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 63)
Origin Harrogate, England
Genres Rock music
Pop
Classical music
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Violin, viola, keyboards
Years active 1965-present
Labels Jet Records
Associated acts Electric Light Orchestra
Violinski
OrKestra
ELO Part II
The Orchestra
Blue Violin
Fay & Latta
Website Musical career

Mik Kaminski (born Michael Kaminski, 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[edit]

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[edit]

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. 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 appeared in the band again when he played a solo on the 1983 single "Rock 'n' Roll Is King". Later on he joined the ELO offshoot ELO Part II, playing as part of the live touring band.[2]

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".[3]

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

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