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Mr. Franco Cambareri is a renowned accordion player and composer of instrumental music. As the representative of Frosinisociety Oceania he is available for questions or ideas to promote the world of accordion. A description of, and contact form to Franco is found bellow.

Franco Cambareri was born on 7th January 1938 in a small town called Gerocarne in Calabria Italy.

At a very early age, when he first heard the accordion sound, he fell in love with the instrument and dreamed of the day he could afford to own one.

For that dream to come true he waited until he migrated to Australia in 1953 to join his Father who had migrated to Australia the previous year. He made this journey on his own on a ship called the Neptune at the age of 15 years. Soon after arriving in Melbourne he began working to help pay for the rest of his family to migrate to Australia.

At the age of 17 he finally had enough money to put a deposit on an accordion and pay for 1 accordion lesson per week. Normally to learn to play the accordion most people start at an early age, however with Franco as he started late, he felt he had to work harder to try and catch up so he studies for 26 hours a week.

In 1961 he went to Rome for 1 year to further his study in music. When he returned to Australia 1 year later he formed a band called the Jolly Quintet where they played on radio, television did floorshows at different venues and also played at several nightclubs. They also released several EP records.

In 1966 he formed a group called the Trio Franco. This group performed at many venues and at times as many as two or three venues in one day. They also entered the first Italian song festival in Melbourne and came in second place. They also produced and acted on a weekly television musical called Carosello. They released more EP record and also LP record.

In 1967 they did an overseas tour to Fiji where they performed at many venues. During this time when he could, he also taught music and the accordion to many young musicians.

He stopped playing and performing in 1973 to pursue other interests and career and in Christmas 2000 when he retired from the workforce he took up writing music as a hobby. To date he has written 70 pieces of original instrumental music and has produced 3 CD’s with 58 of these numbers.

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