Teo Gheorghiu
Piano

The youngest ever recipient of the Beethoven-Ring, Teo Gheorghiu is one of the piano's brightest young stars

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Biography

Recipient of the BeethovenRing from the Beethovenfest in Bonn in 2010, Teo Gheorghiu’s plans for the 2014/15 season and beyond include performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao, Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, Müncher Symphoniker and Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais. Other season highlights include chamber music performances with the Carmina Quartet (with whom he recorded Dvořák’s Piano Quintet for Sony) at St Gallen in Switzerland, and solo recitals at the Tonhalle in Zürich, Kultur und Kongresshaus Aarau, Teatro Municipal Santiago de Chile, and Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse.

Last season Teo performed with Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado

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Recipient of the BeethovenRing from the Beethovenfest in Bonn in 2010, Teo Gheorghiu’s plans for the 2014/15 season and beyond include performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao, Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, Müncher Symphoniker and Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais. Other season highlights include chamber music performances with the Carmina Quartet (with whom he recorded Dvořák’s Piano Quintet for Sony) at St Gallen in Switzerland, and solo recitals at the Tonhalle in Zürich, Kultur und Kongresshaus Aarau, Teatro Municipal Santiago de Chile, and Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse.

Last season Teo performed with Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, and with Musikkollegium Winterthur for the New Year Gala concerts at Zurich’s Tonhalle. He also undertook recital tours of South America and Taiwan. Recent seasons have seen him perform in recital at the Lucerne Festival and make his debuts at the Louvre and Dvořák Prague Festival. Concerto appearances have included performances with the the Pittsburgh and Tokyo Symphony orchestras, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio. He has also given concerts with Sinfonieorchester Basel, Zürcher Kammerorchester, and the Danish National and English Chamber orchestras. He has appeared at London’s Wigmore Hall and Barbican Centre, and at the Verbier, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Ohrid festivals.

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Jasper Parrott +44 (0)20 7229 9166
Tom Philpott +44 (0)20 3725 9139
Helen Ecclestone +44 (0)20 3725 9151

Reviews

"And now a very young artist joins the established musicians [Carmina Quartet] on stage – can it work? It works wonderfully. In Brahms' Piano Quintet in F minor, Op 34, Teo Gheorghiu proves an equal partner for his fellow chamber musicians. Quite naturally, he takes his rightful place, without ever pushing to the fore." (Der Bund, December 2013)

"The young Teo Gheorghiu at the piano is a strong companion. This is one of the finest chamber music CDs of recent times!" (Der Westen, March 2013)

“Not yet 21, the Swiss-Canadian pianist Teo Gheorghiu brings youthful fire to Dvorák’s sublime Piano Quintet Op.81 with the Carmina Quartet … Gheorghiu and his fellow Swiss players display considerable charm and

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"And now a very young artist joins the established musicians [Carmina Quartet] on stage – can it work? It works wonderfully. In Brahms' Piano Quintet in F minor, Op 34, Teo Gheorghiu proves an equal partner for his fellow chamber musicians. Quite naturally, he takes his rightful place, without ever pushing to the fore." (Der Bund, December 2013)

"The young Teo Gheorghiu at the piano is a strong companion. This is one of the finest chamber music CDs of recent times!" (Der Westen, March 2013)

“Not yet 21, the Swiss-Canadian pianist Teo Gheorghiu brings youthful fire to Dvorák’s sublime Piano Quintet Op.81 with the Carmina Quartet … Gheorghiu and his fellow Swiss players display considerable charm and zest, particularly in the scherzo and finale.” (Stephen Pritchard, The Observer, March 2013)

“[An] altogether exhilarating performance.” (Martin Buzacott, Limelight Magazine, March 2013)

“The 1887 Piano Quintet was Dvořák's second attempt at the form. It's most notable for its incorporation of folk themes, particularly the second movement "Dumka", which furnishes pianist Teo Gheorghiu his greatest opportunity, his delicately expressive approach eschewing grand gestures but ensuring that the haunting melody remains suitably foregrounded.” (The Independent, December 2012)

“Gheorghiu is a cerebral musician who brought out Baroque qualities in the figuration of this work that most pianists minimize in favor of its more outward romanticism. Gheorghiu's shaping of musical elements was carefully controlled over long arcing segments of the score and as one became accustomed to his conception of the piece it became increasingly convincing.” (The Hartford Courant, April 2012)

“He simply had everything: leaps, runs, repititions, dynamic contrasts, lines of expression – nothing was ignored in his thrilling playing. Teo Gheorghiu is a huge talent. And as recipient of the Beethoven-Ring he is a worthy representative of the series that started with names like Gustavo Dudamel, Julia Fischer and Lisa Batiashvili.” (General-Anzeiger Bonn, February 2010)

"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, January 2009)

“His playing searches...for the secrets of the opus, and tries to fathom the composers’ notes of formulated passions. His touch is technically perfect and full of colour and expression....his fingers seem to talk as they dance on the keys with fire and power. His virtuosity is far from being superficial, bringing the 16-year-old's own life experiences into the symphonic dialogue....Teo interprets this gracious intermezzo of intimate reminiscences with elegant gestures, lightness and detachment. In the lyrical encores Teo shows yet further proof of his already wonderful maturity”. (Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten, December 2008)

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