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Michael Tsalka, Piano

Michael Tsalka, Piano


Michael Tsalka is appreciated by audiences worldwide for his special affinity for Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Mendelssohn. A versatile musician, he performs recitals on piano, harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord and organ. He is also co-founder of the Marzec-Tsalka Piano Duo, a four-hands/two-piano duo.

Mr. Tsalka is the winner of many prizes and awards including the Pestalozzi Award in Frankfurt am Main, the Rotary Germany Grant in Bonn, second prize at the Nicolai Rubinstein International Competition in Paris, and first prizes at the Genoa International Competition, the A.M.A Calabria Competition, and the Nouro International Competition in Sardinia. Mr. Tsalka has been a scholar of the Richard Wagner Verband in Bayreuth and of the Italian Government in Rome, and an Artist-in-Residence of the Lions Palace in Berlin. In 2004 he received the Temple University Fellowship, and the Jacobs Music Company Steinway Award. In 2006 he became Artist-in-Residence at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies located in Minnesota and Artist-in-Residence of the Ragdale Foundation in Chicago.

His many performances include appearances in Rome, Milan, Berlin, and Bruges, Belgium, at Bar-Han University (Israel) and a tour of Latin America. His U.S. concerts include at the Vermont Performing Arts Center, the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia's Art Museum, Washington's Theater in Virginia, Cornell University, Trinity Church in New York City, and Westminster Choir College. Engagements for 2006 include concerts in Osaka, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto, Washington, Stockholm, Milan, Rome, Mexico City, and Tel-Aviv.

A committed educator, Mr. Tsalka has been a faculty member of the Temple University keyboard department and at the Settlement School of Music in Philadelphia since 2002. Earlier this year, he taught a week-long master class and performed three recitals at the National University of México.

Born in Tel-Aviv, Michael Tsalka graduated from the Rubin Academy of Music with a Bachelor's in Piano Performance. Subsequently he graduated from Temple University with a Masters degree in Chamber Music/Accompanying, where he is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Piano Performance.

Performances by Michael Tsalka

Composer Title Date Action
Frédéric Chopin Nocturne in A-flat Major, Op. 32 No. 2 01/21/2009 Play Add to playlist
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sonata in D Major, K. 576 01/23/2009 Play Add to playlist
Manuel de Falla Nocturne in f minor 01/15/2009 Play Add to playlist
William Byrd O, Mistris Myne, from the Fitswillam Virginal Book 01/21/2009 Play Add to playlist
Johann Sebastian Bach Concerto No. 2 in G Major, BWV 973 01/13/2009 Play Add to playlist

Michael Tsalka Concerts

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