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Marijke und Michiel Wiesenekker – Full Concert

Marijke and Michiel Wiesenekker have given a concert in Luxemburg. The concert has been filmed and is available from the website amcis.lu or directly at vimeo.

Concert Marijke & Michiel am Kader vun 100 Joer Ensemble à plectre

Short videos from the concert are also available at youtube.

Police Dog Blues – duo Wiesenekker live in LUX
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Davide Pancetti – Composer, Teacher, Mandolin Player

Davide Pancetti is a mandolin player, musicologist and composer from Modena in Italy. On his website you can find free sheet music and recordings of his compositions.

In his youtube channel you can find videos of his compositions, of important works by other composers and also tutorials for mandolin and guitar.

In the following video you can hear a live recording of Rêverie I by Davide Pancetti.

Rêverie No. 1 – Davide Pancetti

John Ryan’s Polka – Duet for two mandolins

In his latest video Davide Pancetti plays his Fantsia on “Howl’s Moving Castle”:

Davide Pancetti has also recorded a number of interesting compositions for the mandolin like the following mazurka “Fata Bruna” by Giuseppe Sgallari for mandolin and guitar.


The Japanese mandolin player Kozo Onishi has played the compositions by Davide Pancetti and has published his videos.

Playlist – Kozo Onishi plays Davide Pancetti

1:24 Serenata a Primavera 春のセレナータ

5:15 Mazurka マズルカ

9:50 Fantasia Napoletana ナポリ風幻想曲

17:45 La linea dei monti 山の稜線

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Vivi Gkeka – The Greek and Carribean Mandolin Sound

Vivi Gkeka (or Vivi Geka) is a mandolin player from Greece. I have recently discovered her videos on youtube.

A short biography of Vivi Gkeka can be found here:

The recent videos with Vivi Gkeka have been produced together with the pianist Dr. George Roberts. Let’s start with one of the Carribean Music Videos – Sly Mongoose

Working with Vivi, my Athenian Mandolin collaborator on this piece, further reinforced to me that music and playing has an accent. Though she easily got the notes correctly, to get the Caribbean intonation we had to get her dancing on the chair in rhythm. And even after that you could sometimes hear her Greek heritage coming through.

Sly Mongoose, Caribbean music for Mandolin and Piano. Musical Musings by Dr. George Roberts

Vivi Geka was born in Athens in 1968 and has studied theory of music, mandolin and piano at the Greek Conservatory and the Conservatory of Aggela Lalaouni. She has collaborated with great Greek composers such as Manos Hadjidakis and Mikis Theodorakis and with famous international music ensembles.

Listen to “The Concerto” from the album “Polyrhythmic Eroticism” with 21 melodies of Manos Hdjidakis.

In the past Vivi Gkeka has played Greek music and classical mandolin music in the ensemble

opou gamma, ro

This is a song by Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis

Νυχτερινός Περίπατος – Nyhterinos Peripatos

Manos Hadjidakis-Μάνος Χατζιδάκις Performed by ” opou gamma, ro ” Mandolin: Vivi Gkeka Cello: Christina Kolovou Base: Vaggelis Zografos Piano: George Diamantopoulos Arranged by George Diamantopoulos

The videos with Dr. George Roberts and Vivi Gkeka are great examples how well piano and mandolin can be played together. There are only few mandolin players who do regularly play together with a piano. In the time around 1900 when the mandolin was very popular in Europe many pieces for mandolin and piano have been composed and pblished, and maybe many interesting pieces could be discovered.

I have compiled my favorite Videos with Vivi Gkeka in the following Playlist.

The next video has been recorded together with the guitarist George Diamantopoulos, a quartet recorded in a multi track video: Vivi Gkeka – Mandolin, Mandola George Diamantopoulos – Guitar, Mandola

Pavane, Op 50
YOU RAISE ME UP for steel pan, piano and mandolin with KHAN CORDICE and VIVI GKEKA
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Federico Maddaluno plays Costantino Bertucci – Works for Mandolin

Playlist Federico Maddaluno – Costantino Bertucci – Chamber Music with Mandolin, Guitar and Piano

Federico Maddaluno is a young mandolin player from Napoli. He has produced an album with music composed by Costantino Bertucci. Bertucci has composed 24 Fantasies for mandolin solo and many other compositions. The complete playlist is available as a youtube playlist.

Sheet music for the compositions played by Federico Maddaluno are now available on the new online shop by Carlo Aonzo.

The soloworks for mandolin by Bertucci have also been published in an edition by Emanuele Capelotto by Armelin Musica in Italy

Preludio X by Raffaele Calace – Federico Maddaluno

In the archive of the mandolin orchestra Circolo Mandolinistico Costantino Bertucci you can find free sheet music for two pieces, Notturno and Danza di Bimbi by Costantino Bertucci.

Live Performance with Federico Maddaluno “Napoli Suono Ancora”

I have found another recording of the Notturno by C. Bertucci, a recording by Richard Walz.

Notturno by Costantino Bertucci – Played by Richard Walz