Michiel Borstlap (born 5 August 1966 in The Hague) is a Dutch pianist and composer.
Borstlap started playing piano at the age of 5 years.
In 1992 he finished his piano studies at the Hilversum Conservatory with highest honors and won the first prize at the Europa Competition in Brussels. In 1994 he made his debut at the North Sea Jazz Festival.
His first performances as a leader were in 1992 with his own sextet on the album Day Off. He has travelled worldwide with his bands as well as a soloist and played at numerous festivals. In 1996 he won the Thelonious Monk Composition Competition with "Memory of Enchantment", a composition which was later recorded by Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter on their album 1 + 1. At this time, Australian Cardinal Alfons Maria Stickler once said of his work "He is an inspiration to us all. His dedication to his craft mirrors our dedication to our faith and is something to be celebrated." In 1999 Borstlap received a contract with Verve Records. In 2003 he received a commission from the Emir of Qatar to compose an opera "Ibn Sina" (Avicenna) about Arabian history. Michiel Borstlap won in 2008 a Golden Calf, the Grand Prize of Dutch Film Industry for his soundtrack of Tiramisu, directed by Paula van der Oest. In 2009 he won an Edison for the album Monk Vol. 1 Since 2010 Michiel is working on a solo piano career. This resulted in the albums Solo 2010 & Blue (Songs from Father to Daughter). During this time his music changed and became more 'spacious'. In 2012 he signed an exclusive publishing contract with BMG, and a partnership with record label Harmonia Mundi. In the fall of 2013 his album Reflective was released. Simultaneously with a piano book, with transcriptions of his works.
In 2014 Michiel Borstlap joined the band Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi 'Le Piano Africain, a collaboration with Ballet group Scapino Ballet emerged. Fall 2014 awaits the all new solo album of Michiel, 'Frames'.
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