Hello! Welcome to my web site. I'm Alexander Sheykin, aka Alex Acco. Here you'll find audio and video recordings, as well as pictures of me performing.
The accordion is my life. When I was a child my mother and aunt used to play their accordions together for me. Because of what they shared with me, I began playing the accordion at six years old. Since then I have had the chance to perform all over the world for audiences both great and small and have loved every minute of it. By sharing my excitement for the music with the audience, I enjoy myself as much as they do.
One of the main reasons I love the accordion is its versatility. The accordion can be the soloist, it can be the accompaniment, it can play in the highest registers or the lowest, it can even be the biggest or smallest sound in the ensemble. It is a veritable orchestra of sound and function. I also love the sound of the accordion. Nothing else is quite like it. Because of the bellows and the reeds, it has a sound reminiscent of a human's voice. It has breath, it has timbre, and it has a soulful tone. Because of all this, the accordion is able to play in any style of music, be it classical, jazz, rock, or even its old mainstay, the polka.
I want to expand people's conception of the accordion, to make it more familiar to people all over the world. It has given me a life that has made me very happy and continues to do so every single day. When I give this feeling to another person, I am made even happier. Thank you, and enjoy!