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

Goeyvaerts Karel - amor[t]Goeyvaerts Karel - amor[t] (2000)
20th century
Jan Michiels, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Prometheus Ensemble, Vlaams Radio Orkest, ChampdAction, Ilse Duyck, Koen Kessels, Jan Michiels (...)
Bartók Béla - Sonata for Two Pianos and PercussionBartók Béla - Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion (1999)
Jan Michiels, Béla Bartók, Inge Spinette, Gert François, Bart Quartier
Debussy Claude - Préludes, Images, Children's cornerDebussy Claude - Préludes, Images, Children's corner (1998)
20th century
Jan Michiels, Claude Debussy
Brahms Johannes - Klavierstücke & Intermezzi opus 116 - 119Brahms Johannes - Klavierstücke & Intermezzi opus 116 - 119 (1997)
Jan Michiels, Johannes Brahms
Goeyvaerts Karel - Works for piano (1964-1990)Goeyvaerts Karel - Works for piano (1964-1990) (1996)
20th century
Paul De Clerck, Carlos Bruneel, Jan Michiels, Karel Goeyvaerts
Etudes pour piano I-XIV György LigetiEtudes pour piano I-XIV György Ligeti (1996)
20th century
Jan Michiels, György Ligeti, György Kurtág, Claude Debussy, Leos Janácek, Béla Bartók
von Weber - Debussy - Benjamin - Poulencvon Weber - Debussy - Benjamin - Poulenc (1994)
20th century, romanticism
Jan Michiels, Henri De Roeck, Carl Maria von Weber, Claude Debussy, Arthur Benjamin, Françis Poulenc
Beethoven, Von Lannoy, Poulenc - Kamermuziek voor blazersBeethoven, Von Lannoy, Poulenc - Kamermuziek voor blazers (1992)
20th century, classicism
Jan Michiels, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Quintessens, Eduard Freiherr Von Lannoy, Françis Poulenc
Vlaamse Hedendaagse MuziekVlaamse Hedendaagse Muziek
20th century, 21st century / contemporary
Claude Coppens, ChampdAction, Rolande Van der Paal, Vlaams Radio Orkest, HERMESensemble, Apsara, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Jan Michiels (...)

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