Jan Michiels

Category:solist, muzikant, oude muziek, repertoire, hedendaagse muziek
Izegem, 10.10.1966
Genre(s):Klassiek, 20ste eeuw, 21ste eeuw / hedendaags
Actual/previous member of:Tetra Lyre, I SOLISTI


Since being a laureate in the Brussels Queen Elizabeth competition 1991 Jan Michiels has been known for his very personal and multi-layered approach to the piano repertoire, combining old and new in always changing perspectives. Numerous recordings testify his activity - to quote a few, 'Lost in Venice with Prometheus', 'The War of the Romantics' or 'Slavic Soul' (all published by Fuga Libera) contain music from Bach till today seen from the position of a performer composing his programs through a continuous dialogue with living music history. Jan Michiels worked indeed closely with composers such as a.o. G.Kurtág, H.Holliger, H.Lachenmann, K.Goeyvaerts, K.Huber, R. Groslot and K.Defoort. One of his main inspiration sources is Luigi Nono, who stood at the centre of his doctorate in the Arts 'Teatro dell'Ascolto' (2011)

He regularly performs in prestigious venues all over Europe and Asia. Apart from the 'ritual recitals' mentioned above he realized several complete cycles such as all Beethoven Sonatas, all works from the 2nd Viennese School, all Debussy, all Bartok, all Brahms (piano solo and chamber music with piano). As a chambermusician he worked with numerous soloists and ensembles - with Inge Spinette he forms the piano duo YinYang. He worked with conductors such as D.Angus, S.Asbury, S.Baudo, S.Blunier, A.Boreycko, S.Edwards, P.Eötvös, P.Herreweghe, H.Holliger, R.Groslot, G.Guerrero, O.Kamu, J.Latham-Koenig, J.Märkl, I.Meylemans, Y.Nézet-Séguin, K.Ono, J.Phillips, L.Pfaff, A.Rahbari, P.Rundl, E.Siebens, M.Soustrot, D.Stern, M.Tabachnik, A.Tamayo, L.Zagrosek and H.Zender with orchestras such as a.o. Brussels Philharmonic, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Berliner Symphoniker, Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Ensemble Modern, Prometheus Ensemble, Champ d'Action, Solisti del Vento, Ensemble Recherche, Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Besides of that he has been an active collaborator with choreographers such as A.T. De Keersmaeker, Sen Hea Ha and V.Dunoyer.

He studied with A.Matthys (Brussels) and H.Leygraf (Berlin). As a pedagogue himself he conducted numerous masterclasses in a.o. Hamburg, Murcia, Szombathely, Budapest, London, Strasbourg, Montepulciano and Lisbon. He is currently Professor in the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel and guestprofessor in the Universität der Künste Berlin. 

Selective discography

Hommage à R.Sch.Hommage à R.Sch. (2006)
20th century, romanticism
Jan Michiels, Benjamin Dieltjens, Tony Nys, Robert Schumann, György Kurtág
De Boeck - Huybrechts - WautersDe Boeck - Huybrechts - Wauters (2006)
Guido De Neve, Jan Michiels, August de Boeck, Christian-Adolphe Wauters, Albert Huybrechts
Diabelli-VariationsDiabelli-Variations (2006)
Jan Michiels, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Carl Czerny, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Friedrich Kalkbrenner, Franz Liszt, Ignaz Moscheles, Simon Sechter (...)
...Quasi una Fantasia......Quasi una Fantasia... (2005)
20th century
Jan Michiels, György Kurtág, Inge Spinette, Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Schubert
Arnold Schönberg - Alban Berg - Anton Webern & Eduard SteuermannArnold Schönberg - Alban Berg - Anton Webern & Eduard Steuermann (2005)
20th century
Jan Michiels
César Franck - Ernest ChaussonCésar Franck - Ernest Chausson (2005)
20th century, romanticism
Jan Michiels, Ernest Chausson, Spiegel Strijkkwartet, César Franck
Haydn Joseph - Die sieben letztzen Worte unseres Erlösers am KreuzeHaydn Joseph - Die sieben letztzen Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze (2004)
classicism, 20th century
Jan Michiels, Joseph Haydn, György Kurtág, Leos Janácek
From the diary of Béla BartókFrom the diary of Béla Bartók (2004)
20th century
Jan Michiels, Béla Bartók, Girolamo Frescobaldi, François Couperin, Henry Purcell
George Enescu - Sonatas for Cello and PianoGeorge Enescu - Sonatas for Cello and Piano (2004)
20th century
Jan Michiels, Georges Enesco
Guillaume Lekeu - Chamber musicGuillaume Lekeu - Chamber music (2004)
Jan Michiels, Spiegel Strijkkwartet, Guillaume Lekeu

Author of

Teatro dell' AscoltoTeatro dell' Ascolto (2017)
Jan Michiels
Pianist Jan Michiels
Pianist Jan Michiels
Over moderne piano's en post-moderne pianisten
Over moderne piano's en post-moderne pianisten

Selectieve discografie als medewerker

Robert Groslot - Concertos for Piano, Cello and HarpRobert Groslot - Concertos for Piano, Cello and Harp (2019)
20th century
Robert Groslot, Robert Groslot, Brussels Philharmonic
Claude Debussy / Marius ConstantClaude Debussy / Marius Constant (2018)
romanticism, 20th century
Lore Binon, Claude Debussy, Marius Constant, Yves Saelens, Pierre-Yves Pruvot, Tijl Faveyts, Angélique Noldus, Camille Bauer (...)
Luigi Nono / Paulo De AssisLuigi Nono / Paulo De Assis (2018)
20th century
Luigo Nono, Peter Rundel, Paulo de Assis, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Léo Warynski
Antonin Dvorák & Leos Janácek: Slavic SoulAntonin Dvorák & Leos Janácek: Slavic Soul (2017)
Jan Michiels, Antonín Dvořák, Leos Janácek
Duo Yin-Yang, Bohemian-Hungarian RhapsodyDuo Yin-Yang, Bohemian-Hungarian Rhapsody (2013)
Johannes Brahms, Yin-Yang Piano Duo, Antonín Dvořák
A guide to musical instruments (vol II) 1800-1950A guide to musical instruments (vol II) 1800-1950 (2013)
romanticism, Baroque, 20th century
Diverse uitvoerders, Paul Dombrecht, Diverse componisten, Octophoros, Jos van Immerseel, Ricercar Consort, Anima Eterna Brugge
MonumentMonument (2012)
20th century, romanticism, Baroque
Johann Sebastian Bach, Yin-Yang Piano Duo, Béla Bartók, György Kurtág
Cara Klara 3Cara Klara 3 (2006)
20th century, romanticism, classicism, Baroque, early music, opera
Diverse uitvoerders, Diverse componisten
Schönberg Arnold - Verklärte NachtSchönberg Arnold - Verklärte Nacht (2004)
20th century
Prometheus Ensemble, Arnold Schönberg

Related Items

News:Jan Michiels wordt doctor in de kunsten (17.03.2011)
Documents:Muzikale Geletterdheid - Over Muziekeducatie (brochure)
External links:Jan Michiels op LinkedIn