late Peter Piccini, born in Sydney, made his first solo appearance as
an accordionist at a school concert when he was only seven years old and
although he showed promise on that occasion he did not begin studying
seriously until he reached the age of fourteen.
Peter began earnestly to learn the secrets of the accordion from his father Peter Piccini Snr - known as the "Daddy" of the accordion in Australia since he was the first to introduce the piano keyboard on the accordion in this country.
Peter Jnr started broadcasting for national and commercial radio stations
at the age of fifteen and appeared in many state performances. He subsequently
went to Europe to broadcast for the BBC, made several television appearances
and also performed at the famous club Pigalle as accompanist for the French
singer Line Renuld.
During this time Peter also toured Italy with the famous Claudio Villa,
one of Italy's most respected and much loved popular singers, appearing
together on television, radio, stage productions and of course recordings.
Later in the sixties Peter, now also playing piano and joined by his
wife Fina, was to return to Europe for a long stint performing with leading
orchestras throughout the continent. On return to Australia Peter was
appointed Musical Director of the Channel 9 Television Network and also
began broadcasting for the ABC.
In the late sixties he toured Vietnam with an all Australian concert
party entertaining Australian and US forces and this was followed in the
seventies by further tours of Europe and the USA.
Peter performed in many prestigious venues not only overseas but of course
also in Australia and particularly in Perth where he was always very much
in demand as a leading arranger and conductor. Numerous recordings of
covers and originals were released by him along the years on various labels
including Cetra and Clarion Records.
The list of artists with whom Peter worked is endless and just to name
a few includes Frank Ifield, Gerry Gee, Graham Kennedy, Samantha Sang,
Johnny Young, John Farnham, Denis Walter, Matt Monro, Bettie Curtis, Debra
Byrne, Normie Rowe, Col Joy, Barry Crocker, Max Bygraves, The Deltones,
The Drifters, Ricky May and the BBC Variety Orchestra.
In late 2004 Perth outfit Trio Alegra released a CD comprising of fourteen
songs all composed by Peter. These three professional musicians, Eddie
Staszak, Laura Mitchell and Corinne Brokken, perform regularly at concerts,
festivals and functions and Peter's original works have become a constant
feature of these performances.
GMP wishes to pay tribute to a gentleman who has been one of Australia's finest musical entertainers and whose distinguished career justly earned him the respect and admiration only afforded to those truly gifted artists.