Daniel Petrica Ciobanu / concert pianist
The mission is simple: a cocktail of serious classical music combined with the lollipops and fireworks of the piano repertoire.
Daniel studied from 2010-2016 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and was the winner of the Moray Piano Competition in Elgin. A particular highlight was when he was invited in May 2011, to perform alongside Lang Lang in the Royal Festival Hall, in an orchestra of 100 pianos, but was also specially selected by Lang Lang to perform a solo piece of his own choice in front of 3000 people.
Most recent prizes include winning 2nd Prize and Audience Favourite at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, 1st Prize and Special Prize for best Classical Sonata at the UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa and the 1st Prize in the Sheepdrove Piano Competition in May 2016, competing against the best international piano students drawn from all the major UK conservatoires.
During his four undergraduate years Daniel participated in masterclasses with Richard Goode, Idil Biret, Philip Fowke, Philip Martin, Pascal Rogé, Steven Osborne, Murray McLachlan, Martino Tirimo, Roy Howat, Petras Geniusas and Ian Fountain.
He has won many prizes in prestigious competitions including 3rd prize in the Piano Campus International Competition in Paris and 2 special prizes including the Audience Prize and was awarded a concert engagement for January 2014 in Theatre95 in Paris. He was also awarded 1st Mention of Honour in the Ricard Vines International Piano competition, Lleida, Spain. In February 2014 Daniel was awarded one of the three Yamaha Music Foundation Europe Scholarships after being selected from 10 finalists from the UK top Academies and Conservatoires. The competition was held at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He won 1st Prize in the Bromsgrove International Competition, 2nd Prize in the professional category of the Adilia Alieva International Piano Competition along with the special prize for the set piece, he was semi-finalist in the presitigious Scottish International Piano Competition, and won 2nd Prize in the Andre Dumortier International Piano Competition in Leuze-en-Hainaut, Belgium, 2nd Prize in the International Piano Competition in Montrond-les-Bains, France, along with the Audience Prize. In the Morocco Philarmonique International Piano Competition he was unanimously voted winner of 1st Grand Prix, and was also awarded not only the Audience Prize but also the Orchestra Prize.
Daniel has performed with many orchestras including the Mihail Jora Orchestra from Bacau, Cergy Pontoise Orchestra Paris, Chapelle Musicale de Tournai, Belgium, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Philarmonique du Maroc, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of Pretoria.
Recent concerts include Tsinghua University/Beijing , Kasbah of Maison Arabe/Marrakech, British Consulate/Los Angeles, Mozarteum/Salzburg, Theatre 95 and Salle Cortot, both in Paris, Fazioli Factory/Sacile in Italy, Royal Festival Hall and Fazioli Centre in London and on the Isle of Man. In Scotland he has played for Inverness Chamber Music, Music in Lanark, Brunton Theatre in Musselburgh, Stewarts Melville College, St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh Society of Musicians, Pollok House Arts Society and Westbourne Music Society, both in Glasgow, and with Glasgow Sinfonia, Glasgow.