Baker Bridge Duet

Together, they have grown up in front of Kimberley audiences, have honed their individual accordion skills and shared them with Kimberley audiences for many years.

As long time competitors at KIOTAC they have formed a wonderful friendship and have had multiple wins in KIOTAC’s duet and solo competitions. Now, they have decided to expand the traditions and present their dual talents in an entire concert of special favorite selections.

This young dynamic duo will dazzle you with their skills, magical chemistry and enthusiasm.

Biographies

Michael Bridge is the 2011 Canadian Roland Digital Accordion Champion and a previous winner of the Happy Hans Open. He traveled to Italy last October to represent Canada at the International Roland Competition where he placed fourth in a field of fourteen national champions. He also competed last fall, in Shanghai, China in the 18 & Under Junior Coupe Mondiale, where he came in 4th out of champions from 21 countries.

In February of 2012, Michael was honoured to perform with the internationally renowned Canadian quartet, Quartetto Gelato, in Santa Barbara, California. At sixteen, he performed live with the Boston Pops for the hit National Public Radio show, “From the Top”.

He will turn 19 at the end of May, but his musical travels have already lead him to Croatia, China, Italy, France, and all over the USA and Canada. He performed solo concerts in 2009 and 2010 at the Las Vegas International Accordion Convention.

A former student of Bev Fess, Michael is now is a first year student at the University of Toronto, studying under world-renowned accordion pedagogue Joseph Macerollo. His third solo album is being released this summer. Michael plays all genres of music on both accordion and piano.

This young man is an engaging and talented entertainer, determined to raise the profile of the accordion for the next generation.
Alicia Baker is a 20 year old self-professed music fanatic from Milwaukie, Oregon. She has been playing the accordion since the age of 6, as well as studying piano and voice.  Alicia currently attends Oregon State University, where she is in her Junior year as a triple music major, working toward degrees in music education, piano performance, and vocal performance. Her future dreams include teaching choral music, along with performing every chance she gets! Alicia has had much success on the accordion, winning various competitions including the “Happy Hans Open” at the Kimberley International Old-Time Accordion Competition in 2007, 2010 and 2011. In addition, in 2009 Alicia won the privilege of representing the USA at the Roland International V-Accordion Competition in Rome, Italy. She has since performed solo concerts at the Kimberley & Leavenworth Old Time Accordion Festivals, American Accordion Association Convention, Cotati Accordion Festival, and the NAMM show. The summer of 2012 will prove to be another busy time for her as she performs concerts all over the USA and Canada. Alicia strives to play all genres of music well, showing the versatility of her abilities and of the instrument. Some of her favorites include polkas, french musettes, jazz, pop, and techno. Alicia currently works for Roland as an accordion product specialist, where she hopes to continue spreading the joy of accordion music as well as increase the popularity of this wonderful instrument.
Together, they have grown up in front of Kimberley audiences, have honed their individual accordion skills and shared them with Kimberley audiences for many years. As long time competitors at KIOTAC they have formed a wonderful friendship and have had multiple wins in KIOTAC’s duet and solo competitions. Now, they have decided to expand the traditions and present their dual talents in an entire concert of special favorite selections. This young dynamic duo will dazzle you with their skills, magical chemistry and enthusiasm.