Painter Sorin Ilfoveanu and young pianist Mihai Ritivoiu are the winners of the 10th edition of the Prometheus Grand Prizes for Opera Omnia and Opera Prima presented at the Prometheus Club in Bucharest.
The annual Prometheus Prizes, awarded each year by the Anonimul Foundation sponsored by businessman Sorin Marin, reward Romanian personalities from literature, music, visual arts and performing arts.
The prize panel chaired by Andrei Plesu and comprising Eugen Negrici, for literature nominations, Dan Dediu, for musical nominations, Ruxandra Dumitrescu, for visual arts nominations, and Ion Caramitru, for performing arts nominations, also nominated Paul Cornea, Cristian Mandeal and Horatiu Malaele for the Opera Omnia prize, and Valentina Chirita, Alexandru Niculescu and Marian Crisan for the Opera Prima prize.
Previous recipients of the Prometheus Prize for Opera Omnia are Liviu Ciulei, Vasie Gorduz and Silvia Radu, Nicolae Manolescu, Paul Bortnovski, Aurel Stroe, George Banu, Mircea Horia Simionescu, Ileana Malancioiu and Victor Rebengiuc.
Previous recipients of the Prometheus Prize for Opera Prima include symphonic music composer Dan Dediu, film directors Cristian Mungiu, Radu Afrim and Cristian Nemescu and violinist Alexandru Tomescu.
Visual artist Sorin Ilfoveanu, born in 1946, is a 1970 graduate of the Bucharest Arts University and a student of master Corneliu Baba. He became a member of the Romanian Union of Visual Artists in 1971.
He was the head of the painting chair of the Bucharest Arts University, 1992-1996; dean of the Visual Arts Department of the Bucharest Arts University, 1996-2000, and chancellor of the Bucharest National Arts University, 2004-2006.
Pianist Mihai Ritivoiu is 21 years old, studying at the Bucharest National Music University. He is the recipient of various national and international prizes, including prizes in Paris and San Sebastian competitions, a 2006 prize in the Young Musicians competition in Bucharest and the 2010 edition of the Dinu Lipatti competition.
In this year’s edition of the George Enescu International Competitive Festival, Ritivoiu won the third prize in the piano competition.