Three-time world accordion champion CORY PESATURO (“C Pez”) is on the forefront of the accordion world, pushing the boundaries of what is possible on the accordion.
Cory is the only person to ever win a World Championship on Acoustic, Digital And Jazz Accordion, and the only accordion graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. In 2017, Cory became a Guinness World Record Holder, as RedBull® flew him to Austria to break the Marathon Accordion Record, in which he played for over 32 hours. Cory’s main contribution is his visionary thinking of how the accordion should be used, played, taught, and presented in modern music; this vision led him to give a TED talk, develop his own electric accordion, and make the first ever skinned accordion which includes a symmetric lighting system attached to the keys.
Known for his fluent improvisational skills and revolutionary digital accordions, Cory’s extensive performing resumé features appearances all over the globe, including several performances at the White House for President and Mrs. Clinton, and headlining at international accordion festivals around the world. Some TV appearances include the Late Show, performing with Johnny Depp, and nationally televised programs in New Zealand, Canada, Italy, Tunisia, France, and Finland. On an NYC broadcast, CNBC/FOX host Maria Bartiromo once said “No one is currently doing more for the Accordion than Cory”. He has judged accordion competitions in the US, Canada, and Europe, in addition to music competitions in general, and he currently gives masterclasses at various universities throughout the US and Europe. Cory recorded two CD’s with jazz saxophone legend George Garzone and his famous band “The Fringe”, and has performed / become friends with jazz trumpet legend Wynton Marsalis.