The Italian Accordion Academy is a project dedicated to classical accordion advanced studies directed by Claudio Jacomucci and Kathleen Delaney. Based in Urbino (Italy) since 2005, it is attended annually by students from several European countries  (France, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Bosnia, Czech Republic and Poland).

Its activity consists in a yearly course addressed to graduated musicians and to Bachelor and Master students with good technical skills. It is divided in 7 masterclasses (from October to June) of three days each. It includes individual accordion and Alexander Technique lessons, advanced accordion technique practice, chamber music lessons and the preparation and realization of two public performances (generally in Amsterdam and in Urbino).

Its pedagogy is based on the principles of the Alexander Technique which does not only deal with instrumental techniques but with the entire psycho-physical functioning of the individual. The lessons and the practice of the Alexander Technique provide the mental and physical attitude in daily practice and performance.

Specific procedures for accordionists have been developed giving importance to the good use of the self and helping students to approach specific accordion matters (ergonomic resources, tone production, bellows technique, finger technique, extended techniques), as it is illustrated in the book Mastering Accordion Technique by Claudio Jacomucci and Kathleen Delaney.

One of the fundamental aims of the project is the preparation and the realization of two or more public performances at “Il Fiore delle Mille e una nota” festival, where solo, chamber music and multimedia works are premiered every year and where students are involved and integrated in the creative process together with professional musicians and other artists such as dancers, choreographers, composers.

Final performances at Il Fiore delle Mille e una notte, festival (Amsterdam/Urbino)


Since old times Italy is famous for its musical art and the production of musical instruments, enough to mention such big names as Stradivari, Guarnieri, and Amati. In the second part of 20th century, the accordions produced in Italian factories became really famous and well known all over the world. It is normal that also the accordion school in Italy begun to develop. A lot of composers and players in this field already got international success. During my last visit to Italy (autumn 2007) I worked with the students from the class of the famous Italian accordionist Claudio Jacomucci. It was a great pleasure for me to remark his high-quality pedagogic work, as well as the variety of high-level programs. I think that the Italian Accordion Academy will have a long and big future.

Friedrich Lips
Prof. at the Gnessin Academy in Moscow


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