Described by Martha Argerich as ‘an outstanding young pianist’, Romanian/British pianist Florian Mitrea is the winner of the 2018 Royal Overseas League Piano Competition, and a double-laureate at the 2017 Scottish, 2017 Saint Priest, 2015 Hamamatsu and 2014 ARD Munich International Piano Competitions. He was also a major prize-winner at the 2018 Harbin International Competition in China and the 2016 James Mottram International Competition in Manchester, and he was joint-winner of the 2016 Verona International Piano Competition. In 2018 he was the top prize-winner at the New York International Piano Festival, after which he was invited to give his debut performance at Carnegie Hall.
In 2018 he debuted at the Lucerne, Petworth, and Edinburgh Festivals. He has performed in the UK in halls such as Bridgewater Hall, King’s Place, St John Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields and Colston Hall, and in Germany (the Bavarian Radio Studios – Munich and Schwetzingen Festspiele), Japan (Bunka Kaikan Hall in Tokyo and Sonic Concert Hall in Oomiya City), South Korea (Seoul Arts Centre), Poland (Szymanowski and Chopin Academies), Switzerland (Stadtcasino in Basel), and Romania (Romanian Athenaeum). He performed as soloist with the Philharmonia in London, Collegium Musicum in Basel, and the George Enescu Philharmonic and Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra in Bucharest. He is a Making Music 2017-19 Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist Award winner, a Kirckman Concert Society Artist for 2018-19, and he has performed for the Manchester Mid-Day Concert Society.
Reviewers have described Florian’s playing as having ‘stupendous virtuosity’ (Süddeutsche Zeitung, 2017), ‘phenomenal precision throughout’ (The Herald, 2017), and presenting ‘a mixture of phenomenal technique and ravishing musical intelligence’ (The Cambridge Independent, 2018). His debut CD has been described as ‘a very personal and meaningful selection of music, elegantly presented and masterfully played, with a deep appreciation of and affinity with the folk heritage which lies at the heart of all this music. Highly recommended.’ (review by The Cross-Eyed Pianist).
Florian trained under Flavia Moldovan and Gabriela Enasescu in Bucharest at the George Enescu Music College before winning a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London under Diana Ketler. He graduated with First Class Honours and the DipRAM Distinction, and he is now a teacher within the Piano Department. He has been invited to give masterclasses in Tokyo and Bucharest, and is the founder of the Hoinar Festival in Romania which comprises masterclasses and workshops for piano students from specialised music schools. He continues his own studies at the Imola Piano Academy under Boris Petrushansky.
In 2016 Florian was appointed a Kawai Global Artist, and in 2018 an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.