World Premieres


Michael Standing

New Music on the accordion is both exciting and essential. The accordion is still relatively young and it is important that we grow the body of repertoire written for the instrument.

I am proud and priviledged to have had the chance to given many world premieres:


Abbott, Brian:“Variations on Cummings - Old Age Sticks/Old Age Stuck” for tenor/double bass, piano/accordion, flute/harp/piano, and flute. Written for Hybridity Ensemble in collaboration with the Canadian Music Centre and Musica Reflecta. (2016)

Bartoli, Silvio:“Freeze”for flute, bass clarinet, accordion and marimba.Comissioned by M2M Duo, with thanks to the University of Toronto.(2017)

Bayefsky, Sammy:“No Exit”, a play by Jean-Paul Sartre,directed by Ivana Dizdar.Original score for solo accordion. Victoria College Theatre. (2013)

Caron, Jason:“Insomniac”written for the University of Toronto Contemporary Ensemble.(2012)

Clark, Zach: “I Ching Study No.1” for any instrumentation and vocalist(s). Written for Hybridity Ensemblein collaboration with the Canadian Music Centre and Musica Reflecta. (2016)

Coppala, Davide: “Checkmate!” for flute, bass clarinet, accordion and marimba.Comissioned by M2M Duo, with thanks to the University of Toronto.(2017)

Cusson, Ian:“The Children Are Laughing” for accordion/piano, piccolo/flute/soprano, flute/piano, double bass. Written for Hybridity Ensemblein collaboration with the Canadian Music Centre and Musica Reflecta. (2016)

Deda, Ferdinand:“Five Pieces for Accordion”. World premiere of new arrangement for accordion & orchestra, comissioned and premiered with the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra. (2016)

Denburg, Elisha:“El Nora Alila” for alto saxophone and accordion (2017)

Denenberg, Joshua:“Music for Autumn” for two accordions and piano (originally scored for two melodicas and piano). (2014)

Dupuis, Sophie:“There Are Also People Outside”written for the University of Toronto Contemporary Ensemble.(2013)

Dwarka, Menon:“Ice Harmonium” for accordion, piano/soprano, flute/piano, tenor/double bass. Written for Hybridity Ensemblein collaboration with the Canadian Music Centre and Musica Reflecta. (2016)

Emami, Keyan: “Dances on the Snow of Damavand”for cello, accordion, piano and percussion. Written for Ladom Ensemble (2016)

Emami, Keyan:“Star” written for the ICOT orchestra. (2014)

Finley, Ben: “The Red Balloon”, a film by Alberta Lamorisse. Original score for accordion, guitar, bass and percussion. (2012)

Hamidi, Pouya:“Three Interactions” for soprano and accordion soloists with orchestra. Written for the ICOT orchestra. (2014)

Hamidi, Pouya:“Three Reflections on Empathy”for accordion and string quartet. Commissioned by Michael Bridge. (2015)

Heidari, Maziar:“Lead Me from Darkness into Light”. Written for the ICOT orchestra. (2014)

Heidari, Maziar:“Tehran Summer” for cello, accordion, piano and percussion. Written for Ladom Ensemble (2016)

Hewer, Trevor:“Repentance” for clarinet, cello, electric guitar, digital accordion, percussion and electronics.Commissioned by FAWN Opera. (2014)

Ichmouratov, Airat:“Tales from the Dynarides” for violin, clarinet and accordion. Commissioned by Michael Bridge, Kornel Wolak, and Guillaume Tardif, with funds from the University of Alberta, Wirth Institute. Premiered at the University of Wrocław, Poland at the International Conference on the History of Multiculturalism in Central Europe. (June 2016)

Ling, Adrian:“Too Little Too Late” for accordion and percussion. Commissioned by Michael Bridge and Michael Murphy (2016)

Lowrie, James:“Markings” for clarinet, cello, electric guitar, digital accordion, percussion and electronics.Commissioned by FAWN Opera. (2014)

Lowry, Amanda:“The Storm” for clarinet, cello, electric guitar, digital accordion, percussion and electronics.Commissioned by FAWN Opera. (2014)

McGraw, Patrick:“Lyca” written for the University of Toronto Contemporary Ensemble. (2013)

McGraw, Patrick:“Three Pieces for Accordion and Percussion: Toccata; Reflection; Dialogue”. Commissioned by Michael Bridge and Michael Murphy. (2016)

Mansouri, Afarin:“Nowruz Preparation - I: Fairwell to Last Year; II: Setting Haftseen Table; III: Nowruz Arrival” for accordion, piano, cello and percussion. Written for Ladom Ensemble (2016)

Mulholland, Graydon:“don’t be afraid” for bass clarinet, accordion and percussion. Comissioned by M2M Duo, with thanks to the University of Toronto. (2017)

Pigdorona, Anna:“On the courtship displays of Birds-of-Paradise” for accordion and sangwang. Comissioned by Soundstreams. (2016)

Sandoval, Alex:“H2O”for accordion and percussion. Commissioned by Michael Bridge and Michael Murphy. (2016)

Shahi, Saman:“Elegy for the Falling Leaves” for cello, accordion, piano and percussion. Written for Ladom Ensemble (2016)

Shahi, Saman:“Overture and Postlude” written for the ICOT orchestra. (2014)

Taylor, Robert:“Carnivalesque” for harp and accordion. Commissioned by Michael Bridge and Johanna Weinholts. (2015)

Taylor, Robert:“Opticks” for soprano and accordion. Text by Sir Isaac Newton. Written for Maeve Palmer and Michael Bridge. (2014)

Taylor, Robert:“The Lady That’s Known as Lou: Square Dance for 11 Musicians”written for the University of Toronto Contemporary Ensemble. (2016)

Thornborrow, Christopher:“Recomposition” for clarinet, cello, electric guitar, digital accordion, percussion and electronics. Commission by FAWN Opera. (2014)

Todd, Matthew-Carl:new work written for U of T Contemporary Ensemble. (2012)

Versluis, Tyler:“Canzona prima della Fantasia & Fantasia” written for the University of Toronto Contemporary Ensemble. (2013)

Versluis, Tyler:“Harbinger”written for the University of Toronto Contemporary Ensemble.(2012)

Versluis, Tyler:“Three Unuttered Miracles”for accordion and percussion. Commissioned by Michael Bridge and Michael Murphy. (2016)

Michael Bridge 2010-2017