Michiel Borstlap

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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. In the fall of 2013 his new album will hit the stores. The title describes the music: Reflective. Simultaneously a piano book will be released, which include 11 songs of the album Reflective.


  • 1992 Michiel Borstlap Sextet - Day Off
  • 1995 Michiel Borstlap Sextet - The Sextet Live 2CD
  • 1997 Michiel Borstlap Trio – Residence
  • 1998 Michiel Borstlap, Ernst Glerum & Han Bennink - 3
  • 1999 Michiel Borstlap – Body Acoustic
  • 2000 Michiel Borstlap – LiveLine
  • 2001 Michiel Borstlap - Gramercy Park
  • 2004 Michiel Borstlap – Piano Solo Standards
  • 2004 Michiel Borstlap & Bill Bruford – Live In Holland
  • 2004 Michiel Borstlap & Bill Bruford – Every Step A Dance, Every Word A Song
  • 2005 Michiel Borstlap Trio – Coffee & Jazz
  • 2008 Michiel Borstlap & Bill Bruford – In Two Minds
  • 2008 Michiel Borstlap - Eldorado
  • 2009 Michiel Borstlap, Ernst Glerum & Han Bennink - Monk Vol. 1
  • 2010 Michiel Borstlap - Solo 2010
  • 2011 Michiel Borstlap - Blue (Songs From Father to Daughter)
  • 2012 Michiel Borstlap Trio - 88
  • 2012 North Sea Jazzfestival - Legendary Concerts: Michiel Borstlap (release date October 2012)
  • 2013 Michiel Borstlap - Reflective


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