George Todica

 

Born in Iasi in 1993, he started his musical training when he was six, under the guidance of Silvia Panzariu. He went on attending the Octav Bancila School of Arts, later joining the classes of Raluca Panzariu and then Andrei Enoiu-Panzariu, and having lessons outside of school with pianist Iulian Arcadi Trofin. George came to the United Kingdom in 2010, after winning the ‘Constantin Silvestri’ Scholarship which allowed him study for one year at the Stewart’s Melville College in Edinburgh. A year later he entered the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he would study for the next six years, under the guidance of Graeme McNaught, Norman Beedie and Jonathan Plowright. He finished his Bachelor Degree in 2015 with First-Class Honours and his Masters Degree in 2017. His training was supported by two scholarships from the RCS, scholarships from The Tillet Trust and The Colin Keer Trust and a ‘Britton Award’ from Help Musicians UK. After a recent successful audition, he has been chosen for the Tillett Young Artist Platform scheme for 2017.

 

George has been participating in competitions since the age of 8, having obtained over 20 First Prizes in national and international competitions. During his time at the RCS, he won 1st prize at the Moray International Piano Competition in 2012, 1st prize at the Stefano Marizza Competition in Trieste, Italy in 2014 and 2nd Prize at the International Piano Campus Competition in Pontoise, France, 2016.  While at the RCS he also won its Classical Concerto Competition, the Walcer Prize Competition for Chopin repertoire and the Governors’ Recital Prize for Keyboard.

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As a concert pianist, he has travelled to various venues in Italy, Austria, Croatia and the USA and has performed in prestigious halls such as the Teatro San Giuseppe in Torino, the Philharmonic Hall in Trento, the Mozarteum Concert Hall in Salzburg, the Fazioli Factory in Sacile, the Conservatoiro Tartini di Trieste and the Dôme de Pontoise in France.  In the past few years, George has also been playing in the UK at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Edinburgh Society of Musicians, the Brunton Theatre in Edinburgh, the Erin Arts Centre on the Isle of Man, the Hall at Yamaha Music London, Inverness Town Hall, the Ardkinglas Castle in Argyll, and various other venues.  His most recent projects have been with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra playing Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals and has been performing in the All About Piano Festival in London at the Institut Français du Royaume-Uni and at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. George will have his debut at the Wigmore Hall in the spring of 2018.