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Michael Tsalka

Michael Tsalka has won numerous prizes and awards in Rome, Bayreuth, Bonn, Paris, Genoa, Calabria, Sardinia, Tel-Aviv, Chicago, Minneapolis, Berlin, Mexico City, and Philadelphia. A versatile musician, he performs solo and chamber music repertoire from the Baroque to the Contemporary periods on the modern piano, harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord, square piano and positive organ. He often plays chamber music with violinist Hugo Ticciati, cellist Dmitry Eremin, harpsichordist Sonia Lee, and pianist Maria Teresa Frenk. Tsalka has performed extensively throughout Europe, the U.S.A., Canada, Israel, Asia, Russia, and Latin America.  Recent engagements include the Bellas Artes Theater in Mexico City, the Israeli radio (Kol Hamusika), the Boston Early Music Festival, the Filharmonika Orchestra in Manila, the Forbidden City Hall in Beijing, the Early Keyboard Series in Buenos Aires, the Hermitage Festival in St. Petersburg, the Wuhan Qintai Concert Hall, the Hong Kong and Chicago radio, and Festival Saint-Denis in Paris.  Engagements for 2013 will include concert tours in Europe, Asia, and New Zealand.

Tsalka was born in Tel-Aviv. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree from Tel-Aviv University, he continued studies in Germany and Italy. In 2001, he received a diploma from the Scuola Superiore Internazionale del Trio di Trieste. From 2002 to 2008, he studied at Temple University with Joyce Lindorff, Lambert Orkis, and Harvey Wedeen. Tsalka holds three degrees from Temple: a master’s degree in chamber music/accompanying, a master’s degree in harpsichord performance and a doctorate in piano performance. Tsalka currently teaches at Lilla Akademien in Stockholm, Sweden.

He is recording D. G. Türk’s 48 keyboard sonatas for NAXOS, and working on a critical edition of these works for Artaria Editions in New Zealand.  In 2013 he will record at the Metropolitan Museum in New York and also record three CDs of works by J. S. Bach and Viktor Ullmann on the Viennese label Paladino. Russian, Israeli, German, Italian, Argentinean, Swedish, and Mexican composers have dedicated pieces to Michael Tsalka. In 2011 he was the artistic director of a Bach Cycle in China (concerts performed in Beijing, Qingdao, and Wuhan), and he is currently the co-artistic director of the 2012 Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival, Kuopio, Finland: www.nordicclavichord.org).

Michael Tsalka has won numerous prizes and awards in Rome, Bayreuth, Bonn, Paris, Genoa, Calabria, Sardinia, Tel-Aviv, Chicago, Minneapolis, Berlin, Mexico City, and Philadelphia. A versatile musician, he performs solo and chamber music repertoire from the Baroque to the Contemporary periods on the modern piano, harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord, square piano and positive organ. He often plays chamber music with violinist Hugo Ticciati, cellist Dmitry Eremin, harpsichordist Sonia Lee, and pianist Maria Teresa Frenk. Tsalka has performed extensively throughout Europe, the U.S.A., Canada, Israel, Asia, Russia, and Latin America.  Recent engagements include the Bellas Artes Theater in Mexico City, the Israeli radio (Kol Hamusika), the Boston Early Music Festival, the Filharmonika Orchestra in Manila, the Forbidden City Hall in Beijing, the Early Keyboard Series in Buenos Aires, the Hermitage Festival in St. Petersburg, the Wuhan Qintai Concert Hall, the Hong Kong and Chicago radio, and Festival Saint-Denis in Paris.  Engagements for 2013 will include concert tours in Europe, Asia, and New Zealand.

Tsalka was born in Tel-Aviv. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree from Tel-Aviv University, he continued studies in Germany and Italy. In 2001, he received a diploma from the Scuola Superiore Internazionale del Trio di Trieste. From 2002 to 2008, he studied at Temple University with Joyce Lindorff, Lambert Orkis, and Harvey Wedeen. Tsalka holds three degrees from Temple: a master’s degree in chamber music/accompanying, a master’s degree in harpsichord performance and a doctorate in piano performance. Tsalka currently teaches at Lilla Akademien in Stockholm, Sweden.

He is recording D. G. Türk’s 48 keyboard sonatas for NAXOS, and working on a critical edition of these works for Artaria Editions in New Zealand.  In 2013 he will record at the Metropolitan Museum in New York and also record three CDs of works by J. S. Bach and Viktor Ullmann on the Viennese label Paladino. Russian, Israeli, German, Italian, Argentinean, Swedish, and Mexican composers have dedicated pieces to Michael Tsalka. In 2011 he was the artistic director of a Bach Cycle in China (concerts performed in Beijing, Qingdao, and Wuhan), and he is currently the co-artistic director of the 2012 Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival, Kuopio, Finland: www.nordicclavichord.org).