Kevin was born and raised in Warren, Michigan, in October 1978. Kevin started taking accordion lessons at the age of 6, studying at Eligio’s Music Studio of Warren (currently EDB Studios), under the instruction of store owner Eligio DiBerardo.
At the early age of 10, Kevin started playing solo accordion performances. He could be found playing at nursing and senior homes, weddings, anniversaries, church functions, restaurants, and private parties. Some of Solecki’s earlier highlights included a performance on Detroit’s WCAR Radio in July 1989, a television appearance on Detroit’s WXYZ TV in March 1991, and an interview with his hometown newspaper, The Warren Weekly, in February 1992.
Kevin stopped taking accordion lessons at the age of 16. Shortly afterwards, while still maintaining a demanding solo schedule, he joined a nationally known polka band from Pennsylvania, the Polka Family. After several extensive months of traveling the country with the Polka Family, Kevin decided to relocate to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in February 1997, where he currently resides.
Over the past 10 years, Kevin has performed all over the United States, including trips to Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, and Las Vegas. He has toured internationally in Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, the Caribbean, and Europe. He has also done numerous radio and television shows, and had the opportunity to perform at some of the country’s top polka festivals, state fairs, county fairs, hotels, and cruise ships.
Some of Solecki’s career highlights include a PBS Television documentary on the “polka”, recorded with the Polka Family in October 2001. This documentary, called Polka Passion, aired nationwide in the spring of 2002, during PBS’s pledge drive season. He was then asked by Pittsburgh’s local PBS affiliate, WQED TV, to compliment the documentary with a solo interview and a performance on his accordion. Another career highlight includes a 2006 GRAMMY Nomination for his debut album Solecktions. His February 2006 visit to the 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles, California was a memorable experience. Most recently, Kevin was invited to perform at the 7th Annual International Accordion Convention which was held in Las Vegas, Nevada in June 2006, the Root River Center as part of the Milwaukee Accordion Club’s 15th Anniversary Concert Series in July 2006, and Mario Tacca/Mary Mancini’s International Accordion Spectacular Show in Valhalla, New York in October 2006.