Guest Artists


Grayson Masefield


Grayson Masefield is one of the most accomplished accordionists in the world. Born in New Zealand,he spent the past decade studying in France with Frederic Deschamps and later completed his Bachelor and Master's Degree at the HEMU University in Lausanne, Switzerland with Prof. Stephane Chapuis.
During his years of study, Grayson has won the highest prizes some of the most prestigious international accordion competitions, such as Coupe Mondiale, Trophee Mondiale, Castelfidardo, Klingenthal, Roland International, Primus Ikaalinen etc.
Since 2008 he has performed multiple solo concert tours throughout Europe, North & South America, South Pacific and China performing a wide repertoire of original accordion works and transcriptions of both classical and lighter style music. He has released three albums of these contrasting styles.
He is regularly invited as the adjudicator, performer and lecturer at the most prestigious international accordion events. Grayson has considerable experience speaking publicly and broadcasting live. He has performed and been interviewed on multiple radio and television shows around the world including USA, NZ, Canada, France, Finland, Lithuania, China & Switzerland.
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Jelena Milojevic


Jelena Milojevic was born and raised in Croatia. She studied both in Croatia and Serbia and ultimately received her Master’s Degree in Accordion Performance and Education, at one of the most recognized accordion centres in the world, the Music Academy in Kragujevac (Serbia), where she is now completing her Doctoral Degree, as well.
Being a versatile musician with an extensive performing history, she has played numerous concerts in Europe, North America and Assia as a soloist, chamber musician and a soloist with various orchestras. She is the winner of some of the most prestigious international accordion competitions, including 2003 CMA Trophee Mondial. Her debut concert in New York City at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, in 2009, was the first accordion recital after 30 years, in that prestigious venue. Her performances have been acclaimed as ‘an explosion of cosmic sensuality” and she has been praised for her “brilliant virtuosity”.
Jelena Milojevic continues to actively collaborate with composers and performs and records new music for accordion. She has collaborated with internationally recognized conductors, such as: Bramwell Tovey, Tania Miller, Bill Linwood, Clyde Mitchel, Leslie Dala, Giorgio Magnanensi.
Jelena Milojevic is the proud mother of three wonderful children. She moved to Canada ten years ago with her family, and now she lives and creates in the beautiful city of Victoria, BC, where she teaches students at Camosun College and Tempo Trend Studios. She is the Artistic Director of the World Accordion and Tango Festival.
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Tian Jianan


Jianan Tian is the most prominent Chinese classical accordionist of today. She started playing the accordion at the age of 5. In 2006, she began her studies with Professor Cao Xiaoqing which led her to Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. From that point, she has been successfully competing internationally and she won 18 first prizes at the most prestigious accordion competitions, such as Castelfidardo (Italy), Klingenthal (Germany), Moscow (Russia), Coupe Mondiale (New Zealand, Canada), Trophy Mondiale (Lithuania) etc. She has been invited as jury member by international accordion competitions held in Canada, Portugal and Bosnia.

Chinese Ministry of Culture presented her five times with the 'World First-Class Art Competition” award and sent her on Academic and Cultural Exchanges to Purdue University, Indiana and the University of Utah in the United States. She was also the first person to introduce accordion culture at the International Confucius College.

Jianan Tian has recorded four solo CD's and one with chamber music.

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Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo


Miriam Larici & Leonardo Barrionuevo are both from Argentina. They are trained in ballet, jazz, stage and social tango. Miriam is famous as the iconic image of the Broadway-London hit "Forever Tango". She has performed as well on several Broadway's musicals such as "42nd St", "Me & My Girl", "Mambo Kings" among others. Leonardo featured at the stage production "Forever Tango". He also appeared at the most prestigious Tango houses in Buenos Aires, performing and choreographing for their spectacular shows. Miriam & Leonardo were invited by producer Nigel Lythgoe to perform at his TV program as special guests and since then, they are the TANGO choreographers FOX & BBC's "SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE" (choreographers since 2009). They were a guest performers at Latin GRAMMY Awards 2014. Together they have an international reputation as instructors, performers and choreographers of Argentine Tango and now they are sharing their mastery, passion and magic. Miriam Larici & Leonardo Barrionuevo are considered at the moment one of the best tango couples of the world.
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Jorge Lopez and Sandra Naccache


Jorge Lopez and Sandra Naccache are two highly accomplished and experienced sought after artists. Based in Buenos Aires they began their collaboration in 2016 and now dance full time together. They have worked internationally teaching and performing Argentine Tango in milongas, festivals, shows and exclusive top-of-the line cruise lines. Charismatic and authentic, Jorge and Sandra possess a panoply of knowledge and have developed a solid student base worldwide. Their teaching method is impeccable, structured and catered to help their students grow efficiently. Filmed in Buenos Aires, Jorge and Sandra have worked as dancers and choreographers on the famous Chinese reality series “Sisters Over Flowers” and have been invited to dance in several TV shows, musical comedies and movies.
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Beltango


Beltango was founded in Belgrade, Serbia, 1998, by the professor, bandoneonist and composer Aleksandar Nikolic, as the first authentic tango orchestra from the Balkans and one of the most sought-after tango orchestras in the world. For over two decades, they have played more than 800 concerts in over 30 countries. With an abundant repertoire from traditional tango to the nuevo or modern tango compositions of Astor Piazzolla, Beltango mixes together deep emotions with the high energy of virtuoso musicians.
They have been equally successful in performing on large concert podiums, symphonic halls, theater stages, classical chamber halls, tango balls, gran milongas, festivals as well as in other places where the spirit of tango revives. Beltango is the only European tango orchestra to be invited by the Ministry of culture of Buenos Aires to perform at "World Tango Festival - Buenos Aires, 2007".
Like co-authors and musical directors, they’ve produced big tango-shows in collaboration with some of the greatest tango artists in the world like Miguel Angel Zotto y Daina Guspero, Sebastian Arce y Mariana Montes, Adrian Veredice y Alejandra Hobert, Roberto Herrera y Laura Legazcue, Gustavo Rosas y Gisela Natoli, Angel Coria y Claudia Sortino, Gaspar Godoy y Carla Mazzolini, Santiago y Erna Giachello, Damian Rosenthal y Celine Ruiz, Pablo Moyano y Roberta Beccarini, Sergio Cortazzo y Soledad Rivero, Pablo Villarazza y Dana Frigoli...
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Petar Maric


Petar Maric was born in Serbia (Belgrade) in 1990. He encountered accordion for the first time at the age of 5 and his music education began in "Dr.Vojislav Vuckovic" music school, a famous music school in Belgrade, under professor Aleksandar Nikolic with whom he still often shares concert podiums around the world. After having finished elementary and secondary music education, Petar went to France (Paris) where he continued his professional improvement in the area of variété music in cooperation with professor Frederic Deschamps and professor Franck Angelis, some of the most famous and influential professors in the world of accordion. Petar is currently completing his education in Slovakia (Bratislava) under the eminent professor Tibor Racz. Petar is the winner of the biggest international accordion competitions, such as Coupe Mondiale, Internationaler Akkordeon Wettbewerb Klingenthal, Trophee Mondial, Citta Di Castelfidardo, Primus Ikaalinen, in classical, variety, digital and popular music categories. By winning in the electronic music category performed on accordion, Petar became the first contestant in the 65 years of the Coupe Mondiale who managed to achieve four wins in all music typess. Apart from classical music originally written for accordion or transcriptions for compositions written for other instruments, Petar also plays a large number of virtuoso-compositions from the variété genre consisting of music from different countries and of different styles, enabling this world-class young artist to show the audience all the attraction and possibilities of accordion as an instrument. Apart from classical and variété music, his wide repertoire offers something new and original: electronic accordion and electronic sound presenting the instrument from a new perspective, which will be even more present in the future. Petar's love for accordion, extraordinary talent, musicality and powerful stage presence, have made him heard and remembered all around the world: Finland, Norway, Germany, South Korea, Italy, Malta, Austria, France, Greece, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Poland, China, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia, United States of America... Petar Maric plays on, and is official promoter of the following accordion brands: Scandalli-Extreme, Hohner-Fun Flash, Bugari EVO




The Jarosh Accordion Ensemble


The Jarosh Accordion Ensemble is a community of accordionist from Calgary Alberta Canada under their conductor Maureen Jarosh. They have worked their craft for over 35 years drawing in new players from our families and students in our local community. Under the direction of Maureen Jarosh the group presents original, innovative and eclectic music for an accordion ensemble and has traveled to music festivals all over North America as well as hosted international accordion groups on several occasions.
The ensemble has performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Buckwheat Zydeco and Barenaked Ladies. Maureen's commitment to community has lead to benefit performances for UNICEF, Music missions in Central America, Haiti earthquake relief effort and support of arts and culture throughout southern Alberta.




Northwest Accordionaires Orchestra



Under the direction of Cooksie (Kaserzon) Kramer A.B.C.A - L.B.C.A . Registered Teacher with Trinity College London and Royal Schools London (Piano). Member of ATG and IAC. Cooksie Kramer, immigrated to the USA 25 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa where she taught piano, piano accordion, and organ for many years, having run the largest Music studio in the City. Many of her students are now teaching, recording and writing music for groups and movies all over the world. She also taught and trained three accordion orchestras from young children to adults. She won the SA Accordion Championships and went on to represent South Africa and compete in the Finals of the “Coupe Mondiale” in New York in 1959. She has also performed at Carnegie Hall, numerous concerts and on radio at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in the UK, and the Royal Albert Hall London. Also was an examiner for the Annual British Accordion Championships.
She performed in her own Radio and TV programs in South Africa, playing Hammond B3 Organ, Accordion and Piano.
Now runs the Eastside Jazz Club, which she founded in 2002 together with her husband Lionel(professionaldrummer).
She directs and arranges music for her Northwest Accordionaires Orchestra and says, “This is one of the most fun relaxed orchestras I’ve ever worked with.” The Orchestra performs regularly and has been the headliner at many festivals.




DJ Carol Ann Horowitz


DJ Carol Ann Horowitz is a classically trained dancer who worked for several years with a number of different contemporary dance companies. Carol was introduced to tango through friends, and immediately fell in love with the creative and improvisational aspects of the dance. Co-founder of Studio Tango Montreal, Carol is one of the 12 permanent teachers on staff there.
Carol DJ's most Wednesdays at The Studio milonga and when schedule permits, she travels to various marathons and festivals in Canada and the US. Gigs include Abrazo Marathon, East Coast Marathon, San Francisco Marathon, Tango Magic, and Seattle Tango Marathon, to name a few. A DJ with a keen sense of energy and flow, she is much appreciated for her ability to facilitate an electric atmosphere that keeps everyone on their feet, tanda after tanda.
Over the years, Carol has produced countless workshops with guest teachers as well as many special events, including the Montreal Summer Tango Fling, a non-profit community event held each summer and the Bailongo Montreal Tango festival held each May.




DJ Vincent Lam


DJ Vincent Lam from Vancouver, Canada has been dancing tango for 12 years and spinning tunes at Encuentros, Festivals and Marathons throughout North America and Europe for the past 7 years. He favours traditional tangos, mixing his tunes with a sense of fun and romance. Vincent enjoys photography and travel, but of course, all revolving around tango.




DJ Marc D. Becraft


Marc D. Becraft started DJ-ing in Seattle in 2006. He likes traditional tango music and aims for consistent moods within a tanda (rhythmic or melodic) and contrast between tandas. He is the organizer of Tango de Barrio, a regular milonga in Seattle.




Civic Orchestra of Victoria



Inaugurated in 1983, the Civic Orchestra of Victoria is a volunteer organization dedicated to providing an opportunity for musicians of varying ages and abilities to perform a wide repertoire of orchestral music for supportive audiences in the Victoria and region. The orchestra serves as a platform for aspiring soloists and for choral groups, both as a learning experience and for the enjoyment of its members. The Civic also provides a service to sponsoring organizations in the community.
Brian Wismath is music director of Linden Singers of Victoria, Vancouver Peace Choir, Victoria Choral Society, Victoria Conservatory of Music Chorale, Vox Humana Chamber Choir and interim music director of Civic Orchestra of Victoria. With a rich choral background, Mr. Wismath is in demand as a clinician and has served as director of the University of Victoria Chamber Singers and Tucson Masterworks Chorale, associate conductor of Orpheus Choir of Toronto and Chorus Niagara, and assistant conductor of St. Jacob’s Ungdomskör (Stockholm, Sweden), Ontario Youth Choir and Opera in Concert Chorus (Toronto, Canada).
A passionate advocate for the performance of new music, Mr. Wismath has commissioned and premiered numerous works by composers from around the world. He has prepared choruses for Robert Cooper, Laurence Cummings, Steven Devine, Robert Franz, Jeanne Lamon, Tania Miller, Michelle Mourre, Joey Pietraroia, and Timothy Vernon.
Mr. Wismath began his education in choral music as a chorister in the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir, and after completing a Bachelor of Music at Queen’s University, he received a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Arizona.




Mary Ross-Klektau


Mary Ross's Scottish heritage contributes to her strong ties to Celtic music. She began Highland Dancing at five and then started accordion lessons after being inspired by Scottish accordionists. Mary's musical career has taken her from Greenland to Texas, Scotland and many North American festivals. Her professional focus for over 20 years has been as a lead player for Scottish Country Dancing.
In 2015, she was named the first recipient of the “Bobby Brown memorial Scholarship” and was invited to Virginia for ten days to participate as a musician for a Scottish Country Dancing Summer School. In addition to Scottish music, Mary completed a Music Diploma Program in 2013 with accordion as her major, under the direction of Jelena Milojevic, at the Camosun College in Victoria.