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 the only accoronist to win World Championships on the Acoustic, Jazz, and Digital accordion. Cory also broke the the Guinness World Record for the Longest Accordion Performance in 2017, sponsored by the RedBull Formula 1 team.
His 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 legends Quincy Jones and Wynton Marsalis.
Cory has modified his own electric accordion, creating the first ever skinned accordion which includes a symmetric midi lighting system attached to the keys. IDEAS is delighted to have Cory participating in all our Symposiums.