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Dear accordion friends,

International accordion competition in Vilnius for many years already is promoting professional accordion art, calling to look for new creative forms, presenting novelties of accordion performing art as well as high level of young generation performers and work of professional teachers.

Event having already best reputation from professionals is highly recognized not only in Lithuania but widely around the world too. These special accordion event, which is organized every two years, this year due to pandemic situation all over the world has been changed from traditional form to online version.
I must say, that all of us we are so missing live chatting, real meetings, live sound from the stage and eye contact. This time is a big challenge for all of us and is especially difficult for culture, it needs strong devotion, inner motivation to keep joy of playing music as well as special work keeping long-lasting accordion traditions.

All of us, artists, teachers will continue spreading positive musical energy, involving our pupils, students to keep them lively active, showing them, that art need deep profound work, patience and self-criticism. And this year, which changed plans is only temporary moment of stop. Keeping each other positive we are waiting for music which will be shared in halls full of public and our beautiful instrument – accordion with help of talented artists will open its extremely wide technical possibilities and rich tone palette.

Since 1994 Lithuanian accordionists association together with Lithuanian academy of music and theater organizing International accordion competition every second spring. This year we can not meet in Vilnius, participants can’t feel beautiful city atmosphere, but virtually we will be all together. Having possibilities to share music by internet at this time we will feel the enthusiasm of young power, motivation of performers which has perfect chance to share their art with high professional Jury members and public. As many competitions around the world, event in Vilnius has the aim to motivate and confirm young performers level going forward to higher professional carrier. It is trampoline to real musicians live, a platform to share teachers work, unique space for professional accordion art to emanate and unfold its deepest attractiveness.

Competition traditionally is divided to 12 categories: soloists, chamber group with age categories and accordion orchestras. We hope the geography of participant countries will be as wide as last years and probably online competition platform will open possibilities for countries which are on other continents.

We are extremely proud, that our competition has highest level professional Jury members, world known accordion professors from leading World Academies and Universities, well known performers and acknowledged pedagogues.

From all my heart I wish all participants and teachers greatest success taking part in International accordion competition VILNIUS 2021. Let your talents and work which bring you to participate here grow with stronger resolve spreading professional accordion art in Lithuania, Europe and around the world.

On behalf of organizing committee, Sincerely Yours,
Artistic director of competition
President of the Lithuanian accordionists association
Head of Accordion department at the Lithuanian academy of music and theater

Professor Raimondas Sviackevičius

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On behalf of organizing committee, Sincerely Yours,
Artistic director of competition
President of the Lithuanian accordionists association
Head of Accordion department at the Lithuanian academy of music and theater

Professor Raimondas Sviackevičius

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For almost a quarter century, International Accordion Competition Vilnius has proven to be an ambitious event featuring accordion music performance. I’m delighted to observe that, even during the pandemic, its traditions are kept alive. These days, the young performers are particularly in need of our encouragement and it is extremely important to provide them with an opportunity to perform on the stage — even if this stage is virtual. Creative interaction, after all, can take place under these unusual circumstances we are facing now.

The event brings together young accordionists of different age from all Lithuania: all of them are winners of national competitions and ready to compete on the international scale with other aspiring accordionists.

I would like to express my most sincere words of congratulations to the organisers who even in this arduous situation have been able to maintain the highest standards of the International Accordion Competition Vilnius as an assembly so significant for the young accordionists. I hope International Accordion Competition Vilnius 2021 becomes an important milestone in the careers of its participants. As for the listeners of the event, I wish them to delve into the space of aesthetic discoveries.

Prof. Zbignevas Ibelgauptas

Rector at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Teatre

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For almost a quarter century, International Accordion Competition Vilnius has proven to be an ambitious event featuring accordion music performance. I’m delighted to observe that, even during the pandemic, its traditions are kept alive. These days, the young performers are particularly in need of our encouragement and it is extremely important to provide them with an opportunity to perform on the stage — even if this stage is virtual. Creative interaction, after all, can take place under these unusual circumstances we are facing now.

The event brings together young accordionists of different age from all Lithuania: all of them are winners of national competitions and ready to compete on the international scale with other aspiring accordionists.

I would like to express my most sincere words of congratulations to the organisers who even in this arduous situation have been able to maintain the highest standards of the International Accordion Competition Vilnius as an assembly so significant for the young accordionists. I hope International Accordion Competition Vilnius 2021 becomes an important milestone in the careers of its participants. As for the listeners of the event, I wish them to delve into the space of aesthetic discoveries.

Prof. Zbignevas Ibelgauptas

Rector at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Teatre

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I am delighted that, for the thirteenth time, Vilnius is greeting the spring with the International Accordion Competition. Even though its format has been changed this time due to the pandemic, it is my hope and belief that the event of VILNIUS 2021, which will be held online for the first time, will maintain its high artistic level and professional standards.

This event, which has become an annual tradition, is significant to the community of accordionists not only in Lithuania but in the entire world as well. It gathers both young musicians who strive for professional heights and educators of this field who promote and nurture the art of the accordion. I hope that the competition will provide no shortage of positive emotions and will serve to unite the accordionist community even more, allowing us to have a true celebration of high-quality music.

I offer my sincere best wishes to the competition’s participants and the assessment commission. I would also like to thank the Lithuanian Accordionists’ Association and the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre for their many years of persistent effort in organizing this meaningful event, which enriches the cultural life of Vilnius and helps promote our capital around the world.

Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys

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I am delighted that, for the thirteenth time, Vilnius is greeting the spring with the International Accordion Competition. Even though its format has been changed this time due to the pandemic, it is my hope and belief that the event of VILNIUS 2021, which will be held online for the first time, will maintain its high artistic level and professional standards.

This event, which has become an annual tradition, is significant to the community of accordionists not only in Lithuania but in the entire world as well. It gathers both young musicians who strive for professional heights and educators of this field who promote and nurture the art of the accordion. I hope that the competition will provide no shortage of positive emotions and will serve to unite the accordionist community even more, allowing us to have a true celebration of high-quality music.

I offer my sincere best wishes to the competition’s participants and the assessment commission. I would also like to thank the Lithuanian Accordionists’ Association and the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre for their many years of persistent effort in organizing this meaningful event, which enriches the cultural life of Vilnius and helps promote our capital around the world.

Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys

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Culture, Art has never been so vital, as it is now. As we are facing the global pandemic, it offers us a relief, gives us inspiration, and empowers for new challenges. Although the concert halls will not be filled with music lovers, let your music be loud, spread it proudly. It caries the mighty message that only by being creative and persistent, by not giving up we will overcome all the obstacles. Vilnius will always be the cradle of culture. Enjoy spending this time together, be safe, and fill peoples hearts with joy, even if its only through the open windows.

Mayor of Vilnius city Remigijus Šimašius

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Culture, Art has never been so vital, as it is now. As we are facing the global pandemic, it offers us a relief, gives us inspiration, and empowers for new challenges. Although the concert halls will not be filled with music lovers, let your music be loud, spread it proudly. It caries the mighty message that only by being creative and persistent, by not giving up we will overcome all the obstacles. Vilnius will always be the cradle of culture. Enjoy spending this time together, be safe, and fill peoples hearts with joy, even if its only through the open windows.

Mayor of Vilnius city Remigijus Šimašius

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