Michiel Borstlapis one of the most successful jazz musicians in the Netherlands. The pianist-composer graduated from the Hilversum Conservatory of Music in 1992. In 1996 he won the Thelonious Monk Award for his composition Memory Of Enchantment which Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock recorded for Verve. Shortly afterwards, Verve offered Borstlap himself a recording deal. Borstlap is a versatile musician who can interpret standards or run wild in free improvisations. He has played with a wide variety of musicians including Pat Metheny, Roy Hargrove, Han Bennink and Les Paul. He also likes to move away from jazz and has worked with Gino Vannelli, written an Arabic opera commissioned by the Emir of Qatar and regularly accompanies Dutch soul singers. For Borstlap, this year marks 25 years in the business. He will be celebrating this milestone with his trio made up of Boudewijn Lucas on bass and Erik Kooger on drums.