Another extremely successful edition of the Premio e Concorso Internazionale of Castelfidardo drew to a close last week. This, the 37th edition was awaited with a touch of anxiety due to the current global downturn. All things considered it seemed that the festival went very well. It was swings and roundabouts in the numbers of competitors taking part. Some categories were down in numbers but some were up. The concerts throughout the festival were extremely well attended as were the après- theatre concerts in the venues dotted around the town.
Highlights of the theatre concerts included Cesare Chiacchieretta leading is fabulous Cuarteto del Angel which gave some authentic performances Piazzolla played on Bandoneon and Accordion equally convincingly; Riccardo Taddei’s wonderful jazz quintet accompanying the velvety tones of guest singer Odalis Palma. Taddei also won the Festival’s Voce D’Oro award this year. A new musical genre featured too in this year’s festival. Peter Dranga with is modern dance music is the heart-throb of Russia’s teenagers. It is quite unique nowadays to have an instrumentalist rather than a singer enjoying such success in the world of pop. By the way, has anyone notice the uncanny resemblance he bears to the late jazz accordionist Wolmer Beltrami? Spooky!
As is the tradition the winners of most of the categories played in the Sunday afternoon concert save for the winners of Category I who played in the thursday evening concert. (See results below). The level was extremely high and the winners all excelled themselves in there Gala performances.
Next year will see the celebration 150th anniversary of the establishment of the first accordion factory in Castelfidardo. As a special consideration towards the current economic difficulty the organisers of the festival have ditched the entrance fees for those wishing to compete in the festival so all they will need is their travel expenses and accommodation. If the vast improvements made by the festival in the last two years continue (and there have been many from better signage and directions, a rolling concert programme and more after-festival events) we can certainly look forward to an amazing atmosphere next year!
Classical music: Soloists without an age limit
XU XIAONAN (CINA) 1st Prize
MIELE ANGELO (ITALIA) 2nd Prize
SEREDIN GRIGORY (RUSSIA) 3rd Prize
Soloist up to 15 years old
BONDAR KRZYSZTOF (POLONIA) 1st Prize
COUDRET MANON (FRANCIA) 2nd Prize
MAKKONEN MIKKO (FINLANDIA) 3rd Prize
CATEGORY C Soloists up to 18 years old
TIAN JIANAN (CINA) 1st prize
KOSTIN ANTON (RUSSIA) 2nd prize
ELIASSON VIKTOR DANIEL (RUSSIA/SVEZIA) 3rd prize
CATEGORY D – Soloists without an age limit
KOLOMIITCEV ALEKSANDR (RUSSIA) 1st Prize
KATANIC MILO (SERBIA) 2nd Prize
GROSSO GIUSEPPE (ITALIA) 3rd Prize
Chamber ensembles from 2 to 9 members (no age limit)
OLGA IVASHINA-EVGENY LISTUNOV DUO (RUSSIA) 1st Prize
VIO-DION DUO (POLONIA) 2nd prize
SIBERIAN DUET OF BAJAN (RUSSIA) 3rd prize
Orchestras with a minimum of 2 members (no age limit)
SIBERIAN DUET OF BAJAN (RUSSIA) 1st Prize
D’ACCORD / (GERMANY) 2nd Prize
NO BORDER ACCORDION (ITALY/SLOVENIA) 3rd Prize