South Carolina Philharmonic


April 09, 2010

Rising star of piano closes SCP season

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Pianist Martina Filjak, rising star and winner of a prestigious competition to begin the concert year, closes the South Carolina Philharmonic season at the Koger Center on Saturday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Filjak began the concert season winning the 2009 gold medal at the renowned Cleveland International Piano Competition. The New York Times says she displayed “brilliance, sensitivity and imagination” during an “adventurous, demanding” recital at Carnegie Hall and is now set to make her SCP debut during “Shadow & Light,” the final Masterworks concert of the season.

Music Director Morihiko Nakahara presents a program featuring Dvorák’s somber, moody Seventh Symphony and the overture to The Flying Dutchman by Wagner before Filjak puts the “light” in “Shadow & Light” with the airy Bartók Third Piano Concerto.

Born in Zagreb and raised in a family of pianists, Martina Filjak is a graduate of the Music Academy of Zagreb and the Vienna Conservatory. Additionally, she attended the prestigious Como Piano Academy at Lake Como in Italy, and she continues her studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover with Professor Mi Kyung Kim.

Since making her orchestral debut at the age of 12 with Croatia’s renowned Zagreb Soloists Chamber Orchestra, she has achieved a graceful transition from a child prodigy to a mature artist of both technical prowess and elegant artistry.

Ms. Filjak has performed with esteemed orchestras of her home country and abroad, including The Cleveland Orchestra; the Zagreb, Strasbourg, Morocco, Belgrade and Torino philharmonics; the Zagreb, Croatian, Moscow, Vallès and Barcelona symphony orchestras; the Croatian Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa. As a recitalist, Ms. Filjak has performed in such major venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Berlin, l’Auditori and Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Salle Cortot in Paris, Palais des Congrès in Strasbourg, Musikverein in Vienna, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Severance Hall in Cleveland and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Nakahara presents the popular pre-concert lecture Classical Conversations at 6:30 p.m. in the Koger Center auditorium, offering his unique insight into the evening’s program.

Available online at, by phone at 803.251.2222 or at the Carolina Coliseum Box Office, tickets are $50, $42, $34, $24 and $18. A $1 per ticket Koger Restoration Fee applies. Student and military discounts are available. Southern Valet provides valet parking for $7.


Jason L. Rapp
South Carolina Philharmonic Communications Director
721 Lady Street, Suite B, Columbia SC 29201
(P) 803.771.7937 (F) 803.771.0268


High-res guest artist and staff photos are available by request.

Pronunciation guide:
Filjak: FILL-yock
Dvorák: d-VOR-zhock
Wagner: VAHG-ner

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