Mihai Ritivoiu was born in Bucharest, Romania and began piano lessons at the age of six. In 2012 he graduated with the highest honors from the National University of Music, Bucharest in the piano class of Viniciu Moroianu, subsequently obtaining his Masters’ and Artist Diploma degrees with distinction from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he studied with Joan Havill. He also participated in master classes with Dmitri Bashkirov, Dominique Merlet, Richard Goode, and Emanuel Ax, and benefited from the advice and guidance of Romanian pianist Valentin Gheorghiu. Mihai Ritivoiu 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 Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto for the Romanian Broadcasting Corporation with the National Radio Orchestra of Romania conducted by Gheorghe Costin. He has since appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Romania, England, France, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Japan, performing in such venues as St Martin-in-the-Fields, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, and Steinway Hall in London, West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge, the Bechstein Centre in Frankfurt, the Ernest Ansermet Studio in Geneva and the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest. He gave concerto performances with the Romanian Youth Orchestra, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra in Bucharest and the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. In 2015 Mihai Ritivoiu received the Gold Medal of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe in London, and was invited on BBC Radio 3’s “In Tune”. His performances have also been broadcast by Radio România Muzical, Radio Suisse Romande—Espace 2, and medici.tv.
Mihai Ritivoiu has been a City Music Foundation Artist since 2016.
Photography: Hyesung Jeon
The Artist's Homepage: http://www.mihairitivoiu.com
Works by César Franck, George Enescu and Franz Liszt
Mihai Ritivoiu, Piano