George Todica

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2016

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Piano

Location: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

George Todica is presently studying a Master of Music program at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He started playing piano at the age of 6 and has participated in many competitions in Romania having obtained over 20 First Prizes. At the age of 13 he obtained the first prize at the international ‘Marco Fortini’ Competition in Bologna and at the ‘Citta di Cesenatico’ Competition, and has continued to win various prizes.

In 2010, George obtained a music scholarship at Stewart’s Melville College in Edinburgh which later that year, helped him to acquire a scholarship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He graduated in 2015 with a First-Class Honours Degree, and has started his Masters the following year at the same conservatoire. During his time at the RCS,he has won1stprize at the Moray International Piano Competition in 2012,the 1st prize at the Stefano Marizza Competition in Trieste, Italy, in 2014, and 2ndPrize at the International Piano Campus Competition in Pontoise, France, 2015.

He travelled to various venuesin Italy, Austria, Croatia, the USA and has performed in prestigious halls like the‘Teatro San Giuseppe’ in Torino,the Concert Hall and the ‘Castello Medievale’ in Montecchio,St. Regis Grand Hotel in Rome; The Philharmonic Hall in Trento; The MozarteumConcert Hall in Salzburg, the Fazioli Factory in Sacile, and Conservatoiro Tartini di Trieste.In the past few years, George has alsobeen playing in the UK at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Edinburgh Society of Musicians, the Brunton theatre in Edinburgh, the Erin Arts Centre on the Isle of Man, the Yamaha Music London Hall, Inverness Town Hall, the Ardkinglas Castle in Argyll, and other various venues.

George played with an orchestra for the first time at the age of 14, debuting with Haydn’s D Major Concerto. In 2012, he played Mozart’s Piano Concert in D Minor with the Stewart’s Melville College Orchestra at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh, and Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor with the Moldavian Filarmonics Orchestra in Iasi, Romania, and again with the Learig Orchestra in Aberdeen in 2012.

His Master’s degree is currently supported by a scholarship from the RCS; a scholarship from The Tillet and Colin Keer Trusts, a "Britton Award" for post-graduate study from Help Musicians UKand a series of student loans.