Get to Know Us

“Acclarion is amazing….Unique doesn’t begin to describe such talent. They are the embodiment of serious technique & inspirational humour.” – Trevor Malcolm, Pelee Island Music Series

We welcome you to read the bio below, or better yet, hear our story in person at an Acclarion concert, because we do more than just play fabulous music on fabulous instruments!  

Since 2003 the husband and wife team of accordionist David Carovillano and clarinetist Rebecca Sajo-Carovillano have created a luscious, irresistible blend with their instruments and delighted audiences with their virtuosic flare and entertaining banter. “I have never heard such fresh and exciting performances of my favourite classical pieces.  This duo has a passion for their music and each other that we’ve missed from other concerts.  Watch out for them!” (Stanley Solomon, former principal violist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, President Friends of the Toronto Symphony)

David and Becky met at the University of Toronto and fell in love practicing together for their Master of Music recitals. (The juicy details are saved for the concert). Upon graduation, these classically trained musicians traded the world of lengthy avant-garde compositions for classical crossover: short works featuring scintillating harmonies, sweeping melodies and lively rhythms that engage and entertain audiences. “Acclarion takes the perceived elitism out of classical music and makes it more accessible.  You can’t compare these performers to anyone.  They are in a class by themselves.” (Ben Nind, Artistic Director Northern Arts & Culture Center, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories)

“Some things go well together.  A wink and a smile.  Peanut butter and chocolate.  Clarinet and the classical accordion,” wrote Catherine Hernandez from The National Post in 2006, when Becky and David tied the knot in a concert-wedding featuring special guest performers, harpist, Erica Goodman, and pianist, Angela Park. By then Acclarion was already “making waves in the world of classical music”(Fazila Khan, host Dufferin-Peel living, Rogers Television)performing for Barrie’s Colours of Music Festival, Carrefour Mondiale International Accordion Festival in Montmagny, Quebec, and the Glenn Gould Studio as featured artists for CBC’s Music Around Us hosted by Keith Horner. They had released their self-titled debut CD in 2004 which was regularly featured on CBC radio’s Disc Drive, the Vinyl Café, Studio Sparks, and America’s NPR, and sold around the world on iTunes.

After dazzling audiences throughout Ontario and a tour of the American Mid-West with Allied Concerts, Acclarion returned to the studio in 2008. The album “what if…?” gives classical masterpieces a makeover and experiments with new instrument combinations. “These guys have chops!” said Gregory Charles on his CBC radio show “In the Key of Charles” when he was astounded by Acclarion’s arrangement of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro Overture.

Due to popular demand, Acclarion returned to tour the U.S. in 2009, debuted in British Columbia with the Valley Concert Society, and developed educational outreach programs as teaching-artists in the Northwest Territories and Alberta.  Drawing from a wealth of inspiration, Acclarion has compiled an extensive body of living repertoire, and released an iPad Interactive Musical App for children, “Squeezy”, through the Apple Store, which has fans throughout the globe.

In 2012, Acclarion enjoyed a tour of communities in the Northwest Territories, alongside internationally renowned bassoonist and Order of Canada recipient, George Zukerman: “Acclarion is absolutely sensational.  They have a wide variety of ever cheerful, soulful, lyrical, happy repertoire.  They have a spontaneity about them that will charm every audience.  I don’t rave easily, but the five days I worked with them in various N.W.T. locations, was a musical love affair.”

Recently Acclarion premiered David’s “Bach to the Future” for accordion, clarinet, and piano trio for Chamber Music at the Scarab Club in Detroit and performed to an enthusiastic audience at the Yukon Art Centre for Whitehorse Concerts. Acclarion’s third CD “Shattered Expectations”, released in September 2015, “showcases phenomenal musicianship as they perform with passion, elegance, wit and stylistic acuity.” (Tiina Kiik, Wholenote Magazine)

David Carovillano – Accordion

David Carovillano holds a Masters degree in performance from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music. Performing on the Hohner Gola, the Stradivarius of accordions, he is one of a small handful of concert free-bass accordionists in North America, and a student of Canada’s accordion pioneer Joseph Macerollo. Having competed in various music festivals throughout North America, he has received over 140 awards for his playing and he has received several scholarships from the University of Toronto.  David participated in master classes held in Venice Italy, studying under noted German accordionist, Hugo Noth.  He has performed on numerous television, radio shows and theatre productions, including City TV’s Breakfast Television, Insight Productions’ Ready or Not, HGTV’s Design for Living, Global TV/MTV, a solo concert in 2001 with CBC’s Music Around Us, the Stratford Festival’s production of Fiddler on the Roof and the “new Mozart musical”,  The Magic of Love for which he appears on the original cast recording, conducted by Charles Cozens.  David has performed in various chamber capacities with members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The Toronto Winds, and I Furiosi, as well as being featured in new music concert series presented by Collaborations and Array Music.  In addition to performing, he is active as a music educator, festival adjudicator, and clinician.  As a composer and arranger, his music has been featured on radio, recordings, and live concert performances in North America and Europe.

“When the accordion is played by a true musician like David, it is a wonderfully expressive instrument.” (Dave Wagner, WRCJ Radio, Detroit, Michigan)

Rebecca Sajo-Carovillano – Clarinet

Rebecca Sajo-Carovillano holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music.  She is the first person in the university’s history to major in multiple woodwind performance.  Rebecca is proficient on all clarinets, bassoon, saxophone, and flute. She has studied with clarinetist Peter Stoll, saxophonist Alex Dean, and bassoonist Kathleen MacLean as well as playing in master classes for James Campbell and Sabine Meyer.  She was a finalist for two years in the Canadian Music Competitions, is Royal Conservatory silver medalist on clarinet and saxophone and earned her ARCT in clarinet performance when she was just 16.  Rebecca has played with the National Youth Band, the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Toronto Philharmonia.  Rebecca participated in the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles where she played with musicians such as Paul McCandless, Randy Newman and Arturo Sandorval. Her musical versatility was displayed through performances of classical, jazz, pop and film music with some of LA’s finest musicians.  As a teaching-artist, Rebecca maintains a private music studio, is frequently sought after by schools to coach wind and chamber music ensembles, and has developed music programs for schools in three Canadian provinces.

“Rebecca is a star clarinet performer with superb varied tone and unmatched musical ear sensitive to nuance.” (Tiina Kiik, Wholenote Magazine).

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