New York (August 17, 2009)–Concert violinist Anna Karkowska and her pianist sister Kasha have been using wireless technology from Lectrosonics to bring classical music to non-traditional venues.
The Karkowska Sisters are an award winning violin/piano duo that has performed throughout North America and Europe at many concert venues, including Carnegie Hall & Lincoln Center in New York City, Miami, Florida’s Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, and the National Grand Theater in Warsaw, Poland. Additionally, they have been invited to record for American and Polish TV and Radio as well as PBS.
“We live in an age of noise,” says Karkowska, “and many times beauty simply drowns in our high volume world. As artists, it’s our duty to save beauty and expose it in the best possible light. In addition to concert halls, we perform at a wide variety of venues such as open air auditoriums or convention facilities where the acoustics are less than perfect and this frequently requires the support of a sound reinforcement system. Our goal is to deliver classical music in a 21st century package. Our programs of virtuosity and laughter are designed in such a way that people from all walks of life can relate. With the Lectrosonics system, they can enjoy our concerts in their own neighborhood.”
Karkowska’s search for a wireless solution led her to Lectrosonics. “”I researched the web for the lightest transmitter in the market and that’s how I found Lectrosonics and Mr. Karl Winkler,” says Karkowska. “I very quickly discovered that Karl, too, is a violinist who completely understood my concerns. Karl always found time to answer my questions and has showed me incredible kindness, understanding, patience, and support. Mr. Howard Kauffman (the New York area representative) also helped me with some troubleshooting. With such fantastic people, Lectrosonics should be an obvious choice to everyone!”
Karkowska purchased a Lectrosonics SMa Super-Miniature Digital Hybrid Wireless beltpack transmitter and an R400A Digital Hybrid Wireless diversity receiver for use with a DPA 4061 instrument microphone. “This is the perfect solution for me,” says Karkowska. “The system is extremely compact and easy to use. The sound quality is very natural and the only difference in my sound is that the violin sounds much more powerful.”
“Performing a non-stop concert for over two hours filled with virtuoso music that someone once described as a feast for the ear paired with the thrill of acrobatics and Formula I racing is both mentally and physically challenging” continued Karkowska, “Since I always memorize the entire programs, I’m careful to avoid any unnecessary distractions. The Lectrosonics system is so compact; it provides the freedom of movement that is absolutely essential when performing. I’m able to move freely without having to worry about the quality of my instrument’s sound or visual aesthetics. I would make Paganini jealous with the power of the double harmonics. With Lectrosonics, it’s possible to deliver every single note to the last row-even in venues with the worst possible acoustics. It feels great. “
Karkowska Sisters Duo