Son of Joseph Zampiceni, noted accordion composer, publisher, teacher, and performer during the Golden Age of accordions, Michael Zampiceni was weaned on accordions as a youngster growing up in San Jose. Beginning studies at 8 years old, he was already playing for area parades and other events by age 11. By age 14 he advanced to his father’s orchestra, playing either the accordion or drums.
While he was in junior high school, Michael joined the school choir, and others noted his pleasant voice and singing abilities, resulting in the pursuit of voice lessons at age 16. He eventually became a vocal major in the San Jose State music department with a secondary concentration in classical organ, and in 1971 received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music.
After teaching, performing, and selling keyboard instruments for several years, Michael decided to develop his concurrent writing skills and eventually become a Silicon Valley technical writer. He nevertheless continued to perform and teach as able. After a 30-year career, he returned to his roots, and is now fully teaching and performing in the bay area. He has also been traveling around the country more recently, appearing at festivals as a featured performer, clinician, and adjudicator for the Leavenworth Accordion Festival, Accordionists and Teachers Guild, and Las Vegas Accordion Convention. Michael is pleased to return to the Cotati stage after a 20-year hiatus.
Michael’s repertoire is broad and diverse, including American standards, European, Latin, classical, and jazz music. He will be playing some of these genres during his performance at this festival.
For information about booking Mike or for lessons, please see www.mikezamp.com.