Germany, Hannover Lower Saxony Piano
Award-winning pianist, Emanuel Ratiu, was recently described as a ‘magician of tonal colour’ (“Klangfarbenmagier”) by the Dorstener newspaper. From the age of 5, Emanuel received piano lessons from Ljudmila Satz at the University of Art and Design Graz. He moved to Hanover with his family in 2006 and joined the class of Prof. Christopher Oakden at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media in 2017. Other important artistic influences throughout his education include Prof. Roland Krüger, Prof. Beatrice Berthold, Prof. Ewa Kupiec, Piotr Paleczny, Luiza Borac and Igor Tschetuev.
Among the greatest successes of the Indian-Romanian pianist born in Graz (Austria) are the 1st Prize and the Beethoven Special Prize at the International Rotary Piano Competition 2014 and the 1st Prize at the International Grotrian Steinweg Piano Competition 2015 as well as the Grotrian Steinweg Special Prize. He has given concerts nationally and internationally in prestigious venues such as the Alfried Krupp Hall of the Philharmonie Essen, the Richard Jakoby Hall Hanover, the large concert hall of the UdK Berlin and the Gasteig Munich.
Since 2018, the pianist has also performed together with the Swedish soprano Josefine Mindus, with whom he became a Fellow of the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Scholarship Program in 2019. In the same year, the Lied Duo received the 2nd prize (1st prize not awarded) at the Paula Salomon-Lindberg Lied Competition, and in addition, Emanuel Ratiu won the Special Prize for the best pianist.