Biography in German
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Selected Concert Reviews
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Master Classes & Lecture
Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival
Pianist and early
keyboard performer Michael Tsalka (Israel/Netherlands) has won
numerous prizes and awards in Europe, the U.S.A., the Middle
East and Latin America. A versatile musician, he performs with
equal virtuosity a wide span of repertoire from the early
Baroque to our days on the modern piano, harpsichord,
fortepiano, clavichord, square piano and chamber organ. Tsalka
was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel. After obtaining a Bachelor’s
degree from Tel-Aviv University, he continued his studies in
Germany and Italy. In 2001, he received a piano solo diploma
from the Scuola Superiore Internazionale del Trio di Trieste,
where he studied with Dario di Rosa. From 2002-2008, he studied
at Temple University under the guidance of Joyce Lindorff,
Harvey Wedeen, and Lambert Orkis. Tsalka holds three degrees
from that institution: a Master’s degree in chamber
music/accompanying, a Master’s degree in harpsichord performance
and a Doctorate in piano performance. Other teachers included
Sandra Mangsen, Klaus Schilde, Malcolm Bilson, and Charles
Dr. Tsalka maintains a busy concert
schedule. Recent engagements include performances at the Boston
Early Music Festival, the Forbidden City Hall in Beijing, Bellas
Artes Theater in Mexico City, the Hermitage Museum in St.
Petersburg, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, St. Denis
Festival in Paris, Der Gasteig in Munich, Beethoven House in
Bonn, the Jerusalem Music Center, Sydney Conservatorium of
Music, and interviews and live performances for radio stations
in Hong Kong, Chicago, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Munich, St.
Petersburg, Beijing, Stockholm, Helsinki, Auckland, Amsterdam
and Jerusalem. From 2006 to 2015, he has been an
artist-in-resident every July at the Anderson Center for
Interdisciplinary Studies in Red Wing, Minnesota (www.andersoncenter.org).
Dr. Tsalka has released twelve CDs for labels such as Naxos,
Grand Piano, Ljud & Bild (Stockholm), and Paladino (Vienna).
Current and future recording projects include CDs dedicated to
keyboard works by J. S. Bach, Daniel Gottlob Türk, Johann
Baptist Wanhal, Carl Dittersdorf, Ferdinand Ries, Franz
Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn, Viktor Ullmann, Leonardo Coral,
Paul Ben Haim, and Yehezkel Braun. Together with Dr. Angelica
Minero Escobar, he is preparing a critical edition of Türk’s 30
keyboard sonatas for Artaria Editions in New Zealand (artaria.com).
Sonatas 1–12 were published in 2013. Tsalka often collaborates
with composers: In 2015-2016, he will perform fourteen world
premieres dedicated to him by composers of eleven different
Dr. Tsalka has presented seventy master
classes and lecture-recitals in academic institutions and
conferences around the world. Six of his scholarly articles have
been published by music journals, including De Clavicordio
(Italy), Piano Bulletin EPTA (Netherlands), The
Early Keyboard Journal and Early Music America
(U.S.A.). He taught at the Esther Boyer College of Music, the
National Center for the Arts (Mexico), and at Lilla Akademien
(Stockholm). Currently, he is a visiting professor at Celaya
Conservatory in Guanajuato, Mexico, and at Auckland School of
Music, New Zealand.
In 2011, Tsalka
was the artistic director of a concert cycle dedicated to J. S.
Bach, with presentations at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in
Beijing, Qingdao Grand Theatre and Wuhan’s Qintai Concert Hall.
Together with Anna Maria McElwain, he is the artistic director
of the Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival in Kuopio, Finland.
Tsalka is also the artistic director of the Geelvinck Fortepiano
Festival in The Netherlands (www.geelvinckfestival.nl).
Last December, he was the artist director of a mini-festival for
the Dutch Embassy in Stockholm.
Michael Tsalka 2014