The late Peter Piccini, born in Sydney, made
his first solo appearance as an accordionist at a school concert
when he was only seven years old and although he showed promise
on that occasion he did not begin studying seriously until he
reached the age of fourteen.
Peter began earnestly to learn the secrets of the accordion from his father Peter Piccini Snr - known as the "Daddy" of the accordion in Australia since he was the first to introduce the piano keyboard on the accordion in this country.
Peter Jnr started broadcasting for national and commercial
radio stations at the age of fifteen and appeared in many state
performances. He subsequently went to Europe to broadcast for
the BBC, made several television appearances and also performed
at the famous club Pigalle as accompanist for the French singer
During this time Peter also toured Italy with the famous
Claudio Villa, one of Italy's most respected and much loved
popular singers, appearing together on television, radio, stage
productions and of course recordings.
Later in the sixties Peter, now also playing piano and joined
by his wife Fina, was to return to Europe for a long stint
performing with leading orchestras throughout the continent. On
return to Australia Peter was appointed Musical Director of the
Channel 9 Television Network and also began broadcasting for the
In the late sixties he toured Vietnam with an all Australian
concert party entertaining Australian and US forces and this was
followed in the seventies by further tours of Europe and the
Peter performed in many prestigious venues not only overseas
but of course also in Australia and particularly in Perth where
he was always very much in demand as a leading arranger and
conductor. Numerous recordings of covers and originals were
released by him along the years on various labels including
Cetra and Clarion Records.
The list of artists with whom Peter worked is endless and just
to name a few includes Frank Ifield, Gerry Gee, Graham Kennedy,
Samantha Sang, Johnny Young, John Farnham, Denis Walter, Matt
Monro, Bettie Curtis, Debra Byrne, Normie Rowe, Col Joy, Barry
Crocker, Max Bygraves, The Deltones, The Drifters, Ricky May and
the BBC Variety Orchestra.
In late 2004 Perth outfit Trio Alegra released a CD comprising
of fourteen songs all composed by Peter. These three
professional musicians, Eddie Staszak, Laura Mitchell and
Corinne Brokken, perform regularly at concerts, festivals and
functions and Peter's original works have become a constant
feature of these performances.
GMP wishes to pay tribute to a gentleman who has been one of Australia's finest musical entertainers and whose distinguished career justly earned him the respect and admiration only afforded to those truly gifted artists.