Transforming Communities

Diphonon Duo

Viola, Accordion

Michael Iskas, Iñigo Mikeleiz-Berrade
South East


Diphonon Duo is a viola and accordion duo formed by the Greek viola player Michael Iskas and Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade, accordionist from Navarra, Spain. They met in 2015 during their Master of Arts studies at the Royal Academy of Music. The word ‘Diphonon’ means in Greek ‘two voices’.

The combination of accordion and viola, bow and bellows, is an unusual duo. However the two instruments have more similarities than we think, since both are able to sustain sound and vary its colour and intensity. The repertoire performed by Diphonon Duo reaches different styles and ages, from original works for the duo (some of them premières), to transcriptions of baroque and classical music, involving the audience in a journey through time and space. Diphonon Duo performs in various venues in the UK and Spain such as the Wigmore Hall or St Martin-in-the-Fields, Bristol Beacon etc. During the course 2017-18 they were appointed as Wigmore Hall Learning Ensemble. In 2022 they released their first CD album with title “Emerging Voices” published by Lindoro Music, including new music written for viola and accordion or original transcriptions for this ensemble by the composers.

Viola, Accordion