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Michiel Borstlap

he music of Michiel Borstlap embraces the rich pianistical heritage of his heroes Glenn Gould, Sviatoslav Richter, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett. Michiel Borstlap has worked with some of the greatest musicians in the world including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Gino Vannelli, Bill Bruford, Jimmy Haslip, Pat Metheny, the Metropole Orchestra, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Edsilia Rombley, George Duke and Jeff “Tain” Watts. With one of them, or all alone he played the biggest festivals in the world. Michiel Borstlap has received prestigious awards for his music. He is the winner of the 1996 Thelonious Monk/BMI Composers Award (event televised by CNN), the winner of the 1992 Prize for Best Soloist at Europe Jazz Contest, and a nominee for the 2007 Polar Music Prize. In 2006 he published his first book (in Dutch) entitled ‘Opera in Qatar’. He is also a columnist for Esquire. Michiel has composed several film scores for ao. ‘Last Looks’ (by American director Barry Alexander Brown), and ‘Tiramisu’ (by Dutch director Paula van der Oest). For this soundtrack Michiel Borstlap received the prestigious Gouden Kalf 2008, the Grand Prize of dutch film industry for Best Music. For his album “Eldorado” Michiel receives the “Edison Jazz Award” nomination. Michiel Borstlap has released 18 albums as (co)leader and collaborates frequently with dutch top DJ’s, performing for very large audiences.


Europe Jazz Contest 1992 Thelonious Monk Composers Award 1996 Golden Calf 2008 Best Score (grand prize of dutch film industry)


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