Sergio Zampolli

SOLO ACCORDIONIST

I perform widely in Gauteng.

  • Solo accordion
  • Ensemble combinations
  • Salon Music Artist
  • Duo 2000 (Unique Harp and Accordion combination with Amarillie Ackermann)
  • Recordings for various artists.

TEACHER

I teach only the piano accordion. I am an approved teacher from the CDMI in Italy.

  • Weekdays & week ends: in Randburg (Johannesburg)

Accordion Lessons on SKYPE
Skype address : sergio_zampolli

ACCORDIONSHOP

I own AccordionShop, the only shop in South Africa that specialises in accordions. I deal in new or second and accordions, for interested sellers, buyers or hirers.

SOLO ACCORDION

Young Sergio Zampolli

I was born in Italy and started playing the accordion at the age of nine. I came to South Africa when I was eleven. My achievements in my early years in South Africa include the following:

  • 1957 South African Junior Champion (Classical);
  • 1958 South African Senior Champion (Classical);
  • 1961 South African Advanced Duet Light Music
  • 1975 – 1984 frequent artist on national television and Radio (SABC) in a number of music programmes;
  • 1980 SABC Artes nomination for the best light music performance;
  • 1990 SABC Artes nomination for the best light music performance;
  • 1994 Jury member for the Accordion Coupe Mondiale in Alassio, Italy; his best student at that time, Monika Kahl, was awarded 2nd place – she was only 12.
  • 1999: Orchestra member for the Three Tenors (Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti), during their Bravo Africa! Concert in Pretoria South Africa
  • 2000: Accordionist in Duo 2000 for Duke of Edinburgh Awards Dinner performing for Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
  • 2015: Winners (gold medalists) of the NEA (National Eisteddfod Academy) competition with his violin-recorder-accordion combination – it was the first time the accordion was seen in the NEA in South Africa.
  • 2015: Awarded the title of Brand Ambassador of the National Eisteddfod Academy, for his exceptional contribution to the encouragement of young musicians in South Africa. This is an exceptional award, which was only awarded to one other person before him – Mimi Coertse, the most famous South African coloratura-soprano.  He is the 2nd Brand Ambassador of the NEA.
  • 2017: Category winner in the Finals of the National Eisteddfod Acadamy, in the category: Accordion Duet – Open Section, together with his pupil.
  • 2017: Awarded an honorary Fellowship from the London College of Music (University of West London), based on life time professional achievement.
  • 2017 Submitted to the London College of Music (University of West London) an Accordion Syllabus which was accepted and released World Wide by London College of Music (University of West London). This was achieved in conjunction with the help of Amarillie Ackermann (my wife).
  • THE ACCORDION

The Accordion has always been my passion, but my profession has been in Sales and Marketing – 25 years in the Airline Industry and up to now in the Industrial, Mining and Telecommunications markets. In 2010 I started a concerted effort to revive the Accordion in South Africa through Radio Media, concerts, folklore and whatever available promotion channels that can help the cause. Interested enthusiasts are encouraged to join the Accordion South Africa Page on Facebook. Since the beginning of 2010, I have been trying to develop a School of Accordion with associated teachers in South Africa, to back up the efforts of the “Accordion Drive”. I am the South African representative for the Confédédation Mondiale de l’Accordéon.

ENSEMBLE COMBINATIONS

In recent years, I have frequently performed and recorded CDs with leading South African artist. I have performed at various Art Festivals, theatres and also at private functions.

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First photo: Sergio with Daniele Pascal. Second photo: Sergio with Rocco de Villiers

ENSEMBLE COMBINATIONS – SALON MUSIC

Thanks to Salon Music, Director Willem Vogel recently made arrangements to introduce the Accordion in the Salon Music Ensembles. This helped very much with the promotion of the Accordion as a classical instrument and popular French–Gypsy genre of music.

Some of the CD recording are available from Salon Music :

Boulevard Café (with Federico Freschi as Baritone)
Gypsy Fiddle (with Violinist Gina Beukes as soloist)
Viennese Violin (with Violinist Michael Snyman as soloist)
Café Society 2
Celebration – Salon Music 15 Years DVD
Echo of Paris (French Café Songs) (with Camille Favre-Bulle)

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Salon Music Concert “Gypsy Fiddle”

I played the accordion in the ensemble of arrangements made by Willem Vogel of Salon Music.

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Willem Vogel, Sergio Zampolli and Daniel Vos, during the recording of Gypsy Fiddle.

UNIQUE COMBINATION – DUO 2000

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I have formed a unique Duo with Harpist Amarillie Ackermann. We are the only two people in the world doing this. We can not find anybody else, our informants in America report that there is nobody in America doing it, and my infrastructure of connections report that there is nothing like this in Europe. We could not find any repertoire from any publisher anywhere in the world. Our repertoire now comprises 120 arrangements (our own) of popular classical works including one full harp concerto – Amarillie plays the harp and I play the orchestral accompaniment.

In addition to Amarillie’s concerto, she has learned the piano reduction of my accordion concerto, then she accompanies this for me on the piano. We can have a double concerto programme. For fifteen years running, we have been performing together regularly, in ± 300 concerts and we still continue to make arrangements, learn new repertoire, and perform older repertoire all over Gauteng, and as far as Bloemfontein and the Drakensberg, at various Arts Festivals as well as private concerts and functions.

HIGHLIGHTS

A few exceptional other highlights of my life include:

  • 1999 – Orchestra member for the Three Tenors (Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti), during their Bravo Africa! Concert, at the Union Buildings, Pretoria.
  • 2000 – Duke of Edinburgh Awards Dinner with Duo 2000 performing as artists for Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, at the Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg.
  • 2002 I was invited to give an impression of my hand in clay at the Hall of Fame of the Accordion Museum in Recoaro, Italy.
  • 2009 – I performed the Pietro Deiro Concerto in A Minor for Accordion with the Rand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bernard Wozny, three times.
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    In the first photo is Sergio with Conductor Bernard Wozny and in the second photo is Sergio Zampolli and Conductor Bernard Wozny, at the Gala Evening Performance at the Johannesburg Country Club.
  • 2010 – Guest artist with Duo 2000 at the St David’s Day concert of the Welsh Male Voice Choir of Africa, at the Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg
  • 2010 – Guest artist with Duo 2000 at the Music in the Mountains Festival with the Drakensberg Boys Choir, Rina Hugo (soprano) and JP Malan (cellist)
  • From 20 – 31 July 2010 – I had the pleasure of playing the accordion in a Jacques Brel Show in the Brooklyn Theatre in Pretoria, together with veteran Jacques Brel, singers Jannie du Toit, Laurika Rauch and pianist Christa Steyn.
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  • 2010 – Started the campaign of the “Revival” of the Accordion in South Africa.
  • 08 May 2011 – First Accordion Stravaganza Concert in conjuction with World Accordion Day (endorsed by UNESCO), held at the Brooklyn Theatre, Menlo Park, Pretoria – a great success for the accordion in South Africa.
  • 2012 – Continuation with the Accordion “Revival” in South Africa. I established websites for Accordion players and enthusiasts on Internet and Facebook pages with over 110 000 hits per annum.
  • 2015: Winners (gold medalists) of the NEA (National Eisteddfod Academy) competition with his violin-recorder-accordion combination – it was the first time the accordion was seen in the NEA in South Africa.
  • 2015: Awarded the title of Brand Ambassador of the National Eisteddfod Academy, for his exceptional contribution to the encouragement of young musicians in South Africa. This is an exceptional award, which was only awarded to one other person before him – Mimi Coertse, the most famous South African coloratura-soprano.  He is the 2nd Brand Ambassador of the NEA.
  • 2017: Category winner in the Finals of the National Eisteddfod Acadamy, in the category: Accordion Duet – Open Section, together with his pupil.
  • 2017: Awarded an honorary Fellowship from the London College of Music (University of West London), based on life time professional achievement.
  • Accordion Syllabus which was accepted and released World Wide by London College of Music (University of West London). This was achieved in conjunction with the help of Amarillie Ackermann (my wife).