Mario Pedone, Honors Accordion Retreat
Mario Pedone is going to be conducting an ENTIRE DAY LONG workshop as part of the Honors Accordion Retreat Noc 12-17 2015 – on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 in Houston, TX. With an Evening Concert – including the workshop participants!
His plans are to TEACH YOU TO PLAY JUST LIKE HIM!!! WOW – LOVE IT! I will be in the FRONT ROW!!!!
Mario was born in a small town near Bari, in Southern Italy and a toddler, his family moved to Venezuela. Mario’s older brother, Ludovico, had begun to study the accordion and Mario was always watching him, hoping one day he also could play this wonderful instrument. He persistently begged his father to let him start accordion lessons, too, and eventually succeeded.
As a young man he devoted at least 4 to 5 hours per day practicing until his father screamed GIVE US A BREAK but that didn’t stop Mario from playing his beloved instrument.
While in Venezuela, Mario graduated as a Concertista, Cum Laude, and finally with a degree of Professor of Accordion. After graduation Mario founded his own accordion school where he had over 125 students. Many of his students now play professionally. Mario has won numerous championships with both the accordion and the organ.
In 1981, Mario moved his family to Sugar Land (Houston), Texas where he teaches and performs professionally, and has his own recording studio where he creates his fantastic backtracks for all accordionists to play along with.
His musical range includes, but is not limited to, Classical, Latin, European, and American Standards. Mario has been invited to perform in the Famous Accordion Festival celebrated in Ransäter, Sweden and has also performed at concerts in New York, Dallas, Austin, Boston, and many other states in the U.S. Not to mention his tour of China and appearances with the Houston Symphony Orchestra.
Hotel – near Hobby Airport – not near IAH (BUSH)) – Four Points by Sheraton Houston Hobby Airport – 8720 Gulf Freeway · Houston, Texas, 77017 · Phone: 713-948-0800 · Hotel Reservations: 866-716-8133 – Ask for Accordion Retreat – FIRST 10 People can ask for a FREE UPGRADE TO SUITE ROOM – $99 per night – which includes FREE HOT BREAKFAST for entire room daily.
FREE HOTEL AIRPORT SHUTTLE to and from HOBBY AIRPORT. (Out-of-Towners – for the Mon-Tues workshops – plan to arrive Sun PM and we can have you back to the airport for a 5:30 pm flight or after on Tues.)