Irene Tillung Marcello Squillante Djordje Servais Haanen Paul Schuberth Kaya Meller Esther Swift

Akkordeonale 2024

Servais Haanen

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When accordionist and festival initiator Servais Haanen invites you to the Akkordeonale, one thing is certain: it will be a celebration!

Innovative, exhilarating and refreshingly different, this is where you experience the accordion at its best. Every year since 2009, the Dutchman has brought together musicians from a wide variety of countries for a surprising ensemble mix across all styles.

Whether traditional or contemporary, folkloristic, classical, jazzy - the programme full of sparkling temperament, esprit and poetry is a single declaration of love for the instrument of unlimited possibilities.

Subtle Nordic highlights, breathtaking virtuosity from Serbian to classical, passionate Mediterranean canzoni, unconventional Austrian jazz gems, Dutch sound aesthetics, grooving flugelhorn and masterful atmospheric harp playing are the ingredients that make up this year's Akkordeonale.

And - the Akkordeonale would not be complete without Servais Haanen's cabaret-like moderation!

The heart of the concert is the pulsating alternation of solos and ensemble pieces and exciting interactions between the musicians.

As different as the personalities, cultural backgrounds and playing styles may be - the common language of music creates a lively understanding that does not care about borders and barriers.

Improvisational talent, spontaneity and fun at the joint concert combine the musical richness of the individuals to create something new, something never heard before.

A celebration of sounds! Adrenalin and soul balm!

See – Hear – Enjoy


Irene Tillung (Norway)
Filigree compositions of Nordic beauty
Djordje Davidovic (Serbia)
Precision and vivacity at the highest level
Marcello Squillante (Italy)
Serenata from the soul of the south
Paul Schuberth (Austria)
Experimental surprises in a melodic robe
Servais Haanen (D/NL)
The Master of Fine Sounds
Kaya Meller (Polan)
Esther Swift (Scotland)
Concert Harp

About the Akkordeon

Af­fec­tion­ately known as squeeze­box, belly pinch­er, hell’s bel­lows, or asth­mat­ic worm, the ac­cor­di­on has at least as much charm as it has names.

And though many do love this in­stru­ment, play it them­selves or have one stowed away in the at­tic, few know about the wild ca­reer and the world wide in­flu­ence of this head­strong won­der-box.

Like almost no oth­er in­stru­ment, the ac­cor­di­on (in­ven­ted in 1829) has spread across fron­ti­ers and con­tin­ents at a breath­tak­ing pace.

Massively ex­por­ted to colon­ies and im­por­ted through the hand lug­gage of emig­rants, it has es­tab­lished it­self amongst mu­si­cians across the whole world.

It’s hard to talk of the ac­cor­di­on. The in­stru­ment has again and again been mod­i­fied, re­con­struc­ted, re­fined or been de­veloped, ac­cord­ing to loc­al needs, in­to a vari­ety of dif­fer­ent types of in­stru­ments, that dif­fer in size, sys­tem, form, pitch range and play­ing tech­nique.

Kindly supported by:

Akkordeon Magazin Heimat PR Bernhard Zimmermann Hohner