Les Editions du Nord just made available a load of arrangements for accordion ensemble of popular works from the great composers – Mozart, Bach, Händel, Grieg, Rossini, Mascagni, etc… A genre that works well for young and less young accordeon players. At least if these arrangements are of good quality.
But that is exactly one of the specialties of Belgian accordionist and cellist Myriam Mees, who made a name for herself as a composer and arranger for her instrument since the nineties, based on her hands-on pedagogical experiences with chamber music and accordion ensembles.
Myriam Mees obtained her degree in accordion and national awards for cello and chamber music in the 1980s. She continued her studies at the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Antwerp and won important prizes, such as the Doutrelon de Try prize in 1985. In 1986 she was the first laureate for chamber music in the National Youth Music Contest (aka Pro Civitate). Her career both as an accordionist and a cellist has included concerts at home and abroad and television and radio recordings.
From 1987 to 1993 she conducted of her own accordion band called Crescendo and from 1991 to 2001 she led the Accordion Quintet Myriam Mees, which sprouted from her accordion and chamber music class at the Lemmens Conservatory in Leuven. As a cello player she regularly performed in various ensembles. E.g. in1997 Myriam Mees joined the Libertango quartet which focuses on Argentinian tango.
Myriam Mees is now an honorary teacher of accordion and chamber music at the College of Science and Art – Lemmens Conservatory – in Leuven. She still teaches accordion and ensemble playing in several music schools, and is also active as a composer and arranger.