Cory Pesaturo


3-time World Champion

Bachelor of Music  

New England Conservatory Of Music 

Cory Pesaturo is a graduate of the prestigious  New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where he was the first musician ever to major in the accordion. Pesaturo is one of only four accordionists to win a world championship competition on both the acoustic and digital accordion, and is the only person ever to also win a world championship in the jazz category. 

Pesaturo’s extensive resume includes appearances at the White House for President and Mrs. Clinton on four different occasions, starting at age 12. On one of those occasions, he became the youngest person ever to perform at a State Dinner, performing with the Marine Strolling Strings for the President of Hungary. He has since performed at seven other events for the Clintons and continues to keep in touch as proved by his 14 letters from the First family. He has judged accordion competitions all over the world, in addition to general music competitions. 

On the Classical side, which is less known, a win at 16 years old in a Concerto competition at the New England Conservatory of Music, gave Cory the rare opportunity to perform with the Brockton Symphony Orchestra as a featured soloist and on the Jazz side, Cory recorded two CDs with saxophone legend George Garzone and his famous band “The Fringe” at age 19, and has performed/ become friends with Jazz and Music legend Wynton Marsalis. 

Cory has developed his own electric accordion, and already has made the first ever skinned accordion that includes a symmetric midi lighting system attached to the keys. IDEAS is delighted to have Cory participating in their first annual Symposium.  

NOTE: Cory will be providing individual lessons throughout the Symposium, so when you register, make sure to let the Co-directors know that this interests you as part of your registration package.