Since making his highly successful concert debut in the Tonhalle Zurich in 2004, Teo Gheorghiu has performed throughout the world including at London’s Queen Elisabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Centre and the Royal Albert Hall, New York, Paris, Tokyo, St Petersburg, Madrid and Prague. He appeared with orchestras in Europe, the US and Japan including Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, , Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Bern Symphonie Orchester and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with such esteemed conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Andrey Boreyko, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Douglas Boyd.
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He has the work in his fingers: they reach for the stars and further beyond. After a good forty minutes of a tour de force full of virtuoso piano playing and heart-wrenching magnificence, the audience is brought to their feet. This is truly extraordinary.
- Frankenpost – Michael Thumser, 2017
Vasily Petrenko has quite an ear for exciting young pianists […] and here he introduced another: the Swiss-born Teo Gheorghiu, who combines the hairstyle of a Premiership footballer with the soul of a poet.
- The Guardian - Alfred Hickling, 2017
Only 24 years old ... we can not help thinking when considering the maturity he has shown in the three Intermezzi Op. 117 by Brahms. Lyricism and tenderness emerge from an Andante moderato probed with unusual harmonic sense - one of the first qualities of Gheorghiu. A remarkable pianist certainly, he is above all an artist and fabulous painter of sounds and spirit.
- Concertclassic.com - Alain Cochard, 2016
There are fellow human beings who can play the piano quite nicely or even with virtuosity […] And then there is Teo Gheorghiu, the exceptional musician and most favourite pianist of his generation.
- Berner Zeitung - Christina Burghagen, 2016
With Liszt’s Waltz No. 3 Gheorghiu once again, convinced and touched with his virtuosity and mature musicality. Such a recital will not be easily forgotten.
- Badener Tagblatt
Teo Gheorghiu is a huge talent. As a recipient of the coveted Beethoven Ring Prize, he is a worthy representative of the series that started with names like Gustavo Dudamel, Julia Fischer and Lisa Batiashvilli.
- General-Anzeiger Bonn
Already here it was evident that Gheorghiu is well able to connect Virtuosity with Charm and delicate presentation […] Poised and with acrobatic skill he mastered the sound precipice, at times with brute strength, at others as if coquetting with the keyboard. He was evidently enjoying showing to his audience that it is possible to interpret the ‘Tableaux’, as Rachmaninov called them, briskly and with fine musical differentiation. An acoustic and optical Feast! […] With Liszt’s Waltz no 3 Gheorghiu once again, convinced and touched with his virtuosity and mature musicality. Such a recital will not be easily forgotten.
- Badener Tagblatt - Jürg Nyffenegger
By way of his interpretation of the solo parts of the Grieg Piano concerto Teo Gheorghiu proved himself to be a congenial partner to the composer. A year ago he had recorded his debut CD also together with the Musikkollegium. Now he mastered the high demands of the piece which Grieg had composed at the age of 25 with much youthful fervour, with extensive skill.
- Der Landbote
To hear [Teo Gheorghiu] play takes one's breath away. His manner is a combination of self-confidence and modesty, his movements are laid back and natural, his playing effortless and lucid.
- Neue Zürcher Zeitung
He played with faultless technique…not one error clouded his almost supernaturally assured and serene playing. This young pianist is only at the beginning of his career and he seems to be assured of a glittering future. The audience showed their appreciation with a prolonged standing ovation.
- Tages Anzeiger
His touch on the keyboard is of blinding clarity. His differentiation of acoustic perspectives is astounding. His playing is regular and brilliant.
- Tribune de Geneve - Gstaad Concert
This soloist is far from being the cliché of a young and wild virtuoso. His touch is elegant, round and articulated, his forte well under control, and the opening allegro maestoso amazingly lyrical. His rubato is subtle... The beauty that Chopin depicted in this piece is portrayed with touching flightiness through the interpretation of this young pianist.
- Basler Zeitung
Since making his concert debut in the Tonhalle Zurich in 2004, Teo Gheorghiu has performed concerts throughout the world including at London’s Queen Elisabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Centre and the Royal Albert Hall, New York, Paris, Tokyo, Zurich, St Petersburg, Madrid and Prague. He has worked with leading orchestras including Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Bern Symphonie Orchester, Sinfonica de Bilbao, the Münchner Symphoniker and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. During his career thus far he has enjoyed collaborations with such esteemed conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Andrey Boreyko, Mario Venzago, Douglas Boyd, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Muhai Tang, James Gaffigan and Lan Shui.
Teo Gheorghiu studied piano at the Purcell School in London, Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and the Royal Academy of Music. In 2004 he won first prize in the San Marino International Piano Competition and he was awarded first prize in the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Weimar the following year. In 2010 he received the coveted Beethovenring at the Beethovenfest Bonn.
Last year Teo Gheorghiu made highly successful debuts with the Tonhalle Orchestra under Lionel Bringuier, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with Harish Shankar, and he returned to Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on UK tour and to Zurich Chamber Orchestra for concerts at Zurich’s Tonhalle. His recent recital highlights include debut recitals at the Ravinia Festival, Phillips Collection Washington, Kings Place London and Lille Piano Festival, as well as a return to the Far East for concerts in Taipei and Seoul, Tonhalle Zurich and Piano aux Jacobins Toulouse.
Teo Gheorghiu’s first CD was a recording of Schumann Piano Concerto and Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 with Musikkollegium Winterthur and Douglas Boyd released by Deutsche Grammophon in 2009. Since then he has recorded twice for Sony first making a recording of Dvorak’s Piano Quintet with the Carmina Quartet followed by a second CD titled Excursions of Schubert Impromptus and the Liszt/Schubert Wandererfantasie released in 2015 once again joining forces with the Musikkollegium Winterthur and Douglas Boyd.
Teo Gheorghiu’s future engagements include a return to Toulouse Piano aux Jacobins, Musikkollegium Winterthur as well as his debut with the Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal and John Nelson. In the autumn of 2019 Teo will embark on an eight-concert recital tour in Canada with the Jeunesses musicales.