Michael Tsalka has presented over 130 master classes and lecture-recitals in universities and academic institutions across the globe, among them Royal College of Music (London), Kazan State Conservatory (Russia), Sydney Conservatoire (Australia), National University of Mexico (UNAM), Auckland University (New Zealand), Seoul National University (South Korea), Birmingham University (England), Academy of Performing Arts (Hong Kong), Taipei National University of the Arts (Taiwan), China Conservatory (Beijing), Kuopio Music Centre (Finland), Rutgers University (New Jersey, U.S.A.) and UDK Berlin (Germany). Lecture-recitals discuss performance practice, technical and interpretative topics from the Baroque Era to the present. Dr. Tsalka has been invited to act as jury member of important international competitions, among them the International Duo Competition (Stockholm, Sweden), the Angélica Morales Piano Competition (Mexico City, Mexico), the First International Clavichord Competition (Kuopio, Finland), the Second International Square Piano Competition (Amsterdam, Netherlands), VMAA International Chamber Music Competition in Shenzhen (2019), the Kingsbury International Piano Competition (2019, Qingdao), SAE Chopin International Piano Competition (2020, China) and the Children’s Instrumental Music Competition in New Zealand (2020).
From 2008 onwards, Dr. Tsalka has taught in several academic centres worldwide. He was Professor of Harpsichord and Chamber Music at the National Center for the Arts in Mexico City (2009-2011), Instructor of Early Keyboards and Chamber Music at Musikskola Lilla Akademien in Stockholm (2011-2014) and a visiting professor at Celaya Conservatory (Mexico) and Auckland University (New Zealand) until 2019. From February to May 2020, he was artist-in-resident and visiting professor at the Nelson Centre for Musical Arts. Currently he serves as Head of the Piano and Early Keyboard Department at the Vanke Meisha Arts Academy in Shenzhen (China). His students have been accepted to undergraduate programs in Julliard School of Music, Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Manhattan School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, London's Royal College of Music, Auckland University, etc. and have won numerous prizes in International Piano Competitions. You can read an interview on his pedagogical ideas for students in China.
F. Schubert. Fantasia in F minor for four hands, D.940
Performed with Leonard Lindweld at the Vanke Meisha Arts Academy. June 2019.