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Born in Timișoara in 1988 into a musical family with a classical music background, Dinu Mihailescu is a young Romanian pianist established in Switzerland since 2009. He was formed at the Haute Ecole de Musique (HEM) in Geneva having had as mentors Prof. Dominique Weber and Cédric Pescia.

During his studies in Geneva, Dinu received two special prizes for outstanding academic results and had the opportunity to study with renowned musicians and pedagogues such as Leon Fleisher, Dmitri Bashkirov, Menahem Pressler, Julian Martin, Robert McDonald and Paul Coker.

In 2021, Dinu received the title of Doctor of Music with distinction, as part of the Western University of Timișoara (Romania), thanks to his doctoral thesis entitled “The Interpretation of Béla Bartók’s Musical Microcosm: Between the Elements of Musical Language and Artistic Expression”.

As a Soloist, Dinu has performed with the main orchestras in Romania as well as with the Orchestra of the HEM of Geneva, the Orchestre des Variations Symphoniques of Vevey and the Orchestra of the Festival of Gijón-Candás in Spain. His musical career also includes participation in various International Competitions and Festivals such as the Geneva International Piano Competition, George Enescu Piano Competition, the Millennium Piano Festival of Gijón (Spain), Puplinge Classique (Switzerland) and Les Estivales de Megève (France).

In Switzerland he has performed on important venues such as the Menuhin Forum in Bern, the Ansermet Studio of the Swiss Radio and Television (Geneva), the Franz Liszt Hall of the Conservatoire de Musique, the Les Salons Theater and the Cour de l’Hôtel-de-Ville in Geneva.

In 2020 he made his debut at Victoria Hall in Geneva with his 2 piano duo called OXY MORE, with the Swiss pianist Philippe Boaron. Since their debut, the duo has recorded a CD in 2021 – which brings an innovative repertoire for 2 pianos – at the Rosey Concert Hall in Rolle (Switzerland) and made a Concert for Peace dedicated to the Victims of the Ukraine War at the Memorial to the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance in Sighetu Marmatiei (Romania) in 2022.

This talented young musician has also been awarded numerous prizes, among the most prestigious are the 2nd Prize in the International “Béla Bartók” Piano Competition in 2017 (Szeged, Hungary), and the Rotary Club Award for Excellence for his participation in Art and Culture in Romania (Timișoara, 2018).

Since 2017, Dinu is also teaching piano at the Popular Conservatory of Music, Dance and Theatre in Geneva and at the Music School of Lausanne, and he is increasingly dedicated to mixing classical and modern repertoire with contemporary works for piano. To that end, one of his most recent projects include live audio-video recordings of Max Richter’s piano music connected with works for piano from the Romantic repertoire (Fr. Schubert, F. Chopin and R. Schumann).

His latest solo project called ROmerican Avant-Garde brings a fusion between American and Romanian 20th Century Works for piano. The main piece is The Seven Deadly Sins by the American composer Jacob Druckman, a work of great musical and technical challenges that Dinu replayed in Europe in 2022 – 67 years after his creation in Paris in 1955.

The audacious works proposed by ROmerican Avant-Garde explore emotional themes ranging from anger to dreams, to rebelliousness, with a touch of nostalgia from Eastern Europe as well as a post-war America. Echoing our 21st century identity crisis, this program testifies to the need for a new, daring approach.