Filip Michalak is a young Danish/Polish pianist born in Aalborg, Denmark, and started playing the piano at the age of 8 with Irina Amelina as his teacher. He won 2nd prize at the Steinway Piano Festival in Denmark (2006), followed by 3rd prize (2008) and 4th prize in 2012. He won first prize at “Nordjyllands Talentkonkurrence” in 2013, and at “Stars at Tenerife” in Spain. He has performed at various major competitions, such as: Unisa International Piano Competition in Pretoria (South Africa), James Mottram International Piano Competition in Manchester and Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona. In March 2017 Filip became a finalist of the “8th Nordic Piano Competition” and later that year he was a semi-finalist in St. Priest International Piano Competition in France. Filip has performed as a soloist in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Poland and last year he performed a debut recital in the Steinway Hall in London (United Kingdom). He is currently supported by The Keyboard Charitable Trust in London, and he will appear as a semi-finalist for the Young Classical Artist Trust (YCAT) in March 2019.
In 2016 he performed an arrangement of M. Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” for piano and orchestra with the Ingesund String Orchestra. In 2013 he performed “Rhapsody in Blue” by G. Gershwin at the opening ceremony of the new concert house “Musikkens Hus” in Aalborg. He has attended several masterclasses with well-known pianist and professors as John O’Conor, Boris Berman, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Sergejs Osokins, Ferenc Rados, Mikhail Voskresensky, Olli Mustonen, Marianna Shirinyan, Alexander Ghindin, Alesandro Deljavan, Vitaly Berzon, Valentina Lisitsa, Graham Scott, Alexey Lebedev and Peter Friis Johansson.
In 2013 he started at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen in prof. Niklas Sivelövs class. Later on in 2015 he received scholarship funding to study with Prof. Julia Mustonen-Dahlkvist at Ingesund Musikhögskolan in Sweden, and simultaneously pursuing his master-degree at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Filip has been accepted to the Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) at Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he is a Leverhulme Arts Scholar. He is currently studying with Prof. Graham Scott.