Florian Mitrea comes to Romford

At 7:30 pm on Saturday 24 November for our second piece we will be joined by the remarkable pianist Florian Mitrea. He will be performing Grieg’s piano concerto in A minor, op. 16. He is kindly supported by Making Music’s Philip & Dorothy Green Young Artists scheme, and he holds their award for 2017-19

Florian was born in Bucharest but has been based in the UK since 2008. His piano studies started in Bucharest and is currently studying with Boris Petrushansky at the Accademia Pianistica Internazionale in Italy.

Florian has participated in numerous master-classes, including those by Stephen Hough and John Lill. In 2013, Florian was granted a fellowship at Yale University. He is a Kirckman Concert Society Artist for 2018-19. In March 2018, Florian was appointed an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and has also been awarded prizes in numerous international piano competitions.

You can read more about Florian at his excellent website https://florianmitrea.uk/about. You can also find audio tracks, videos and details about his latest CD there.

Now a bit about Edvard Grieg himself. He was born in Bergen, Norway in 1843. Like George Butterworth he used folk music to influence his own style. He brought Norwegian music to the world’s attention and helped Norway develop its own national identity.

Edvard wrote the Piano Concerto when he was 24 and it is one of the most popular piano concerti ever written. 17 years later he wrote sketches for another, but it was never finished.

Grieg did, however, revise the first Concerto regularly throughout his life and the final version was completed in 1907, only a matter of months before he died. The music is often compared to Robert Schumann piano concerto. We played this concerto back in the autumn of 2010 with Jeffrey Lague as the soloist – that was a great evening.

More information can be found at http://griegmuseum.no/en/about-grieg.

We hope you will come and join us at 7.30 pm Saturday 24 November to hear this wonderful concerto played by a brilliant international pianist.

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