Duo Karolina Mikołajczyk & Iwo Jedynecki
Duo Karolina Mikołajczyk & Iwo Jedynecki are one of the most interesting chamber ensembles of the young generation. They have claimed Grand Prix and 1st prizes at international music competitions in France, Italy, Austria, Croatia and Poland. They have performed i.e. at the Warsaw Autumn festival, in the New York Carnegie Hall, as well as played recitals in France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Georgia, United States, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Brunei and Thailand. In May 2017 they performed a sold-out debut recital at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw. In July 2018 they went on a concert tour in China, performing in venues such as Guangzhou Opera House and Jinan Shandong Grand Theatre.
The Duo's performances are described as perfect and mature, yet luminous and filled with youthful vitality. Many pieces gain new interpretations and original sounds thanks to Iwo Jedynecki's accordion transcriptions. Both artists boldly venture into renowned works of chamber music literature giving them new quality and delightfully diverse colouring. Eager to perform contemporary music, the ensemble collaborates with leading Polish composers who dedicate their works to the Duo. In 2016, Marcin Błażewicz composed the first ever double concerto for violin, accordion and symphonic orchestra. The composer dedicated his work to Karolina Mikołąjczyk and Iwo Jedynecki, who premiered the piece. In 2019, Duo’s violin-accordion arrangement of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Violin Sonata (1953) received an official approval from the Maestro himself.
In 2016 the debut CD „Premiére” by Duo Karolina Mikołajczyk & Iwo Jedynecki was published courtesy of Requiem Records’ „Opus Series” dedicated to contemporary music. The album contains pieces for violin and accordion written between 1952 and 2015 by three generations of composers. Most of these pieces have never been recorded before. This is the first ever album with new music by a duo violin-accordion.
In 2018 a video of the Duo performing Mozart’s Violin Sonata gained more than 500 000 views on the Internet.
Karolina Mikołajczyk plays a Duke London violin from 1776. Iwo Jedynecki plays a Pigini Sirius Millennium accordion. The purchase of both instruments was financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.