ZUMI PIANO DUO
Mikolaj Warszynski (D.Mus) & Zuzana Simurdova (MgA.)
The ZUMI piano duo (also known as Warszynski-Simurdova Piano Duo) was established in 2007 in Montreal – both concert pianists are versatile performers who enjoy playing a wide range of genres, as well as offering a unique alternative approach to traditional presentation. In addition to performing piano duo for four-hands and two pianos, they enjoy alternating solo repertoire and/or chamber music.
Since inception, ZUMI duo has been regularly featured in the performance of music by contemporary composers. In 2007, they gave the Canadian premiere of Claude Vivier’s Disintegration for two pianos, at the Theatre de la Gésu in Montreal, as part of the Serie Hommage of the Société de musique contemporaine du Quebec.
In 2009, they made their debut recital in Poland, during the prestigious contemporary music festival Swietokrzyskie Dni Muzyczne, held annually in the philharmonic hall in the city of Kielce.
In March 2017, the ZUMI duo performed at New Music Edmonton’s ‘Hear This Now’ festival with works commissioned for performance either on two pianos or four-hands. For this concert, they have selected a repertory of new works by living Canadian and international composers – including Piotr Grella-Mozejko, Ian Crutchley, Miguel Bellusci, Rozalie Hirs, Jacek Sobieraj, George Andrix, and Linda Catlin Smith.
In 2010, the Duo actively promoted the music of Chopin in a series of multimedia concerts on the occasion of the 200th Anniversary of the composer’s birth, produced by Mazurka Music and Art & Chopin2010 Alberta, performing back-to back performances of the Chopin concertos in the chamber music version in major venues across Canada. For the 10th anniversary of Mazurka Music and Art, on March 21, 2020, the two pianists will perform a unique Chopin recital of the complete Ballades and Polonaises amidst a hanging art installation of printed silk.
In Poland, ZUMI has opened for the Chopin on the Motława River concert cycle in Gdańsk; performed at the Iwaszkiewicz Muzeum in Podkowa Leśna; with the Kielce Philharmonic in Poulenc’s Two Piano Concerto. In Czech Republic, they were invited to perform at the Janacek Hukvaldy Festival, and at the Janacek Academy in Brno, as well as at the Société Historique et Literaire polonaise de Paris.
ZUMI duo became Laureates of Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris in 2014.
Over the past few seasons, the ZUMI piano duo has been in high demand at performance venues in the Edmonton area, and have been invited to play at the King’s University Noon Tunes, McDougal Concert concert series, the Lenten concert series at the Holy Trinity Church; ZUMI has also been invited to present a lecture on piano duets for ARMTA in 2019.
The ZUMI duo has performed on tour in Canada, France, Poland, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, South Korea, and China. A debut album for the ZUMI piano duo under the DUX record label is due to be released in 2021.