ABOUT

“He showed himself to be a poetic storyteller” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung)

Born near Zurich, Switzerland in 1992, Canadian pianist Teo Gheorghiu made his concert debut in his hometown at the Tonhalle in 2004. Since then, he has performed throughout the world including in Paris, Tokyo, St Petersburg, Madrid, New York and at all of London’s major venues. He has worked with leading orchestras including the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica de Bilbao and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. During his career so far he has enjoyed collaborations with esteemed conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Matthias Pintscher and Alexander Shelley. Teo has won 1st prize in the San Marino and Franz Liszt International Piano Competitions and in 2010 he became the youngest recipient of the coveted Beethovenring at the Beethovenfest Bonn. His first CD was released by Deutsche Grammophon in 2009 and since then he has been recording for Sony.

Teo’s recent highlights include highly successful debuts with the Tonhalle Orchestra under Lionel Bringuier, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with Harish Shankar and returning to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a UK tour. Further debut recitals saw him perform at the Ravinia Festival, Phillips Collection Washington, Kings Place London and Lille Piano Festival.

Teo has studied and spent most of his life in London and it is there that he spent 5 years refining his voice under the guidance of his inspirational teacher and mentor Hamish Milne. Since then he has made his own way in exploring varied repertoires and new ways to reflect life into music. While in previous seasons this has manifested itself in contrasting, mainly romantic programmes, Teo's current focus lies in the national musical styles of Romania, Spain and France. As a musician with a multi-cultural background, spending time with Enescu's oeuvre has been his way to get closer to the country of his parents - Romania - while the fascination with Albeniz, Granados, Ravel and Debussy was heavily influenced by his experience of cycling through France and Spain not long ago.

In the past year, Teo has particularly enjoyed his residency as Artiste Etoile at Schlosskonzerte Thun, his first collaboration with conductor Kristian Järvi at KKL Lucerne and his return to Musikkollegium Winterthur to play Beethoven's Emperor Concerto with his respected colleague Roberto Gonzalez conducting. The 18/19 season sees him being re-invited for a recital at Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse, sharing the stage with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra Quartet, performing the two Ravel piano concertos for the first time in Germany and Canada, going back on tour in Taiwan and being asked by Maria João Pires to play at her recital series in Belgais, Portugal.

As well as being an avid cyclist, Teo's other passions lie in playing football, travelling, and making new discoveries in the world of music with African roots.

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Season ‘18/’19