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Piano Recital by Michael Tsalka - The Dawn of Romanticism

  • Tsang Shiu Tim Art Hall HKUST (map)


Sonata in D major, K. 119                                      Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
Sonata in f minor, K. 466
Sonata in f minor, K. 555

Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54                  Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
I. In tempo d'un menuetto
II. Allegretto - Più allegro

Two Mazurkas, Op. 6                                        Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

Pensieri alla Pasta, Op. 74                                     Ignaz Moscheles (1794-1870)
Dramatic fantasy on motives of famous arias
As executed by the famous Singer

~ 15-min intermission ~


Last Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960 (1828)                  Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
I. Molto moderato
II. Andante sostenuto
III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace con delicatezza – Trio
IV. Allegro ma non troppo – Presto


Michael Tsakla

Dr. Tsalka maintains a busy concert schedule. Recent engagements include performances at the Museo de La Musica in Barcelona, Boston Early Music Festival, the Forbidden City Hall in Beijing, Bellas Artes Theater in Mexico City, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, St. Denis Festival in Paris, Der Gasteig in Munich, Beethoven House in Bonn, Tokyo’s City Opera, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Volksbuehne Hall in Berlin, the Jerusalem Music Center, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Accademia Bartolomeo Cristofori in Florence, and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, and interviews and live performances for radio and T.V. stations in Hong Kong, Chicago, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Munich, St. Petersburg, Beijing, Stockholm, Helsinki, Auckland, St. Louis, Sydney, Amsterdam, Brussels, Shanghai, Paris, Geneva, London, Mexico City, and Jerusalem.

He has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras, among them The Sydney Consort (Australia), the University of Birmingham Chamber Orchestra (U.K.), Temple University Chamber Orchestra (Philadelphia, U.S.A.), Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra (Russia), Guatemala Symphony Orchestra, Musica Raritana (New Jersey, U.S.A.), Silvestre Revueltas Chamber Orchestra (Guanajuato, Mexico), St. Louis’ City Orchestra (U.S.A.), Hermitage Festival Orchestra (St. Petersburg, Russia), Baroque Camerata (Kaohsiung, Taiwan), Filharmonica Orchestra (Manila, Philippines), NCMA (NZ), ThoroughBass (Sydney), the Nelson Symphony Orchestra (NZ), and Collegium Musicum (Auckland, NZ).

Dr. Tsalka has recorded over 20 CDs for labels such as Naxos, Grand Piano, Ljud & Bild (Stockholm), Brilliant Classics (Amsterdam) Paladino (Vienna), the Israeli Music Institute (Israel), and Wirripang (Australia). Current and future recording projects include CDs dedicated to keyboard works by  Johann Sebastian Bach, W. A. Mozart, Daniel Gottlob Türk, Johann Baptist Wanhal, Carl Dittersdorf, Ferdinand Ries, Franz Schubert, F. Chopin, Felix Mendelssohn, Viktor Ullmann, Leonardo Coral, contemporary Australian composers, and Yehezkel Braun. Recently, NAXOS asked mandolin virtuoso Alon Sariel and Michael Tsalka to record all of Beethoven’s works for mandolin and fortepiano for their 2020 release of all of Beethoven’s works.

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“Dazzling playing, bristling with creativity and emotion” (Sydney Arts Guide, Australia), following the Concerto Extravaganza event with ThoroughBass Band, 2016.

“Michael Tsalka’s recital at the Boston Early Music Festival was interpretatively revealing, . . . showing almost incredible virtuosity throughout” (The Berkshire Review, International Journal for the Arts, N.Y. and Boston).

On his CD of Viktor Ullmann’s Piano Sonatas
"Tsalka’s articulate and sensitive reading gives each sonata palpable musical life, the works coming across as “contemporary” and as relevant to current musical thought today as when they were written. This is a great and lasting strength of Viktor Ullmann’s writing. Michael Tsalka finds a fine balance between his understanding of the background and circumstances of each sonata and his objective playing of some of the finest piano music composed in the first half of the 20th century."
(Concert Critique Blog, Pamela Hickman, Jerusalem, April 2015)

 On his CD of J. S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations (Paladino Label)
”This is a brilliant recording by an artist with a passion. Stepping outside the well-worn path of keyboard music, he creates a performance that make you sit up and listen. Technicality and creativity meet in a beautifully balanced performance. (Music Web International. RECORDING OF THE YEAR, Dec. 2013)

“The concert was a smashing success...” (Global Times, Beijing)

“Tsalka is evidently a true, brilliant musician…” (Clavichord International, Amsterdam)


Free admission
All are welcome
No admission under the age of 6
Walk-ins welcome


Presented by HKUST Center for Education Innovation and Center for the Arts