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Teo Gheorghiu

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Teo Gheorghiu debuts with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Teo Gheorghiu debuts with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Teo Gheorghiu will be making his debut with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 24 under the baton of the charismatic Harish Shankar  The Italian flavoured programme will also include Mendelssohn’s ‘Italian’ Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture and Mascagni’s Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana The concert will take place at the ...

Teo Gheorghiu to perform at Lenzburgiade Festival and the Royal Albert Hall

Teo Gheorghiu to perform at Lenzburgiade Festival and the Royal Albert Hall

Teo Gheorghiu will perform in two chamber recitals at the Lenzburgiade Festival On Friday 16 June he will join the Carmina Quartett (with whom he has recorded for Sony) to perform works focussed on Austrian Dance Music, while the programme on Sunday 18 June will focus on music from the Time of Shakespeare when he ...

Biography

Since making his concert debut in the Tonhalle Zurich in 2004, Teo Gheorghiu has performed concerts throughout the world including in London (Queen Elisabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Centre, Royal Albert Hall), New York, Paris, Tokyo, Zurich, St Petersburg, Madrid and Prague. He has performed with orchestras including Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Bern Symphonie Orchester, Sinfonica de Bilbao, Orquestra Filamonica de Minas Gerais, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Müncher Symphoniker.  During his career thus far he has enjoyed collaborations with such esteemed conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Andrey Borenko, Mario Venzago, Douglas Boyd, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Muhai Tang, James Gaffigan and Lan Shui.

Season highlights for 2016/17 include debut performances with both the Tonhalle Orchestra under Lionel Bringuier and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko as well as a return to Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and to Zurich Chamber Orchestra for concerts in Zurich’s Tonhalle. His recital highlights include debut recitals at the Ravinia Festival, Phillips Collection Washington and Kings Place London, as well as a return to the Far East for concerts in Taipei and Seoul, Tonhalle Zurich and Piano aux Jacobins Toulouse.

Teo Gheorghiu’s first CD release in April 2009 was a recording for Deustche Grammophon (Schumann Piano Concerto and Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3) with Musikkollegium Winterthur and Douglas Boyd. Since then he has recorded twice for Sony: First with the Carmina Quartet (Dvorak’s Piano Quintet) and a second CD Excursions (released in 2015) joining forces once again with the Musikkollegium Winterthur and Douglas Boyd and including a selection of Schubert Impromptus and the Liszt/Schubert Wanderfantasie.

Born in Zurich in 1992, Teo Gheorghiu was a pupil at the Purcell School, London, from 2001, where he was taught by William Fong. He attended the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia in the class of Gary Graffman, followed by the Royal Academy of Music in 2011 under Hamish Milne. In 2004 he won first prize in the San Marino International Piano Competition and the following year he was awarded first prize in the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Weimar, Germany and was awarded the Beethovenring at the Beethovenfest Bonn in 2010.

In addition to his skills as a pianist, Teo is also a talented actor. In 2006, he starred in the title role of Fredi Murer’s Vitus opposite Bruno Ganz. Telling the story of a young piano prodigy, the film has received numerous awards and as a result Teo has performed at the Istanbul, Tribeca (New York) and Locarno Film Festivals.

Reviews

He has the work in his fingers: they reach for the stars and further beyond. After a good forty minutes of a tour de force full of virtuoso piano playing and heart-wrenching magnificence, the audience is brought to their feet. This is truly extraordinary.
- Frankenpost – Michael Thumser
, 2017
Vasily Petrenko has quite an ear for exciting young pianists […] and here he introduced another: the Swiss-born Teo Gheorghiu, who combines the hairstyle of a Premiership footballer with the soul of a poet.
- The Guardian - Alfred Hickling
, 2017
Only 24 years old ... we can not help thinking when considering the maturity he has shown in the three Intermezzi Op. 117 by Brahms. Lyricism and tenderness emerge from an Andante moderato probed with unusual harmonic sense - one of the first qualities of Gheorghiu. A remarkable pianist certainly, he is above all an artist and fabulous painter of sounds and spirit.
- Concertclassic.com - Alain Cochard
, 2016
There are fellow human beings who can play the piano quite nicely or even with virtuosity […] And then there is Teo Gheorghiu, the exceptional musician and most favourite pianist of his generation.
- Berner Zeitung - Christina Burghagen
, 2016
With Liszt’s Waltz No. 3 Gheorghiu once again, convinced and touched with his virtuosity and mature musicality. Such a recital will not be easily forgotten.
- Badener Tagblatt
Teo Gheorghiu is a huge talent. As a recipient of the coveted Beethoven Ring Prize, he is a worthy representative of the series that started with names like Gustavo Dudamel, Julia Fischer and Lisa Batiashvilli.
- General-Anzeiger Bonn
Already here it was evident that Gheorghiu is well able to connect Virtuosity with Charm and delicate presentation […] Poised and with acrobatic skill he mastered the sound precipice, at times with brute strength, at others as if coquetting with the keyboard. He was evidently enjoying showing to his audience that it is possible to interpret the ‘Tableaux’, as Rachmaninov called them, briskly and with fine musical differentiation. An acoustic and optical Feast! […] With Liszt’s Waltz no 3 Gheorghiu once again, convinced and touched with his virtuosity and mature musicality. Such a recital will not be easily forgotten.
- Badener Tagblatt - Jürg Nyffenegger
By way of his interpretation of the solo parts of the Grieg Piano concerto Teo Gheorghiu proved himself to be a congenial partner to the composer. A year ago he had recorded his debut CD also together with the Musikkollegium. Now he mastered the high demands of the piece which Grieg had composed at the age of 25 with much youthful fervour, with extensive skill.
- Der Landbote
To hear [Teo Gheorghiu] play takes one's breath away. His manner is a combination of self-confidence and modesty, his movements are laid back and natural, his playing effortless and lucid.
- Neue Zürcher Zeitung
He played with faultless technique…not one error clouded his almost supernaturally assured and serene playing. This young pianist is only at the beginning of his career and he seems to be assured of a glittering future. The audience showed their appreciation with a prolonged standing ovation.
- Tages Anzeiger
His touch on the keyboard is of blinding clarity. His differentiation of acoustic perspectives is astounding. His playing is regular and brilliant.
- Tribune de Geneve - Gstaad Concert
This soloist is far from being the cliché of a young and wild virtuoso. His touch is elegant, round and articulated, his forte well under control, and the opening allegro maestoso amazingly lyrical. His rubato is subtle... The beauty that Chopin depicted in this piece is portrayed with touching flightiness through the interpretation of this young pianist.
- Basler Zeitung

Discography

Excursions
Released April 2015 on Sony Classical