Born in Bucharest, Mihai Ritivoiu is a laureate of numerous national and international competitions, most notably the George Enescu International Competition. Mihai leads an international career performing in Europe and Asia, and has played concertos with the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra and the MDR Leipzig Radio Orchestra and with conductors such as Joshua Weilerstein, Robert Trevino, Michael Collins, Cristian Mandeal, Christian Badea and Horia Andreescu. He has been invited to play at prestigious festivals, including Young Euro Classic in Berlin and the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, and has appeared on stages such as Cadogan Hall, Barbican Centre, Konzerthaus Berlin, Studio Ernest Ansermet Geneva and the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest.
Regularly invited to play on BBC Radio 3’s programme ‘In Tune’, his performances have been broadcast on Radio Romania Muzical, Radio Television Suisse and Medici TV. His debut album released under the label Genuin with solo works by Franck, Enescu and Liszt has been praised as ‘beautifully recorded, handsomely played – a solo recital to cherish’ (The Arts Desk).
A graduate with the highest honours from the National University of Music in Bucharest and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, Mihai studied with Professors Viniciu Moroianu and Joan Havill.
In addition to his solo recitals and concerto appearances, Mihai has a rich chamber music activity, most notably as duo partner of the cellist Yoanna Prodanova. Their duo has performed in the United Kingdom, France and The Netherlands, and they have been invited to such festivals as Les Rencontres de Violoncelle de Bélaye, Alderney International Chamber Music Festival, St Magnus International Festival and Buxton International Festival. Their first album as a duo, with works for piano and cello by Chopin, Fauré and Janacek has been recently released on the Linn Records.