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Oregon Accordionist Teleshev Cheered At Global Festival

OPB | Oct. 20, 2013 10:03 p.m. | Updated: Oct. 21, 2013 6:59 a.m. | Portland

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An Oregon accordionist took part in a global competition over the weekend that drew contenders from eleven countries.

Teleshev says he knew some of the other contenders at the Roland International V-Accordion Festival - "very strong competition".

Teleshev says he knew some of the other contenders at the Roland International V-Accordion Festival - "very strong competition".

Courtesy of Sergei Teleshev

Eugene’s Sergei Teleshev is known to Oregon audiences as one-third of Trio Voronezh, a group known for modern compositions and traditional Russian instruments.

But when Teleshev won the Roland U.S. V-Accordion Festival competition in September, he was playing a digital accordion.

The contest aims to introduce and promote the latest electronic models. Teleshev was playing a digital accordion he’d had less than a week.

He explained,  “(I had) four days to prepare the program using that new instrument, since I had a really busy concert schedule. But I did that and finally I won.”

The instrument lets Teleshev play his usual style, but it also allows him to explore his classical repertoire with over a thousand digital sounds.

The World title went to a German accordionist, Matthias Matzke, but Teleshev receives a prize for most online votes on the festival’s webcast.

He’s on the road with Trio Voronezh til mid-November.

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