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      Michael Tsalka, Harpsichord and piano

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      Michael Tsalka

      Michael Tsalka

      Melankcholia and Ekstasis: Keyboard Works from Across the Centuries 

      Obra de 1 tono bajo: Joseph de Torres (ca. 1670-1738) (Spain)                                                                                                                                              

      Tombeau fait à Paris sur la morte de Monsieur Biancharoche: Johann Jakob Froberger (1616-1667) (Germany)

      Concerto in G major, BWV 973: J. S. Bach (1685-1750)  (Germany)
      transcription of a violin concerto by A. Vivaldi
      Allegro – Andante – Allegro

      Praeludium and Toccata Prima (1987, 2003): Max Yount  (U.S.A.)

      Introduction et Rondeau a la Zingaresco, Op. 184: Ferdinand Ries (1784-1838)   (Germany)

      Mazurka in A-flat major, Op. 50, No. 2: Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)    (Poland/France)
      Mazurka in A minor, Op. 17, No. 4
      Mazurka in D major, Op. 33, No. 2    

      Dance of the Paper Umbrellas: Elena Katz-Chernin (b. 1957)  (Australia)

      Variation on a Ground (2016): Gabriele Toia (b. 1967) (Italy)  

      Rondo in G major: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)   (Germany)

      alla ingharese quasi un capriccio, Op. 129 a.k.a “Rage over a Lost Penny”

      Pianist and early keyboard performer Michael Tsalka (Netherlands/ Israel) has won numerous prizes and awards in Europe, the U.S.A., the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America.  A versatile musician, he performs with equal virtuosity a wide span of repertoire from the early Baroque to our days on the harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord, square piano, chamber organ and modern piano. Tsalka, born in Tel-Aviv, Israel, obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Tel-Aviv  and 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 2002-2008, he studied at Temple University under the guidance of Joyce Lindorff, Harvey Wedeen, and Lambert Orkis. 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. Other teachers included Sandra Mangsen, Klaus Schilde, Malcolm Bilson, and Charles Rosen.

      Dr. Tsalka maintains a busy concert schedule. His recent engagements include performances at 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, Der Gasteig in Munich, Beethoven House in Bonn, Tokyo’s City Opera, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Volksbuehne Hall in Berlin, the Jerusalem Music Center, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Jerusalem Music Center, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and interviews and live performances for radio stations in Hong Kong, Chicago, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Munich, St. Petersburg, Beijing, Stockholm, Helsinki, Auckland, Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva, London, and Jerusalem.  From 2006 to 2016, he has been an artist-in-resident every July at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Red Wing, Minnesota, U.S.A. (

      He has recorded 16 CDs for labels such as Naxos, Grand Piano, Ljud & Bild (Stockholm), Brilliant Classics (Amsterdam) Paladino (Vienna), and IMI (Israel).  Current and future recording projects include CDs dedicated to keyboard works by Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach, Daniel Gottlob Türk, Johann Baptist Wanhal, Carl Dittersdorf, Ferdinand Ries, Franz Schubert, F. Chopin, Felix Mendelssohn, Viktor Ullmann, Leonardo Coral, a CD dedicated to Australian Keyboard Music, and Yehezkel Braun.

      Dr. Tsalka performed as a soloist with orchestras, including: The Sydney Consort (Australia), University of Birmingham Chamber Orchestra (U.K.), Temple University Chamber Orchestra (Philadelphia, U.S.A.), Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra (Russia), Guatemala Symphony Orchestra, Musica Raritana (New Jersey, U.S.A.), Silvestre Revueltas Chamber Orchestra (Guanajuato, Mexico), City Orchestra (St. Louis, U.S.A.), Hermitage Festival Orchestra (St. Petersburg, Russia), Saarbrucken Symphony Orchestra (Germany), Baroque Camerata (Kaohsiung, Taiwan). A committed educator, Dr. Tsalka has presented more than eighty  master classes and lecture-recitals in academic institutions and conferences around the world.  Seven of his scholarly articles have been published by music journals, including De Clavicordio (Italy), Piano Bulletin EPTA (Netherlands), Early Keyboard Journal and Early Music America (U.S.A.). He taught at the Esther Boyer College of Music, the National Center for the Arts (Mexico City), Lilla Akademien (Stockholm) , and as a visiting professor at Celaya Conservatory in Guanajuato, Mexico.

      Dr. Tsalka is on the board of directors of ECMTA (European Chamber Music Teachers Association) and the HKSNA (Historical Keyboard Society of North America). In 2011, he was the artistic director of the Bach Festival, at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Qingdao’s Grand Theatre and Wuhan’s Qintai Concert Hall. From 2012 to 2015, he was the co-artistic director of the Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival in Kuopio, Finland. In December 2014, he was the artist director of a mini-festival, titled “Fanfares and Ornaments” for the Dutch Embassy in Stockholm. Since 2014 Dr. Tsalka has been artistic director of the Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival in the Netherlands ( And in 2016, the artistic director of Across Bridges International Piano Festival in Shanghai .

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