composer Franco Cambareri was barely able to walk when he first
heard the magic sound of the piano accordion - an instrument he
promptly fell in love with and dreamed of one day possessing.
From the shores of the Calabria region of Italy and at the tender
age of fifteen, Franco boarded the steamer Neptune to make the
long voyage down under and soon after arriving in Melbourne he
started working to help pay for the rest of his family to join him
Franco was seventeen when he finally had enough money to put a
deposit on an accordion and pay for one music lesson per week -
his determination to learn meant he spent many a long hour in
study and practice.
In the early sixties Franco spent twelve months in Rome furthering
his studies in music and on his return from the eternal city he
formed a quintet which met with instant success and enjoyed
popularity on radio, television and at social clubs and night
clubs around Melbourne.
With this experience and after releasing several EP records it was
time to move on and in the mid sixties the Trio Franco was born, a
combo that was to become so much in demand they sometimes
performed even two or three times a day!
The group was awarded second prize at the first ever International
Song Festival in Melbourne and went on to record and release a
number of EP's and a full length LP album. One of the highlights
of this period was the collaboration as producers and actors on
the weekly television musical program"Carosello". There followed
an overseas stint on the South Pacific island of Fiji where the
Trio Franco delighted audiences at many and varied venues.
During this time Franco somehow managed to also teach music and
accordion to many young aspiring musicians and today some of
Melbourne's finest can lay claim to having their careers initiated
from those early lessons.
Franco finally stopped playing and performing in public in the mid
seventies in order to pursue a totally different career path but
when he eventually retired the passion for music returned as
strong as ever.
He decided to devote himself to composing the music he loved and
to date has written over three hundred and eighty original
instrumental works and has sixteen CDs to his credit. The first of
these, "Tender Feelings" (released through Colossal Records of
Australia), received significant airplay on a number of radio
stations across the country.
Franco's compositions are also available through various web sites
around the world including frosinisociety.org and
musicforaccordion.com both of which specialize in the electronic
distribution of sheet music specifically for the accordion and
many of his songs can be heard on YouTube and Soundcloud.
Some years ago one of Franco's compositions titled "Pour Aline"
was amongst the top ten awarded in the instrumental category from
thousands of entries in the Australian Songwriters Association
Another composition titled "Capricciosa" also featured on ABC
Classic FM as part of the ABC's "Sunday Live" concerts which are
broadcast throughout Australia and internationally through radio
and the internet. Guitarist Giuseppe Zangari and flautist Sally
Walker received enthusiastic applause for their performance of the
song in a recital transmitted live from the Harold Lobb Concert
Hall at the Newcastle Conservatorium Of Music.
Capricciosa again featured in a concert (March 2016) held at the
world famous Sydney Opera House and billed as "Postcards from
Italy", a journey through Italy via some of the country's most
memorable melodies performed by acclaimed musicians Victoria
Jacono-Gilmovich , Giuseppe Zangari , Cosima De Vito and Daniel
The Postcards from Italy concert delivered a combination of
instrumental and vocal gems that are an iconic part of the Italian
Identity , showing off Italy's musical heritage through a diverse
array of regional styles, instruments and dances.
Still more recently the ever popular Capricciosa was part of the
programme at a series of concerts held at The Auditorium of the
Narrabundah College in the Australian Capital Territory performed
by Sydney Conservatorium graduate flautist Jane Reyner and
internationally acclaimed award winning composer and guitarist
Franco’s compositions cover many styles ranging from European and
Continental favourites such as waltz, tango, polka to the more
contemporary and very popular Latin styles salsa, cumbia, bachata,
merengue and are performed regularly by all manner of combos from
one man bands to full orchestras at countless venues where music
for dancing is featured.
Franco Cambareri dedicates the music he writes to his family and
friends of which he has many - not surprising for a man and
musician whose inspiration for composing comes unmistakably from