Martina Filjak, pianist


Ravel in Kassel

Brilliant reviews after Ravel concerto along Staatsorchester Kassel led by Anja Bihlmaier: 'The Croatian pianist Martina Filjak showed us from the very beginning just how much she feels at home in this music; the crack of the whip set off the brilliant glissandi followed by the main theme that exuded Gershwin's bluesy elegance....The second movement reminded us of Eric Satie's lapidary melancholy- a gorgeous piano solo brought by Filjak with lots of atmosphere  but without much musing. The Finale radiated in its unrestrained, playful joy with its hammering intensity and furious passages.' Hessische Niedersächsische Allgemeine

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Mozart and Gershwin in Rostock

A beautiful review following 3 performances of Mozart's Piano Concerto K415 and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue along the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock conducted by Marcus Bosch: 'The piano part of Gerhswin's Rhapsody in Blue was taken over by Martina Filjak; to describe her vision of the piece as furious and rousing would be an understatement. The young woman from Zagreb offered an experience of egregiousdynamic differences, from bell like and light sounds until the thick musical maelstroms.' Norddeutsche Neuste Nachrichten

MacDowell in Göttingen

The performance of MacDowell's Piano Concerto No 2 along the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra and Svetoslav Borisov was followed with  brilliant reviews:'The Zagreb born pianist Martina Filjak possesses everything needed in order to stand up to the challenges of this concerto: blinding  virtuosity, a sort of somnambulistic precision, incredible finger power and on top of that a finely nuanced touch...her titanic piano playing was overwhelmed with ovations by the audience'. Göttinger Tageblatt

'The tonal variety of MacDowell's gave Filjak a chance to display her enormous versatility; she gave the piece a special depth, not only with her art of playing the piano but also with her gesture. The audience's fascination with this performance was obvious with the ovations and a never ending applause.' Kulturbuero Göttingen


Mozart with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie

Martina's performance of Mozart concerto No 21 with cadenzas of her own, played along the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie and Peter Hirsch, resulted in enthusiastic reviews: 'Martina Filjak gave Mozart what Mozart is: unpretentious emotion, slender touch and grace....the Andante became a true showcase of sensitivity and self abandonment in music'.

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Beethoven in Lübeck

On June 18th and 19th Martina performed Beethoven's 3rd Piano concerto along the Lübeck Philharmonic Orchestra led by Anja Bihlmaier. The performances earned her excellent reviews: 'Already from the very beginning, the pianist showed a clear concept: strong contrasts. The first chords stood upright in the room, chiseled and sharp. The next bars followed in a whisper. Again and again the tension between the two was obvious: the tender piano and a stormy forte'...  'Lübecker Nachrichten'

'Her playing was in the same time powerful and sensitive, virtuoso yet measured and always looking after a good partnership...' 'Unser Lübeck


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