Ivano Battiston, professor of Accordion at the “Cherubini” Conservatory of Music in Florence, Italy, studied with Salvatore di Gesualdo and received his degree in Accordion at the conservatory of Castelfranco Veneto with highest honors. In 1978 he won the first prize at the XXVIII Trophée Mondial de l’Accordeon (Pula) after which he also obtained conservatory degrees in choral music and bassoon as well as continuing his studies in music composition with Bruno Coltro. Mr. Battiston has performed in recitals in Italy and abroad (France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Croazia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Albania, Finland, Holland, United Kingdom, Malta, U.S.A., Russia, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil). As an accordion soloist he has performed with leading orchestras: Moscow Soloist conducted by Yuri Bashmet, Quad City Symphony Orchestra in U.S., Simfonični orkester RTV Slovenija Ljubljana, RAI Torino, Orchestra d’Archi Italiana, Sinfonica di San Remo, "Milano Classica" and “Pomeriggi Musicali” in Milan and also with the “Arturo Toscanini” Emilia Romagna Symphony Orchestra in the last concert of the “2 Agosto” International Composition Competition’s and with the Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra (Russia) at the 2004 / 2005 / 2007 edition of the Siberia - Italia Festival and in 2011. Since 1995 Mr. Battiston has appeared in duo with cellist Mario Brunello: their recording of “Sieben Worte” for cello, accordion and Strings for Fonit Cetra was acclaimed as one of the five most significant recordings of 20th century music to have been released in 1997. He has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Fonit, Sargasso Records, Promo Music, Profil - Hanssler, Velut Luna, Ema Records, Belumat Editrice, Raitre, Radiotre, etc.