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, the piano class of Professor Viniciu Moroianu, subsequently obtaining his Masters and Artist Diploma degrees with Distinction from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, where he studied with Professor Joan Havill. He also took part in masterclasses with Dimitri Bashkirov, Dominique Merlet, Emmanuel Ax and Richard Goode.
Mihai won the Dinu Lipatti National Competition in Bucharest in 2010 and was a laureate of a number of international competitions, such as the George Enescu Competition in Bucharest, 2011, Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artist Competition in 2014 and Teresa Llacuna Competition, Valence, 2015. He played recitals in England, Romania, Switzerland, Germany, and Japan, and performed concertos with the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra and MDR Leipzig Radio Orchestra.
His performances have been recorded and broadcast by Radio Romania Muzical, Radio Television 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, has been recently released on the Genuin label.
Mihai is a City Music Foundation artist and a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and has received generous support from the Liliana and Peter Ilica Foundation for the Endowment of the Arts, Erbiceanu Cultural Foundation and Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation.
News & Updates
Transcendence CD review by Graham Rickson
…you really need this CD for George Enescu’s Piano Sonata No. 1. The first movement’s constant shifts in mood and tempo discombobulate and enchant, the ensuing scherzo suggesting Debussy, Gershwin and Bartók by turns. And what an extraordinary finale, the plaintive opening melody overlaid with what sounds like distant church bells. Beautifully recorded, handsomely played – a solo recital to cherish and press into the hands of family and friends.
Transcendence CD review by Jean-Charles Hoffelé
'Qui phrase ainsi les arpèges du Prélude, Choral et Fugue de Franck, dans une vraie sonorité d’orgue, où tous les timbres exhaussent comme une prière ? C’est un magicien certainement, tant ses polyphonies chantent.
Mihai Ritivoiu ... doit certainement son art de timbrer et de phraser à Valentin Gheorghiu, il aura hérité de ce pianiste pour les musiciens la grande technique classique, celle-là même que montrait Dinu Lipatti, y ajoutant cette capacité typiquement roumaine d’imaginer le clavier comme une palette de couleurs.'
'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.'