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