of Tel Aviv Conservatoire (Israel); Academician of Karel Lipinskij Academy
Jan Petrovich Tabachnik was born on July 31, 1945 in Chernivtsi city (Bukovyna)
in the family of intellectual workers. His farther, Pjotr Tabachnik (1905)
was an engineer, and his mother, Hanna Tabachnik, was famous for her art
When being a child, he had a turn for music. He demonstrated interest
in accordion; Jan mastered this instrument studying with private teachers,
and later on - at the music school.
He received diploma of higher music education in 1988, having graduated
from Melitopol State Pedagogical Institute, Department of Music and Pedagogic.
Then, he had already been the famous musician.
He started his career in the age of 13; then, he worked for semi-professional
bands. In the age of 16, he became the professional performer of popular
music. He worked for Astrakhan, Kalmyk, Orel, Batumi, Yalta, Zaporizhzha
Philharmonic Halls and the Lenkontsert organization. For 30 years, he
was the art director of instrumental bands, which gave performances in
all Soviet Republics. He went on tours in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic
Republics, the Volga region, Siberia, the Far East, and the Central Asia.
Since 1987, he has been giving solo performances abroad: in Poland, Austria,
Germany, England, Israel, the USA, Canada and other states. There he enjoyed
stable success and popularity among the audience and music critics. In
press he is often referred to as the best accordionist of the world. Then,
he won the Ukrainian Conquest of Popular Artists, the II International
Festival "Harmonica - the Soul of Russia" (2004), several international
competitions and festivals; he got the Golden Moll Award, the Russian
Prize "Ovation", the Sidi Tal Award; he was awarded with the
Golden Medal of Israel and the Grand Maestro and the Golden Accordion
of Europe titles. He is one of unique accordionists capable to perform
in various genres. He successfully works with symphony orchestras, sympho-jazz,
big-bands and popular groups.
His virtuoso technique and skills of universal performer allowed Jan
Tabachnik to perform together with the most famous musicians - A. Ahashkin,
A. Kozlov, R. Galliano, L. Ptashka. I. Bushman, K. Mokhagony, V. Krajnev,
Yu. Bashmet, K. Krizmani, V. Kovtun, M. Waters. L. Zatulovskyi and A.
Mirek are his partners and teachers.
This world-level musician's sphere of interests is all-embracing; he
has visited all continents; he performed for presidents, kings, chancellors,
prime ministers, prominent politicians and ordinary people. He likes his
spectators and they, in turn, equal his entire attitude with priceless
love and esteem.
| Richarg Galliano |
In 80 - 90th, Richarg Galliano (born in 1950) became
one of the most popular modern composers - bayan-players, who wrote in
the "Musettee" style.
As an academician concert performer, he achieved great success during
the ХХШ International Competition of Bayan & Accordion Performers
"the World Cup", which was held in Austrian town Saltsburg in
1970. There, he won the silver award.
At the same time, the musician practices in jazz. He performs together
with the famous French chansonniers Gulliet Greco, Jacques Brel, and writes
music for French movies.
When playing with various jazz bands, R. Galliano won prizes at prestigious
international conquests. He got the World Cup in Valencia, Spain, (1966),
the Presidential Award in France (1968) and some others.
Richarg Galliano was the unique French bayan performer, who managed to
combine specific features of the Musette style and tango, on the one hand,
with classical jazz and amazing jazz improvisation, on the other, in his
creative work as a composer and performer.
He often performs together with such prominent jazz musicians as the trumpet
player Enrico Rava, the violin player Didier Lokwood, the prominent Belgium
performer Toots Thielemans (mouth harmonica) and many others.
Now, Richarg Galliano enjoys outstanding popularity; his numerous songs
are performed in many countries of the world.
| Vladimir Besfamilnov |
Art of Vladimir Besfamilnov is the bright unique phenomenon
in the history of accordion performance. His skills were widely recognized,
and many years on concert tour earned him wide popularity and sincere
praise from prominent artists. Vladimir Besfamilnov was born in Saratov
on August 29, 1931.
The young performer's first musical steps were with his father, Vladimir
Mykhailovych Besfamilnov. Later he studied with Tkachyov at the Saratov
music school and with Zhuromsky at the Kiev School of music. His education
includes completing graduate and post-graduate studies at the P.I. Tchaikovsky
Kiev Conservatorium under the guidance of the esteemed professor N.I.
Besfamilnov' first musical success was winning an inter-school competition
in 1940 in the Saratov region. Thereafter followed successes and awards
at the republican (Kyiv, 1956), the all-Union (Moscow, 1957) and international
competitions in Moscow (1957), Brussels (1958) and Vienna (1959). In Brussels,
after his performance of the test piece written by the Belgium composer
Jul Katy, Besfamilnov received a score from the composer with the following
inscription "to the great and sensitive performer of my music, Vladimir
Besfamilnov, with deepest admiration of your talent, in memory of this
significant day. With friendly greetings, Jul Katy".
Soon, the name of this very talented musician became famous across the
USSR and abroad. Thus, for example, the Kampuchean Academy of Arts honored
him with a gold medal and the title of the "Esteemed Cavalier".
The Russian Gnessin Academy awarded him with a silver disk for "Contribution
to the Art of Accordion".
On October 18, 2002, the General Assembly of Delegates of the Congress
of Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes (CIA) (Copenhagen,
Denmark) presented Vladimir Besfamilnov with the prestigious CIA Merit
Award of the member of the UNESCO-based International Music Council.
| Anatolij Semeshko |
Prominent Ukrainian musician, teacher, trainer, active
member of associations of performers, Honored Art Worker of Ukraine, Corresponding
Member of the Petrovsk Academy of Arts (Russia, Saint-Petersburg), Professor,
Head of the Chair of Instrumental Accompaniment of the Institute of Arts
of M.P. Drahomanov National Pedagogic University, Secretary of the National
All-Ukrainian Association of Musicians.
He graduated from P.I. Tchaikovsky Kyiv Conservatory in 1973, obtained
training at Leipzig Higher School of Music (Germany, 1974), completed
the master class at Kyiv Conservatory in 1980.
As a performer, he actively cooperated with such famous compositors as
V. Zubytsky, V. Podhornyi, Yu. Shamo, V. Dikusarov etc. He went on tours
to many European states, Asia and America as a solo musician and together
For many years of pedagogic endeavors, he managed to bring up the number
of high-skilled musicians, directors, and teachers.
Anatolij Semeshko is the author of numerous publications, including three
monographs, the series of portraits of the modern Ukrainian composers
- bayan performers. As an editor, author of transcriptions, introductions,
comments and methodological recommendations, he has compiled and published
the series of concert and pedagogical digests (about 50).
He is the initiator and permanent supervisor of the International Competition
of Bayan and Accordion Performers "The Cup of Kryvbass".
He is the jury member of numerous international and domestic competitions,
participant of international workshops and congresses of the International
Conference of Accordionists (СМА). In 1995 and 2001, he was awarded with
the special CVA Diplomas.
| Yurij Jastrebov |
Ph.D. in Fine Art, Professor of the Humanitarian University
of Trade Unions and the University of Culture (Saint-Petersburg).
In 1964, graduated from Glinka Conservatory in Gorky.
In 1972 graduated from the master class of P.I. Tchaikovsky Kyiv Conservatory.
Yurij Jastrebov demonstrated prominent talent in various spheres of his
career: as a bayan player of the tour & concert association Tselinkontsert;
teacher of primary, secondary and higher educational institutions; head
of the Chair of Folk Instruments of the Institute of Culture in Chelyabinsk;
Vice-Principal for Academic and Scientific Work of the Far east Pedagogic
Institute of Arts; organizer and presenter of concerts of Chelabinsk Philharmonic
Hall "Russian Folk Instruments", "Russian Virtuoso Folk
Performers" in 1971-1980. He has published more than 200 articles,
notes and comments in periodicals. He is an author of books enjoying great
popularity among the reading audience, including "Principles of Bayan
Fingering", "Ural Trio of Bayan Performers", "Vladimir
Besfamilnov", "Viktor Akulovich and His Skomorokhs".
| Alfred Mirek |
Prominent scientist, teacher, trainer, author of the
best manuals on accordion, the Honored Art Worker of Russia, Doctor of
Fine Art, Professor, Academician of the Academy of Telecommunications
and Information, World War II veteran, prize winner of the Art Competition
of Peoples of Russia, member of the Board of the RMMI, member of the Memorial
Association, holder of decorations and medals. He is an author of 12 books
- methodological manuals on accordion, bayan, melodic. The most significant
work was his unique encyclopedia of reed instruments - "Harmonica.
The Past and the Future". Professor Mirek makes presentations at
international conferences and workshops in Prague (Czech Republic), Cherpan
(Bulgaria), Amsterdam (Holland), Vilnius (Lithuania), Warsaw (Poland),
Castelfidardo (Italy). Professor Mirek is the member of juries, chairman
of regional and international competitions and festivals.
In 1963-1966, A. Mirek represented the Soviet Union before the editorial
board of the international magazine The Accordion - Music (Paris). For
fifty years (1948-1998), A. Mirek performed enormous field research activities.
In 1976, his collections were put on the UNESCO ICOM International Catalogue
In 1980, he developed the "Scheme of Origination and Classification
of Basic Harmonica Models in the World" (1700-2000), which described
198 models. In 1995, he published the new methodological and training
monograph "Course of Popular Accordion Performance".
Member of the Cultural Association "Poland House", historian
and human right activist, member of the Council of Seniors of the Russian
Association of Victims of Political Repressions (Moscow), Human Rights
Charitable Association Memorial, journalist and writer - author of the
books "Prisoner's Notes" (1989), "Prison Requiem"
(1997), "Red Mirage" (2000), twelve short stories.
He was awarded with state medals for labor achievements, including the
medal "For Labor Commitment During the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945,
For Defense of Moscow, Labor Veteran. For merits before the state, he
was awarded with the International Order of St. Constantine, Order of
St. Stanislav, Order "The Living Legend". The USSR Ministry
of Culture awarded him with a decoration "For Excellent Work"
(1965). The Russian Gnessin Academy awarded him a silver disk for "Contribution
to the Art of Bayan" in 2001. Holder of the Certificate of Merit
of the Government of Moscow "For Active Contribution to Preservation
of Historical and Cultural Heritage of the Capital City" (2003),
the Grateful Letter of Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation (2002).
Since 2003, A. Mirek has been organizing and implementing the Moscow International
Festivals "Harmonica - the Soul of Russia". Each festival takes
one week; final "gala night" is organized at the P.I. Tchaikovsky
Concert Hall; it gathers prominent performers on various types of reed
instruments - accordion, bayan, various folk harmonicas, and mouth harmonicas.
Participants are awarded with plaques and certificates.
| Myroslav Cherpanin|
Doctor of Fine Art, Professor, Head of the Chair of Musicology
of the Institute of Arts of V. Stefanyk Prykarpattya University. Since
2000, he has been actively performing together with Maryna Bulda. Their
duet took part in competitions of accordion and bayan performers (Yalta,
Zaporizhzha, St.-Petersburg), festivals of jazz and folk music in Ivano-Frankivsk,
Uzhhorod (Ukraine). Papo, Sharoshpotok, Eger (Hungary). He has been awarded
diplomas, certificates of festivals.
M. Cherpanin (together with M. Bulda) is an author of the manual "Orchestration
Versions of Concert Pieces for Two Accordions" (2002-2004), which
complies with curricular of higher and secondary schools of music. His
repertoire covers academician, folk and jazz music. It is widely used
at music schools of Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, and concert practice of
accordionists from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Germany,
Poland, Norway, and Italy.
| Yurij Sidorov|
For the first time wide audience heard about the Honored
Artist of Russia Yurij Sidorov in 1979, during the screening performance
before an international competition. Having won one of the most prestigious
bayan competitions in Klogental (Germany), Yu. Sidorov joined the community
of the leading bayan players. Performances of Yu. Sidorov enjoy the stable
Recently, Yu. Sidorov has been actively exploiting genre of folk chamber
instrumental music. He performs together with the Moscow Balalajki Band;
also, he is a soloist of the National Academician Orchestra of Folk Instruments
of Russia named after N. Osipov and the State Academician Russian Concert
Yu. Sidoroov is constantly expanding the bayan repertoire. His transcriptions
of the Russian and western classical pieces have been published in series
"The Concert Bayan" and "Performances of Students of the
Gnesin State Music and Pedagogic Institute".
Yu. Sidorov has recorded two solo audio disks with the Melodia firm, a
CD "Stars of Russian Bayan" with the Russian Disc Recording
Company, CD "Improvisation" (Sabanu Production, Switzerland),
and two CDs in Holland and one in Russia together with the Moscow Balalajki
He has reordered pieces of the Russian composers together with the National
Academician Orchestra of Folk Instruments of Russia named after N. Osipov
and the State Academician Russian Concert Orchestra Bayan.
Yu. Sidorov has recorded several programs for the Russian and foreign
TV and radio channels.
Honored Artist of Russia (since 1997), senior lecturer (since 1998).
| Vladimir Rozhok
of the P.I. Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine, Doctor of Fine
Art, Professor, Honored Art Worker of Ukraine (1998).
He was born in Khorosheye Ozero village, Nizhyn rayon, Chernihiv oblast
on August 28, 1946.
Graduated from Nizhyn School of Culture and Arts, specialty - conductor,
master of a folk instrument orchestra (1965), Kharkiv State Institute of
specialty - chorus master (1969) and Kharkiv State Institute of Arts named
after I. Kotlyarevskyi, specialty - chorus conductor, teacher of choral
Completed the post-graduate course of the M. Rylskyi Institute of Fine Art,
Folk and Ethnography of Ukraine (1979). Defended his PhD (1984) and doctor's
thesis (1997). Author of monographs "Stefan Turchak", "Music
and Modern"; published more than 100 research papers devoted to music
Awarded with orders and decorations.
On March 31, 2004, the Conference of Labor Collective of the National Academy
of Music of Ukraine elected him the Dean of the Academy; he was appointed
to the office with Order of the Minister of Culture and Arts of Ukraine
# 343-k dd. May 12, 2004.
| Viktor Vlasov |
Composer, teacher, performer. Winner of the all-Ukrainian
Competition "The Best Piece for Folk Instruments" (1977). The
Russian Gnessin Academy awarded him with a silver disk for "Contribution
to the Art of Accordion" in 2003.
He was born in 1936. In 1963, graduated from Lviv Conservatoire (class
of professor M.D. Obertjukhin).
Since 1965, he has been working for Odessa Conservatoire, Professor.
Simultaneously with his academician activities, V. Vlasov focuses on composing.
He is an author of music for the film industry, including such movies
as "The Air Seller" (director V. Ryabtsev), "Impudence"
(director H. Yunhvald-Khilkevych), "The Berth" (director V.
Kostromenko), "The Port" (director Yu. Chornyi), "Do as
Appropriate" (director I. Horobets), "The ActionCrew" (director
V. Vasylevskyi), "And Everything Will be Again…" (director Ya.
Lupij), "Hu-Ha" (director V. Novak"), "Clink-Clunk"
(director R. Vasylevskyi), "19 for Ever" (director M. Kats)
and many others. V. Vlasov pays the closest attention to pieces for bayan.
He is an author of three concerts, chamber pieces, dozens of concert compositions,
illustrations and arrangements of folk melodies, popular jazz pieces (more
than 30), and albums for the youth and children. His compositions have
been published in Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and Yugoslavia with the aggregate
circulation of more than million copies; they are constantly used for
national and international competitions and festivals, included into curricula
and test books, special literature on bayan. They are performed by the
leading bands of Ukraine and Russia, recorded on CDs. His methodological
publications include "Performance of Polyphonic Pieces for Bayan",
"Stroke-Playing on Bayan", "On Creative Activities of I.A.
Yashkevych", "Folk Performance - Professional Traditions",
"Interpretation of Jazz Styles for Bayan", "Methods of
Polyphonic Performance". He edited numerous music and scientific
| Eduardas Gabnys |
Eduardas Gabnys was born in Panevezhys town in 1952.
He took a great interest in music when being a child, when studied at
Vilnius Conservatoire. In 1976, he graduated from the Lithuanian Academy
of Music, class of Professor A. Basni. Since 1983 to 1986, he studied
at the P.I. Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine under supervision
of professors N. Davydov and N. Rizol. Currently, E. Gabnys successfully
combines his concerts with teaching. His is the professor and Dean of
the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Since 1978, E. Gabnys has
been performing together with Henadiy Savkov, accordionist. This duet
performed in many states of the world and gave more than 800 solo concerts.
| Leonid Zatulovskyi|
Composer, conductor, teacher. He was born in Bila Tserkva
town on September 1, 1935. Since 1944, he has been residing in Chernivtsi
His creative heritage is the bright phenomenon of the Ukrainian national
music. He is an author of numerous pieces for philharmonic, chamber, folk
and popular orchestras, music to 4 plays, more than 80 popular songs,
many arrangements for various instrumental bands, including bands of accordionists
Performers of his music comprise the National Folk Instrument Orchestra,
the Academician Bukovyna Song & Dance Ensemble, the Chernivtsi Philharmonic
Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra Nayany (New York), the Cheremosh, Smerichka,
Surmy Bands, people's artists of Ukraine Jan Tabachnik, Yu. Bohatykov,
V. Zinkevych, N. Yaremchuk, L. Sandulesa, honored artists of Ukraine S.
Tal, V. Kupryna, Ya. Soltys, I. Derda, duet of violin-players Chobotovs
Today, L. Zatulovskyi works fruitfully. He represents and promotes the
Ukrainian Art before the international audience.
He is the prizewinner of international and Ukrainian competitions and
festivals, holder of the international award of Sidi Tal, Honored Art
Worker of Ukraine.
| Valerij Kovtun|
Virtuoso, one of prominent Russian accordionists, famous
composer. He worked with such glorious artists as M. Esambayev, I. Kobzon,
V.A. Kovtun performs on tour in many states. He took part in the International
Sopot festival. Within the culture program, he performed before audience
of Seoul Olympics and Goodwill Games in Seattle.
He performed in Zurich during celebration of the 100th anniversary of
I. Kalman, in Berlin during the Russia Days in Germany, in Ankara during
the Moscow Days, representing the city municipality. He played in Switzerland,
Italy, Finland and China… He often performed at the top-level meetings
of heads of Russia, France and other states, and was highly appreciated
by the audience.
Each year, V.A. Kovtun gives solo concerts on the best stages of Russia:
the State Kremlin Palace, the State Central Concert Hall "Russia"
and P.I. Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. Since 1984 to 2001, the musician published
11 music albums.
V.A. Kovtun is not only the talented performer, but also the great composer
and arranger. He is an author of interesting instrumental pieces and many
popular songs, which are often performed by the leading domestic popular
signers. V.A. Kovtun has composed an overture and the call sign for the
European Mini-Football Cup 2000.
V.A. Kovtun is the prizewinner of international competitions and festivals;
he holds the title of "the Golden Accordion of Russia". For
his endeavor, the musician was granted the title of the People's Artist
of the Russian Federation and the number of prestigious domestic and foreign
awards and prizes.
| Igor Osipenko |
(1973, Staryje Majaki village, Shyrjajevsk rayon, Odessa
In 1988, graduated from Shyrjajevsk School of Music, class of N.E. Kornitsova.
In 1992, graduated from Uman School of Music, class of N.V. Rybchenko,
B.A. Yaholnytskyi. In 1998, graduated from P.I. Tchaikovsky National Music
Academy of Ukraine, class of Professor N.A. Davydov. In 2001, graduated
from the master class of Academician N.A. Davydov of the Academy. In 1999
- 2003, studied at the International Creative Center of Jan Tabachnik,
class of the People's Artist of Ukraine, Professor Jan P. Tabachnik. Winner
of international competitions: 1997 - Grand Prix of the International
Accordion (France, holder of the Grand Prix and the golden medal); 1998
- the Cup of Kryvbass (Ukraine, Kryvyi Rih city, the third prize). In
2002, he was awarded the title of the Honored Artist of Ukraine.
| Mirco Patarini |
He was born in Spoletto town (Italy) on May 26, 1966.
In 1978, he started his musical studies at one of branches of the Italian
Music didactic center (CDMI). Then, accordion playing was beyond the regular
curricular of the Italian Conservatory. In October 1978, he began performing
at various national competitions in Ankon, Pescar, Recanta and other Italian
towns, where he was awarded with certificates and plaques.
In 1980, he started mastering the accordion, and in 1981 he was among
winners of the screening competition in Castelfidardo (Italy), which allowed
him to take part in the 30th World Cup of Accordionists (CMA), where he
was the youngest performer.
From 1983 to 1985, he passed the screening stage in Italy for three times,
and then took part in the World Cups of Accordionists in Caracas (Venezuela),
Caldas-de-Rayne (Portugal), le Ko-de-Phone (Switzerland), where he has
won the World Cup of Accordionists for the first time, being in the age
Since 1988, he has been working with Fartisa-Bontempi Firm as a music
expert. There, he mastered the new music direction, namely, the electronic
At the same time, he cooperated with the Menghini Firm, producer of famous
Scandalli, Paolo Soprani and Menghini accordions. The major goal of such
cooperation was to create new instruments preserving high sound quality
and the mechanical construction.
There was a period, when Mirko Patarini shifted in his concert activities
from the classical repertoire to the modern one, from an acoustic accordion
to an electronic instrument, from solo performances to concerts, where
both accordions and computers were used.
Today, he performs in such Italian cities a like Acquasparta, Ravenna,
L'Aquila, Vasto, Rieti, Ancona, Roma, Casteffidardo, Potenza, Ban, Bologna,
Livorno, Belluno, Milano, and also in Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Holland,
Great Britain, Egypt, Brazil, the USA, Russia, Norway, Sweden, Luxemburg,
Japan, China, Netherlands etc.
Now Mirko Patarini together with Brothers Leonardo and Luchano Menghini
are co-owners of the Menghini S.R.L. Firm, which designs, produces and
distributes famous Scandalli, Paolo Soprani and Menghini accordions.
In January 2003, Menghini S.R.L. Firm amalgamated with SUONI S.R.L. Company,
manufacturer of SEM accordions. Now, the Group is the world leading manufacturer
and vendor of Scandalli, Paolo Soprani, Menghini and SEM accordions.
| Tania Lukic-Marx |
Tania Lukic-Marx was born on 1964. She is Serbian, residing
in Sydney, Australia. Prizewinner of the international competitions "Days
of Harmonica" (Klingenthal, Germany, 1986, the third prize), the
World Cup (Trossingen, Germany, 1998, the second prize).
Graduated from the School of Music in Kragujevac (Serbia), master class
of Radomir Tomich. When studying at the music school, she won the first
prize of the Republican Accordion Competition in Yugoslav.
From 1983 to 1990, studies at P.I. Tchaikovsky Kyiv State Conservatorium,
master class of V.V. Besfamilnov, where she completed the post-graduate
Since 1991, she has been residing and working in Sydney, Australia. There
she is the Director of her own Music School. Since 1993, Tania has been
presiding over the Australian Association of Accordion Players. She went
on tours to China, Australia, New Zealand, Ukraine, Russia, Germany, Serbia,
Slovenia, Croatia… She conducted training seminars for accordionists in
China, New Zealand, Serbia. She edits articles on accordion playing (CD)
on the web site Accordions World Wide.
| Radomir Tomich |
He obtained primary music education with the famous Serbian
teacher Slobodan Lazarevych (Kragujevac town) in 1971.
In 1969, he won the second prize of the Klingenthal Competition, in the
category under 18.
In the next year, the Ministry of Education of Serbia directed him to
the Russian Gnessin Academy of Music to receive higher education in accordion
music. There, he studied at the class of the prominent Russian professors
Surkov and Onehin. Since 1998, he has been the senior lecturer of the
bayan and accordion departments of Music Academies in Belgrade, Kragujevac
and Sarayevo (Bosnia). He was the first teacher of bayan and accordion
in Serbia! In 2003, he was qualified as professor.
For many times, he set in jury of the biggest international competitions,
like the World Cup, the World Trophy, the Grant Prix Klingenthal (Germany),
Castelfidardo (Italy) etc.