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Thanos Stavridis

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Thanos Stavridis was born in Langadas, Thessaloniki. He took his first steps in learning accordion at the age of six. He studied music theory and holds degrees in Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue. He also attended saxophone courses and reached the diploma level. He graduated from School of Music Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with a degree in Ethnomusicology. His Graduate Thesis is entitled “Accordion and its technique as used by music troupes of Eastern Rumelia refugees in Greece”.

In his early undergraduate years he began playing accordion professionally at many music stages and haunts of Thessaloniki, performing rebetiko and various other genres of Greek music

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Maurizio Minardi

Maurizio Minardi is a composer, pianist and accordionist, lived in London from 2008 to 2016 and currently based in Paris Maurizio completed his studies in piano, organ and composition at the Conservatorio ‘Martini’ Bologna, Italy. He perfected his jazz studies through workshops with Barry Harris, Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu, Danilo Rea and Simone Zanchini. Maurizio founded, composed, produced and arranged the music for the electronic pop group ‘Oz’ and the jazz-tango group Quartetto Magritte, recording four and three albums respectively. In 2011, he also produced and released the orchestral-electronic album Works to critical acclaim

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Gary Brunotte

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Pianist/Vocalist/Organist Gary Brunotte performs his own brand of lyrical jazz, influenced by the tradition but in his own personal voice. Born and raised in a small town in Minnesota, he remembers, “My uncle played accordion, was self-taught and performed in the Navy band. In addition, my stepfather played guitar and my other uncles all played instruments. I started taking accordion lessons when I was nine.” He debuted as a professional musician at a New Year's Eve job when he was 11, switched to organ and performed with r and b and rock and roll bands as a teenager. “I discovered jazz after listening to Brasil '66 and Blood, Sweat and Tears

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Frederic Gomes

Frédéric Gomes was born in Paris at the epicenter of manouche gypsy jazz. A blend of American Jazz, French and Russian love songs, gypsy jazz was invention of guitarist Django Reinhardt with Stephane Grappelli before World War II. Frédéric studied accordion and percussion in the Paris conservatoire. Now he tours Europe and regularly visits the United States touring New York City, Atlanta, New Orleans and Hilton Head in the Carolinas.

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Kaspar Uljas

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Kaspar Uljas (born 15.06.1990) is Estonian accordion & bandoneon player. Started with piano studies at the age of 8 and later continued with accordion in Tallinn Music School (2000-2007), after that in Georg Ots Music School in jazz accordion under Tiit Kalluste (2007-2011). From 2012 studying in Estonian Academy of Music in jazz department under Jaak Sooäär and Raul Sööt. In 2008 attended Flanders Ethno folkcamp in Belgium and 2010 was exchange student in Finland at Kokkola's Conservatory, in 2011 studied under argentine bandoneon player Marcelo Mercadante in Barcelona, Spain

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Simone Baron

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Joe Soprani

oe Soprani is a noted accordionist, educator, arranger-composer whose reputation among professionals places him in the first ranks of contemporary accordionist. He has dominated the accordion scene in Philadelphia for over forty years playing in major concert halls, theatres, TV Shows and Hotels. He holds the distinction of being the only accordionist in the history of the Philadelphia Orchestra to appear as a featured soloist under Eugene Ormandy. While accordion soloist with the USAF Band in Washington, DC under Col. George S. Howard, he won the "The Air Force Roger", the most prestigious entertainment award in the US Air Force

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Stephane Escoms

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Studied with Mike LEDONNE, Rob MADNA, CHUCHO VALDES, Mario STANTCHEV Gold medal in piano jazz at the METZ Conservatory (FRANCE) Played around the world with Niuver, Charlie WINSTON, Pierre THILLOY,... In contemporary classical music, cuban music, jazz, rock and pop music Second album Meeting Point

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Nihad Hrustanbegovic

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Nihad Hrustanbegovic is the Bosnian/Dutch composer, concert accordion artist and pianist. During the music education in Bosnia and Herzegovina Nihad Hrustanbegovic won the first price at the Bosnian and ex YU music competition in 1991 as the soloist and the first price with the chamber orchestra in 1990. In September of 1995 Nihad Hrustanbegovic continued music education in Kingdom of Netherlands at ArtEZ in Arnhem where he received the degree Bachelor in 2000 and in 2002 degree Master of Music with Cum Laude. Nihad Hrustanbegovic made since 2007 5 solo albums: 1th ‘The Best of Concert Accordion’ , presented in Dutch TV Show De wereld Draait door"; 2th ‘Opus 7 The Cross over’ presented in Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam which received the quote in Dutch News Paper Trouw: “What Pablo Casals did for emancipation of the cello, and Astor Piazzola of the bandoneon is Nihad Hrustanbegovic doing for accordion

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Klaus Paier

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Klaus Paier, austrian accordionist and composer, studied accordion, jazz and composition at Klagenfurt conservatory. He quickly turned his attention to other genres, from tango and world music to jazz, in order to fuse them into an unmistakable, personal style. Always searching for the greatest possible freedom of expression, he has continued to do this in the most diverse lineups and accentuations: especially in his own trio since 1997 with Stefan Gfrerrer on bass and Roman Werni on drums, in duo with the croatian cellist Asja Valcic and saxophonist Gerald Preinfalk as well as with the radio.string.quartet


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