doubt, PEARL FAWCETT-ADRIANO has achieved international recognition
as an outstanding accordion virtuoso, and she has done much to
raise the standing of the accordion as a 'musical' instrument,
both in Britain and abroad.
Her name as a child was PEARL FAWCETT, and she was born in South
Yorkshire, England. Beginning accordion lessons at the age of
eight, she had many successes in her early life, winning every
major national competition run by the British Association of Accordionists
(B.A.A.), including British Open section and British Commonwealth
Challenge Cup (four successive times) and gaining the B.A.A. Diploma
(with Distinction) at the age of 15.
Her first broadcast on BBC Radio and her first television appearance was at the age of 13, after which she appeared many times.
She became Junior World Champion (C.M.A. Trophée Mondiale)
in Ancona, Italy; and the following year she became World Champion,
in Hamburg, Germany.
She studied piano, 'cello, singing and all branches of music at
the Royal Manchester College of Music, and after graduating with
Honours, she became a Professor at the same College for a time.
She then decided to concentrate on performing and turned fully
She was the very first Western accordionist to do a solo classical concert tour of the former USSR and she made a tremendous impact on the Russian audiences, opening up a different world of music and sounds (on acoustic/electronic accordion which was not really known at that time in the USSR) and creating great interest in the piano accordion, after which it became far more popular.
Known previously as PEARL FAWCETT, she has had great success in
her professional career. On the classical side, she has performed
concerts and recitals on radio, and in such prestigious concert
halls as London's Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall and Purcell
Room (Royal Festival Hall); Moscow's Tschaikovsky Hall and Leningrad's
Philharmonic Hall; with concert tours in the former USSR and Europe,
and appearances with such orchestras as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
and BBC Northern Symphony.
On the lighter side, there have been many appearances on BBC Radio
(including "All kinds of Music", "Melodies for
You", "Charlie Chester Show") and Television (including
"Stars on Sunday" and "The Good Old Days").
She has made a number of outstanding recordings, and is also an
excellent pianist. To suit the International scene, she now uses
her full name - PEARL FAWCETT-ADRIANO.
Pearl Fawcett-Adriano's vast repertoire ranges from the classics
to light music, French Musette and continental, and no matter
what kind of music she plays, her marvellous technique and control
of the instrument ensures that the music is interpreted to the
full. Specialising on the acoustic/electronic accordion, she brings
a completely new dimension to the instrument, and she has such
a command of this instrument that she utilises it to the full
orchestral and musical extent. Her subtle use of the expression
pedal, split-second changes of registers and perfect control of
the bellows produce a musical tapestry of multicoloured sounds
and effects which have greatly impressed many people around the
She was coached and guided by her late husband - Maestro ADRIAN
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