June 1st 2016
Return to Milan
Following the first encounter with La Verdi in December 2014, this past weekend Martina returned to Milan's Auditorium for two performances of Sgambati's Piano Concerto with Orchestra Sinfonica La Verdi and Gaetano d'Espinosa:
May 12th 2016
Performances in the US
Martina completed a one month tour of the US that included a recital at the Boston Conservatory and concerto performances with the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra and David Danzmayr; the Phoenix Symphony and Tito Munoz; the San Antonio Symphony and Akiko Fujimoto, performing 2. concerto by Saint Saens as well as the 2nd concerto by Rachmaninoff.
All the performances were warmly received by the audience and the critics; the Boston Musical Intelligencer wrote of her recital performance that: 'it was plenty Romantic as well as mysterious-sounding....projected a near trancelike state' while the Columbus Examiner noted that the Saint Saens concerto was a 'brilliant showpiece for Filjak...her artistic strenght lies in touch....her encore, Pärt's 'Für Alina' imparted such reverent stillness to the room that not a breath was heard, not a movement seen, in the audience'.
While in San Antonio, the reviewer noted that: 'As much imagination as Saint-Saëns put into his concerto, the piece requires equal imagination from the pianist. Croatian Filjak matched the composer idea for idea with her clean technique, shifting tempos and varied style changes.....her performance was sophisticated and stylish, winning immediate approval of the audience.
December 21st 2015
Autumn 2015 performances
During the autumn months of 2015, Martina held a number of performances as well as several debuts.
On November 15th and 16th she returned to Halle for 2 performances of Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto with the Staatskapelle Halle led by Hermann Bäumer. She subsequently performed the 2nd Piano Concerto by Rachmaninoff at the Antalya Piano Festival accompanied by the Mediterranean Philharmonic Orchestra and Gürer Aykal.
December 8th and 9th saw her jumping into 2 performances of Schumann's Piano Concerto with the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing on a 48 hour notice; it was her first ever appearance on the stage of Dortmund's Konzerthaus.
On December 16th and 18th she performed the Piano Concerto in G major by Maurice Ravel alongside the Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Markus Poschner. A reviewer noted that: '' Ravel's Piano Concerto was a musically deep interpretation: the pianist Martina Filjak was the evening's highlight. She approached the work with a poetic touch and immaculate clarity, offering French finesse and whimpers of devilish Jazz. Filjak demonstrated readiness for both a perfumed legato and thunderous Basses in the left hand. A fabulous performance''.
July 1st 2015
Concerts in Germany
During May and June Martina Filjak performed the 2nd concertos by Brahms and Rachmaninoff in Aachen and Kaiserslautern. The concerts were warmly received both by the audience and the press.
End of June, Martina performed the 2nd Piano Concerto by Rachmaninoff in Kaiserslautern. On that occasion the reviewer of the 'Rheinpfalz' noted: ''She delivered big cinematic emotions without ever becoming 'kitschy'. Pathos and Emphasis were consciously employed, but without any exaggeration.... a melancholy of disturbingly sweet beauty demonstrated by Martina Filjak with huge sensibility and fantastic technique.''
March 24th 2015
Cover of Amadeus magazine, recording of Sgambati
Martina appears on this month's cover of Italy's Amadeus magazine. In addition to an interview, Martina is also featured on the enclosed CD recording of the Sgambati Piano Concerto with Orchestra Simfonica La Verdi
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