Florian Mitrea (piano)

Described by Martha Argerich as "an outstanding young pianist", British-Romanian pianist Florian Mitrea is the winner of the Piano section of the 2018 Royal Over-Seas League Competition, and a double-laureate at the 2017 Scottish, 2017 Saint Priest (including the Audience Award), 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 RNCM's 2016 James Mottram International Competition, and he was joint-winner of the 2016 Verona International Piano Competition.

He has performed recitals and concertos in the UK in halls such as Kings Place, St John's Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields and Colston Hall, and in Germany (the Bavarian Radio Studios - Munich, Schwetzingen Festspiele, Wagner Jagdschloss Dresden), Japan (Bunka Kaikan Hall and Omotesando Concert Salon 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.

Florian has successfully auditioned for the Manchester Mid-Day Concert Society, and is currently holding a Making Music Young Artist Award for 2017-19. Forthcoming concerts include a recital at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and performances at major venues in London. Reviewers have described Florian's playing as having "stupendous virtuosity" (Süddeutsche Zeitung, 2017) and "phenomenal precision throughout" (The Herald, 2017), and presenting "a mixture of phenomenal technique and ravishing musical intelligence" (The Cambridge Independent, 2018). His debut solo CD Following the river (released in early 2018) has received a high commendation from the Cross-Eyed Pianist blog, and has been described as a "dialogue between reason and nostalgia…, a gamble won by a pianist of whom we will hear many things" (review by Cätälin Sava in The Republic).

Florian is an active chamber musician. His recital with violinist Chloe Hanslip at the Dartington International Summer Festival 2016 was broadcast by BBC Radio 3. Also at Dartington, he stepped in last-minute for a full evening concert with the Heath Quartet. As a Sonoro Chamber Music Festival scholar, Florian has performed alongside Alexander Sitkovetsky, David Cohen, Jan-Erik Gustaffson and Nabil Shehata, among others.

Florian's passion for the piano led to a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music under Diana Ketler. He graduated with First Class Honours and the DipRAM Distinction, and is now a teacher within the Piano Department. Florian continues his studies at the Imola Piano Academy under Boris Petrushansky.

In 2016, Florian was appointed a Kawai Global Artist.