FREE Lunchtime Concert St Martin’s Embassy and Cultural Institute Series: George Todica
Representing the Romanian Cultural Institute
Scarlatti – Sonatas in B minor
Chopin – Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise Brillante
Enescu – Carillon Nocturne Op 18
Rachmaninov – Piano Sonata No 2 in B flat minor
George Todica (23) is a Romanian pianist in his 2nd year studying a Master of Music program at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In 2010, George obtained a music scholarship at Stewart’s Melville College in Edinburgh which later that year, helped him to acquire a scholarship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He graduated in 2015 with a First-Class Honours Degree, and has started his Masters the following year.
George has been participating in competitions since the age of 8, having obtained over 20 First Prizes in national and international competitions. During his time at the RCS, he has won 1st prize at the Moray International Piano Competition in 2012, the 1st prize at the Stefano Marizza Competition in Trieste, Italy, in 2014, and 2nd Prize at the International Piano Campus Competition in Pontoise, France, 2016. Within the RCS he has also won the Classical Concerto Competition, and the Walcer Prize Competition for Chopin repertoire.
As a concert pianist, he has travelled to various venues in Italy, Austria, Croatia, the USA and has performed in prestigious halls like ‘Teatro San Giuseppe’ in Torino, Philharmonic Hall in Trento; Mozarteum Concert Hall in Salzburg, Fazioli Factory in Sacile, Conservatoiro Tartini di Trieste, and Dome de Pontoise in France. In the past few years, George has also been playing in the UK at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Edinburgh Society of Musicians, the Brunton theatre in Edinburgh, the Erin Arts Centre on the Isle of Man, the Yamaha Music London Hall, Inverness Town Hall, the Ardkinglas Castle in Argyll, and other various venues.
His Master’s degree is currently supported by a scholarship from the RCS; a scholarship from The Tillet and Colin Keer Trusts, and a “Britton Award” for post-graduate study from Help Musicians UK.