The duo 88 keys for two comprises the Slovenian accordionist Polona Tominec and the Italian pianist Giovanna Gatto. The duo was formed in 2012 at the Berne University of the Arts (CH), where both Polona and Giovanna studied and have been supported by their respective professors, the pianist Patricia Pagny and the accordionist Teodoro Anzellotti. They also had the pleasure to join the lessons of great musicians like Edoardo Torbianelli , Robert Levin, Francesco Gesualdi.
The duo received high acclaim from audiences and critics alike for the eclecticism of their repertoire. They perform both compositions especially written for the duo, as well as a diverse repertoire of arrangements for accordion and piano. 88 keys for two have performed many world premieres, collaborating with composers such as the italian Carlo Galante.
They have performed extensively in major concert halls and festivals in Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands, France, Slovenia. These include the Bern Konservatorium and Yehudi Menuhin Forum (CH), Teatro Filodrammatici in Milan as a part of EXPO 2015, Festival Ville in Musica in Milan, Festival Maggio in Musica at the Conservatory in Pavia, IV Festival Tempi Musicali in Rome, XXVIII Festival Tra Lago e Monti (Lecco), Auditorium in Komen (Slovenia), Grosser Konzertsaal at the Berne University of the Arts (CH).
The duo was invited to take part to the XIV International Chamber Music Festival in Almere (Netherlands) and the XXX International Music Festival in Belfort (FR), where they had the chance to perform in Saint-Christophe Cathedral.
88 keys for two were awarded at the VIII Competition of Chamber Music in Svirel, Stanjel (Slovenia) and they won the First prize at the X International Chamber Music Prize Enrica Cremonesi in Milan. The duo was finalist at the XIX Chamber music competition Luigi Nono in Turin and at the Grand Price Virtuoso 2016. They obtained a Special Mention for Contemporary Music (T.Sergeyeva) at the XXV Ibla Grand Price Competition 2016 in Ragusa (IT).
88 keys for two will join the sponsorship by Pro Helvetia, Fondation Suisa and Swiss performers SIG during the Classical:NEXT music meeting in Rotterdam (NL) 2018.