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Our 2020

IDEAS Faculty Scholar Honor

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Mr. Marco Cinaglia

Congratulations on this well-deserved honor Marco!

What is the IDEAS Faculty Scholar Program?

Starting with 2019 at Symposium 2.0, Joe Natoli and Michael Soloway, as the co-founders and co-directors of IDEAS (The International Digital Electronic Accordion Society) have decided to distinguish those members whose activities and history are stellar and involved – those who have supported the project since its inception; working  with us to build the community all over the world. IDEAS Scholars are deeply involved in the playing, performing, creation, and  teaching of digital/electronic accordions.


The position is a lifetime honorary appointment to the Symposium Faculty, and as IDEAS grows and continues to expand, our IDEAS SCHOLARS will form an impressive gallery and will become an increasing part of the history of an already historic organization and society. In normal non-pandemic years, the award will be presented at the final celebration dinner on the final evening of the Symposium. This year (2020) however, will be a little different however because of our Symposium 3.0 going completely virtual. Stay tuned for further announcements on how this award will be presented. Marco Cinaglia of Proxima Digital Accordion has been chosen as this year’s IDEAS FACULTY SCHOLAR for 2020. IDEAS is pleased to continue this program of honor and history for the second year, and  proud to have Marco Cignalia as its 2nd recipient. Congratulations MARCO !!


Marco Cinaglia

Marco Cinaglia was born in Italy (Ascoli Piceno) in 1961.

Marco studied accordion and electronic organ in his early years which would both prove to beneficial later in life when he combined those two thought processes to help Roland develop some of it flagship Roland  arrangers and ultimately the FR series of virtual accordions.

Marco worked at Roland Europe factory in Acquaviva Picena, Italy starting in January 1990.


During his first years of employment in Roland Europe, he collaborated to develop the Roland arranger series, including the E-96, G-800, G-1000, VA-7, VA-76, E-50, E-60, G-70, E-80, all well-known pieces of Roland vintage gear.


However, it was in 2003 that Marco fully dedicated himself to the development of Roland V-Accordion products, starting the FR1, FR2, FR3, FR5 and FR7 series, then later the FR1X, FR3X, FR7X, and FR8X


Since Marco had always firmly believed in the value of the V-Accordion products, he has continually worked hard among and with the the other Roland staff members who conceived and promoted the organization of the V-Accordion Festival, a competition for digital accordionists sponsored each year from 2007 to 2013. Marco has also actively worked in the promotional activities of Roland’s V-Accordion instruments aimed at unconditionally spreading the value of the this digital accordion instrument worldwide.


Marco also worked as the V-Accordion Product Manager in the Marketing Division in Roland Europe.


He received the award "CIA Honored Friend of the Accordion" from the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) for the year 2014 as a person who has made a significant contribution to the accordion movement in the world.


In 2017 he was teacher in the 1st level Master of "Digital Accordion" at the conservatory Giuseppe Verdi in Milan teaching the techniques and application MIDI through the digital accordion.

From 2016 to 2019 he worked at the Armando Bugari accordion company in Castelfidardo in the Bugari EVO digital division as Product Manager.


Apart from accordion world, he plays in a band and has written music for small theater companies.


Since 2020 he has developed the new company called PROXIMA Digital Accordions. This new company is dedicated to the development, design, production and sale of digital accordions and is following new research and developments in the area of digital accordion.

Because of Marco's undying love for the digital accordion, and being the impetus and key contributors in this industry culminating in starting a completely new company for digital accordion.

IDEAS is proud to welcome Mr. Marco Cinaglia as our 2020 IDEAS FACULTY SCHOLAR and look forward to many more years, now, of his participation with our Society and his participation at these growing and highly valued annual Symposiums.

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