Valentin Gheorghiu • Romanian pianist and composer (b. 1928, Galați). He began playing the piano at the age of five. He studied at the Academy of Music, Bucharest, where he was taught by Mihail Jora (theory, solfeggio, harmony, counterpoint, composition), Constanța Erbiceanu (piano), Mihail Andricu (chamber music). After Georges Enesco recommended him as a “rare talent, who should be carefully nurtured” in a letter addressed to the Ministry of Culture, the nine-year-old Valentin Gheorghiu was awarded a scholarship to study at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique between 1937 and 1939, where he was taught by Lazare Lévy (piano), Marcel Mayer (theory and solfeggio), Noel Gallon (harmony).
His compositions, which, unfortunately, are all too seldom performed, include: Sonata for Piano, awarded the Romanian Academy’s Georges Enesco Prize; Burlesque for Piano and Violin; Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello; Sonata for Piano and Cello; String Quartet; Chorale and Fugue for Organ and Orchestra.
Chorale for organ in d minor • Composition: Valentin Gheorghiu; Performance: Vlad Vișenescu – organ
“George Enescu” Concert Hall of the National University of Music, Bucharest, 2018