Michiel Borstlap (born 5 August 1966 in The Hague) is a Dutch pianist and composer.
Michiel Borstlap was in his early years a piano prodigy. He started to play the piano at the age of 4. And after years of classical training he found his first jazz teacher, Hans Heinhuis. During his early years he played in local bars and pubs, and formed a quartet with fellow youngsters Bart Suer and Peter Bergman ao.
In 1992 Borstlap completed his studies with highest honors at the Conservatory in Hilversum, where he received piano lessons from Dutch masters like Henk Elkerbout and Rob Madna. He won prize as best soloist at the Europe Jazz Contest in Brussels, and received the first prize with the band Meeting Point at the same contest. 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 recorded this song for their album 1 + 1 , and it also formed an integral part of the repertoire during their various world tours. 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, and wrote the book 'Opera in Qatar', which was published by Uitgeverij van Oorschot. Michiel wrote the book in Palermo - Sicily, Italy, where he resided for a month.
In 2007 Michiel teamed up with Canadian singer Gino Vannelli and played together in Montreal, Moscow, a series of concerts in Italy, in Sweden, and the Netherlands. In 2008 he performed with his project Eldorado Concert & Club, and did extensive tours with drummer Bill Bruford. That year he received the prestigious Gouden Kalf for his music in the film Tiramisu , directed by Paula van der Oest.
Michiel Borstlap won with the jazz formation BBG (Bennink-Borstlap-Glerum) ab Edison Jazz Award in 2009.
The solo albums he released from 2010 onwards marked a turning point in the career of the pianist. In 2010 he released SOLO 2010 and in the 2011 album Blue (Songs from Father to Daughter). On this album, which is entirely dedicated to the birth of his daughter Blue, the composition "Levantine" is heard.
In 2012 he signed an exclusive contract with BMG. In 2013 Michiel toured with his solo album Reflective. This album appeared in a piano book.
In 2014 released his album Frames. He toured with this album in the Netherlands, and in 2015 this album played a central role in cooperation with the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam. This collaboration will continue in 2019. In 2016 Michiel Borstlap released a live album, recorded at the Amsterdam ArenA. The album Arena includes both a CD and a DVD. In 2017 Velvet was released, an album played on his first upright piano. The album 'Velvet' received an Edison Publieksprijs 2017 nomination. An extensive tour is scheduled for the Velvet project, and brings Michiel to more than 35 venues, including Paradiso Amsterdam. A pianobook of this album is scheduled for the fall. During an extensive radio interview [Kunststof]] with journalist Frènk van der Linden Michiel expressed his turn in music as follows: 'The shadow between two notes is a place in which I'd like to be very much'
An extensive 2017 Volkskrant interview revealed more of his music as well as private life which had a relevant impact on his music.
Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle The Netherlands acquired his sound-sculpture 'Audire et Videre I', which is now in the permanent collection of the Museum, and is heard in the atrium of the building.
Throughout the years Michiel has been ambassador for Swiss watchmaker IWC and German grandpiano maker Steinway&Sons ao.
Michiel Borstlap performed in 82 countries, in all the continents.
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, 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, Peter Guidi, Benjamin Herman, Leonardo Amuedo, Jesse van Ruller, Leonie Meijer, Werner Herbers, Martin Bril, JW Roy, Tony Lakatos, Igor Butman, Till Bronner, Toumani Diabate, Stefano Bollani, Janine Jansen, Diggy Dex ao.
- 1992 Michiel Borstlap Sextet - Day Off
- 1995 Michiel Borstlap Sextet - The Sextet Live
- 1997 Michiel Borstlap Trio – Residence
- 1998 Michiel Borstlap, Ernst Glerum & Han Bennink - 3
- 1999 Michiel Borstlap – Body Acoustic (Verve)
- 2000 Michiel Borstlap – LiveLine (Verve)
- 2001 Michiel Borstlap - Gramercy Park (Verve)
- 2004 Michiel Borstlap – Piano Solo Standards (Verve)
- 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 - BBG (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
- 2013 Michiel Borstlap - Reflective (featuring Metropole Orkest)
- 2014 Michiel Borstlap - Frames
- 2016 Michiel Borstlap - Arena (Live at the Amsterdam Arena)
- 2017 Michiel Borstlap - Velvet