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Scotland, TD3 6LG
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June 20 - Maria Gîlicel (violin) and George Todica (piano)

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Concerts take place at Mellerstain House, commencing at 7:30 unless otherwise stated. Tickets should be booked in advance since the Music Room has limited capacity.


June 20 - Maria Gîlicel (violin) and George Todica (piano)

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June 20 - Maria Gîlicel (violin) and George Todica (piano)

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This is our Midsummer Recital and we invite all concert goers this evening to canapés and Prosecco at 7pm before the performance.

Programme for June 20

W. A. Mozart - Sonata in G Major K.301 for violin and piano

C. Franck - Sonata in A Major for violin and piano


C. Debussy - Sonata in G minor for violin and piano L.148

E. Ysaÿe - Sonata No. 6 in E Major for Solo Violin, Op. 27

I. Stravinsky - Divertimento for violin and piano, arr. Dushkin (1934)

L. Boulanger - D'un Matin de Printemps (1917)

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Romanian violinist Maria Gîlicel gained her first professional degree at the Conservatorio de Música in Madrid where she studied under Professor Farid Fasla and was awarded the prize for Outstanding Musician for her final degree recital. She moved to London in 2013 to study at the RCM where graduated with a First Class Honours BA degree in 2017. She is currently is studying for her Master in Performance there under Maciej Rakowski.

Maria made her debut at the National Auditorium Madrid performing Sarasate’s ‘Carmen Fantasy’ and has since performed at many prestigious venues, including Wigmore Hall, Buckingham Palace, Royal Festival Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, Museo Sartorio Trieste, and the Romanian Cultural Institute. Whilst at the RCM she has had the opportunity to play solos with the Chamber Orchestra as well as playing with the RCM orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall under Vladimir Ashkenazy. She was selected to tour with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe Academy.

Maria enjoys performing contemporary music and premiered Bertram Wee’s piece Lionheart for the Fruit for the Apocalypse’ Emerging Artists Programme in collaboration with art students from the Central Saint Martins. She is a Soiree d’Or Scholar supported by the Henry Wood Accommodation Trust and from the Stephen Bell Trust. She plays on a Giovanni Francesco Pressenda instrument made in Turin in 1843, kindly on loan from the RCM.


Romanian pianist George Todica is currently undertaking an Post Graduate Artist Diploma Course at the Royal College of Music in London. He completed his Master of Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland last summer having gained his Bachelor Degree there in 2015 with First-Class Honours. Before that, he won a music scholarship to Stewart’s Melville College in Edinburgh that helped him acquire a scholarship to the RCS. His Artist Diploma is supported by the Charles Napper Award and an award from the Tillett Trust, and his Master’s Degree was supported by a scholarship from the RCS, bursaries from the Tillet and Colin Keer Trusts, and a Britton Award from Help Musicians UK. He was chosen for the Tillett Trust’s Young Artist Platform in spring 2017 and under the scheme is currently performing recitals around the UK.

George has been participating in competitions since the age of eight and has won over twenty 1st Prizes in national and international competitions. During his time at the RCS, he won 1st prize at the 2012 Moray International Piano Competition, 1st prize at the 2014 Stefano Marizza Competition in Trieste, Italy, and 2nd Prize at the 2016 International Piano Campus Competition in Pontoise, France. Within the RCS he won the Walcer Prize Competition for Chopin repertoire, the Governor’s Recital Prize and the Classical Concerto Competition, performing Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto with the RCS Chamber Orchestra.

As a concert pianist, he has travelled to various venues in Italy, Austria, Croatia and the USA and has performed in prestigious halls such as Teatro San Giuseppe in Torino; Philharmonic Hall in Trento; Mozarteum Concert Hall in Salzburg; Fazioli Factory in Sacile; Conservatoiro Tartini di Trieste and Dome de Pontoise in France. In the UK in recent years, George has played at various venues including Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Edinburgh Society of Musicians, Brunton Theatre in Edinburgh, Erin Arts Centre on the Isle of Man, Yamaha Music London, St Martin-in-the-fields, Inverness Town Hall, the Pavilion Arts Centre in Buxton and in the King’s Lynn Festival. Future Performances will include Brahms’ 2nd Piano Concerto with the New Edinburgh Orchestra and recitals in Mold, Preston and Bradford.