Mit dem ersten Erklingen zarter Klaviertöne des renommierten niederländischen Pianisten Michiel Borstlap breitet sich eine Magie im Zuschauerraum aus, die den Alltag vergessen lässt

one of the greatest jazzpianists plays neo-classical music at its best. you gotta experience and especially feel it yourself 

  theater paradijs

crystalline piano playing   new york times

Borstlap's music has the clarity of a Mozart Sonata   washington post

Heavyweight pianist. A Master!   ottawa citizen

so intense and melancholic, impressive vocabulary        De Volkskrant

Michiel Borstlap has updated classical music with his solo albums

  Ralph Keuning (Museum de Fundatie)

Won high honors with the Thelonious Monk Award in the US, and at home with Dutch Golden Calf and Edison. Michiel Borstlap made music in 92 countrieS, alone, and with others, like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Gino Vannelli, Bill Bruford, Assala Nasri, Ludovico Einaudi, Joris Voorn ao.

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Past itineraries include concerts in ao:
los angeles - chicago louisville - new york 
washington dc - boston
ottawa - montreal
toronto - bogota
curacao - bonaire - saba sao paolo - rio de janeiro - brasilia havana - st bath
 mustique - dakar
bamako - ouagadougou
cairo - dar es salam
damascus - alleppo 
cape town - lusaka
saint petersburg - vilnius - riga
moscow - kiev -
lviv - simferopol
ankara - istanbul - doha
baku - tehran - isfahan
mumbai - delhi - dhaka
kolkatta - bangkok
colombo - maldives
beijing - shanghai
changchun - taipeh
tokyo - yokohama
nagasaki - melbourne
sidney - jakarta
belfast - edinburgh
london - glasgow 
southampton - liverpool
manchester - bath
birmingham - cardiff
newcastle - madrid 
barcelona - lissabon
vigo - mallorca - paris
rome - milan - napels
vienna - geneva - andorra - valletta
warsaw - hamburg
prague - budapest
oslo - bergen - umea
trondheim - malta
copenhagen - berlin
munich - brussels &
the netherlands
photography by marcel truyens, modestas endriuška, peter beijers (steenakker)
and francesco barasciutti

In 1992 Borstlap completed his studies with highest honors at the Conservatory in Hilversum, where he received piano lessons from Dutch masters like Henk Elkerbout and Rob Madna. He won the first prize as soloist at the Europe Jazz Contest in Brussels, and also received the first prize with the band Meeting Point at the same contest. Two years later he gave his first concert at the North Sea Jazz Festival.

In 1996 he received for his composition "Memory of Enchantment", the prestigious American Thelonious Monk / BMI Composers Award. Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter recorded this song for their album 1+1, and it also formed an integral part of the repertoire during their various world tours. A year later, the pianist signed an exclusive recording contract with Verve.

In 2003 he was commissioned by the Emir of Qatar invited to compose the first ever Arab opera Avicenna, and wrote the book 'Opera in Qatar', which was published by Uitgeverij van Oorschot. Michiel wrote the book in Sicily, Italy, where he resided for a month.

In 2007 Michiel teamed up with Canadian singer Gino Vannelli and played together in Montreal, Moscow, a series of concerts in Italy, Canada, Sweden, and the Netherlands. In 2008 he performed with his project Eldorado Concert & Club, and did extensive tours with fame Brit drummer Bill Bruford. That year he received the prestigious Gouden Kalf for his music in the film Tiramisu , directed by Paula van der Oest.

Michiel Borstlap won with the jazz formation BBG (Bennink-Borstlap-Glerum) the Edison Jazz Award 2009.

The solo albums he released from 2010 onwards marked a turning point in the career of the pianist. In 2010 he released SOLO 2010, with liner notes by George Duke and Bill Brufford), in the 2011 album Blue (Songs from Father to Daughter). On this album, which is entirely dedicated to the birth of his daughter Blue, appears the composition "Levantine".

In 2012 he signed an exclusive contract with BMG. In 2013 Michiel toured with his solo album Reflective. This album appeared in a piano book. Michiel performed a selection of his works during the commemoration of Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau, at the Oude Kerk (Delft, the Netherlands).

In 2014 was released his album Frames. He toured with this album in the Netherlands, and in 2015 this album played a central role in cooperation with the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam. This collaboration will continue in 2019. In 2016 Michiel Borstlap released a live album, recorded at the Amsterdam ArenA. The album Arena includes both a CD and a DVD. In 2017 Velvet was released, an album played on his first upright piano. The album 'Velvet' received an Edison Publieksprijs 2017 nomination. An extensive tour for the Velvet project took place in 2017, bringing Michiel to more than 35 venues, including Paradiso Amsterdam. A pianobook of this album was published, also in 2017. During an extensive radio interview (Kunststof) with journalist Frénk van der Linden Michiel expressed his turn in music as follows: 'The shadow between two notes is a place in which I like to be in very much'. The music of Michiel Borstlap wanders between Neo-classical and contemporary jazz.

An extensive 2017 Volkskrant interview revealed more of his music as well as private life which had a relevant impact on his music.

Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle The Netherlands acquired his sound-sculpture 'Audire et Videre I', which is now in the permanent collection of the Museum, and is heard in the atrium of the building.

In 2019 an extended duo-tour with harpist Lavinia Meijer has been announced, as well as solo-concerts.

Throughout the years Michiel has been ambassador for Swiss watchmaker IWC and German grand-piano maker Steinway & Sons.

Michiel Borstlap performed in 92 countries, on all the continents, he lives in The Netherlands and is father of Blue.

Michiel Borstlap worked with many artists, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Bill Bruford, Gino Vannelli, Pat Metheny, Assala Nasri, Jimmy Haslip, Les Paul, Lori Lieberman, Han Bennink, George Duke, Ludovico Einaudi, Scapino Ballet, Lavinia Meijer, Alain Clark, Carel Krayenhof, Billy Cobham, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Carole Samaha, Edsilia Rombley, Metropole Orkest, Holland Symfonia, Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Kiev Soloist, Sherry Dyanne, Hans Dulfer, Jeff Tain Watts, Hans Teeuwen, Peter Erskine, Paul Haenen, Nick Mason, Chris Jagger, Rasha Rizk, Sibel Kose, Eric Vloeimans, Ruud Breuls, Peter Guidi, Benjamin Herman, Leonardo Amuedo, Jesse van Ruller, Martin Bril, JW Roy, Tony Lakatos, Igor Butman, Till Bronner, Toumani Diabate, Stefano Bollani, Janine Jansen, producer Reinder van Zalk, Diggy Dex, and recently with Joris Voorn.

recent co works
solo piano 
recent collaborations
some earlier works
piano books