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, Michael Schonwandt, Christoph Poppen, Sebastian Lang – Lessing , Jahja Ling, Christopher Warren-Green 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.
The artists 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.
The 2012-13 concert calendar featured Miss Filjak in recitals at the NDR Hannover, in Istanbul, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Sala Verdi in Milan, The Rockefeller Auditorium in New York and The Phillips Collection in Washington D.C as well as an appearance as "artist in residence” at Ireland´s New Ross Piano Festival.In the realm of chamber music, Martina performed with renowned musicians Radovan Vlatkovic and Kolja Blacher while she also encountered various orchestras such as the Zagreb Philharmonic, the Israel Chamber Orchestra; Florian Krumpöck and the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock; Tito Muñoz and the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy,Antony Hermus and the Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau, Stefan Sanderling and Toledo and Illinois Symphony Orchestras and Sebastian Lang-Lessing with the San Antonio Symphony.
Upcoming performances in the 13- 14 season include performances at the Ravenna Festival as well as the 'Liszt en Provence' Festival, and various recital appearances among which are in San Antonio, TX, in Fribourg, Switzerland, in Antwerp' De Singel, the Schubert Hall of the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Residenz in Munich as well as various chamber music collaborations at the Zagreb Chamber Music Festival. Concerto performances feature her with various orchestras including the San Diego Symphony and Jahja Ling, the Virginia Symphony and JoAnn Falletta, the Orquestra sinfonica de Galicia and Manuel Hernandez Silva. The year 2014 brings debuts and first appearances in Brazil and Japan. Her recording of Schumanns Andante and Variations with cellists Jan Vogler and Christian Poltera will be released on Sony Classical in August 2013.
Martina’s extra-musical passions include nature 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].
Martina speaks seven languages. Fortunately, for an active performer, she loves to travel.