The Süddeutsche Zeitung rewarded Martina Filjak's recital in Ebersberg with an excellent review: 'Her musicianship was breathtaking, captivating. Everything was fitting together, the shaping of the sound, the choices of Tempi, dynamics, her highly refined technique that led to a greatly emotional musicality..... Martina Filjak proved herself to be a sensitive and insightful magician of sound and a shining star at the piano. It could not have been any better or more touching, more moving than this evening.'
On September 25th Martina performed MacDowell's 2nd Piano Concerto along the Nuremberg Symphony conducted by Alexander Shelley. The reviewer praised her 'interpretation full of temperament and confidence':
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.'
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.'
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: