Mihai graduated with the highest honours from the National University of Music in Bucharest in 2012 under the tutorage of Professor Viniciu Moroianu, and subsequently obtained his Masters and Artist Diploma degrees with Distinction from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London.Read More
Multi-award winning Romanian-born pianist Mihai Ritivoiu won the Dinu Lipatti National Competition in 2010 and was a laureate of the George Enescu Competition 2011. He has also obtained first prize in international competitions in Tunbridge Wells, 2014, Valence, 2015 and Citta di Cantu, 2019. Mihai has played in Japan and has been engaged throughout Europe to perform concertos with the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra and MDR Leipzig.
His performances have been recorded and broadcast by Radio Romania Muzical, Radio Télévision 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, released on the Genuin label, has been described by The Arts Desk as “beautifully recorded, handsomely played – a solo recital to cherish”.
Mihai is a City Music Foundation artist and a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
When it came to Chopin's Polonaise - Fantasy, Op. 61, Ritivoiu totally conveyed the dreaminess of this work, coupled with the excitement of the melodic and harmonic dance sections that Chopin is so passionately remembered for. ... The exquisite Pavane from the 2nd Piano Suite, Op. 10 [by Enescu], allowed Ritivoiu to display his mastery of temporal pacing and the control of vague harmonies in this evocative work.