In Memory: Don Komorski

photo of Don Komorski

We are sorry to share that Donald Komorski passed away on August 28, 2021. 

Known professionally as Don Komar, Don performed all around the Chicago area for over 70 years.  His talents as a jazz musician were widely known and admired.  He taught students at the advanced level on piano, organ, keyboard, and accordion the basics of jazz and improvisation using methods from several area universities along with some of his own styling tips.  

He would play jazz concerts for the Chicago Accordion Club, as well as for small parties, local restaurants, or friend’s gatherings.  He appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in June 2014 playing accordion for their movie night concert at Morton Arboretum.  Don offered his services to several charities by playing jazz for United Airlines CAUSE, Bartlett Chamber of Commerce, and Quest Academy to name a few. He recorded several CDs playing jazz accordion and did his own backgrounds on keyboard.  He also has an album accompanying his wife Anita on her first album.  In 2012 the entire Komorski family recorded their first album together of jazz standards entitled Songs for My Father.  

As the former treasurer of the Master Piano Technicians of America, Don also provided expert piano tuning and reconditioning to our students and other customers around the Northwest Suburban Chicago land area. He received his Doctorate in Piano Technology from the Master Piano Technician Institute in 2008, and tuned and repaired over 700 pianos a year for over 35 years.

Read more about Don’s incredible life, his family, and contributions in his obituary here.