“One of the most gifted violinists of his generation.”
George Tudorache is concertmaster of the Orchester Philharmonique Royal de Liège (OPRL) and “Guest Leader” of the London Symphony Orchestra. He began studying the violin at the age of 5 with Stefan Gheorghiu and Magdalena Ursu, at the National College of Arts “Dinu Lipatti” in Bucharest, in his native Romania. In 2007, he continued his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris. Under the tutelage of Jean Jacques Kantorow and Svetlin Roussev, he graduated with 1st Prize in violin and 1st prize in Chamber Music in the class of Itamar Golan.
George has won numerous international competitions, including Rodolfo Lipizer, Colmar, Flame, and Bucharest and participated in the Queen Elisabeth Competition (2015), whose performance in the semi-finals was highly praised by international critics as well as by the public.
George is regularly invited to perform as soloist and concertmaster, notably with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the BBC Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, the Orchestre Capitole de Toulouse, the Orchestre National Bordeaux, the Opera de Valencia … under the baton of prestigious conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Antonio Pappano, Riccardo Chailly, Kirill Petrenko, Gianandrea Noseda, and Myung-Whun Chung. He has performed in the most important halls of the world, such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Paris Philharmonic, the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Barbican Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the Atheneum Hall in Bucharest, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Munich Philharmonic, Sala São Paulo, Buenos Aires Teatro Colón etc.
Passionate about chamber music, George collaborates with artists such as Menahem Pressler, Thomas Zehetmair, Svetlin Roussev, David Grimal, Lorenzo Gatto, David Cohen, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Itamar Golan, etc. His musical career subsequently inspired him to venture into conducting, where he made his debut as a conductor with the Bucharest Symphony Orchestra, an experience that he continued with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège and the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra in Czechia.
George is the principal violin professor at the Institute of Music and Pedagogy of Namur (IMEP) and is invited regularly to give masterclasses in Europe and Asia. He is also a recurring jury member in competitions such as Arthur Grumiaux Competition in Brussels and the Ysaÿe Competition in Liège.
His recording of the Violin Concerto by Philippe Boesmans with the OPRL and Gergely Madaras (Cypres, 2019) was awarded numerous prizes, including 5 Diapasons by the notable French publication.
George currently plays on a Tomaso Balestrieri 1770 “Ex Grumiaux”, loaned by the Royal Baron Fondation Grumiaux.