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Concert Hof Accordion Orchestra @ Conservatoire François Mitterrand - Mauritius


Concert organised by the Conservatoire National de Musique François Mitterrand.

Founded in 1984, the Hof Accordion Orchestra is located in the north of Bavaria in Germany. Hof is a small town of 50.000 citizens in a mountainous area with very cold and snowy winters. The local Music School at Hof is running a very successful education of young accordionists for 30 years now with a lot of soloists who have covered numerous national and international championship prices. The best accordion students of the Music School are forming the Hof Accordion Orchestra who is a major part of the regional cultural life, but also further afield. 

International concert tours have brought the orchestra to the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, South Africa and to many states in Europe in the past 20 years. Friendships with international music groups have been made during these tours and many of them have also visited the orchestra in its home town Hof ever since. 

About 20 accordion players ranging in age from 18 to 45 are forming the line-up of the orchestra today. They are supplemented by musicians on bass, percussion and piano instruments. All of the players have regular jobs or are students, but they rehearse semiprofessional to keep the high standard of the orchestra. The conductor of the orchestra, Torsten Petzold, is a well-known and experienced musician who also conducts a professional symphonic brass orchestra. 

The Hof Accordion Orchestra is widely recognised as one of the leading accordion ensembles in the world. In 2013 the orchestra achieved the 5th price in the championship class of the World Music Festival in Innsbruck/Austria which is the most competitive accordion orchestra contest worldwide with more than 400 ensembles taking part. 

The repertoire of the orchestra contains a large variety of classics, rock, pop, contemporary music, original accordion compositions, tangos and German and international folk music. 3 CD recordings give a documentation of the orchestras work. Beside the full size orchestra also smaller groups from players of the orchestra have established, notably a quintet playing very modern and rhythmical pieces.

In 2015, a concert tour leads the Hof Accordion Orchestra to Réunion and Mauritius with numerous concerts on both islands.

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