Born in Romania, Radu started learning piano at the age of six in his hometown (Tulcea) where he also graduated from high school. In this time, he enhanced his musical style having an important activity as soloist, playing in a diverse range of events (recitals, concerts, festivals). His continuous wish to self-improve made him an active participant in many national and international piano competitions, where he was awarded with good titles. A significant moment in his career is the Grand Prize (with distinction) of the International Piano Competition from Nice-France.
Being interested in his development as a musician, Radu is approaching with curiosity a large variety of styles and periods from the history of music, from Bach and Scarlatti to modern and contemporary music (Bartok, Ades). Besides playing piano, Radu accords a special attention for vocal studies, taking courses whilst in high school, singing in choir, or performing as a baritone in vocal recitals.
Currently, Radu is in his 4th year as student at the Royal Northern College of Music from Manchester, where he studies piano under the tutelage of Richard Ormrod. Taking his undergraduate BMus course, he is taught to develop many other skills such as musicianship, musical forms, harmony, and history of music. During his time at the RNCM, he took part in masterclasses with renowned pianists such as Bernard D’Ascoli and Craig Sheppard.
Radu is an enthusiastic chamber music player, but also dedicated to accompaniment, gaining experience by accompanying various instruments (cello, violin, flute, percussion), and he had lessons with Gaspard Trio, Talich Quartet, and Sitkovetsky Piano Trio, playing repertoire such as Dvorak ‘Dumky’ Trio and Mendelssohn Piano Trio. He was involved in competitions such as ‘Norman George’ Violin Prize, ‘Mark Ray’ Memorial Prize, but also in festivals such as the ‘Great Bowden Music Festival’. In the past, he had performed as part of the RNCM’s Symphony Orchestra (playing the Celeste), and recently he’s been involved in a New Ensemble project at the RNCM, playing contemporary music by George Benjamin. In September 2018, Radu took part in the Romanian project ‘Coolsound’, kindly supported by the National Romanian Radio.
Teaching takes an important place in Radu’s development as a musician. He considers that a good musician should be able to share his knowledge with other people and should always be up for taking the responsibility of helping and preparing the people who wants to learn music. This passion led him to teach piano in a primary school, but also in a music studio.