|Joan Grauman, AAA Historian|
The First to Represent the US at the Coupe Mondiale
|Originally printed in 2015.
In 1955, cities and towns across the United States each had several accordion schools. Contestants in the national competitions numbered in the thousands.
Two young musicians stood out among the crowd and were chosen as the first US Virtuoso Champions to represent our country in the Coupe Mondiale, which was held that year in Brighton, England. Joan Cochran was the ATG Virtuoso Champion and the AAA Virtuoso Champion was Lou Coppola.
| 60 years later, these two giants in the accordion world are still making the United States and the whole accordion world proud! We are so delighted to have both of them with us at this year's festival!
To learn more about Joan Cochran Sommers, check out her amazing bio in the 2015 AAA Festival Journal. An extensive article on the musical life of Lou Coppola can be found in the 2013 AAA Festival Journal, and online in the November 2013 USA News:
Lou Coppola – AAA US Virtuoso Champion in the 1950s is still making great music six decades later and