Hubert Giziewski and Iwo Jedynecki completed their music studies at Poland’s most important music institution of higher education, the The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and belong among the most distinguished musicians of their generation.
During the many years of their artistic education, they have worked with such prominent artists as Włodzimierz Lech Puchnowski, Jerzy Jurek, Jerzy Łukasiewicz, Fridrich Lips, Yuri Shishkin, and received numerous honors and prizes at prestigious festivals and music competitions, both in Poland and abroad. Their most important prizes include awards from festivals in Stalowa Wola (1993), Chełm (2001), Mława (2005) in Poland, as well as from competitions in Castelfidardo (2005) and Ibla-Ragusa in Italy (2005).
As soloists and chamber music players, Hubert Giziewski and Iwo Jedynecki appeared at the most famous concert halls and artistic centers in Poland (including the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, and the Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio S1 of the Polish Radio) and around the world (Suntory Hall in Japan, Carnegie Hall in New York, to mention just these two). In addition, they performed in concert in many countries around the world, including: Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, China, South Korea and USA.
Both musicians perform on Italian instruments made by master instrument-builders from the Pigini company.
During the twenty years of their activity, the duo have completed many artistic programmes. Apart from the pieces dedicated to Harmonium Duo – compositions by C. Paciorek, M. Majkusiak, and K. Herdzin, their repertoire consists of 19th and 20th c. piano, chamber and orchestra works. Harmonium Duo were also first to arrange and perform on accordion many of the pieces by Bach, Schubert, Puccini, Chopin, Borodin, Enescu, Lutosławski, and Panufnik.
The artists’ collaboration with numerous instrumentalists, vocalists and choirs, resulted in the pioneering performances of chamber versions of works by Bach, Mozart, Fauré, Stravinsky, Mahler, Shostakovich, Poulenc, Duruflé, or Szymanowski.
Due to the range and variety of their repertoire, as well as their moving interpretations, their concerts meet with an enthusiastic response from audiences all over the world.
Jeffrey James, Editor, International Composer, described Harmonium Duo after their April 2006 concert at Carnegie Hall:
“Anyone, who thinks the accordion is either dull or not really an instrument fit for classical music hasn’t heard these boys tear up. Performances like this leave little room for anything other than superlatives…I cannot say enough about the high quality of their musicianship and almost inhumanly good integration of sound, so I’ll just leave things at hoping to hear them again very soon”.