Nürnberger Akkordeonorchester (NAO)

Nürnberger Akkordeonorchester (NAO)

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The Nuremberg Accordion Orchestra (NAO) has been in the upper echelon of European accordion ensembles for many years now. In 1946, Willi Münch and his wife Paula founded the quintet that quickly evolved into the NAO. Since 1998, Stefan Hippe is conductor of the Nuremberg Accordion Orchestra. Today the NAO consists of 30 members and is one of the most successful European accordion ensembles. Through the years the orchestra has earned many awards at national and international competitions. The most significant recent achievements include First prizes at the 2008 German Orchestra Competition in Wuppertal and the International World Music Festival Innsbruck (2004 and 2010). In 1993 the Nuremberg Accordion Orchestra received the cultural advancement award of the City of Nuremberg for its remarkable dedication to contemporary music. In November of 2004, the NAO was awarded the "Kulturfonds-Preis der Familie von Tucher" and in 2007, the advancement award of Middle Franconia. Concert tours to many European countries, radio and television appearances and several recordings prove the great diversity of the orchestra. In 2016, the Nuremberg Accordion Orchestra celebrates its 70th anniversary. The CD "Accordion Jubilee" is the sixth issue of new literature for accordion orchestra presented by the Nuremberg Accordion Orchestra and RUNDEL Music Publications, following the successful CD productions "Accordion Adventure" (2005), "Accordion Panorama" (2009), "Accordion Inspirations" (2011), "Accordion Variations" (2012) and "Accordion Celebration (2014). The jubilee CD exclusively contains compositions and arrangements by Stefan Hippe.

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