The Croatian pianist Martina Filjak made her orchestral début at the age of twelve with the Zagreb Soloists Chamber Orchestra. As a mature artist she has performed with leading orchestras at home and abroad under such esteemed conductors as Jahja Ling, Christian Zacharias, Heinrich Schiff, Theodor Guschlbauer, and Stefan Sanderling, and has appeared in such major venues as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, Barcelona Auditori and Palau de la Música Catalana, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Strasbourg Palais des Congrès, Vienna Musikverein, Shanghai Oriental Art Centre and the Severance Hall in Cleveland. Martina Filjak won first prize in the Maria Canals competition in Barcelona in 2008, as well as in the Viotti competition in Italy. She is also a laureate of the 2007 Ferruccio Busoni Piano Competition and took first prize in 2009 at the Cleveland International Piano Competition. In October 2009 she was additionally awarded an Honorary Medal by the President of the Republic of Croatia for her artistic achievements. Born in Zagreb and raised in a family of pianists, Martina Filjak completed her studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hanover and at the Como Piano Academy. She has both Croatian and Italian nationality.