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DUO 19:21

Winners of 2018 Boulder International Chamber Music Competition „The Art of Duo” (Colorado, United States). Prize winners of the most important chamber music competitions in Poland (The International Kiejstut Bacewicz Chamber Music Competition in Łódź, Chamber Tournament Bydgoszcz) as well as the Internationaler HammerklavierWettbewerb FORTEPIANO+ in Austria. They have performed i.a. at Honens Festival (Canada), Boulder Bach Festival (USA) and Festival Academy Budapest (Hungary).

The unusual combination of piano and accordion dates back to the XIX Century, when composers such as Cesar Franck, Camille Saint-Saëns and Antonin Dvorak exploited the setting by writing pieces for a duo of piano and harmonium – two most popular salon instruments of that time (the latter being a predecessor of modern concert accordion). These fantastic pieces are very rarely perfomed nowadays, due to the fact that harmonium lost its importance in the XX Century. This is why Duo’s main task is to spread and popularize these forgotten masterpieces of the Romantic era. Compositions such as Scherzo capriccioso op. 36 by Alexandre Guilmant and 6 Duos for piano and harmonium op. 8 by Camille Saint-Saëns are often the audience favourites during the Duo’s performances.

Although the Duo performs mostly XIX Century music, their repertoire and musical preferences are much more varied. Their live recording of Paganini Variations by Witold Lutosławski was shared by a popular Internet platform „The Violin Channel”, dedicated to classical music. Morover they received special prizes for their contemporary music performances: at BICMC „The Art of Duo” in Boulder for Tomasz Golka’s True Green, as well as at Alkagran Interntional Accordion Competition in Czechowice-Dziedzice for Bagatelles by Uros Rojko.

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