|Filjak Martina, Croatia, 2009|
Tour Dates: 19 Mar - 30 Mar, 2009
"Martina Filjak played her concerto of Mozart KV 449 clearly with more sovereignty; she simply knew professionally what mattered..."
Considered as one of those young artists who have successfully made the path from a child prodigy to a mature musician. Her ‘magnetic stage presence’ and ‘charismatic personality’ regularly impress audiences and critics with a wide range of repertoire, which includes monumental pieces such as the “Hammerklavier” Sonata of Beethoven or the 2nd piano concerto of Bartok.
Since her debut in Croatia at the age of 12 with the renowned “Zagreb Soloists” playing Mozart concerto KV 449, she has developed an extensive repertoire of piano concertos performing regularly in the most prominent concert cycles in her home country (with for example the Zagreb Philharmonic, the Zagreb Symphony Orchestra and the Croatian Chamber Orchestra) as well as with orchestras abroad.
She was featured in numerous important solo engagements both at home and internationally (Concertgebouw Amsterdam; Hotel de Ville, Bruxelles; Philharmonic Hall, Ljubljana ;Salle Cortot, Paris; Palais des Congres , Strasbourg; National Palace of Culture, Sofia; Boesendorfer Saal, Vienna ; Steinway Hall New York ).
The season 2005-2006 brought her over 50 appearances worldwide where she performed as a soloist with orchestras of the Strasbourg Philharmonic, Croatian Symphony Orchestra, The Morocco Philharmonic, The Belgrade Philharmonic, as well as toured with Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and Croatian chamber Orchestra, featuring concertos of Mozart and (KV 414 and KV 466), Rachmaninov, Grieg and Schostakovitch. In the same season she held recital performances in
In 2007 - 2008 she became a laureate of important international piano competitions: in the finals of the ‘Busoni’ piano competition in
Martina Filjak was twice awarded prizes that brought her the title of the most succesful young Croatian musician: 1993 the prize of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and 1998 the prize of the Jeunesses Musicales,
Since childhood she was a winner of a number of international prizes that include the prize of the Boesendorfer company in Vienna, a special prize at the Okiden Competition in Japan, 1st prize at the International Competitions 'Johannes Brahms' in Austria, ‘M. Masin’ in Italy, 'International Keyboard Institute Competition' in New York, USA and ‘Vincenzo Bellini’ competition in Italy, the honorary prize on the ´Animato´ competition in Paris, the ‘Clara Haskil’ scholarship of the Dutch foundation ‘Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds’ as well as the “Alfred Toepfer” scholarship.
Martina Filjak was born in
In search for further artistic development she took part in master classes (
From October 2008 Martina Filjak will be a student at the renowned
During the summer 2008 Martina will perform in Music festivals in
Projects for 2009 include performances with Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic, and Barcelona Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Christian Zacharias and the Torino Philharmonic Orchestra as well as a debut recording for the '
"The Ravel concerto played by Martina Filjak can only be compared to the performances of young Ivo Pogorelich – very special, extremely personal and as artist bursting with energy, charisma and self confidence..."
- Zeljka Weber, Jutarnji list,
"...performing Grieg's Concerto in A -minor, Martina Filjak was a real discovery. She was educated in Zagreb and Vienna and is currently the only student of Stephen Kovacevich ...her playing unifies power, lots of nuances and clear articulation that fitted greatly to the romantic expression of Grieg..."
- Marc Munch ,
"The surprise of the evening was the appearance of Martina Filjak, a young lady that equally flew over the keyboard as she powerfully used it in an incredibly virtuous and strongly emotional performance of Schostakovitchs 1st piano concerto op.35.…with outstanding virtuosity and dedication, with forcible rhythms, wild fireworks of technical brilliance and a fine sense for elegiac moments she gave an overwhelming impression…"
- Susi Hofmann, Zuricher Oberlander, Switzerland, April 2006
"The artists performance of Mozarts music has the qualities of a great sens of form, an easy and soft velvety tone ....a particulairly succesful Andante movement showed an inner piece glowing out of the masterly shaped musical frases ....an approach obvious in the interpretations of one of her teahcers Stephen Bishop Kovacevich."
"Martina Filjak mastered in a phenomenal way not only the score of the ‘Hammerklavier Sonata’ by Beethoven but she also entered into the very centre of the composition….a suggestive playing that never reduced the tension of the musical line…..a very deserved standing ovation!"
- ‘Die Rheinpfalz’, 23 October 2006