Michiel Borstlap

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Michiel Borstlap (born 5 August 1966 in The Hague) is a Dutch pianist and composer.


In 1992 Borstlap completed his studies at the Conservatory in Hilversum, where he received from Henk Elkerbout piano lessons and Rob Madna. He won the first prize as best soloist at the Europe Jazz Contest in Brussels. Two years later he gave his first concert at the North Sea Jazz Festival.

In 1996 he received for his composition "Memory of Enchantment", the prestigious American Thelonious Monk / BMI Composers Award. Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter took it for their album 1 + 1 , and it also formed an integral part of the repertoire during the world tour it between 1997 and 2000 made. A year later, the pianist signed an exclusive recording contract with Verve.

In 2003 he was commissioned by the Emir of Qatar invited to compose the Arab opera Avicenna. Two years later he founded his own record label, Gramercy Park Music. In 2007 Michiel Borstlap received a nomination for the Polar Music Prize. In 2008 he performed with his project Eldorado Concert & Club, and the duo Bill Bruford and Michiel Borstlap. That year he received a Golden Calf for his music in the film Tiramisu , directed by Paula van der Oest. He was also nominated for an Edison for the album Eldorado. In 2009, Michiel Borstlap was with the jazz formation BBG (Bennink-Borstlap-Glerum) on tour, including the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy and Japan. This album in 2009 received the Edison Jazz Award.

The solo albums he released in 2010 marked a turning point in the career of the pianist. In 2010 he released SOLO 2010 at the 2011 album Blue (Songs from Father to Daughter). In 2012 he signed an exclusive contract with BMG. In 2013 Michael toured with his solo album Reflective from home and abroad. This album appeared a piano book.

In 2014 released his album Frames. He toured with this album by the Netherlands, and in 2015 Frames Music played a central role in cooperation with the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam. In 2015 he released a digital album, Blue Seaons; Winter, recorded his first upright piano. In 2016 released a live album, recorded at the Amsterdam ArenA. The album Arena includes both a CD and a DVD. During 2016 Michiel Borstlap play a concert in the Hague Municipal Museum, where he gives solo concerts and invites a "Mystery Guest".

Michiel Borstlap performed in 75 countries in North & South America, Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe.


Michiel Borstlap worked with many musicians, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Bill Bruford, Gino Vannelli, Pat Metheny, Assala Nasri, Jimmy Haslip, Les Paul, Lori Lieberman, Han Bennink, George Duke, Ludovico Einaudi, Scapino Ballet, Lavinia Meijer, Alain Clark, Carel Krayenhof, Billy Cobham, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Carole Samaha, Edsilia Rombley, Metropole Orkest, Holland Symfonia, Timisoara Orchestra, Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Kiev Soloist, Sherry Dyanne, Hans Dulfer, Jeff Tain Watts, Hans Teeuwen, Ronald Molendijk, Peter Erskine, Paul Haenen, Nick Mason, Chris Jagger, Rasha Rizk, Sibel Kose, Eric Vloeimans, Ruud Breuls, Benjamin Herman, Leonardo Amuedo, Jesse van Ruller, Leonie Meijer, Werner Herbers, Martin Bril, Tony Lakatos, Igor Butman, Till Bronner, Toumani Diabate, Stefano Bollani, Janine Jansen ao.


  • 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 (featuring Jimmy Haslip)
  • 2001 Michiel Borstlap - Gramercy Park (featuring Jeff Watts)
  • 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 (featuring Edsilia Rombley)
  • 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) (featuring Jimmy Haslip & Trijntje Oosterhuis)
  • 2013 Michiel Borstlap - Reflective (featuring Metropole Orkest)
  • 2014 Michiel Borstlap - Frames (fall 2014)

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