Keyboard performer Michael Tsalka has won numerous prizes and awards throughout his career. A versatile musician, he performs solo and chamber music repertoire from the Early Baroque to Contemporary on the modern piano, harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord, square piano and chamber organ. Michael Tsalka performs throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, Asia, and Latin America. Recent engagements include performances for the Boston Early Music Festival, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, the Bellas Artes Theater in Mexico City, the Hermitage Festival in St Petersburg, and interviews and live performances for radio stations in Hong Kong, Chicago, Buenos Aires and Jerusalem. Tsalka often presents masterclasses and lectures around the world. Tsalka was a faculty member at the Esther Boyer College of Music (Temple University) and the Escuela Superior de Musica, National Center for the Arts in Mexico City. Currently, he teaches early keyboards at Lilla Akademien in Stockholm and is a visiting professor at Celaya Conservatory in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Performed on historically important keyboards of the time, Tsalka’s world première Grand Piano recordings of the Keyboard Sonatas of Daniel Gottlob Türk, the North German composer, performer, theorist and pedagogue remembered today for his mastery of sonata form and in particular for his teaching manual called the Klavierschule, have been critically acclaimed. They can be heard on GP627–28 (Keyboard Sonatas, Collections 1 and 2, 1776–1777), GP629–30 (Easy Keyboard Sonata, Collections 1 and 2, 1783) and GP657 (6 Keyboard Sonatas for Connoisseurs (1789).
Tsalka is currently preparing a critical edition of DG Türk’s 48 keyboard sonatas for Artaria Editions in New Zealand (www.artaria.com).
For more information, please visit www.michaeltsalka.com.
Watch Michael Tsalka play Daniel Gottlob Türk’s Grave e sostenuto [Grand Piano GP629–30 | CD 2, Track 8]