Romanian pianist Florian Mitrea started studying piano with professor Flavia Moldovan and continued his studies at The George Enescu Music High School, under professor Gabriela Enăşescu.
In July 2012, Florian graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a First Class Honours Bachelor of Music degree after studying for four years under Professor Diana Ketler. He was also presented with a Regency Award for outstanding studentship and notable achievements. He is currently enrolled on the Master of Arts programme, after being offered a scholarship to continue his studies at the RAM.
Florian has taken part in masterclasses given by Leif Ove Adsnes, Stephen Hough, Imogen Cooper, Stephen Kovacevich, John Lill, Pascal Devoyon and Joanna MacGregor. Florian is the overall winner of The Vienna International Piano Competition – Panmusica Austria 2010, the Beethoven Senior Intercollegiate Piano Competition 2010 and Sheepdrove Intercollegiate Piano Competition 2011 (as part of Newbury Spring Festival). He was a laureate in the Jaques Samuel Competition – RAM heat 2009 and several internal Academy competitions.
Romanian-born pianist, Alexandra Vaduva started playing the piano at the age of 4 with Doina Olteteanu. Since then she has won prizes at numerous national and international piano competitions, including the Vienna International Piano Competition (2011), Beethoven Piano Competition (London, 2011), Sterndale Bennett Piano Competition (London, 2011), Else Cross Modern Piano Competition (London, 2010), Pro Piano and Carl Filtsch International Piano Competitions (Romania, 2008) and many others.
Her competition activities have harmoniously blended with a busy concert schedule. Alexandra has recently performed Stravinsky’s Piano Concerto with the Royal Academy of Music Wind Orchestra conducted by Keith Bragg and the Petrushka Ballet Suite conducted by Thierry Fischer.
Alexandra has performed in masterclasses given by famous pianists and teachers such as Imogen Cooper, Maxim Vengerov, Stephen Kovacevich, Stephen Hough, Pascal Devoyon, John O’Conor, Evgheny Sudbin, Joanna MacGregor, Galina Eguiazarova, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Claudio Martinez-Mehner, Petras Geniusas, Jerome Rose.
Alexandra’s performances have taken her to wonderful venues such as the Lobkowitz Palace (Vienna), Minato-Mirai Hall (Yokohama-Japan), Wigmore Hall, Duke’s Hall, Yamaha Centre, The Castle, St. James’ Church, Steinway Hall, Colston Hall, Regent’s Hall, Charlton House, the Romanian Cultural Institute, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, King’s Place.
Alexandra is grateful to the Help Musicians UK Fund, David Bowerman and Barry Sterndale-Bennett for their support. She is currently holding a double Fellowship at the Academy: the Hodgson Fellowship for solo pianists and the Royal Academy of Music chamber music Fellowship with her group, Trio Mirage.