The Piano Series returns in fine style, with a recital and masterclass here at EAC by outstanding Romanian pianist George Todică.
Read George’s full bio below:
Romanian pianist George Todică had his Wigmore Hall debut in October 2018 as a Tillett Trust Young Artist. His recent competition success include winner of the Royal Over-Seas League Keyboard Prize 2022, 2nd Prize at the George Enescu Piano Competition 2022, 1st Prizes at the Norah Sande Award in England, ‘Stefano Marizza’ Piano Competition in Italy, the Moray Piano Competition in Scotland, the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in Wales, 2nd prize at the International Piano Campus Competition in France, and 3rd Prize at the International Piano Competition Istanbul.
His international performances include prestigious halls such as the Trento Philharmonic Hall, the Mozarteum Concert Hall, the Dôme de Pontoise in France, Wigmore Hall, St. Martin-in-the-field, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge, Theatre by the Lake, Theatre Clwyd, Buxton Festival, Lichfield Festival and King’s Lynn Festival.
A keen chamber musician, George is regularly performing with soprano Charlotte Hoather, with whom he has recorded 4 CD albums, and as part of the Chloe Piano Trio with violinist Maria Gîlicel and cellist Jobine Siekman. The Trio has been awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Henderson Chamber Ensemble Award in 2021 and have been selected as Kirckman Trust Young Artists’ for the 22/23 season. Projects for 2022 include the release of a CD album with music by women composers, in collaboration with the Abbey Road Institute, as well the launching of a concert series in South East London that highlights women in music and arts.
During the 2020 pandemic, George and soprano Charlotte Hoather have performed a series of balcony concerts that spanned the entire London lockdown. What started as a bit of fun and a way to connect to their neighbours, ended up as a series of 16 30-minute long concerts, that ran every Friday from late March until the end of July. Most of these concerts have also been live streamed on Youtube, gathering a total of over 500.000 views, and clips have featured at the BBC Proms 2021.
George had his orchestral debut at the age of 14, with the Moldova Philarmonic Iasi, and has been performing as a soloist with the European Union Chamber Orchestra, New Edinburgh Orchestra, the Istanbul Orchestra’Sion, Huntingdonshire Philharmonic, Cambridge Graduate Orchestra, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Chamber Orchestra, Cergy Pontoise Orchestra Paris, The Learig Orchestra and Stewart’s Melville College Orchestra.
George completed an Artist Diploma degree from the Royal College of Music in 2019 studying with Norma Fisher, and a Masters of Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2017, studying with Norman Beedie and Jonathan Plowright.
During his studies in Glasgow, George was also winner of the Walcer Prize Competition for Chopin repertoire, the Governors’ Recital Prize for Keyboard and the RCS Classical Concerto Competition with Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto. His training was supported by two scholarships from the RCS, scholarships from The Tillet and Colin Keer Trusts and two ‘Britton Awards’ from Help Musicians UK. His Artist Diploma Course at the Royal College of Music was supported by the Charles Nappier Award and the Tillett Trust. George is also grateful for the ongoing support of the Keyboard Trust.