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Bridge + Wolak

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Watch and be amazed.– CBC

Classically trained international soloists, Michael Bridge (accordions) and Kornel Wolak (clarinet) use virtuosity, comedy and musical sensitivity to bring their custom repertoire to life. Playing classical showpieces, jazz ballads and fiery folk music, Wolak and Bridge began collaborating in 2012 and have since toured across Canada, Poland, France, and Ecuador as both performers and educators.

Kornel Wolak is an internationally-renowned soloist, teacher and chamber musician; “Control and a smooth expressivity are what make Wolak shine” (Toronto Star). Dr. Wolak is on faculty teaching clarinet at Queen’s University and is also pioneering collaborative research in oral articulators with the department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto. His first book, Articulation Types for Clarinet, quickly became the new must-have book of 2018 for clarinetists and saxophonists.

Michael Bridge (accordions and piano) is a winner of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Medal and named one of CBC’s “30 Hot Classical Musicians Under 30”. Active in new music, he has over 50 world premieres to his credit and tours extensively as an orchestral soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and instructor. He is a doctoral candidate on accordion at the University of Toronto, studying with Joseph Macerollo.

Following the reception of their first album, “Rock Bach”, their second album, “Tales from the Dinarides” was commissioned by the University of Alberta in collaboration with Professor Guillaume Tardif (violin). Most recently they presented talks at the National Association of Woodwind and Percussion Instructors and the College Music Society conferences and are gearing up for several North American university residencies. They can be heard regularly on CBC radio.

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Think and Listen Before You Make Any Assumptions

The imaginative musical mastery, unorthodox arrangements/transcriptions and tight ensemble playing of accordionist/pianist Michael Bridge and clarinettist/pianist Kornel Wolak stretches boundaries in both the acoustic and electronic realms in this release featuring works from their live concert repertoire… READ MORE …

Duo the “Cream of the Crop”

The entire evening was, quite simply, superbly professional, relaxed and fun…. READ MORE …

Bridge + Wolak

Ensemble

Watch and be amazed.– CBC

Classically trained international soloists, Michael Bridge (accordions) and Kornel Wolak (clarinet) use virtuosity, comedy and musical sensitivity to bring their custom repertoire to life. Playing classical showpieces, jazz ballads and fiery folk music, Wolak and Bridge began collaborating in 2012 and have since toured across Canada, Poland, France, and Ecuador as both performers and educators.

Kornel Wolak is an internationally-renowned soloist, teacher and chamber musician; “Control and a smooth expressivity are what make Wolak shine” (Toronto Star). Dr. Wolak is on faculty teaching clarinet at Queen’s University and is also pioneering collaborative research in oral articulators with the department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto. His first book, Articulation Types for Clarinet, quickly became the new must-have book of 2018 for clarinetists and saxophonists.

Michael Bridge (accordions and piano) is a winner of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Medal and named one of CBC’s “30 Hot Classical Musicians Under 30”. Active in new music, he has over 50 world premieres to his credit and tours extensively as an orchestral soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and instructor. He is a doctoral candidate on accordion at the University of Toronto, studying with Joseph Macerollo.

Following the reception of their first album, “Rock Bach”, their second album, “Tales from the Dinarides” was commissioned by the University of Alberta in collaboration with Professor Guillaume Tardif (violin). Most recently they presented talks at the National Association of Woodwind and Percussion Instructors and the College Music Society conferences and are gearing up for several North American university residencies. They can be heard regularly on CBC radio.

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Press

Think and Listen Before You Make Any Assumptions

The imaginative musical mastery, unorthodox arrangements/transcriptions and tight ensemble playing of accordionist/pianist Michael Bridge and clarinettist/pianist Kornel Wolak stretches boundaries in both the acoustic and electronic realms in this release featuring works from their live concert repertoire… READ MORE …

Duo the “Cream of the Crop”

The entire evening was, quite simply, superbly professional, relaxed and fun…. READ MORE …

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