Born in Bucharest, Mihai Ritivoiu started the study of piano at the age of 6. In 2012 he graduated from the National University of Music in Bucharest, from the piano class of Viniciu Moroianu. Consequently he earned an MA degree from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, where he studied with Joan Havill. He has also been trained under the guidance of Dimitri Bashkirov, Dominique Merlet, Richard Goode and Emmanuel Ax, as well as of the Romanian pianist Valentin Gheorghiu.

He has been a winner of the Dinu Lipatti National Competition in Bucharest in 2010 and has been also rewarded at the George Enescu International Competition, Piano Section, Bucharest, in 2011. He has performed in chamber music concerts and recitals in Romania, United Kingdom, France, Portugal, Switzerland and Italy, in such concert halls as the Romanian Athenaeum, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, West Road Concert Hall and Ernest Ansermet Studio. In 2015 he has won the Golden Medal from the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe in London and has been invited to perform in the In Tune BBC programme. His recitals and concerts have been broadcast by Radio Romania Music, Radio Suisse Romande – Espace 2 and MediciTV.

His debut album, Transcendence, which features works by Franck, Enescu and Liszt, has been released in March 2018 at the Genuin label in Leipzig. Mihai Ritivoiu is a City Music Foundation artist since 2016 and Yeoman artist of Worshipful Company of Musicians in London.