The Mikeleiz-Zucchi Duo is a London–based ensemble formed by Canadian saxophonist David Zucchi and Spanish accordionist Iñigo Mikeleiz-Berrade. Graduates of the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, the duo was formed in the spirit of mutual curiosity and open-mindedness.
Winners of the Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition’s Mixed Ensemble Prize (2021) and 2022 City Music Foundation Artists, the Mikeleiz-Zucchi Duo’s repertoire spans everything from reimagined traditional works to modern repertoire and improvisation, all vividly rendered by the unique combination of saxophone and accordion. With roots in jazz and folk music, both instruments share a similar history on the fringes of classical music, yet their combined expressive and technical capabilities, and the richness of sound offered creates a captivating musical experience.
After their debut concert at the Vale de Cambra Classical Music Festival (Portugal) in 2019, the duo has performed across the UK and Europe, including appearances at the Wigmore Hall, Edinburgh Fringe, the Rosengart Museum (Lucerne), St. George’s Bristol, and the Daylight Music series (Union Chapel, London). The duo is dedicated to the generation of new repertoire for their instrumentation, and a project to commission pieces for the duo has been supported by the Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust and the Marchus Trust.
Individually, Iñigo and David have distinguished themselves as award-winning interpreters of classical, improvised, contemporary and experimental music, and have performed at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues.