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 and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2016.Read More
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 he was invited to record the Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto for the Romanian Broadcasting Corporation, with the Romanian Radio Orchestra, conducted by Gheorghe Costin. He has played as a soloist and chamber musician in such venues as the Romanian Athenaeum, Wigmore Hall and Barbican. His performances have been broadcast by Radio România Muzical, Radio Suisse Romande – Espace 2 and he has appeared on BBC Radio 3 In Tune.
Most recently, Mihai was awarded the Gold Medal in the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Intercollegiate Competition, and his future engagements include recitals at St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Steinway Hall, as well as concerto performances with the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra and the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra.
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.