Martina Filjak, pianist


Return to Barcelona

On August 29th Martina returned to Barcelona's Palau de la Musica for a recital that included works by Bach, Haydn and Liszt. Her concert was followed by wonderful reviews; the 'Revista Musical Catalana' wrote that 'Filjak showed herself as a pianist of maturity with exquisitely refined interpretations. Her gradations of sonority, dynamic consistencies, profoundness, serenity, all of this showed us a pianist of extraordinary qualities...Filjak reserved a part of her recital for works by Franz Liszt that show off all the pianistic fireworks. Octaves, jumps, fortissimos, hands crossing, agility in ornamentation, scales in thousand and one position....a splendid  technical exhibition  during which Filjak never forgets about  muical continuity, something that during a piece such as Liszt's Legends proves as indispensable.'

Another review titled 'In search of ethereal Beauty' stated that 'Martina Filjak is, she knows it, and she does it.'

Saint Saens with Staatskapelle Halle

June 26th saw Martina Filjak perform the 2nd concerto by Saint Saens at Theatre Schweinfurt in Germany, along with the Staatskapelle Halle led by Josep Caballe Domenech. A rave review was published at the Main-Post following the concert, stating that ''... a mixture of passion and feeling....the Croatian pianist demonstrated the particularly expressive side of this work. Already the very first notes showed us the direction this was going to take: into a highly charged and tension-filled dialogue between the piano and orchestra. While the orchestra produced bell-like sounds Filjak allowed her piano part to flourish in a huge variety of colours, painted with a broad brush..... Filjak's virtuosity and uncanny sensitivity in her fingertips were particularly impressive. She has that certain something, that empowers her to transmit musical ideas.'


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:

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.'

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''.



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