Birth: Aug 5, 1966 in The Hague, The Netherlands
Award winner Michiel Borstlap is one of today's most celebrated musicians, regularly performing on renowned stages across the globe.
Over the past decade, the pianist and composer has gained international acclaim for his original music and his highly communicative interpretations of a broad musical scope between pop, jazz, dance and classical music..
Borstlap won the prestigious Thelonious Monk Award 1996, which brought him his first major international audience. Applauded at festivals in New York, Sydney, Beijing, Tokyo, Vienna, Berlin, Umbria, Chicago, Cape Town, London etc. for his musical skills and flamboyant virtuosity of the piano, Borstlap also is renowned for his compositions which has been performed and recorded by artists such as Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter and Bill Bruford.
Borstlap composed, commissioned by the Emir of Qatar, the world's first Arabic Opera (Opera Avicenna), which premiered in Qatar, 2003, and was televised for an audience of 300 million viewers.
CD's, DVD's, Concert-tours, Miscellaneous & Awards
1966: Born in the Hague
1985: NOS composition prize for scholars
1992: Cum Laude graduation at the Hilversum Conservatory
1992: Winner of the Europe Jazz Contest, and Prize for Best Soloist
1992: First CD Michiel Borstlap Sextet "Day Off
1994: First concert at North Sea Jazz Festival, than 12 years in a row
1995: CD Michiel Borstlap Sextet "The Sextet Live 2CD
1996: Winner Thelonious Monk Award, Washington DC USA
1997: Composition Michiel appears on CD Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter
1997: CD Michiel Borstlap Trio (Residence)
1997: Bird Award Nomination
1998: CD Bennink/Borstlap/Glerum (3)
1999: Michiel signs with VERVE (Universal)
1999: Bird Award Nomination
1999: CD Michiel Borstlap (Body Acoustic) Edison Nomination
2000: CD Michiel Borstlap (LiveLine) feat. Jimmy Haslip Edison Nomination
2001: CD Michiel Borstlap 'Gramercy Park 3CD' Edison Nomination
2003: Commissioned by the Emir of Qatar, Michiel composed the first arabic Opera ('Avicenna') in World History
2003: Gig at North Sea Festival with Pat Metheny
2004: CD Michiel Borstlap 'Piano Solo | Standards' Edison Nomination
2004: Concerts in Vienna, Tokyo, France, & Chicago
2004: Back catalogue reissues in Japan by 55 Records (fall 2004)
2004: DVD & CD Bill Bruford/Michiel Borstlap (Live in Holland)
2005: CD Michiel Borstlap Trio "COFFEE & JAZZ" (GPM), also in Japan (55 Records)
2005: Score for 3 movies of American Director/Editor Barry Alexander Brown
2005 Sponsor-contract with Cadillac, renewed sponsor-contract with United Airlines
2005: Sponsor-contract with Dutch fashion designer Hans Ubbink
2005: Two songs of Michiel are selected to appear in the legendary New Real Book
2005: Nominated for Esquire's 'Best Dressed Man 2005'
2005: Founder and President of Gramercy Park Music (Record Label & Production House)
2005: Regular guest at Dutch TV show 'Goedemorgen Nederland'
2005: Concerts in US, Tanzania, Turkey, & Hungary
2005: Concerts in Canada, & Russia
2006: Release of his first book, Opera in Qatar
2006: Formation of a new Dance project HUBBA,together with Reinder van Zalk (EARFORCE)
2006: Concerts in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Norway, Mali,, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Germany, France, & The Netherlands