Mik Kaminski

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Mik Kaminski
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Background information
Birth name Michael Kaminski
Born (1951-09-02) 2 September 1951 (age 66)
Origin Harrogate, England
Genres Rock, pop, classical
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Violin, viola, keyboards
Years active 1965–present
Labels Jet
Associated acts Electric Light Orchestra
Violinski
OrKestra
ELO Part II
The Orchestra
Blue Violin
Fay & Latta
Website Musical career

Michael Kaminski (born 2 September 1951) is an English musician. He is best known for playing violin in the rock band Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) between 1973 and 1979.

Early life

Kaminski was born in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. He made his first professional performance with the Leeds Orchestra, when he was 14. During his time at the Leeds School of Music, he founded the band Cow, together with his friends John Hodgson (drums) and John Marcangelo (keyboards and percussion).

Career

In 1973 he joined Joe Soap and played violin on their Keep It Clean album. Their producer Sandy Roberton suggested Kaminski to Andy Roberts, who needed a violinist for his album. Thus Kaminski played in 1973 on Roberts' Andy Roberts and The Grand Stampede.[1]

After those albums Kaminski applied for the vacant post as ELO's violinist because of an advertisement in Melody Maker.[2] He was recruited after two interviews and was also the only one who didn't play a bum note when bandleader Jeff Lynne held the audition.[1]

During his stint in ELO, Kaminski initially tried to imitate his predecessor Wilf Gibson by wearing a cape while playing the violin, but soon acquired his trademark blue violin, which he has played variants of ever since.

Kaminski was one of the three remaining string players for the group when Lynne decided to remove them. However, he performed on the tours for the ELO albums Time and Balance of Power, and on the 1983 single "Rock 'n' Roll Is King". Later, he joined the ELO offshoot ELO Part II, playing as part of the live touring band.[3]

Apart from the hits he had with ELO, in early 1979 Kaminski made the Top 40 of the UK Singles Chart as the frontman of a one-hit wonder group called Violinski, with the single "Clog Dance".[4]

Kaminski was featured as violinist on a selection of tracks from the second studio album, Beauty In Chaos, by the Anglo-Irish acoustic duo Fay & Latta.

In 2000, Kaminski set out on tour under the moniker The Orchestra featuring former members of ELO and ELO II.

References

  1. ^ a b "INTERVIEW: ELO violinist Mik Kaminski talks about their Worthing gig", Littlehampton Today, 19 September 2008.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 April 2015. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Danny Cox interviews Mik Kaminski, BBC, 2 February 2006.
  4. ^ Violinski: Clog Dance - The Very Best of Violinski at Face The Music
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