ZUMI PIANO DUO
Mikolaj Warszynski & Zuzana Simurdova
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 to alternate 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 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. The Duo has since went on to perform 2 Canadian Tours (2011 & 2015), 2 European Tours (2013 & 2014), and 2 China Tours (2017 & 2015). The ZUMI duo has performed in Canada, France, Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, South Korea, and China.
In March 2017, the ZUMI 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.
Review following the Recital for the Edmonton Recital Society in January 2015: