Spending a life with an accordion and accordionists may give me an
interesting view of the world. Interesting to others or not, I find it
fascinating because no matter how much I learn there is always something
that intrigues me to learn more. This Russian accordion ensemble plays
familiar music, but the instruments are largely unfamiliar. I call it
one normal B-system chromatic accordion and friends. When put through Google Translate their name means "Russian Voice", I think they may have been headed toward something like "The Sounds of Russia". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOzi6gilQoE
I specialize in both solo and ensemble work on the accordion and have been fortunate enough to perform with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Ancia Quartet, Minnesota Sinfonia, Minneapolis Philharmonic and Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra. I am a past president of Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International and now enjoy being the President of the Mill City Accordion Association as well as event coordinator for the NE Accordion Festival. I live in NE Minneapolis and am a faculty member of Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) teaching accordion. A very wonderful thing happened recently, I won the 2011-2012 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians and if that wasn’t enough the 2012 Minnesota Emerging Composer’s Award from the American Composer’s Forum (Orkestar Bez Ime, World Music). A dream comes true for this accordion kid!