Accordion Versatility Displayed Through Vocals!


A unique concert entitled “Accordion in Russia, France and Italy…” took place in the Chamber Hall of St.Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory on December, 4th, featuring Alexander Shirunov as a soloist, accompanist and speaker.

The concert was part of a series “Performers – about their instruments”, a project held by a renowned Russian musicologist and music theorist Tatyana Litvinova, who is a professor at the St.Petersburg Conservatory. Every concert of the series is dedicated to a different musical instrument, which the performer is asked to introduce the audience to by telling about its historical background, constructional and musical peculiarities.

Alexander’s introduction of accordion was followed by a concert program which featured him playing along with talented vocalists, future opera stars, at the meantime students of the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory’s vocal department – brilliant sopranos: Maria Boyarkina, Diana Nurmukhametova, Vitalia Makarenko, Elizaveta Zaryankina, Maria Zlobina, Maria Suruda, Anna Vikulina, remarkable mezzo-soprano Marietta Volynkina, astonishing baritone Artem Savchenko and tenor Anton Vagero.

Music performed included arias, romances and songs by G.F.Handel, G.Verdi, P.Tchaikovsky, A.Dvořák, J.Massenet, M.Mussorgsky, C.Guastavino, E. di Capua, C.Bixio, as well as Russian and Ukrainian traditional folk songs.

All compositions were arranged for accordion by Alexander Shirunov.