“Brilliant, sensitive and imaginative playing with resourcefulness of technique and naturalness of musicality, a striking individuality ...a pianist to watch!” The New York Times
“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.” Süddeutsche Zeitung
One of the most exciting young artists to emerge in recent years, Martina Filjak is garnering international praise for her poetic passion and technical mastery at the keyboard as well as for her charismatic personality and magnetic stage presence.
Martina Filjak came to international attention by winning the Gold Medal, the 1st prize and the Beethoven prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 2009, which brought her numerous engagements in the United States and internationally. Prior to that, she won 1st prizes at the Maria Canals Piano Competition (Barcelona) and the Viotti Piano Competition (Vercelli), and was a laureate at the Busoni Piano Competition.
In recent years, Ms Filjak has performed with esteemed orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra, the Strasbourg Philharmonic, Barcelona Symphony, Bilbao Symphony and the Granada Symphony; the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, the Staatskapelle Weimar; the Israel Chamber Orchestra as well as the Orchestre Symphonique de Nancy. She has been heard in major international venues such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Berlin, l’Auditori del Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Sala Verdi in Milan, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, NDR Hall in Hannover, Residenz in Munich and the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid.
Her most recent conductor collaborations include conductors JoAnn Falletta, Michael Schonwandt, Christoph Poppen, Hans Graf, Sebastian Lang–Lessing, Josep Caballe-Domenech, Tito Muñoz, Christopher Warren-Green, Stefan Sanderling, Markus Poschner, Manuel Hernández Silva, Donato Cabrera, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Alexander Shelley, Anja Bihlmaier and Stanislav Kochanovsky.
The artist’s extensive repertoire ranges from Bach to Berio and encompasses more than 30 piano concertos. She is dedicated to continuous exploring of piano literature and various concert formats.
Performing with orchestra takes the biggest part of her time and she frequently states that she enjoys the interaction and the exchange of energy between so many musicians on the stage.
An avid chamber musician, she frequently takes part in chamber music festivals, and has participated in the recording of Schumann's Andante and Variations with cellists Jan Vogler and Christian Poltera, released on Sony Classical (August 2013). Her recording of Sonatas by Padre Antonio Soler was released in 2011 on the Naxos label and in 2017 she released an álbum with works by Bach/Liszt, Schumann and Scriabin.
During the 2014-2015 season, Miss Filjak appeared in Brazil and Japan and performed with the Osaka Century Symphony Orchestra and Alan Buribayev, the Slovenian Philharmonic and Marcelo Lehninger, the Sinfonieorchester Aachen and Kazem Abdullah, the Zagreb Philharmonic and Hans Graf. She also made her debut with the Orchestra Sinfonica La Verdi in Milan as well as at Milan's Serate Musicali.
In the 2015-16 she was soloist with the Staatskapelle Halle and Josep Caballe Domenech, the Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra and Markus Poschner, the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and Stefan Sanderling, the Phoenix Symphony and Tito Muñoz the San Antonio Symphony and Karina Canellakis, the Las Vegas Philharmonic and Donato Cabrera, La Verdi in Milano with Gaetano d'Espinosa, and the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra and David Danzmayr in performances of concerti by Beethoven, Ravel, Brahms, Saint-Saëns, Schumann and Rachmaninov.
In 2016-2017 she performed with the Dubrovnik Symphony and Charles Olivieri Munroe, the Nümberger Symphoniker and Alexander Shelley, the HRT Symphony Orchestra and Stanislav Kochanovsky, the Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese and Ulrich Windfuhr, the Puerto Rico Symphony with Carlos Miguel Prieto, the Amarillo Symphony and Jocomo Bairos, the Robert Schumann-Philahrmonie and Roman Brogli-Sacher, the Toledo Symphony and Stefan Sanderling and the Philharmonisches Orchestra der Hansestadt Lübeck with Anja Bihlmaier.
Martina speaks seven languages. Fortunately, for an active performer, she loves to travel.