MICHIEL BORSTLAP PLAYS JORIS VOORN PT. 1
photo by Jos Kottman
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.
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 2009 Michiel Borstlap won an Edison
2010 marked a turning point in the career of the pianist as he produced only solo albums.
2010 - Solo 2010
2011 - Blue (Songs From Father to Daughter)
2013 - Reflective
2014 - Frames
2016 - Live at the Arena
2017 - Velvet
2018 - Georg
2019 - The Power of Music
2020 - #Home (Solo Piano Works)
2020 - Michiel Borstlap Plays Joris Voorn pt.1
Throughout the years Michiel has been ambassador for Swiss watchmaker IWC and German grand-piano maker Steinway & Sons.
Michiel Borstlap performed in 92 countries.
Collaborations includes Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Bill Bruford, Gino Vannelli, Assala Nasri, Ludovico Einaudi, Scapino Ballet, Lavinia Meijer, and recently with Joris Voorn.