- Instrument: Piano
Mihai Ritivoiu was born in Bucharest and began piano lessons at the age of 6. In 2012 he graduated with the highest honours from the National University of Music in Bucharest, the piano class of Professor Viniciu Moroianu, and is currently studying at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, with Professor Joan Havill. He has also participated in masterclasses with Dimitri Bashkirov, Dominique Merlet, Richard Goode and Emmanuel Ax, and benefited from the advice and guidance of Romanian pianist Valentin Gheorghiu.
Mihai won the Dinu Lipatti National Competition in Bucharest in 2010 and was a laureate of the George Enescu International Piano Competition in 2011. Following these achievements he was invited to record the Second Piano Concerto by Rachmaninoff for the Romanian Broadcasting Corporation, with the Romanian Radio Orchestra conducted by Gheorghe Costin. He has since played as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Romania, England, France, Portugal, Switzerland and Italy, performing in such venues as the Romanian Athenaeum, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, West Road Concert Hall and the Ernest Ansermet Studio, where he played a solo recital in 2012 which was broadcast live by Radio Suisse Romande-Espace 2. He collaborated with orchestras including the Romanian National and Chamber Radio Orchestras, Romanian Youth Orchestra and Sinfonia of Cambridge.
Most recently, Mihai was awarded the Gold Medal in the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Intercollegiate Competition, and his future engagements include recitals in St James’ Piccadilly, Barbican Centre, Warwick University, St Martin-in-the-Fields as well as a performance of the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra, in the opening of George Enescu International Competition in 2016, alongside violinist Ana Țifu and cellist Valentin Răduțiu.