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Martina Filjak, Zagreb Croatia, on a world tour starting January 2012
By Prof.Dr. Darko Zubrinic | Published  01/17/2012 | Music , People , Education , Culture And Arts | Unrated
Martina speaks seven languages


Martin Filjak, distinguished Croatian pianist


Martina Filjak, Sala Mas i Mas, Barcelona, 2008



Ben Zander, Martina Filjak (with Boston Philharmonic)


Shostakovich: Concerto For Piano, Trumpet & String Orchestra Op. 35 - 3rd mov, Martina Filjak - Piano,
Vedran Kocelj - trumpet, Gruzia Chamber Orchestra, Ariel Zuckermann - conductor,
35th Samobor Music Autumn, Croatia, 9th Octobre 2010


Martina Filjak performs Ravel: "Une barque sur l'ocean", From Miroirs, No. 3.
Martina was the first prize winner at the 2009 Cleveland International Piano Competition


Martina Filjak, Paul Hindemith by CANTUS ASAMBL 1


 
Martina Filjak, pianist

One of the most exciting young artists to emerge in recent years, Martina Filjak is garnering international praise for her poetic passion and technical mastery at the keyboard as well as for her charismatic personality and magnetic stage presence. Her transition from prodigy to mature artist has been all the more remarkable against the backdrop of political maelstrom that defined her native Croatia during her childhood.

Martina's unwavering hunger for music, nurtured by piano teacher parents, has been her lodestar. Civil strife or no, she graduated from the Zagreb Music Academy and subsequently from the Vienna Conservatory and the soloist's class at Hannover's Hochschule für Musik. She participated in masterclasses at the Como Piano Academy, where she was coached by Dmitri Bashkirov, Peter Frankl and Andreas Staier.

In 2009, Martina Filjak won first prize in the Cleveland International Piano Competition, following which she made concerto debuts at the Konzerthaus Berlin and Vienna's Musikverein and her recital debut at New York's Carnegie Hall/Zankel Hall ("Brilliant, sensitive and imaginative playing with resourcefulness of technique and naturalness of musicality. …A striking individuality …A pianist to watch" The New York Times). Prior to winning the Cleveland competition, she had been first prizewinner of the 2007 Viotti International Piano Competition in Italy and the 2008 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona.

Martina Filjak has performed with leading orchestras worldwide under the batons of Heinrich Schiff, Theodor Guschlbauer, Sebastian Lang – Lessing , Christian Zacharias and Stefan Sanderling. As recitalist and concerto soloist, Martina has also appeared at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; the Palau de la Música Catalana and L'Auditori, Barcelona; the Palais des Congrès, Strasbourg; the Shanghai Oriental Art Center and Severance Hall in Cleveland. Her recording of Soler sonatas was released in 2011 on the Naxos label.

Martina's extensive repertoire ranges from Bach to Berio and encompasses 30 concertos. A keen hiker and lover of the great outdoors, she delights in playing music that evokes the sounds of nature and folk music. Bartók's Out of Doors suite, Berio's Six Encores (with titles like Wasserklavier, Erdenklavier, Feuerklavier and Luftklavier) and Ravel's Une barque sur l'océan are particular favorites. She is also drawn to technically and intellectually challenging music such as Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata and Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 2.

Martina's 2010-2011 season began with a performance of Beethoven's 'Emperor' Concerto at the Konzerthaus Berlin with the Southeast Europe Youth Orchestra under the baton of Heinrich Schiff. Other highlights were performances of the Schumann, Grieg and Ravel concertos, Rachmaninov's second and the Shostakovich, Liszt and Brahms first concertos with, among others, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. In February 2011, Martina performed the world premiere of Milko Kelemen's Madrigal Rouge with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie under Christoph Poppen. Inspired by the work of the emotionally focused, abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko, Madrigal Rouge involves the projection of the color red on a large white screen behind the performers. Martina won new admirers in recital engagements in the U.S., Italy, Switzerland (Lugano), Germany (Munich and Hannover) and Spain (Barcelona's Palau de la Música).

In 2011-2012, Martina Filjak opens the Charlotte Symphony (North Carolina) season with Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 under Christopher Warren-Green. Other highlights include performances of Brahms's First Piano Concerto with the Staatskapelle Weimar and with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, Falla's Noches en los jardines de España with the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada and Hindemith's Four Temperaments with the Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino. Martina performs Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Boston Philharmonic and Benjamin Zander, as well as Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Sinfonieorchester Liechtenstein and the Ravel Piano Concerto at the final concert of the Florida Orchestra season, under Stefan Sanderling. Her 2011-2012 diary equally features recitals at the Residenz Munich (Allerheiligen Hofkirche), the Kasseler Musiktage and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Martina's extra-musical passions include nature [she is collaborating with the Office of the President of Republic of Croatia and the Ministery of Culture to publicise the need to protect the nearly extinct lynx] and education [she participates in Rhapsody in School, a project founded by Lars Vogt through which artists visit schools throughout Germany to give students access to classical music]. She also assists in fundraising for the 'Martina Filjak Scholarship' to help nurture the musical education of selected children in Cleveland, Ohio. Martina speaks seven languages. Fortunately, for an active performer, she loves to travel.

Source www.martinafiljak.com



Martina Filjak. Photo by Romano Grozich.

Shostakovich: Concerto For Piano, Trumpet & String Orchestra Op. 35 - 1st mov

Martina Filjak - Piano
Vedran Kocelj - trumpet
Gruzia Chamber Orchestra
Ariel Zuckermann - conductor
35th Samobor Music Autumn, Croatia
9th Octobre 2010


Concerts

January 17th 2012 Zagreb , Croatia

Shostakovich : Concerto No.1 , Mozart : Piano Concerto KV 449 , the Zagreb Soloists , Vedran Kocelj zg-solisti.hr

January 21st 2012 Cape Cod , MA , USA

Tchaikovsky : Piano Concerto No. 1 , Cape Cod Symphony , Jung- Ho Pak capesymphony.org

January 22nd 2012 Cape Cod , MA , USA

Tchaikovsky : Piano Concerto No. 1 , Cape Cod Symphony , Jung- Ho Pak capesymphony.org

January 28th 2012 Spokane , WA , USA

Mozart : Piano Concerto No. 20 , Spokane Symphony , Morihiko Nakahara spokanesymphony.org

January 29th 2012 Spokane , WA , USA

Mozart : Piano Concerto No. 20 , Spokane Symphony , Morihiko Nakahara spokanesymphony.org

February 4th 2012 Bismarck , ND , USA

Ravel : Piano Concerto in G , Bismarck-Mandan Symphony , Beverly Everett bismarckmandansymphony.org

February 12th 2012 Ossiach , Austria

Brahms : Piano Concerto No. 1 , Orchestra Academy Ossiach , Vassilis Christopoulos

February 16th 2012 Munich , Germany

Recital , Allerheiligen-Hofkirche agplrecords.de

March 10th 2012 GA , USA

Brahms : Piano Concerto No. 1 , Georgia Symphony Orchestra georgiasymphony.org

March 12th 2012 GA , USA

Brahms : Piano Concerto No. 1 , Georgia Symphony Orchestra georgiasymphony.org

March 15th 2012 Boise , ID , USA

Chamber music with the Langroise Trio collegeofidaho.edu

March 18th 2012 Sarasota , FL , USA

March 20th 2012 Sarasota , FL , USA

March 24th 2012 Columbia , SC , USA

Rachmaninoff : Piano Concerto No. 3 , South Carolina Philharmonic , Morihiko Nakahara scphilharmonic.com

April 8th 2012 Boston , MA , USA

Recital at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

April 14th 2012 Springfield , MO , USA

Brahms : Piano Concerto No. 1 , Springfield Symphony Orchestra , Ron Spigelman springfieldmosymphony.org

April 28th 2012 Kalispell , MT , USA

Rachmaninoff : Piano Concerto No. 3 , Glacier Symphony Orchestra , John Zoltek gscmusic.org

April 29th 2012 Kalispell , MT , USA

Rachmaninoff : Piano Concerto No. 3 , Glacier Symphony Orchestra , John Zoltek gscmusic.org

May 4th 2012 Vaduz , Liechtenstein

Brahms : Piano Concerto 1, Liechtenstein Symphony Orchestra , Stefan Sanderling www.sinfonieorchester.li

May 11th 2012 Madison , WI , USA

Gershwin : Rhapsody in Blue , Madison Symphony Orchestra , John DeMain madisonsymphony.org

May 12th 2012 Madison , WI , USA

Gershwin : Rhapsody in Blue , Madison Symphony Orchestra , John DeMain madisonsymphony.org

May 13th 2012 Madison , WI , USA

Gershwin : Rhapsody in Blue , Madison Symphony Orchestra , John DeMain madisonsymphony.org

May 17th 2012 Knoxville , TN , USA

Ravel : Piano Concerto in G , Knoxville Symphony Orchestra , Lucas Richman knoxvillesymphony.com

May 18th 2012 Knoxville , TN , USA

Ravel : Piano Concerto in G , Knoxville Symphony Orchestra , Lucas Richman knoxvillesymphony.com

May 25th 2012 Tampa , FL , USA

Ravel : Piano Concerto in G , The Florida Orchestra , Stefan Sanderling floridaorchestra.org

May 26th 2012 St. Petersburg , FL , USA

Ravel : Piano Concerto in G , The Florida Orchestra , Stefan Sanderling floridaorchestra.org

June 1st 2012 Opatija , Croatia

Rachmaninoff : Piano Concerto No. 2, Orchestra Purpur, Michael Fendre

Source www.martinafiljak.com
 

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