BIOGRAPHY

 

 

"A tour de force of transcendental pianism showed the other side of this young pianist in Bacewicz’s monumental 2nd Sonata of 1953.

A virtuoso performance not only for the keyboard command but for the amazing kaleidoscope of sounds that he could find in this rather dry acoustic." (Recital at Steinway Hall in London)

 

 

The young danish/polish classical pianist, Filip Michalak is an active soloist and chamber musician. He has performed across Europe in countries such as Poland, Germany, England, France, Italy and all Scandinavian countries and has future engagements in more European countries and China. Filip is a 1st prize winner at “Stars at Tenerife” in Spain and has won numerous prizes in his home country, such as 1st prize in the “Nordjyllands Talentkonkurrence” and several prizes in the “Steinway Festival”. In 2017 he became a finalist of the “8th Nordic Piano Competition” and was later that year a semi-finalist in “St. Priest International Piano Competition” in France. 

He recently won “The Chopin Prize Competition” at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and was also one finalists of the annual Gold Medal Competition at RNCM. In 2021 he was accepted to one of the biggest piano competition in the world in Leeds and was nominated for the Vendome Prize. 

Filip is currently an artist in The Keyboard Charitable Trust in London and has already performed in venues in London and Frankfurt for the Trust. 

He recently performed Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto with Shrewsbury Sinfonia in October 2021 and has also signed a contract with Orpheus Classical Label to record a CD with works by Szymanowski, Bacewicz and Chopin. 

In 2013 he performed "Rhapsody in Blue" by G. Gershwin at the opening ceremony of the new concert house "Musikkens Hus" in Aalborg in Denmark. In 2016 he performed an arrangement of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" for piano and orchestra with Ingesund String Orchestra. 

Filip is also an active chamber musician playing with all different ensembles. Future engagements include a concert tour in China with violinist Kehan Zhang and performances with his duo partner Lovisa Huledal in Sweden. He is the Artistic Director of Södertälje Chamber Music Festival in Sweden which had its first edition in 2019 and took place this summer with its 2nd edition.

During his career, he has attended several masterclasses with well-known pianist and professors as John O’Conor, Boris Berman, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Sergejs Osokins, Ferenc Rados, Claudio Martinez Mehner, Mikhail Voskresensky, Olli Mustonen, Marianna Shirinyan, Alexander Ghindin, Alesandro Deljavan, Vitaly Berzon, Valentina Lisitsa, Graham Scott, Alexey Lebedev, Ilya Maximov, Niklas Pokki, Peter Jabloski and Peter Friis Johansson. 

In 2013 he started at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen in prof. Niklas Sivelövs class. Later on in 2015 he received many scholarships to study abroad and for 3 years he was a student of prof. Julia Mustonen-Dahlkvist at Ingesund Musikhögskolan in Sweden and simultaneously he was pursuing his master-degree at Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Filip has finished his Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) at Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with prof. Graham Scott, and is currently studying with prof. Julia Mustonen-Dahlkvist as an Artist in Residence of the Ingesund Piano Center. 

Furthermore Filip is one of 9 pianist selected for the “Gabriela Montero Piano Lab” 2022 and will be mentored by the world famous pianist Gabriela Montero.