He graduated with honors as a classical accordionist from Grenoble Conservatory (France) in 1992.
He has studied accordion with Jean Luc Manca, Mogens Ellegaard and Vladimir Zubitsky.
He was also graduated as an Alexander Technique teacher from the Alexander Technique Centre in Amsterdam in 2000 and has studied Contemporary Music through Non-Western Techniques at Amsterdam Conservatory.
Winner of international contests such as Grand Prix International d’Accordéon in St. Etienne (1988), Trofeo Mundial de acordeón (C.M.A.) in Cuenca (1990), Premio Città di Castelfidardo (1990) and Arrasate Hiria (1994).
He has premiered a number of new works cooperating with composers such as Luciano Berio, Franco Donatoni, György Kurtag, Luis De Pablo, Boris Porena, Nicola Sani, Mario Pagliarani, Lucio Garau, Gabriele Manca, Dimitri Nicolau, Miguel Ruiz Gil, Fernando Mencherini, Giorgio Tedde, Carlo Crivelli, Akemi Naito, Francoise Barriere, Maxim Seloujanov, Oliver Schneller, Paolo Marzocchi, Riccardo Vaglini, Daniel Glaus, Rico Gubler, Ned McGowan (who often dedicated their work to him) and as a composer himself.
His interest in Historically Informed Performance Practice of the Baroque brought him to develop interesting arrangements for the accordion of works by Monteverdi, Scarlatti, Dowland, Van Eyk. Particularly, his J.S.Bach transcriptions have been appreciated, worth mentioning, by Ton Koopman and Uri Caine.
His transcriptions of works by Andriessen, Ligeti, Nancarrow, Ives, Messiaen, Gismonti and Stravinsky were authorised and played internationally.
He has been performing in Europe, USA, China, Mexico, Russia in many festivals and institution such as Cornell University (USA), Berlin Philharmonic, Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Messiaen in Paris, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Gaudeamus Foundation in Amsterdam, Teatro dell’Opera, Rome, GoG/Teatro Carlo Feilce in Genova, Sala Chavez in Mexico City, Beethoven Haus in Bonn (Germany), to name a few.
He is the founding teacher of the [Amsterdam/Urbino]. He has given masterclasses at Paris Conservatory of Music, Royal Academy of Music of London, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Danish Royal Academy of Music of Copenhagen, Chopin University Warsaw, Conservatory of Barcelona, Amsterdam Conservatory, HEAR Académie Supérieure de Musique Strasbourg, Yoliztli Academy in Mexico, Tianjin's Conservatory (China), Rome Conservatory.
He has taught accordion at the Luisa D’Annunzio Conservatory in Pescara (Italy) from 2011 to 2014.
He’s currently accordion professor at G.B.Pergolesi Conservatory in Fermo (Italy).
He has performed with Francesco Dillon, Joel Rubin, Stefano Scodanibbio, Prometeo String Quartet, Michel Godard, David Moss, Terry Riley, Kálmán Balogh, Pierre Favre, Daniele Roccato, AlterEgo ensemble and as a soloist with “La Scala” Symphony Orchestra Milan, Haydn Orchestra Bolzano, Filarmonica Marchigiana, Sinfonietta del Teatro Lirico Cagliari (Italy), Ensemble L'Instant Donné (France), Romanian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
He’s cooperated as a composer and performer with the choreographer and dancer Kathleen Delaney creating several syncretic compositions that have been performed at Synthese Festival Bourges (France), Bimhuis, Antilope Festival Chaux-des-Fonds (Switzerland), Sibelius Academy Helsinki and other venues in Russia, Poland, Finland, Italy, Holland, Denmark.
His CDs are published by Schott Wergo, Bridge Records, Stradivarius, Da Capo Records, W&B Music, Da Vinci, Rivoalto, Ema Records. His performances were broadcasted by Radio3 RAI, ORF, DeutschlandRadio, RNE2, Vatican Radio, SFB, RSI, Radio Unam-Mexico, RadioFrance.
He was invited as a jury member by international accordion competition in Castelfidardo, Klingenthal, Arrasate, Moscow, Pula, Valtidone, Vilnius, Essen and Novi Sad.
He has published the books Technique I for button accordion (Bèrben) and Mastering Accordion Technique: a new approach to accordion playing based on the Alexander Technique written together with Kathleen Delaney.
He is the editor of the series of books and coordinates an international expert panel of the leading classical accordion performers and teachers.
His work as a composer was supported by FondsPodiumkunsten (NL).
accordionist, composer, Alexander Technique teacher