Pianist mixes ice with fire

A pianist tipped for stardom will mix musical ice and fire when he performs at the Pavilion Arts Centre on February 9.

Romanian George Todica, right, who has made the UK his base after winning a place at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, will demonstrate the hidden influences shared by the Russian composer Rachmaninov and Enrique Granados of Spain in a concert which will launch the Friends of Buxton International Festival’s 2018 season of events.

“I found a lot of similarities in how they wrote,” said George, whose first piano lessons came from his elder brothers at the age of three.

“It was only when I was practising their work one after the other that I thought: this is fascinating,” said George, who won a scholarship to the Stewart’s Melville College in Edinburgh and then went  to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. The concert will feature six preludes by Rachmaninov and three movements from Goyescas by Granados with Chopin as a finale.

The Friends of the Festival have organised a range of events which are all open to the public, and include a trip to the iconic art deco Stockport Plaza cinema and a concert in stately Haddon Hall.

George is one of just four artists selected in 2017 to join the Tillettt Trust’s Young Artists Platform scheme.  Under the auspices of the Trust, he will be playing a series of solo recital at UK venues, culminating in his appearance at Wigmore Hall as part of the Monday Platform series in October.

For more details about the concert, and to find out how the Friends support the Festival, go to http://www.buxtonfestival.co.uk/friends