Martina Filjak, pianist


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''.



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.''



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

Amadeus March Cover

Amadeus magazine with CD

Return to Zagreb

On March 6th Martina enjoyed another occasion to perform for the audiences of her hometown, as a soloist in Schumann's Concerto in a-minor with the Zagreb Philharmonic conducted by Hans Graf.

Two performances in Milan

On December 7th, Martina appeared as a soloist in Sgambati's Piano Concerto in g-minor at Milan's Auditorium in a collaboration with Orchestra Simfonica La Verdi.

A week later she performed Brahms' 2nd Piano Concerto in Sala Verdi, as a part of the Serate Musicali's concert season, accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of Croatian Radiotelevision.

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