BIOGRAPHY

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 been performing internationally at some of the world's most important venues, working with leading orchestras, collaborating with highly esteemed conductors, winning several competitions and recording CDs with decorated labels.

Teo has studied and spent most of his life in London and it is there that he spent 5 years finding 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.

More recently, Teo has particularly enjoyed his residency as Artiste Etoile at Schlosskonzerte Thun, his first collaboration with conductor Kristian Järvi 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, and going back on tour in Taiwan.

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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October 2018