Karolina Mikołajczyk, violin (Poland)
Iwo Jedynecki, accordion (Poland)
This concert is kindly supported by the Polish Institute in Sofia.
One of the most influential Polish chamber ensembles will be in Bulgaria for the first time to present an unusual combination of instruments - the violin and the accordion.
Duo Karolina Mikołajczyk & Iwo Jedynecki is one of the most promising young chamber ensembles in Poland. They have claimed numerous first prizes and Grand Prix on music competitions in Poland, Croatia, France and Austria. In November 2014 they received Rectors' Prize and Authors' Association Prize on Concert of the Year – national competition for chamber ensembles.
The duo was formed in 2013. The original combination of violin and accordion gives unlimited sound and colouristic possibilities, which the duo exploits on the repertoire from every musical period – from the Baroque up to the XXI Century. It consists of pieces written by composers of various nationalities, representing different musical styles. Apart from original compositions for violin and accordion they perform self-made transcriptions of world-renowned literature for violin and piano.
Karolina Mikołajczyk & Iwo Jedynecki enjoyed their debut in May 2013 in the Concert Hall of The Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Since then they are constantly performing in Poland and abroad. They have played at acknowledged festivals such as Vier Jahreszeiten Riehen (Switzerland), Chamber Music in Martvili (Georgia), Emanacje (The Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music), Dziekanka Summer Festival and From Chopin to Górecki in Warsaw, as well as the 58th Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music.
In 2016, Karolina and Iwo went on their first tour in the United States. Their performance in the higly acclaimed Carnegie Hall received raving reviews. In 2017, they are scheduled to give a recital at the Warsaw Philharmonic and a number of concerts in Asia.
Duo Karolina Mikołajczyk & Iwo Jedynecki are also collaborating with composers. In 2015 they premiered the works: "Rapido" by Edward Sielicki, "notturno" by Andrzej Karałow and "Mazurka" by Ignacy Zalewski. In February 2016 they premiered the first ever Double concerto for violin, accordion and orchestra, written upon the request and dedicated to the Duo by Marcin Błażewicz.
They took part in masterclasses with renowned musicians such as: prof. Ingolf Turban (Hochschule fur Musik in Munich), prof. Janne Rattya (Hochschule fur Musik Und Darstellende Kunst in Graz), prof. Inaki Alberdi (Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Pais Vasco „MUSIKENE” in San Sebastian). At the Frederic Chopin University of Music they have been working under the guidance of prof. Klaudiusz Baran.
G. F. Haendel – Sonata for violin and b.c. in D-major HWV 371
W. A. Mozart – Violin Sonata in G-major K 301
I. Allegro con spirito
Gershwin-Frolov – Concert fantasy on themes from the opera „Porgy and Bess”
C. Franck – Violin sonata in A-major
I. Allegro ben moderato
III. Ben moderato: Recitativo-Fantasia
IV. Allegretto poco mosso