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MS. MARTINA FILJAK

One of the brightest instrumental talents to emerge from Croatia today, Martina Filjak is garnering international praise not only for her poetic passion and galvanizing strength at the keyboard, but also for her charismatic personality and magnetic stage presence. Since making her orchestral debut at the age of 12 with Croatia’s renowned Zagreb Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Ms. Filjak has achieved a graceful transition from a child prodigy to a mature artist of both technical prowess and elegant artistry.
Martina Filjak has performed with esteemed orchestras of her home country and abroad, including The Cleveland Orchestra; the Zagreb, Strasbourg, Morocco, Belgrade and Torino Philharmonics; the Barcelona , Bilbao , Chautauqua , Tenerife , Chile and Moscow Symphony Orchestras; the Georgian Chamber Orchestra of Ingolstadt , Croatian Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa under such esteemed conductors as Jahja Ling , Christian Zacharias , Heinrich Schiff , Theodor Guschlbauer and Stefan Sanderling . As a recitalist as well as concerto soloist , Ms. Filjak has performed in such major venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Berlin, l’Auditori and Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Carnegie Hall in New York , Palais des Congrès in Strasbourg, Musikverein in Vienna, Shanghai Oriental Art Center and the Severance Hall in Cleveland.
Miss Filjak is the 1st prize winner of the Maria Canals competition in Barcelona ( 2008 ) as well as of the Viotti competition in Italy and a laureate of the Ferruccio Busoni Piano Competition ( 2007) . Martina Filjak’s 2009-2010 season began with a first-place victory at the 2009 Cleveland International Piano Competition. Her New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall in December 2009 received excellent reviews at the New York Times declaring her ' a pianist to watch' . In October 2009 she was additionally awarded an Honorary Medal by the President of the Republic of Croatia for her artistic achievements.
In the 2010-2011 season she is engaged in numerous performances with , among others , the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie and Christoph Poppen , the Al Bustan Festival in Lebanon ,the Granada symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and as a recitalist at the Residenz in Munich and at the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona . Future performances include appearances with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and Christopher Warren - Green , The Florida Orchestra and Stefan Sanderling , Madrid symphony Orchestra , the Staatskapelle Weimar and Stefan Solyom , the Boston Philharmonic and Benjamin Zander  as well as re-invitations to the Granada Symphony , the Torino Philharmonic and the South Carolina Philharmonic to name a few .
Her first CD for the 'Naxos' label with 15 Sonatas of Padre Soler was released in April 2011 .
Born in Zagreb and raised in a family of pianists, Martina Filjak is a graduate of the Music Academy of Zagreb and the Hochschule in Hannover . Additionally, she attended the prestigious Como Piano Academy at Lake Como in Italy . Miss Filjak speaks 7 languages and is both a Croatian and Italian national .


Professional training:
Como Piano Academy; Lake Como, Italy
Hochschule für Music und Theater, Hannover, Germany; Soloklasse
Hochschule Karlsruhe, Germany; Postgraduate


Prizes won:
2009 , 1st prize ' Cleveland Piano Competition
2009 the ' Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli ' prize
2008, 1st prize, Barcelona, Spain
   Maria Canals International Music Competition
2008, 5th prize, Pretoria, South Africa
    UNISA International Piano Competition
2007, 1st prize, Vercelli, Italy
   Concours International de Musique Gian Battista Viotti
2007, 5th prize, Bolzano, Italy
    Busoni International Piano Competition

Performance highlights:
2010 Performances witt conductors such as Heinrich Schiff , Theodor Guschlbauer , Stefan Sanderling ; at the Konzerthaus in Berlin , the Duszniki Festival in Poland , the Strasbourg Festival , the Granada Symphony Orchestra , The Georgian Chamber Orchestra of Ingolstadt 
2009, Concert tours of China and Argentina; Performances in Berlin Konzerthaus,
          Berlin, Germany; Salle Cortot, Paris, France; Vienna Musikverein, Vienna, Austria  , Carnegie Hall , New York
2009, Concerti with Moscow State Symphony, Russia; Bilbao Symphony and Tenerife
          Symphony, Spain; Zagreb Philharmonic, Croatia
2008, Concerto with Barcelona Symphony; Performances in Berlin, New York, Rome,
          Barcelona, and through Croatia, Italy and Germany

2009 CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION PROGRAM

Round One:

Haydn - Sonata in C Minor, Hob. XVI: 20         
Berio - Wasserklavier, Feuerklavier, Luftklavier from Six Encores for piano (1990)
Chopin - Etude in B Minor, Op. 25, No. 10       
                                   
Round Two:
Bach - Prelude and Fugue in C sharp Major, WTC II: 3
Brahms - Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 35, Book II
Bartok - Out of Doors                    

Semi-Final Round:
Ravel - Une barque sur l'océan (Miroirs, No. 3)    
Scriabin - Nocturne for the left hand, Op. 9, No. 2    
Beethoven - Sonata in B flat Major, Op. 106 (Hammerklavier)

Final Round:
Rachmaninoff - Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18
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