Michael Tsalka

Harpsichord, Organ, Piano

Michael Tsalka

Michael Tsalka (Israel/Netherlands) has won prizes and awards in Rome, Bayreuth, Bonn, Paris, Genoa, Calabria, Sardinia, Tel-Aviv, Chicago, Minneapolis, Berlin, Mexico City, and Philadelphia.

A versatile musician, he performs solo and chamber music repertoire from the early Baroque to the contemporary on the modern piano, harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord, square piano, and chamber organ. Michael Tsalka performs throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, Asia, Israel, Russia, New Zealand, and Latin America.

Recent engagements included 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, and interviews and live performances for radio stations in Hong Kong, Chicago, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Munich, Beijing, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Amsterdam, and Jerusalem.

His 2014-2015 engagements include a tour in New Zealand and Australia, and tours in Europe, the USA, Latin America, and Asia.

Dr. Tsalka has taught over sixty master classes and lectures in academic institutions around the world. His scholarly articles have been published by prestigious journals including Clavicordio VIII (Italy), the Early Keyboard Journal (USA), Early Music America (USA), the European Piano Teachers Association (Netherlands), and Tainan National University of the Arts (Taiwan). He was a faculty member at the Escuela Superior de Musica, National Center for the Arts in Mexico City and currently teaches at Lilla Akademien in Stockholm. In 2011, Tsalka was the artistic director of a concert cycle dedicated to J. S. Bach, at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Qingdao Grand Theater and the Qintai Concert Hall in Wuhan. Dr. Tsalka is currently the co-artistic director of the Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival in Kuopio, Finland and artistic director of the Amsterdam Historical Piano Festival in Holland.

Michael 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 to 2008, he resided in Philadelphia and studied fortepiano and chamber music with Lambert Orkis, piano with Harvey Wedeen, and harpsichord and chamber organ with Joyce Lindorff at Temple University. 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. American, Russian,Israeli, Greek, German, Italian, Argentinean, Taiwanese, Chinese, Swedish, Finnish, and Mexican composers have dedicated pieces to Tsalka. In 2014-2015, he will perform world premieres by Leonardo Coral, Max Yount, Sergey Yevtushenko, Mari-anne Hof, Paul SanGregory, Daniel Alcheh, G. Karvellos, and Liu Qing.

Recording projects for the Naxos and the Viennese label Paladino include CDs dedicated to keyboard works by J. S. Bach, Daniel Gottlob Türk, Johann Baptist Vanhal, Carl Dittersdorf, Ferdinand Ries, Johannes Brahms, and Viktor Ullmann. Together with Dr. Angelica Minero Escobar, he is preparing a critical edition of Türk's keyboard sonatas for Artaria Editions in New Zealand. Sonatas 1-12 were published in November, 2013. Visit www.michaeltsalka.com for more information about Michael Tsalka.

"Michael Tsalka's recital at the Boston Early Music Festival was interpretatively revealing... showing almost incredible virtuosity throughout."
The Berkshire Review: An International Journal for the Arts

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