Biography - Horia Mihail
Pianist Horia Mihail made his debut in his native city of Bra?ov, performing Haydn’s Concerto in D major, at the age of only ten. Since then he has performed in concert more than two hundred times, with the great majority of Romania’s symphonic orchestras, including the George Enesco Philharmonic from Bucharest and the National Radio Orchestra. “The rhythmic subtlety and articulation of the atmosphere, the sound color, have been such that this music (Prokofiev) too rarely enjoys,” wrote the Boston Globe in a review of one of his concerts.
After studying for fourteen years in Romania with Professor Stela Dragulin in Brasov and Professor Constantin Ionescu-Vovu at the Music Academy in Bucharest, Mihail studied for three years at the University of Illinois, where he took courses with Ian Hobson, obtaining a Master of Arts Degree in 1995. In 1999, he was awarded an Artist’s Diploma by Boston University, where he studied with Anthony di Bonaventura.
Horia Mihail is also a graduate of the Andrei Saguna College of Mathematics and Physics in Brasov. He won first prize at all the piano competitions in which he has taken part. He has been awarded a Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship scholarship and has received full scholarships at all the institutes of higher education where he has studied. In 1999, he received the Esther B. and Albert S. Kahn Career Entry Award.
Horia Mihail has given concerts and solo and chamber music recitals in eighteen countries on four continents, and has performed with famous musicians including Roman Totenberg, Lory Wallfisch, Robert Merfeld, Peter Zazofsky, Andres Diaz and Nathaniel Rosen. His performances have also been broadcast on radio and television in Romania, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Hungary, the United States and the Voice of America. In addition, he has made recordings with the National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Romania.
After lecturing for three years at Boston University, Horia Mihail returned to his native Brasov in 2002 as the soloist of the city’s Philharmonic Orchestra and a member of the already famous
Romanian Piano Trio, alongside violinist Alexandru Tomescu and cellist Razvan Suma, with whom he has performed to great success in Romania and abroad. With the Romanian Piano Trio he has made three extensive national tours, called Music ON, and also with Alexandru Tomescu he has undertaken three Stradivarius tours. The fruit of these tours has been three CDs with the trio, performing works by Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann and Mendelssohn, and three CDs as part of the duo with Alexandru Tomescu, entitled Encore, Virtuoso and Romantic.
Since 2009, he has been a concert soloist with the Radio Orchestras and Choirs, giving numerous concerts at the Radio Auditorium (with the National Radio Orchestra and conductors Jin Wang, Christian Badea, Gerd Schaller, and Tiberiu Soare), as well as on tour in Romania and in Rome in December 2009 and at the World Exhibition in Shanghai in July 2010. His recent recitals in Bucharest and Vienna to mark Chopin Year enjoyed remarkable success with audiences. At the end of 2010, Radio Romania in partnership with the Polish Institute produced a CD dedicated to Chopin Year in Romania, which includes the Concerto in F minor for Piano and Orchestra performed by Horia Mihail with the National Radio Orchestra conducted by Christian Badea. In 2011 he extended his chamber music work to include projects with leading figures from the Romanian performing arts, including Ruxandra Donose, Liviu Prunaru and Gabriel Croitoru.
In April 2011, he gave a national tour of solo recitals to a programme of music entirely by Franz Liszt, called The Travelling Piano: In the Footsteps of Franz Liszt, which forms the basis of a live CD. In 2011, Horia Mihail took part in the Varna Sumer International Music Festival, the Bucharest Music Film Festival, the George Enesco International Festival, “Nuits Pianistiques” festival in Chisinau.
The Duel of Violins Project - Stradivarius versus Guarneri brought together violonists Liviu Prunaru and Gabriel Coritoru in 2011 and 2012, and The Three Divas Project with well-known singers Ruxandra Donose, Teodora Gheorghiu and Leontina Vaduva in Iasi, Cluj and Timisoara, in 2011. During the 2011-2013 season the musician helds recitals and concerts in Berlin, Prague, Chisinau, Munich, Denmark, Germany, Lisbon, Shanghai, Buenos Aires etc.
The projects in which the artist was involved in 2012 and 2013, among other solo and chamber music projects are The Travelling Piano (www.pianulcalator.ro), The Duel of Violins with Liviu Prunaru and Gabriel Croitoru (www.duelulviorilor.ro),
Recently Horia Mihail’s performances in Ushuaia and Buenos Aires were warmly rewarded with minutes of applauses. Together with his colleagues Gabriel Croitoru (violin) and Razvan Suma (cello), Horia Mihail was highly appreciated after the performance with the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Romanian National Radio Orchestra (conducted by Cristian Mandeal), a special event held at the Radio Hall on October 31st celebrating the 85th anniversary of the Romanian Radio.