KEVIN SOLECKI: PROFESSIONAL ACCORDIONIST
Kevin was born in Warren, Michigan, in October 1978. Kevin
started taking classical accordion lessons at the age of 6, studying at Eligio’s Music Studio of Warren, Michigan (currently
EDB Studios), under the instruction of store owner Eligio DiBerardo.
At the early age of 10, Kevin started playing solo accordion performances.
He could be found playing at nursing and senior homes, weddings, anniversaries, church functions, restaurants, and private
parties. Some of Solecki’s earlier highlights included a performance on Detroit’s WCAR Radio in July 1989, a television
appearance on Detroit’s WXYZ TV in March 1991, and an interview with his hometown newspaper, The Warren Weekly, in February
Kevin stopped taking accordion lessons at the age of 16. In 1996, while still maintaining a demanding
solo schedule, he joined a nationally known polka band from Pennsylvania, the "Polka Family Band." After
several extensive months of traveling the country with the Polka Family, he decided to relocate to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
in February 1997. He was a member of the Polka Family for 10 years, departing the band in 2006 and decided to focus
more on his solo work after 2006.
Kevin has performed all over the United States, including trips
to Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, and Las Vegas. He has toured internationally in Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, the Caribbean,
and Europe. He has also done numerous radio and television shows, and had the opportunity to perform at some of the country’s
top polka festivals, state fairs, county fairs, hotels, and cruise ships.
In 2005, after recording on nearly a dozen albums with a variety of bands, Kevin decided to branch out and
do his own project. He chose a few friends from the PovertyNeck Hillbillies to help him achieve a full band sound by
accompanying him on drums, bass, guitar and accordion, and they recorded and released "Solecktions" in June 2005...a
polka album consisting of different styles of polka/waltz music. It was nominated for a Grammy Award
for "Best Polka Album" during the 2005-2006 season. By popular request, Kevin followed up with
another polka variety CD, a recording project called “Solecktive Sounds” which was released in September
2007. It once again features various styles of polkas/waltzes. It also features 14 talented guest musicians
performing on drums, bass, guitar, banjo, violin, vocals, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, flute, accordion, concertina and piano.
"Solecktive Sounds" was voted the "Best Polka Variety CD" in 2007 by 24/7 PolkaHeaven (an internet polka
show consisting of internet jockeys from around the country). Nearly 4,500 polka fans from around the world cast their
votes, and Kevin is honored for the recognition. His latest recording is a departure from his first two, it's a
solo accordion project featuring 14 instrumental love songs. The name of this CD is "Romantic Melodies", and
it was released in early February 2010.
Some of Solecki’s career highlights include a PBS Television documentary on the “polka,”
recorded with the Polka Family in October 2001. This documentary, called "Polka Passion," aired nationwide in the
spring of 2002, during PBS’s pledge drive season. He was then asked by Pittsburgh’s local PBS affiliate, WQED
TV, to compliment the documentary with a solo interview and a performance on his accordion. Another career highlight includes
a GRAMMY nomination for his debut album "Solecktions." His visit to the 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards Ceremony held
in Los Angeles, California in February 2006 was a memorable experience. Kevin was also invited to perform at the 7th Annual
International Accordion Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada in June 2006, the Root River Center as part of the Milwaukee Accordion
Club's 15th Anniversary Concert Series in July 2006, Mario Tacca's International Accordion Spectacular Show in October 2006,
along with sold out concerts for the Michigan Accordion Society's yearly Polkafest Celebrations.
continues to perform solo at nursing and senior homes, church festivals and church functions, corporate functions,
family reunions, picnics, restaurants, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, class reunions, campaign parties, and
accordion functions around the country. Kevin also keeps busy giving accordion lessons, instructing a handful of
students each week.