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Florian MITREA – Age 28, Romania
Described by legendary pianist Martha Argerich as an ‘outstanding young pianist’ and with an ability to play Mozart ‘extremely beautifully’, Romanian/British pianist Florian Mitrea was a double-laureate in the 2017 Scottish, 2015 Hamamatsu and 2014 ARD Munich International Piano Competitions. In 2016 Florian was joint winner of the Verona International Piano Competition. Other competition successes include Second prizes at both the Santa Cecilia Competition in Porto and the Premio Città di Imola at the Imola Academy, and First prize at Lagny-sur-Marne and Suzana Szörenyi – Bucharest. Previous awards include First prizes at the Panmusica 2010 Vienna International Piano Competition, the Beethoven 2010, and Sheepdrove 2011 Intercollegiate Competitions in the United Kingdom. Earlier prizes include several First prizes in the Romanian Music Olympics and the Ada Ulubeanu Piano Competition, and Third prize in the Jeunesses Musicales International Competition. He currently holds a Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist Award for 2017-19 in the United Kingdom.
He has performed recitals and concertos across Romania, and in Austria, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and South Korea. The list of venues includes the Bavarian Radio Studios in Munich, the Residenz in Wurzburg, the Schwetzingen Festspielhaus, the Rokoko-Saal in Bayreuth, the Stadtcasino in Basel, the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan hall, and the Seoul Arts Centre. In the UK Florian has performed at venues including St John’s Smith Square, King’s Place, St. Martin-in-the Fields, St. James’ Piccadilly, Steinway Hall, Draper’s Hall, Colston Hall and Bath Abbey. His concerto performances include engagements with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, Collegium Musicum in Basel, the George Enescu Philharmonic Symphony and the Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestras in Bucharest. Reviewers have praised his playing as having ‘stupendous virtuosity’ (Süddeutsche Zeitung) and ‘phenomenal precision throughout’ (The Herald). His performance of Bartok and Liszt in the first edition of the Saint Priest International Piano Competition in 2017 earned him the Audience Award, as well as the overall Third Prize of the Competition.
He has benefited from participation in master-classes given by Pavel Gililov, Leif Ove Andsnes, Imogen Cooper, Pascal Devoyon, Akiko Ebi, Stephen Hough, Stephen Kovacevich, John Lill, Boris Petrushansky, Joanna MacGregor, Angela Brownridge and Michael Roll. After studying with Boris Berman at the International Holland Music Sessions in summer 2013, Florian was granted a fellowship at Yale University – Norfolk Music Festival for the 2014 summer, and enjoyed intensive coaching from Peter Frankl, Boris Berman, Wey-Yi Yang and Melvin Chen.
Florian’s piano studies started in Bucharest as a student of Flavia Moldovan and Gabriela Enăşescu, ultimately at George Enescu Music High School. His passion led him to a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London under Diana Ketler, where he obtained his BMus with First Class Honours and the Regency Award for notable achievement. In the summer of 2014, he obtained his Master of Arts degree with Distinction and a DipRAM for his final recital, and received the Alumni Development Award for distinguished studentship. He held the Hodgson Memorial post-studentship Fellowship at RAM in 2014-2015 and is now a teacher there. Florian is currently studying with Boris Petrushansky at the Accademia Pianistica Internazionale “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola, Italy.
Florian remains an active chamber musician. His recital with violinist Chloe Hanslip at the Dartington International Summer Festival 2016 was broadcast by BBC Radio 3. As a Sonoro Chamber Music Festival scholar, Florian has performed alongside Alexander Sitkovetsky, David Cohen, Jan-Erik Gustaffson and Nabil Shehata, among others.