– DUO 19:21 –
IWO JEDYNECKI & ALEKSANDER KRZYŻANOWSKI
Winners of 2018 Boulder International Chamber Music Competition-Art of Duo (Colorado, United States), prize winners at International Kiejstut Bacewicz Chamber Music Competition in Łódź, Chamber Tournament Bydgoszcz, and Internationaler Hammerklavier Wettbewerb FORTEPIANO+ in Austria, this remarkable duo is quickly gaining recognition on the world’s concert stages. The unusual combination of piano and accordion dates back to the 19th Century, when composers such as César Franck, Camille Saint-Saëns and Antonin Dvorák exploited the combination by writing pieces for a duo of piano and harmonium – the latter being a predecessor of modern concert accordion. These fantastic pieces are very rarely performed nowadays, due to the fact that harmonium lost its importance in the 20th Century. This is why Duo 19:21’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 Six Duos for Piano and Harmonium Op. 8 by Camille Saint-Saëns are often audience favorites during the duo’s performances. Duo 19:21’s live recording of Paganini Variations by Witold Lutosławski was recently shared by a popular internet platform The Violin Channel and has been viewed tens of thousands of times; that performance took place at Dairy Arts Center during BICMC-Art of Duo. They received special prizes for their contemporary music performances of Tomasz Golka’s True Green at BICMC, as well as for Bagatelles by Uros Rojko at Alkagran International Accordion Competition in Czechowice-Dziedzice.
Iwo Jedynecki, accordionist, is a prize winner at more than thirty national and international music competitions. As a soloist he has performed in Poland, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Germany, Austria, Spain, Croatia, Switzerland, Ukraine, Lithuania and Italy. Apart from his activity as a soloist he often performs in chamber music groups. Together with violinist Karolina Mikołajczyk he is a prize winner of international chamber music competitions in France, Austria, Croatia and Poland. Duo Karolina Mikołajczyk & Iwo Jedynecki have played numerous recitals across three continents in highly acclaimed concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Guangzhou Opera House and Warsaw Philharmonic. Together with fellow accordionist Hubert Giziewski he forms Harmonium Duo, which regularly appears on stages in Poland and abroad, performing such innovative projects as J. S. Bach’s Magnificat, self-arranged for two accordions and choir, or K. Szymanowski’s Kurpian Songs with world-renowned Polish/Ukrainian soprano Olga Pasiecznik. Iwo Jedynecki is a graduate of The Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (prof. Jerzy Łukasiewicz’s class) and Hochschule fur Musik in Detmold (Germany) – a postgraduate Konzertexamen course under the guidance prof. Grzegorz Stopa. Currently he is pursuing his doctoral degree at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, with his thesis built around the forgotten 19th century music for piano and harmonium.
Aleksander Krzyżanowski was born in 1991 in Łódź (Poland). He began his musical education in 1997 in Wrocław with prof. Janina Butor. In 2002 he started studying under the guidance of prof. Irina Rumianceva at the S. Moniuszko’s Music School in Łódź. From 2005 to 2006 he studied in Central Music School – part of
P. Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, in prof. Anatoliy Ryabov’s piano class. From 2006 he studied in Poland again, this time in Zenon Brzewski’s Music School for highly gifted young musicians in Warsaw, continuing his education with prof. Irina Rumianceva. At the Frederic Chopin University of Music he studied in prof. Piotr Paleczny’s piano class. He took part in many masterclasses with artists such as Nelson Goerner, Dina Yoffe, Dang Thai Son, Boris Bloch, Tatiana Shebanova, Andrzej Jasinski, Adam Harasiewicz. Aleks is a prizewinner at several national and international piano competitions, and as duo partner with accordionist Iwo Jedynecki, won 1st Prize in addition to Best Performance of a New Work, and Audience Favorite Prize at BICMC-Art of Duo (in Colorado, United States).