Florian with competitors at SIPC 2017

Scottish International Piano Competition 2017 Double Laureate

Florian is a double laureate at the Scottish International Piano Competition 2017, awarded the second prize and Lawrence Glover Silver Medal overall and the Glasgow UNESCO City of Music Prize for the best performance of the commissioned piece. The SIPC is held in Glasgow every three years and in 2017 the final, concerto round was held on Sunday 10th September at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Florian performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no 5 in E-flat major “Emperor” with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, under Thomas Søndergård:

With a virtuosic opening filled with velocity, he played with a subtle rubato and firm touch. Taking on a stiller, more dream-like musical persona for the second adagio movement, Mitrea fully explored the romantic nuances of the music, with phenomenal precision throughout.

Miranda Heggie, The Herald

The final concert, dedicated to the memory of Lady Marion Fraser, was recorded by Scottish International Piano Competition 2017 media partner Classic FM for a Full Works concert to be broadcast at 8pm on Tuesday 19 September 2017. Videos of the performances can be watched here:

The Glasgow UNESCO City of Music Prize was awarded for Florian’s semi-final performance of contemporary, Scottish composer Gordon McPherson’s The Pounding Room, an innovative piece for piano and virtual piano.

Held under the auspices of the World Federation of International Music Competitions, Scottish International Piano Competition is one of only three major international piano competitions held in the UK, and the only one in Scotland.

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