Michiel Borstlap hardly needs an introduction. The Dutch pianist is one of the most versatile musicians on the contemporary jazz scene. With respect for history, Borstlap is able to integrate the influence of greats like Art Tatum, Bud Powell and Joe Zawinul into his projects. This makes Borstlap highly praised in his own country, but his talent as a musician and composer is recognized abroad as well. He has played with Wayne Shorter, Gino Vannelli, Pat Metheny and George Duke, among others. Whether in a band or as a solo artist, Borstlap always astonishes the audience. In addition, the pianist from Amsterdam is much in demand as a composer of film soundtracks. In 2009, he won an Edison Award for his work with the group Bennink Borstlap Glerum on which he played numbers by Thelonious Monk. Last year, he released his most recent album, SOLO 2010. At this year's North Sea Jazz Festival he will play with the Michiel Borstlap Band that consists of Ruud Breuls (trumpet), Boudewijn Lucas (bass), Cyril Directie (drums) and Jerôme Hol (guitar).