A dynamic musical team, Kornel Wolak (clarinet) and Michael Bridge (accordions) are globetrotting concert artists / educators / researchers / entrepreneurs — pushing the traditional boundaries of their instruments. They perform as a duo, or with full orchestra or string quartet – playing a uniquely orchestrated repertoire of baroque, classical, folk and contemporary music. As educators-researchers, they are guest lecturers at universities and conferences, and conduct and publish original research related to their performance practices. Their serious musical goods coupled with an entertaining stage presence has led to critical acclaim in Europe, North and Sounth America – “Watch and be amazed.” (CBC)
Dr. Wolak is an associate professor at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. His pioneering research in oral articulators at the University of Toronto with the Department of Speech Language Pathology led to the publication of his first book, Articulations Types on Clarinet, and collaborations with schools in China, the USA, Europe and Canada. His playing has been praised on three continents; “Control and a smooth expressivity are what make Wolak shine.” (Toronto Star)
Michael Bridge is pursuing his doctorate in accordion performance at the University of Toronto. “A wizard of the accordion”(CBC), he is a leading performer in his generation on both acoustic and digital accordions. He teaches guest lectures on the Music Business for Students at various universities alongside lectures in writing for accordion. He has premiered over 50 works and performs more than 100 concerts per year.
Following their formative first album, Rock Bach (2015); their second album, Tales from the Dinarides (2017), featured classical and folk melodies from Central Europe performed with violinist Guillaume Tardif, commissioned by the University of Alberta’s Wirth Institute. Their recordings are heard regularly on CBC radio across Canada, and their lectures are available internationally on the Clarineat Podcast. They both consider themselves lucky to work and travel the world as great friends.