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Free Lunchtime Concert: Mălina Ciobanu (Violin) & Mihai Ritivoiu (Piano)

Tuesday 16 April 2019

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Representing the Romanian Cultural Institute

Programme to be announced.

Mălina Ciobanu Violin
Mihai Ritivoiu Piano


Mălina Ciobanu, born on October 5th 1998 in Romania, started to play the violin at the age of 7 and since the age of 15 she has been studying violin under the guidance of Professor Bujor Prelipcean, (Voces Quartet). Starting from autumn 2017, she has been accepted as a student at the Barenboim – Said Akademie, under the guidance of Professor Mihaela Martin. At only 19, Mălina Ciobanu has given concerts in different countries throughout Europe such as Italy, Austria, France, Spain, Germany, Greece, Switzerland. This year, the young violinist has performed at the Young Classic Europe International Festival (Germany), Pablo Casals International Festival (France), Encuentro de Musica de Santander Festival (Spain) and Edwards W. Said Days (Pierre Boulez Saal). Mălina has been awarded in several national and international competitions for her persevering work with prizes such as the First Prize – “Young Talents with the Orchestra” International Competition (Italy), The EMCY Fa. H. Wanka Jury Award – Kloster Schontal International Competition, Laureate of The “Concertino Praga” International Competition, First Prize – “Erich Bergel” International Competition. Also in her home country, Mălina won several prizes such as Grand Prix of the “Remember Enescu” International Violin Competition, Grand Prix of the “Paul Constantinescu” International Violin Competition, First prize – The National Olympics of Instrumental Interpretation, for six years in a row.  She was also awarded the Special Prize in the contest “Romania for the World” (Sergiu Celibidache Foundation – Bucharest), “Student of the Year” Award – Women – Role Models Gala, “Excellence in Arts” Award given by Rotary Club Bucharest Triumph, Fellow of the Foundation “Princess Margreta of Romania”,  “Young Talent” Award at the “People of the Times” Gala.

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 and subsequently obtained the Masters and Artist Diploma degrees with Distinction from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2016, 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 International Piano Competition in Bucharest, 2011, Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artist Competition in 2014 and Teresa Llacuna International Competition, Valence, 2015. He played recitals in England, Romania, Switzerland, Germany, and Japan, and performed concertos with the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra, Bucharest Chamber Radio Orchestra and Lausanne Chamber Orchestra.

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