‘Sergiu Tuhutiu plays like he speaks. Clear, robust, very inquisitive and fiery sound but with a core full of longing and distant sparkles of despair […] This evening Tuhutiu lead us into a forest and we were able to hear something almost secret. Secret because it was as treasurable as it was dangerous.’ The b-flat Sheep (www.thebflatsheep.wordpress.com)
Winner of Debut to Master Soloist Piano Competition 2013 in Sankt Petersburg, Russia and second prize winner of Manhattan International Piano Competition 2016 chaired by Ivo Pogorelich, Sergiu Tuhutiu is part of the roaster of Manhattan International Artists from New York.
In 2011 he received a scholarship at London Masterclasses and in 2013 he was awarded with Artist Diploma by the Royal College of Music in London, UK. Tuhutiu also holds two Master degrees in music from Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, Germany and from Gheorghe-Dima Academy of Music in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He is also a graduate of the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania.
He has studied with outstanding musicians such as Norma Fisher, Bruno Canino, Igor Blagodatov, Nina Seregina, Konrad von Abel, Dana Borșan, Steluța Radu, Daniel Goiți and Shoshana Rudiakov. He’s also a graduate of Abbey Road Institute in London where he was awarded with the Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering. Currently he is a PhD candidate in performing arts at Gheorghe-Dima Academy of Music in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, working on his thesis about how performing musicians can use acting techniques in order to communicate the musical artistic truth.
Sergiu Tuhutiu had his debut at the age of eighteen with Dinu Lipatti Philharmonic Orchestra from Satu-Mare, playing Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto, and has since appeared in concerts on stages in England, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Russia, Brazil, Canada, United States and Romania. He had his debut in 2014 at the Sankt Petersburg Philharmonic performing Mendelssohn’s 1st Piano Concerto and collaborated with various orchestras such as Romanian National Radio Orchestra, Transylvania Philharmonic Orchestra from Cluj-Napoca, Bucharest Symphony Orchestra, Chisinau Youth Orchestra and Hermitage National Orchestra from Sankt Petersburg. In 2013 he was invited by Sergiu Celibidache Foundation as a jury member in the Tribute to Romanian Cultural Values Competition.
He is a prolific entrepreneur, president of the Lipatti Music Production Foundation and initiator of highly acclaimed projects such as In Memoriam Dinu Lipatti, Leading Young Musicians and Piano Colours. In 2015, Tuhutiu together with American singer Peisha McPhee launched a new musical crossover duo project called Chopin Meets Broadway. The show quickly became popular, it had its Hollywood debut in October 2016, followed by other performances in Europe, New York, California and featured highly acclaimed guest artists such as Katharine McPhee, Adriana McPhee, Michael Orland, Bingxia Lu and Emirhan Tunca. A four star review following a Hollywood performance read:
‘Tuhutiu’s playing at times seemed nearly symphonic, as if instead of being merely a soloist, he was fronting an orchestra.’ Rob Stevens ****