Since 1976, accordion instruction at Sibelius Academy is known internationally as one of the best in the field. A special emphasis is placed on enhancing students pedagogic readiness to teach others from early education to the university level. Students are constantly involved in cooperation with Finnish composers, being Finland one of the most rich country in original accordion literature.
The accordion chair is led by Matti Rantanen and Helka Kymäläinen (pedagogics), but there are several accordion courses and students have lessons with top level teachers such as Mika Väyrynen, Veli Kujala, Marjut Tynkkynen and Heidi Velamo.
On May 14-15, the Sibelius Academy has hosted a masterclass by Claudio Jacomucci and Kathleen Delaney. The central subject was their particular approach to the accordion technique based on the principles of the Alexander Technique. The importance of this teaching was particularly felt because the accordion is a very physical instrument and the knowledge and the practice of a physical and mental discipline is fundamental in order to overcome the performing difficulties and the daily practice with efficiency and ease. Jacomucci and Delaney explained the various possibilities and applications as set out in their recent book “Mastering Accordion Technique”.
Students of all levels took part in the lessons with a particular commitment and interest.
Claudio performed at the chamber music hall of the academy a solo concert, with his own compositions “Wonderlands”, “Tarantolata”, followed by the virtuoso work by the italian-swiss composer Giorgio Tedde “Ballu” and the dissying arrangements of Baiao Malandro, Agua y vinho and Loro by the brazilian Egberto Gismonti. The concert ended with the moving “Infernal Circles” featuring Kathleen Delaney, dancer and performed in complete dark where the dancer uses portable lights and evoke the underworld of Orpheus and Eurydice myth. The concert was supported by the Italian Cultural Institute in Helsinki.
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