Florian Mitrea & the Atea Wind Quintet

Florian Mitrea’s early passion for the piano led to ascholarship at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2016 he was awarded Second Prizes at RNCM’s James Mottram and Verona International Competitions. He was a double prize-winner at the Hamamatsu Competition in Japan in 2015 and the ARD Competition in Munich in 2014, as well as first prize winner at Lagny-sur-Marne in 2014. He has performed at King’s Place, Steinway Hall, St John’s Smith Square and St Martin in the Fields and abroad at the Bavarian Radio Studios in Munich, the Schwetzingen Festspielhaus,
the Rokoko-Saal in Bayreuth, the Stadtcasino in Basel, the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Hall, and the Seoul Arts Centre. He has performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Collegium Musicum in Basel, George Enescu Philhamornic and Romanian Radio Chamber
Orchestra. Florian graduated from the RAM with First Class Honours and a DipRAM. He is currently studying under Boris Petrushansky at Imola Piano Academy.

The Atéa Quintet is the foremost British Wind Quintet of their generation. Internationally
acclaimed, they recently became double prize winners at the 2015 Karl Nielsen
International Chamber Music Competition in Denmark. As the Associate Ensemble in
Residence at the Birmingham Conservatoire and former Quintet in Residence at the
Purcell School, they mentor some of the finest up and coming musicians in the country.
Since its formation in 2009, the Atéa Quintet has performed in some of the finest halls
in the world. Highlights include a critically acclaimed Friday night recital at the Wigmore
Hall, performances at the Cheltenham, Brighton and Lake District Summer Festivals and
concerts in St Martin in the Fields, Bridgewater Hall and St John’s Smith Square. Recent
seasons have included a tour to Scotland, the Czech Republic and a residency at the
Two Moors Festival.
Brought together by their communal love of wind chamber music, members of the
Atéa Quintet have individually received several prizes in international competitions and
played with all of the country’s leading orchestras. The Quintet is eternally grateful for
the support that they have received from the Tunnell Trust, Kirckman Concert Society,
New Dots and Live Music Now. They are looking forward to their debut album release in
spring 2017, a tour of Japan in autumn 2017, as well as many other recitals all around
the world.

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