Emmanuel Gasser started playing accordion at nine years old and soon adapted a daily practice
schedule of 2 to 4 hours a day. Emmanuel started performing four months later and has fascinated
audiences everywhere with his breathtaking musicality and dazzling technique ever since.
He is
recognized as one of the best accordionists in North America, winning several trophies and awards at
the Kimberley International Old Time Accordion Championships in BC, in 2010, 2011 & 2012 , at the
American Accordionist Association Festival in Charleston, SC in 2011, at the ATG in Chicago IL in
2012, at the Victoria International Accordion Competitions in BC in 2012, at the Leavenworth
International Accordion Celebration in 2013, 2015 and 2016. He also won First Place in the Carmen
Carozza International Memorial Competition in 2017, First Place in the International Elsie Bennett
Composition Competition hosted by the American Accordionist Association in 2016 and 2017 with his
compositions. Emmanuel won the Youth Entertainment Award in recognition of his outstanding talent
at the 2010 Las Vegas International Accordion Convention. In 2011 he won the “Frank Marocco
Scholarship” for being an outstanding and dedicated accordionist. Emmanuel successfully represented
Canada in prestigious international competitions such as Coupe Mondiale, Trophée Mondiale, PIF
Castelfidardo in Italy, IAC in Switzerland, IAWK in Germany.
His musical talents have been nourished and developed by the assistance of several world champion
accordionists, but especially with the late accordion superstar Alexander Sevastian. Emmanuel
completed various internet and survey courses on Classical Music and Music History with Prof. Robert
Greenberg ( San Francisco Conservatory of Music ), Classical Composition with Prof. Peter Edwards
( University of Singapore ) and on Jazz Improvisation with Gary Burton ( Berklee College of Music ).
Emmanuel has exceptional musical maturity with already 50 original compositions to his credit.