Michiel Borstlap

Initials M.F.J.
Member of Society of Arts
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Michiel Borstlap (born in 1966) is a leading light among the younger generation of jazz musicians. He is well known as a virtuoso pianist and has shown himself to be a gifted composer. After studying at the conservatory in Hilversum, he founded the Michiel Borstlap Sextet but also continued to perform with other, often famous, musicians, both in the Netherlands and abroad. In recent years he has given more solo performances.

Borstlap has written a soundtrack (for the film Tiramisu, for which he received a Dutch film industry award) – and was commissioned by the Emir of Qatar to compose the only opera in Arabic thus far, Avicenna.

Borstlap has worked on unusual collaboration projects in the world of music and beyond, including with vocalist Gino Vannelli, the strings section of jazz and pop orchestra Metropole Orkest, Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi, and currently with modern dance company Scapino Ballet. He has issued about twenty CDs since his first in 1992.