Florian Mitrea

Described by Martha Argerich as ‘an outstanding young pianist’, British-Romanian pianist Florian Mitrea was a double-laureate at the 2017 Glasgow, 2015 Hamamatsu, and 2014 Munich ARD International Piano Competitions. He won the piano section in the 2018 Royal Overseas League Music Competition, and was a major prize winner at the 2018 Harbin – China, 2017 St Priest, and 2016 James Mottram-Manchester International Piano Competitions. He was the top prize winner at the 2018 New York International Piano Festival, and consequently gave his debut performance at Carnegie Hall. He was a Making Music 2017-19 Young Artist, a Kirckman Concert Society artist, and was selected to perform in the historic Manchester Mid-Day Concerts series.

2020 saw Florian give his debut solo recital at the Bozar Centre in Brussels, and his first tour as soloist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Previously, Florian performed as a soloist with the Philharmonia in London, Elbland Philharmonie in Dresden, Collegium Musicum in Basel, the Romanian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the George Enescu Philharmonic, and as a recitalist at the Lucerne Festival, at the Bunka Kaikan Hall in Tokyo and the Sonic Concert Hall in Oomiya City. In the UK, Florian has given concerts at the Usher Hall – Edinburgh, Royal Concert Hall – Glasgow, Bridgewater Hall – Manchester, King’s Place and St Martin in the Fields, and reviewers have praised his playing as ‘absorbing and masterly’ (Edinburgh Music Review 2020). He recorded and performed live for numerous broadcasters, including the BBC, SWR, BR, Radio France Musique, Radio Télévision Suisse, and Radio Romania Muzical.

Florian trained with Flavia Moldovan and Gabriela Enasescu at the George Enescu National Music College in Bucharest, 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 piano professor at the RAM. He also studied at the Imola Piano Academy under Boris Petrushansky. He gives regular masterclasses in Tokyo and Bucharest, where he runs his own music festival.

Florian is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. He was also appointed a specialist piano teacher at the Purcell School for Young Musicians in 2020.

Florian Mitrea, Copyright Katemount