George Todica is a Romanian pianist based in the United Kingdom. Born in Iasi in 1993, he started his musical training when he was six, under the guidance of Silvia Panzariu. He went on attending the Octav Bancila School of Arts, later joining the classes of Raluca Panzariu, Andrei Enoiu-Panzariu, and having private lessons with pianist Iulian Arcadi Trofin. George came to the United Kingdom in 2010, after winning the ‘Constantin Silvestri’ Scholarship which allowed him study for one year at the Stewart’s Melville College in Edinburgh. A year later he entered the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he would study for the next six years, under the guidance of Graeme McNaught, Norman Beedie and Jonathan Plowright.
He finished his Bachelor Degree in 2015 with First-Class Honours and his Masters Degree in 2017. His training was supported by two scholarships from the RCS, scholarships from The Tillet Trust and The Colin Keer Trust and a ‘Britton Award’ from Help Musicians UK. In 2019, he completed an Artist Diploma Course at the Royal College of Music, under the guidance of Norma Fisher, supported by the Charles Nappier Award, and the Tillett Trust. In 2017 he has been selected for the Tillett Trust Young Artist Platform and he is currently being supported by Talent Unlimited.
George has been participating in competitions since the age of 8, having obtained over 20 First Prizes at International Piano Competitions. His most recent accomplishments are 1st prize at the 2019 Norah Sande Award, and 1st prize at the 2019 Langollen International Eisteddfod. During his time at the RCS, he won 1st prize at the Moray International Piano Competition in 2012, 1st prize at the Stefano Marizza Competition in Trieste, Italy in 2014 and 2nd Prize at the International Piano Campus Competition in Pontoise, France, 2016 as well as the RCS Classical Concerto Competition, the Walcer Prize Competition for Chopin repertoire and the Governors’ Recital Prize for Keyboard.
As a concert pianist, he had his debut at the Wigmore Hall in October 2018. George has performed internationally in prestigious halls such as the Philharmonic Hall in Trento, the Mozarteum Concert Hall in Salzburg, the Dôme de Pontoise in France and in the UK, at St. Martin-in-the-fields, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Yamaha Music London, Bradford Cathedral, Buxton Festival, Brunton Theatre, Edinburgh Society of Musicians, Inverness Town Hall, Ardkinglas Castle in Argyll, Theatre Clwyd in Wales, and various other venues. George is also a keen chamber musician, performing regularly with soprano Charlotte Hoather, and with violinist Maria Gîlicel and cellist Jobine Siekman as part of the Chloe Piano Trio.