"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)
Filip Michalak is a young danish/polish pianist born in Aalborg, Denmark, and started playing the piano at the age of 8 with Irina Amelina as his teacher. He won 2nd price at the Steinway Piano Festival in Denmark (2006), followed by 3rd prize (2008) and 4th prize in 2012. He is also a first prize winner in “Nordjyllands Talentkonkurrence” in 2013, 1st prize winner at “Stars at Tenerife” in Spain. He has been selected to major competitions in the world, such as: Unisa International Piano Competition in Pretoria (South Africa), James Mottram International Piano Competition in Manchester and Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona. In march 2017 Filip became a finalist of the “8th Nordic Piano Competition” and later that year he was 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 of the finalists of the annual Gold Medal Competition at RNCM.
Filip has performed as a soloist across Europe in countries such as Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Poland, Germany, Switzerland and England. He is currently an artist in The Keyboard Charitable Trust in London and has already performed in venues in London and Frankfurt for the Trust.
In 2016 he performed an arrangement of M. Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" for piano and orchestra with Ingesund String Orchestra. In 2013 he performed "Rhapsody in Blue" by G. Gershwin at the opening ceremony of the new concert house "Musikkens Hus" in Aalborg. He will be playing Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto with Shrewsbury Sinfonia in 2021, and is also invited to tour in China.
He has recently signed a contract with Orpheus Classical Label, and is going record a CD in April with works by Szymanowski, Bacewicz and Chopin.
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, Mikhail Voskresensky, Olli Mustonen, Marianna Shirinyan, Alexander Ghindin, Alesandro Deljavan, Vitaly Berzon, Valentina Lisitsa, Graham Scott, Alexey Lebedev and Peter Friis Johansson.
Filip is also an active chamber musician playing with all different ensembles. Future engagements include performances with bassoonist Leonard Bizzotto, and a concert tour in China with violinist Kehan Zhang. Filip is the Artistic Director of Södertälje Chamber Music Festival in Sweden which had its first edition last summer. The festival will take place again in 2021.
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 professor Graham Scott, and is currently continuing his studies with prof. Julia Mustonen-Dahlkvist in Sweden.