Stephen Kiz – Accordion

Specializes In:

Classical, Folk & Jazz

Biography

Stephen Kiz is Winnipeg born accordionist who studied with Ted Komar and Len Hunchak. During his studies Steve competed in a number of Canadian and ATG (Accordionist and Teachers Guild) competitions in Winnipeg, Toronto, St Louis and Chicago bringing home several trophies. Steve has performed both  as a soloist and with various groups for the Folkarts Council of Winnipeg (FACES) for over twenty five years appearing across western Canada and in the United States. From 2001 to 2008 he was rehearsal accordionist and conductor/arranger for the Ukrainian National Federation School of Dance.

Steve has been involved with Folklorama for over twenty five years performing at and arranging for such pavilions as Italy/Sicily, Alpine (German/Austrian), Brazil, Kiev (Ukrainian) and most recently, the Spirit of Ukraine pavilion. Steve currently leads and arranges for several of his own groups including the BMW (Bavarian Musik Werks) band, the BMW Dixieland Band and the BMW Brass Band. Steve is also active in several other projects as an arranger and accordionist. These include the Dennis Nykoliation Band and the High Profile band.

Steve regularly plays bass and tuba in such groups as the Owen Clarke band, the Murray Riddell big band, the Ricky Bogart and the New Casba band, Crazy 8s Dixieland band and the Merv Mauthe quintette. Steve’s recording/television credits include CBC and CKND projects as well as recordings with Dennis Nykoliation, High Profile, Owen Clark, Ted Komar, Len Hunchak and the Brazil pavilion.

Education/Training

Steve studied with Tom Komar and Len Hunchak.

Teaching Awards

Steve competed in a number of Canadian and ATG (Accordionist and Teachers Guild) competitions in Winnipeg, Toronto, St Louis and Chicago bringing home several trophies.

Career Highlights

Steve has performed both  as a soloist and with various groups for the Folkarts Council of Winnipeg (FACES) for over twenty five years appearing across western Canada and in the United States.

Steve has been involved with Folklorama for over twenty five years performing at and arranging for such pavilions as Italy/Sicily, Alpine (German/Austrian), Brazil, Kiev (Ukrainian) and most recently, the Spirit of Ukraine pavilion. Steve currently leads and arranges for several of his own groups including the BMW (Bavarian Musik Werks) band, the BMW Dixieland Band and the BMW Brass Band. Steve is also active in several other projects as an arranger and accordionist. These include the Dennis Nykoliation Band and the High Profile band.

Time With Mcma:

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