Michael Borgstede


German harpsichordist, fortepianist and organist Michael Borgstede has been described as one of the most exciting virtuosos of his generation on historical keyboard instruments.

He studied harpsichord with Jacques Ogg at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. As a soloist and member of the chamber music ensemble Musica ad Rhenum, he has toured most of Europe, the United States, Asia, South America and the Middle East and performed at the most prestigious venues and festivals. Michael Borgstede is professor of harpsichord and Basso Continuo at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne.

His two dozen CD productions have all met with wide critical acclaim. His debut recording of the 4 Livres de Pièces de Clavecin by Francois Couperin on 11 CDs won the prestigious Gramophone Editor’s Choice. The Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant described it as „a real treasure box“ and the American magazine Fanfare stated there was „no excuse for not investing in an issue that will provide rich rewards for many years to come.“ No less enthusiastic was the reaction to the four CD set with harpsichord suites by Georg Friedrich Händel, which was hailed by the German and Spanish magazines Fono Forum and Scherzo alike as „a new reference recording“.

Lately he has increasingly become interested in the history and performance practice of early pianos and now owns two original instruments from 1776 and 1812.  In his recordings as well as in live performances Michael strives for contrast and drama, for an interpretation which does justice to the rhetoric and affect of Baroque music, ideals that carried well into the Classical period.

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Michael Borgstedet peetakse üheks vaimustavamaks oma põlvkonna klahvpillivirtuoosiks, kes esineb nii orelil, haamerklaveril kui klavessiinil. Oma kontsertidel püüab ta edasi anda kontraste ja draamat, retoorikat ja afekte – ideaale, mis kandusid barokist klassitsismini välja.
Michael Borgstede kaks tosinat plaadistust on saanud kriitikutelt palju kiidusõnu – 11 CD-st koosneva Couperini koguteoste salvestis pälvis maineka Gramophone’i väljaandjate auhinna ning nelja CD-ga Händeli süitide kogumik mitmete maade muusikaajakirjade ülivõrdelisi arvustusi.
Borgstede õpetab Kölni Muusikaülikoolis ja annab kontserte solistina ning ansamblistina kogu Euroopas.
Kontserdil kõlab läbilõige klavessiinimuusika mitmetest perioodidest, alates L. Couperinist, F. Couperinist ja J. S. Bachist kuni J. Haydni ja A. Sadikovani.