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ROMANIA

Romanian-born Florian Mitrea was a double-laureate at the Hamamatsu, Glasgow, and ARD-Munich International Piano Competitions, and a major prize-winner at the Harbin Competition in China and James Mottram – Manchester Competitions. He was awarded the top prize at the New York International Piano Festival and Competition, and consequently gave his debut performance at Carnegie Hall. 2020 saw Florian give his debut 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 Orchestra and the George Enescu Philharmonic in Bucharest. In 2018 he debuted at the Lucerne and Edinburgh Festivals. In the UK he has performed at venues including Kings Place, Queen Elisabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre, and St Martin in the Fields in London, Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow and Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. He has performed in Germany at the Bavarian Radio Studios and Schwetzingen Festspiele, in Japan at the Bunka Kaikan Hall in Tokyo and the Sonic Concert Hall in Omiya City, in South Korea at the Seoul Arts Centre, and across his native Romania.

He has performed and recorded for numerous radio broadcasters, including BBC Radio 3, BBC Scotland, SWR, Radio France Musique, Radio Télévision Suisse, and Radio România Muzical. Florian studied with Flavia Moldovan and Gabriela Enășescu 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 now lives permanently in the United Kingdom. Florian furthered his studies at the Imola Academy under Boris Petrushansky.

PROGRAM:

Online Round
Bach Prelude and Fugue in G minor, WTC II
Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major Op. 53, Waldstein
Liszt Paganini Étude No. 2 in E flat major
Debussy Étude No. 1, pour les cinq doigts d’après Monsieur Czerny
Liszt Dante Sonata

Semifinal
Enescu Piano Suite No. 2 in D major Op. 10, Des cloches sonores
Schoenberg Sechs kleine Klavierstücke Op. 19
Prokofiev Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major Op. 82

Final
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor Op. 23