Cory "CPez" Pesaturo is revolutionizing the accordion. He began playing at age nine, and became the youngest person to win the National Accordion Championships.
He attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and studied Contemporary Improvisation and a variety of music styles, including Italian and French folk music, Bulgarian and Jewish music, Classical music and Jazz. He became the second person to major in and graduate as an accordionist there.
Cory is one of only four accordionists in history to win a World Championship on both acoustic and electronic accordion, and is the only person to also win a world championship in jazz. In 2017, he broke the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous playing of the accordion and has given TED Talks, Google Talks, an EG Talk, and spoken at various other conferences on the accordion. His past performances included filling in the accordionist on The Lawrence Welk Show at the age of 12, performing on four occasions at the White House, and playing at six other events and private functions for President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. He has also appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and on nationally televised programs in New Zealand, Canada, Italy, Tunisia, France, and Finland.
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