The young saxophonist and bubbly pianist met at the Zurich University of the Arts, where they were both studying towards the Master with a Specialization in Solo Performance, Valentine as a soloist, Akvilé as an accompanist. Their friendship and enthusiasm helped them to build an extremely strong personal and musical relationship.
In 2018, AKMI Duo was awarded second prize in the prestigious Salieri Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Verona, and in 2016, first prize of the Orpheus Swiss Music Chamber Competition, as well as securing third prize in the Rising Stars Grand Prix in Berlin.
The duo regularly appears on stages both in Switzerland and abroad and has been invited to perform at numerous music festivals and events in Europe, including the KKL Lucerne, Lucerne Festival, Label Suisse Festival, Musikwoche Braunwald, the Swiss Chamber Music Festival in Adelboden, Festival autour d’un piano and Zurich International Saxfest.
Valentine and Akmilé are truly passionate about modern and contemporary music, performing with undisguised joy. They have built up a repertoire that is wide and varied, encompassing everything from sonatas to tango, by composers from countries as diverse as Lithuania and the USA. They both enjoy solo careers alongside their commitment to the duo, and have won numerous awards at international competitions.