The First London Accordion Festival 2001
reviewed by Vladimir Zubitsky

Picutred above is Vladimir Zubitsky after his performance of his own composition "Rossiniana " with BBC Concert Orchestra.

On December 8 and 9, 2001 at the Wembley Conference Centre ( Wembley, London) accordion greats from all over the world gathered for the First London Accordion Festival. It was a grand gathering of accordionists which featured two Gala Concerts:

Opening Concert:
Featuring the BBC Symphony Concert Orchestra , conductor - Nick Davies:

Astor Piazzolla - "Suite Punta Del Este" ( performed by Frederic Deschamps)
John Webb - "Concerto" ( Owen Murray )
Romano Viazzini - Concerto "Valceno" ( author )
Vladimir Zubitsky - Concerto "Rossiniana", version with large symphony orch ( author )
Italian Folk Music ( arr.R.Viazzini)- ( Corrado Medioli, Mauro Carra, Romano Viazzini )

Closing Concert:
"Duo Zubitsky" (Vladimir and Natalia (piano)
"Hallo Mr. Sax" with Simone Zanchini
Gervazio Marcosignori

The musical events included exhibitions of music, CD's, musical instruments , non-stop concerts from 9.30 to 00.30 with all genres of music from classic to jazz and musette; from solo accordion to different ensembles and orchestras. It was truly a world musical panorama!

Pictured left are the organizers - Romano and Janet Viazzini with Dou Zubitsky after his concert.

Performers included: Djordje Gajic, John & Lisa Leslie, The Czardas Duo, David Farmer, The High Society Dance Orchestra, David Lukins, The Blair Scottish Dance Band, Andy Anderson , Colchester Accordion Show Band, Jack Emblow, KODA ( England ), Frank Marocco ( USA ), Frederic Baldo, Marielle Roy, Jerome Richard, Lucile Touchard ( France), Fabio Rossato, Vincenzo Abbracciante (Italy ), Vely & Susanne Kujala ( Finland ), Nan Li, Phuong Nguyen , Yi Yao ( China ), students of the Royal Academy of music and many others.

1) V.Zubitsky perform his "Rossiniana " with BBC concert orchestra
2) Organizers - Romano and Janet Viazzini with Dou Zubitsky after concert