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About Kornel Wolak:

Kornel Wolak has been lauded on two continents for his glorious tone, precise technical control and musical imagination. Critics have hailed him for his playing that showed “admirable calm and patience in shaping beautiful sonorities . . . full of energy,” (Andrzej Chylewski, Glos Wielkopolski); “beautiful [playing] in the lyric selections . . . a lot of imaginative colors, dynamics, and rubato,” (Jolanta Brozda, Gazeta Wyborcza), and “control and a smooth, elegant expressivity [that] make Wolak shine,” (John Terauds, Toronto Star). As a member of Quartetto Gelato from 2007 to 2009, Kornel performed on the latter’s 2009 recording, Musica Latina. He also appears as soloist on a 2007 release of Karol Kurpinski’s Clarinet Concerto, released by Channel II of Polish Radio – a CD that was nominated for Poland’s highest recording award, the Fryderyk.

Born in Bialystok, Poland in 1979 to a musical family, Kornel earned his Master of Music degree at Indiana University, followed by an Artist’s Diplomat the Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto.

About Joseph Macerollo:

Joseph Macerollo pioneered the acceptance of the concert accordion in Canada. He has premiered countless Canadian commissions, served on numerous arts boards and committees, and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Toronto Musicians Association.

Wild Reeds


Clarinetist Kornel Wolak and accordionist Joseph Macerollo team up for an entertaining, sometimes dramatic, musical reunion of these two distant relatives of the reed family, in a programme ranging from Rossini to jazz.


Giaochino Rossini: Introduction, Theme and Variations
Norbert Palej: Quay Quodlibet (World premiere; commissioned by Harbourfront Centre for the Toronto Music Garden)
Arne Nordheim: Flashing
Benny Goodman: Flying Home, Tattletale, Seven Come Eleven

Thanks to David Graham.

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