Cory Pesaturo (“C Pez”) is revolutionizing the accordion. The only person to ever win the trio of World Championships on Acoustic, Digital & Jazz Accordion, Cory is also the only accordion graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
His performances at all three of his World Championships were played on accordions that were not his, and were generally 90% improvised—both aspects are unheard of in the accordion world. In 2017, he became a Guinness World Record holder, as RedBull® flew him to Austria to break the Marathon Accordion Record, in which Cory played for over 32 hours.
Cory’s extensive resumé includes appearances at the White House for President and Mrs. Clinton. His TV appearances include the Late Show with David Letterman, performing with Johnny Depp, and nationally televised programs in New Zealand, Canada, Italy, Tunisia, France and Finland. He has judged accordion competitions in the US, Canada, and Europe, in addition to other music competitions, and currently gives masterclasses at various universities throughout the US and Europe on Accordion and Improvisation.
On his Classical side, a win in a concerto competition at age 16 gave Cory the rare opportunity to perform with the Brockton Symphony Orchestra as a featured soloist, where he became the youngest accordionist in the U.S. to ever solo with a symphony orchestra.
The instrument’s most famous legend in the U.S., Dick Contino, said when Cory was only 15, “Of all the accordionists I’ve seen over the years, Cory is the one to pass the torch to, the only one who has all the tools to bring the accordion back to its former glory.”
Cory has spoken at TED, EG and Google Zeitgeist. He is also heavily involved with the motor sports world, and his music has been played on Formula 1 broadcasts on NBC, FOX and Velocity, as well as 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston.