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25/09 - Diphonon Duo (viola & accordion) - St Martin-in-the-Fields, 1.00pm

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G. F. Händel: Sonata for Viola da Gamba and obbligato harpsichord in C Major.

- II: Allegro

-III: Adagio


B. Britten: Lachrymae op. 48

 A. Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel

A. Piazzolla: Le Grand Tango

Diphonon Duo is a viola and accordion duo formed by the Greek viola player Michael Iskas and Iñigo Mikeleiz-Berrade, accordionist from Navarra (Spain). Michael and Iñigo met in 2015 during their Masters of Arts studies at the Royal Academy of Music (London) and, after discovering they share common musical interests, they decided to establish this ensemble. The word "Diphonon" means in Greek "two voices".

The combination of accordion and viola, bow and bellows, is an unusual duo, however the two instruments have more similarities than we think, since both are able to sustain sound for long time and vary its colour and intensity.

The repertoire performed by Diphonon Duo reaches different styles and ages - from original works for the duo, to transcriptions of baroque and classical music. The duo involve the audience in a journey through time and space, from the 17th century to the present day, and from distant countries such as Argentina, Denmark, Spain, the eastern Mediterranean Sea and Japan.

Diphonon Duo have performed in various venues across the UK such as the Wigmore Hall, Royal Academy of Music or Colston Hall (Bristol). During 2017-18 they were appointed as Wigmore Hall Learning Ensemble. The duo has received coaching and guidance from eminent musicians such as accordionist professor Owen Murray, Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi and Mie Miki and violists James Sleigh, Roger Chase and Garth Knox.