KEVIN SOLECKI: PROFESSIONAL
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 1992.
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 early 1997. Kevin and the band have 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 been a part of 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 a popular Pittsburgh
based country band, the PovertyNeck Hillbillies, to help him achieve a full band sound by accompanying him on drums, bass,
and guitar. 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 featured 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. In
2009, Kevin secured a position as full time accordionist at Wholey's (Pittsburgh's most popular fish market located in the
city's Strip District). He can still be seen there on weekends, squeezing out lively tunes for the store's customers. Another
highlight for Kevin included a personal invitation from Harry Connick Jr. to help him at a performance at Pittsburgh's historic
Heinz Hall. Solecki performed a few solo songs per Harry's request for the sold out June 2013 performance, then accompanied
Connick's band for a tune during a memorable night of music and fun!
Currently Kevin continues to perform solo at nursing and senior homes, church festivals and functions,
corporate events, family reunions, picnics, restaurants, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, class reunions, campaign
parties, casinos, riverboat cruises, and accordion functions around the country. He is also versatile with his
repertoire, playing not only Polish melodies to represent his heritage, but also Oktoberfest music, Italian songs, French
tunes, Irish music, and much more. Kevin also keeps busy giving accordion lessons, instructing a handful of students