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, subsequently obtaining Masters and Artist Diploma degrees with Distinction from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2016, where he studied with Professor Joan Havill. He also took part in masterclasses with Dimitri Bashkirov, Dominique Merlet, Emmanuel Ax and Richard Goode.
Mihai won the Dinu Lipatti National Competition in Bucharest in 2010 and was a laureate of a number of international competitions, such as the George Enescu International Piano Competition in Bucharest, 2011, Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artist Competition in 2014 and Teresa Llacuna International Competition, Valence, 2015. He played recitals in England, Romania, Switzerland, Germany, and Japan, and performed concertos with the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra, Bucharest Chamber Radio Orchestra and Lausanne Chamber Orchestra.
His performances have been recorded and broadcast by Radio Romania Muzical, Radio Television Suisse – Espace 2 and Medici TV, and he was a guest on BBC Radio 3’s programme “In Tune”. His debut CD, containing solo works by Franck, Enescu and Liszt, has been recently released on the Genuin label.
Mihai is a City Music Foundation artist and a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and has received generous support from the Liliana and Peter Ilica Foundation for the Endowment of the Arts, Erbiceanu Cultural Foundation and Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation.
Musicians’ Company Award: Beethoven Medal 2014
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