For Darlington Piano Society’s first concert of 2019, on Sunday 27th January 3pm at the Dolphin Centre, they welcome the young British/Romanian pianist Florian Mitrea. He presents an extremely varied recital including works well known and some unknown, even to keen aficionados of the piano repertoire.

After a first half of Mozart and Beethoven (the ‘Waldstein’ sonata), the second half consists of a programme devised by Florian to recall memories of his childhood of nights on a boat in the heart of the Danube Delta, listening to the gentle whisper of the willows and distant bird calls and counting the stars in the sky. Alongside works by Bartok, Liszt and Schubert, he includes pieces by Romanian composers Sigismund Toduță and Paul Constantinescu and describes the programme as an exciting unity between his classical training and his childhood interactions with folk musicians – with the programme transporting the listener “on a journey as tumultuous and as poetic as life itself”.

Florian was born in Bucharest and in 2008 took up a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, which culminated in 2014 with his Master of Arts degree with Distinction and a DipRAM for his final recital. He continues to teach in the piano department as well as continuing his own studies at the Accademia Pianistica Internazionale in Imola. His recital is supported by Making Music’s Associated Young Artists Scheme.

Mozart Fantasy in C minor, K.475
Beethoven Sonata in C major Op. 53, ‘Waldstein’
Bartók 6 Dances in Bulgarian Rhythms from Mikrokosmos, BB.105
Schubert Hungarian Melody, D.817
Sigismund Toduță 12 Variations on a Romanian Christmas carol: Passacaglia
Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 5 ‘Héroïde-élégiaque’ in E minor
Paul Constantinescu Cântec. Variations on a Romanian folk song; Toccata ‘Dobrogean dance’

Forthcoming DPS concerts:
Mei Yi Foo (24th February) a virtuosic programme including works by Messiaen, Stravinsky and Balakirev
Leon McCawley (24th March), eminent British pianist in a programme celebrating early and late works

  • For full details of the society’s season, visit the society’s website
  • Recitals take place in Central Hall, The Dolphin Centre, Darlington, on Sundays at 3pm
  • Season tickets – £55 – can be purchased using the brochure’s booking form or via the website
  • Tickets cost £12 for single recitals from the Dolphin Centre and on the door (U21 – £6)