Toma Dimitriu

Toma Dimitriu is a Romanian jazz piano player and composer. Born in 1993 in Bucharest, he received a classical piano instruction at the High School of Music "George Enescu”. Since 2012, he is student at Jazz Deparment - Prins Claus Conservatoire in Groningen, Holland. Here, he has the opportunity to study with notorious jazz piano players, like David Berkman, Spike Wilner, Kevin Hays, Marc van Roon, Rob van Bavel,Jasper Soffers.

Toma loves the sonorities and styles of traditional jazz, however approaching music in a new way, by discovering - in a contemporary key - his own colours in jazz compositions and by his openness to free jazz. Some of these options can be found in his first CD, "The Pale Dot" recorded in 2015 - a project at two piano performed with Mircea Tiberian. The album was successful among both Romanian listeners and music critics.

Being active on national and international scenes and festivals, Toma won numerous awards, such as "Jazz Composition Award" 2012 - Bucharest, "The confirmation of the Year" - Romanian Jazz Awards for 2011, "Grand Prize" with New Wave Student trio - Jazz Gala, Sibiu - Romania; "Best Individual Performance" - International Jazz Festival for Students 2011 - Targu Mures; "Berklee / Umbria Jazz Clinics" Award 2010, Perugia, etc.

Recently, he was the youngest and the only Romanian interpreter at "Jazz in Church" festival on April 3, 2016 where along with the Spanish saxophonist Daniel Torres gave a concert that embodies a previous musical project, that included original compositions of both musicians.