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Florian Mitrea Wins Third-prize at the International ARD Music Competition in Munich
Romanian pianist Florian Mitrea – Norfolk ’14 – was awarded one of two third-place prizes (no first-place prize was awarded) in the 63rd International ARD Music Competition in Munich, Germany. In addition to third-prize, Mitrea won a special prize for Best Mozart Concerto, which he performed in the semifinal.
Mitrea performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto, No. 1 in b minor with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in the fourth and final round held on September 14, 2014.
A record total of 519 musicians and ensembles (including 59 pianists) from 50 countries and 5 continents entered for the 63rd ARD International Music Competition, which this year included the categories of piano, cello, percussion and wind quintet.
The ARD Music Competition began 62 years ago in Munich, Germany, where it is to this day under the auspices of the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation. It is acknowledged to be the largest classical music competition in the world, since it encompasses several categories each year and 20 categories in all. The competition has been the springboard for many an international careers. Past prizewinners include Jessye Norman, Anne Sofie von Otter, Christoph Eschenbach, Mitsuko Uchida, Heinz Holliger and Quatuor Ebène as well as Norfolk alumni Nobuko Imai and the Tokyo and Verus String Quartets.
view ▶ Florian Mitrea’s performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in in A Major, KV 488 with the Munich Chamber Orchestra.