Zoran Rakić (1965) is a method expert, educator and analyst. He achieved a high degree of the accordion instrument education in Russian National Academy of Music Gnjesin in Moscow (graduated 1990, master’s degree in 1994, doctorate in 2004). At present, he has the academic title of Full Professor. He has written six textbooks for the first six years of the accordion education which were published by the Institution for textbooks and teaching accessories in Belgrade. He rearranged and published the following collections and professional literature: Collection of etudes for accordion for the pupils of the secondary music school (2001), Academic accordion works (2001), Accordion on the concert scene (2000), Accordion – album for youth (2001), Crestomathy for accordion (2002), Accordion – a short overview of historical development (2004), Accordion in the Serbian music education system (2004), Contests and original creativity as the factors of the accordion academisation (2004), Compositions for accordion (2007), Concert repertoire for accordion 1 (2008), Concert repertoire for accordion 2 (2010) and Concert repertoire for accordion 3 (2010). Rakić’s pupils and students have reached significant results – more than 300 awards, among those 222 victories, special and first awards in numerous competitions and festivals at home and abroad. Until now he has more than 80 times participated in the work of professional juries in Serbia, Monte Negro, Slovenia, Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia, Greece, Italy, France, Macedonia, Spain, Portugal, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and China; he has lectured 45 times on seminars, in winter and summer schools and participated in scientific and professional meetings at home and abroad (Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine and Russia). Rakić is a member of editorial boards of international scientific journals in Ukraine (Pedagogical Science published by the National University of Lugansk) and Russia (the journal of the National Institute of Arts and Culture in Belgorod).


Martin Težak is an accordionist, composer, arranger, teacher, head of the private school of accordion, director of the non-profit organisation Zavod AO, chairman of the organising committee of the Accordion Games and the director of the digital internet company Smart up. He was born on 19th October 1977 in Novo mesto in Slovenia.

He started the path of music education at the age of eight; his musical career began and ascended twelve years later. His repertoire includes numerous domestic and foreign compositions in which folk and ethnic music prevails. Other styles and genres can also be heard, especially works from the opus of jazz and pop music. In 1998, he began to introduce himself to the audience more widely and gradually he became known as a virtuoso of modern times. Today, he mostly focuses on the pedagogical and mentor role in the private music school of accordion where he leads a number of young accordionists who achieve outstanding results on a domestic and international scale.

As a member of expert commissions, he participates only in international competitions that are competent both in organisational terms and in the composition of the expert commission. Until now, he has been performing concerts in Slovenia, Italy, Croatia, Serbia, Austria and Canada. The students of Martin Težak have already collected more than 300 awards and prizes and have won many recognised competition titles. His son Blaž has followed his footsteps, who can boast of important international successes and with whom they shortly plan a concert tour as a father and son. In 2010, Martin Težak finished his competition path with the eminent title of the absolute world champion.

Among many awards and prizes the following are the most outstanding:

• Absolute orld Champion 2010;
• 1st place at the 2009 World Cup;
• 1st place at the 2008 World Cup;
• European champion in the Senior category (1st place 2010);
• European champion in the Senior category (1st place 2009);
• two consecutive golden plaques of the national competition.

He also received the Gangl plaque for work in the field of culture (2011), while his students were awarded for performing his author works with several high prizes.


• conceptual design and founder of the Accordion games (www.accordion-games.com);
• creation of the on-line accordionists book – encyclopedia of accordionists;
• creation of special schematic records for performers on diatonic accordions, with which they can improve their technique and accuracy of playing;
• placement of G-mole on a diatonic accordion to the place in front of the so-called sixth bass, which allows the accordionists to perform many compositions in musical directions;
• transferring knowledge to younger generations and spreading the recognition of the accordion, accordionists, organisers and other actors in this field on a global scale.


Mikhail Sharabarin, candidate of Arts, Associate Professor. He graduated from accordion class of Voronezh State Institute of Arts (in 1991). Honored Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation (2005). He has 15 publications in russian and foreign editions. He is an author of 2 tutorials devoted to teaching methods of playing the bayan and instrumentology. Since 1992 he has been working at the Belgorod University of Arts and Culture. Since 2012, he holds the posts of prorector for music education and director of the university’s music college. M.I. Sharabarin is a musical leader of the «Vezelitsa» song and dance student ensemble, which is an international and all-russian competitions winner. Since 1995 he has been leading the «Otrada» ensemble of the Belgorod Philharmonic. He is the artistic director of the following creative projects: “Days of bayan, accordion and harmonica in Belgorod”, “White Lyre” International Competition», «Singer of St. Belogorie» choral festival, festival of contemporary art. He was a jury member at the following international competitions: “Cup of Belogorie” (Belgorod, Russia), “Harmony”(Belgorod, Russia), “Accordion Art” (Eastern Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina), “May Meetings” (Lazarevac, Serbia), «Naujene – 2017» Accordion Competition (Daugavpils, Latvia). He is an author of music for three spectacles for the Belgorod Puppet Theater.



Miloš Živić (August 21, 1984 – Belgrade)

Elementary Music School “Dr. Vojislav Vučković” (1993 – 1998)

Secondary Music School and Grammar School “Dr. Vojislav Vučković” (1999 – 2003)

Academy of Fine Arts, Department of Accordion, Belgrade (2003 – 2007)

Faculty of Music, Department of Music Pedagogy (2003 – 2008)

Master’s Degree Programmes, Department of Accordion, Eastern Sarajevo (2007)

* Miloš Živić participated in competitions at home and abroad where he won the following prizes:

Mladi harmonikaši (Young Accordionists Competition) – 1st prize (1998, 2001, 2002)

Klingenthal (Germany) – 7th place (2001)

Republičko takmičenje (Republic Competition) – 2nd prize (2002)

Akordeon fest – 1st prize (2003)

* He participated in numerous concerts in renowned concert halls in the city of Belgrade (e.g. Kolarac Hall, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Ethnographic Museum, national Museum Atrium, City Assembly, Home of the Yugoslav Army, etc.)

* He has arranged and composed numerous compositions for the Accordion Quartet and Accordion Quintet, of which some were performed publically:

Ad Wammes – “Boardwalk” (arranged by M. Živić)

M. Živić – Impresija (2002)

* During the course of his studies he achieved high results and was granted several scholarships including the scholarship for the top 100 students granted by the Fund for Young Talents of the Republic of Serbia.

* He is dedicated to his work with students who have won over 100 prizes in competitions across Serbia and abroad. Since 2009, he has been working at the “Stanislav Binički” Music School in Belgrade.

* Since 2013 he and the “Muzika Edukacija Harmonika” (MEH) Association, which he presides, have been successfully organizing the MehFest Accordion Competition and Festival. He cooperates with numerous professors and artists throughout the region and Europe.

* He is a representative of the Italian accordion manufacturer Fisitalia – Castelfidardo and also takes care for the repairs and evaluation of accordions. He owns a large collection of old accordions (antiquity value).

* He fosters active cooperation with the media (web, press, radio, TV) and promotes accordion music in person and through the “MEH” Association.


Saša Bastalec (Zagreb, Croatia, 1980) took a degree in music culture and accordion at the Academy of Music in Pula, Croatia (Juraj Dobrila University). He performed his education with some of the great accordionist, conducting and composition teachers. As soloist and a member of the chamber ensembles and orchestras, he has performed in Croatia and abroad. He works as accordion teacher in the Varaždin Music School in Croatia, also teaches chamber music and composing. He is the author of many compositions, transcriptions and arrangements for various ensembles and solo instruments. He is co-promoter of the Croatian association „Accordion Center“. The goal of association is to promote accordion and accordion music in Croatia, continuous independent activities as well as through collaborations with domestic and foreign professionals and associations.


Tatjana Marx, is a world renowned accordionist, teacher, and adjudicator. As a solo concert artist, she has performed extensively in China, New Zealand, Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Germany, and Australia. A Laureate of the two most prestigious International Accordion Competitions: Klingenthale and the Coupe Mondiale, as well as the winner of the Yugoslav State and National Accordion Competitions. Tatjana studied for 7 years at the Kiev Conservatorium of Music in Ukraine with Professor V. Besfamilnov and holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music Degree majoring in accordion. Tatjana is the Director of her own Music School in Sydney, Australia which she has been running for the past 25 years. Her students compete nationally and represent Australia abroad. They have won many awards at the AAA (America), ATG (America), the South Pacific Accordion Championships (New Zealand) and the Coupe Mondiale (world accordion championships). Tatjana has taught and continues to teach students within Australia and internationally including those from New Zealand, Serbia and Austria. Her Australian students have received some of the most prestigious accordion qualifications from the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB). Several of Tatjana’s students have completed the Associate Music Diploma exam in accordion. Richard She has also completed the Licentiate Mus Diploma exam in accordion which is the highest accordion qualification available within Australia. Tatjana is much sought after as an adjudicator at international accordion events regularly holds seminars and master classes in Australasia and Europe. She adjudicates at the highest level, at the world’s most prestigious accordion competitions including AccoHoliday International Accordion Competition (Ukraine), Tianjin International Accordion Competition (China), “Akordeon Art” International Accordion Competition (Sarajevo, Bosnia), Coupe Mondiale (Germany, England, Slovakia). In 1994, Tatjana founded The Australian Accordion Teachers Association Incorporated.The Association hosts the Australian International Accordion Championships and festival in June each year. Tatjana is proud to bring her enormous international experience to The Australian International Accordion Championships and Festival, creating an exciting, cutting edge, festival and competition experience. In 2005 the Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes (CIA), awarded Tatjana a MERIT AWARD “In recognition of her outstanding services to the International Accordion Movement”


Tomaž Kastelic was born on 19th February 1980 in Novo mesto. The music – mainly with the diatonic accordion – was put in his cradle since his father was a big folk musician and a true lover of indigenous songs and tunes and was a source of pride and inspiration to Tomaž for playing the accordion already at the age of seven years. Father’s old accordion inspired the love for the accordion in Tomaž; later he reached numerous outstanding results in various music competitions and festivals with it; such musical career marked him for the whole life. He achieved excellent accordion results since with the diatonic accordion he reached highest places in contests; among other he achieved three gold plaquettes of Ljubečna. His life dreams were playing in an ensemble. His wish came true already when he was 16 years old when he founded the Mladi Dolenjci ensemble with two other members (Lado Šurla and Simon Lukšič). Already in the first years of performing, he won all the biggest Slovenian festivals where they received more than 30 top awards of both the jury and the audience. The Mladi Dolenjci ensemble which is performing since 1996 toured the USA, Canada and Europe. His musical horizon has constantly widened so like his first idols – Franc Mihelič, Slavko Avsenik, Lojze Slak and some other Slovenian legends – he has directed himself in other music genres as well and play various global hits. He creates the arrangements of the world famous hits as well as his own songs. When he was young, he attended music school and also tried other musical instruments. Then, he also played the trumpet; today, the synthesiser or electric keyboards, the guitar and the bass guitar are not unknown to him. Kastelic has been an excellent teacher of accordion for many years and is glade to share his knowledge with others – young and old. The music accompanies him every day and is his life.


M. Sc. Danijela Rakić, associate professor, pedagogical advisor Danijela Rakić was born in Zemun (Serbia) in 1970. She completed her elementary and secondary musical education in the “Kosta Manojlović” school of music in Zemun, in the class of prof. Darko Uzelac. As a student, she received several achivements at national festivals and competitions. Danijela completed the accordion studies at the Russian Academy of Music – “Gnhesinih” in Moscow, in the class of prof. V. P. Kuzovljev (1994). In addition to the graduation concert, she also defended the graduation thesis – “Transcription of polyphonic compositions for accordion”, under mentorship of M. J. Imhanicki, PhD; at the same year. In 2012, she finished master studies at the Megatrend University in Belgrade, Faculty of Culture and Media, defending the topic: “Formation of a Music Culture in the Conditions of New Media”.

Danijela Rakić starts her pedagogical activity in Music school “Stanislav Binički” – Belgrade, in 1994. Since 2001, she has been working in Music school “Kosta Manojlović” in Zemun. Beside these schools, she was also engaged in music schools “Vuk Dragović” – Šabac, “Božidar Trudić” – Smederevska Palanka, and “Živorad Grbić” – Valjevo. In the period of 2005-2011, she was working at the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade. From the academic year 2009/2010, she has been in the university title of associate professor at the Academy of Music in East Sarajevo. In academic year 2015/2016, she was engaged at the academy of “Slobomir P University” in Bjeljina (Bosnia and Herzegovina), department in Belgrade (Serbia).

At the suggestion of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Serbia, together with colleague Zoran Rakić, PhD, she has been working on the making of the Curriculum for secondary schools of music – accordion, chamber music, orchestra (1996). Students in class of prof. Danijela Rakić perform at numerous public appearances in Belgrade, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Russia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Latvia, Montenegro, Croatia, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic. Danijela achieved significant results on many national and international festivals and competitions: “Hopes, Talents and Masters” – Albena (Bulgaria); “57th World Trophy” in Samara (Russia); “58th World Trophy” in East Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina); “61st World Cup” in Glasgow (Great Britain); “Akordeon art” in East Sarajevo; “65th World Cup” in Spoleto (Italy); “66th World Trophy” in Martigny (Switzerland); “20th Trophy of Portugal” – Alcobasa; “Accordion days” in Prague (Czech Republic); “Days of accordion” in Smederevo (Serbia); International accordion festival in Novi Kneževac (Serbia); “Harmonia” in Belgorod (Russia); “Accordion fest” in Knjaževac (Serbia); “Ascoltate” in Kaunas (Lithuania); “Naujene in Daugavpils” (Latvia); Competition in Moravske Toplice (Slovenia), International competition in Loznica (Serbia); Festival “Musical Spring” in Smederevska Palanka; Talent review in Sremski Karlovci (Serbia); “MehFest” in Belgrade; “Accordion fest” in Belgrade; “Accordionists meetings in May” in Lazarevac (Serbia); “Akkordeon fest” in Graz (Austria), “Primavera” in Bjeljina… 301 awards were won in different age categories, of which 51 special.

Danijela Rakić was also engaged as a member of jury on national and international competitons in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, FYR of Macedonia, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Switzerland, Croatia and Austria. Four years in a row (2006-2009), as well as in 2016, she was awarded by the Music school “Kosta Manojlović” in Zemun, for the achieved pedagogical results in work with students. In five consecutive years (2010-2014) Danijela was being awarded by the Dean of the Academy of Music in East Sarajevo with the acknowledgement for the promotion of the Academy and results achieved at national and international competitions. At the first International festival “Akordeon art” (2010), Danijela Rakić was awarded as the most successful accordion teacher. She has won more than 50 national and international awards.

In 2008, she was selected to be the President of the Belgrade Section of Accordionists. She manages the Belgrade and regional sections. Also, she took part in the worknof the General Assembly at the winter and summer congress of the World Confederation of Accordionists (Great Britain, China, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria). Besides the mentioned professional engagements, D. Rakić has also been engaged any times as the lecturer on seminars and master-classes for teachers and students in Serbia, Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania and Croatia. She performed on International science conference at the University “T. Schevchenko” in Lugansk (Ukraine). Together with colleague Valentina Dutina, M. Sc., she presented lecture on topic: “Serbian vocal tradition”. Also performed at 6th International science conference “Traditional music in system of professional education” in Belgorod (2015). Danijela took part in International science conference “Traditional music art in modern social culture – traditions and inovations” (Belgorod, 2015). She also performed at 7th International science conference “Folk music culture in modern world: union of science, education and practice” (2017). Danijela is a member of “Confederation Mondiale de l’ Accordeon” (CMA, France); “Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes” (CIA, Great Britain) and member of academic music association – “musical constellation”. She helps young colleagues as a mentor for the preparation of a professional examination from the accordion. Since the academic year 2007/2008, she has been performing the duty of the chief at the Section of Accordion, and from academic 2011-2015, she has been performing the duty of the chief at the Chair of Accordion, at the Academy of Music – University of East Sarajevo.

She is a member of the pedagogical comission appointed by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Serbia for teacher licensing. In 2015, she receives the Annual Prize of the “Music School of Serbia Community” for multi-year activities in the formation of young talents and for selfless love, frienship and knowledge invested in the growing up of the artists. Since then, Danijela holds the position of Pedagogical advisor of the Republic of Serbia. “Accordion News”, famous accordion website, ranked prof. Rakić among the five most successful professors of Europe (2017). “The Best Educators of Serbia”, project implemented by the Association for the Promotion of Enterpreneurship”, selected professor Danijela Rakić for one of the best educators in Serbia (2017)


Professor Hongyu Wang, Chinese, born in 1963. As a musician, a teacher, an accordionist, and an entrepreneur of the wonderful instrument, he won several international prizes, including the Russia International Accordion competition in 1997. Professor Wang is also a judge of international repute, judging many festivals throughout Russia, Italy, Australasia, France, New Zealand, Lithuania, some as an example. Most recently, he was the jury of the international festival in Vladivostok. Recently, professor Wang participated in the international accordion competition held in Vladivostok in Russia, as the chairman of the jury. In the same year, Raymond, the president of of the Confederation International des Accordionists, gave Hongyu an outstanding contribution award. Professor Wang is also a devotional teacher. Some of his students are prizewinners of international competitions. Professor Wang has also published essays on well-known Chinese academical music magazines, books and CDs, such as the CD the Voice of Springpublished by Heilongjiang Audio-Visual publisher in 2002. Since 2016, professor Wang has become the president of the Music College of Harbin Normal University, where he started his teaching career in 1989.


Jani Lipičnik grew up in Zagorje ob Savi where he started his music career at the piano accordion department of the music school in 1975. Talent, skill and love for music have shaped his destiny so he could easily play any instrument that came in his hands. Today, Lipičnik is known as a multi-instrumentalist who plays 12 different instruments. He has had more than 2,500 musical performances in various pop, rock, folk and ethno ensembles; he has been awarded at many major music festivals. The most important music awards he has received are undoubtedly “Zlati petelin 1996”, two silver discs of the Panika records publisher, victory in Slovenska popevka 2004 and victory at the festival of dialect songs in 2008. Some of the well-known ensembles that he has played in are: Veseli Zagorjani, Hazard, Sunny orchestra, backup band of Dominik Kozarič, Rekviem, DeŽur, Zlati muzikanti, Malibu and Prava banda; most recently he played in the successful folk ensemble Donačka. At the moment, he is a member of the newly formed Ma3nas ensemble where he plays the piano accordion and the guitar. When he came in Novo mesto more than 20 years ago, he established his music workshop which has gradually turned into music school. Today, the school is located in three locations, namely Novo mesto, Grosuplje and Metlika; enrolment to 17 departments is possible. Lipičnik is one of the teachers in the music school, of course. Lipičnik as a musical studio technician provides you the topmost recording technique, recording of songs and preparation of authorial or arranged songs in his private musical production.