Our guest artist for the upcoming Beethoven Unleashed is one of the most exciting artists to emerge in recent years. Pianist 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.
The New York Times described her as “a pianist to watch,” admiring her “brilliant, sensitive and imaginative playing with resourcefulness of technique and naturalness of musicality.”
Originally from Croatia, Martina came to international attention by winning the Gold Medal, the 1st prize and the Beethoven prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 2009, which brought her numerous engagements in the United States and internationally. Watch this video to see her prize-winning performance and an interview about her path to becoming a top-level musician.
Martina’s latest CD, Martina Filjak, was released in 2016 on Solo Musica (distributed by Sony Music) with works by Bach, Schumann and Scriabin. Her debut CD with sonatas by Antonio Soler was released in 2011 by Naxos, and in 2013 Sony Classical released her chamber music recording with Jan Vogler and Christian Poltéra. In January 2019, she recorded her new CD for Hänssler Classic with works by Liszt.
Martina’s extensive repertoire ranges from Bach to Berio and encompasses more than 30 piano concertos. She is dedicated to continuous exploring of piano literature and various concert formats. Performing with orchestras takes the biggest part of her time and she frequently says that she enjoys the interaction and the exchange of energy between so many musicians on the stage (in fact, she has had that experience on the Cape Symphony stage once before!).
We’re excited to have Martina join us on April 6 and 7 for Beethoven Unleashed. Get your tickets now!