We are sorry to share that Don passed away on 8/28/21. His memorial service is scheduled for 9/19/21. You can view his obituary here.
Known professionally as Don Komar, Don has performed all around the Chicago area for the past 70 years. His talents as a jazz musician are widely known and admired. He accepts students at the advanced level on piano, organ, keyboard, and accordion. He teaches students the basics of jazz and improvisation using methods from several area universities along with some of his own styling tips. Students can look forward to fun and challenging lessons as they learn “ear” skills, and improvisation techniques. He also is available for 4 week Jazz master classes for area music educators. We encourage the music teacher to improve their skills and regain new enthusiasm for teaching jazz to their students.
Currently Don is teaching jazz piano, keyboard, and organ three days per week. He plays jazz concerts for the Chicago Accordion Club, and plays occasionally 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 has 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 has recorded several CDs playing jazz accordion and does 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. He hopes to add additional recordings soon.
As the former treasurer of the Master Piano Technicians of America, Don also provides expert piano tuning and reconditioning to our students and other customers around the Northwest Suburban Chicago land area. He recently retired as the treasurer of the Master Piano Technicians of America, and holds a Doctorate in Piano Technology. He tunes over 700 pianos per year, as well as handles any piano repairs. He received his Doctorate in Piano Technology from the Master Piano Technician Institute in 2008, and has been tuning professionally for over 35 years.