Mihai Ritivoiu was born in Bucharest and began piano lessons at the age of 6. In 2012 he graduated with the highest honours from the National University of Music in Bucharest, the piano class of Professor Viniciu Moroianu, and subsequently obtained his Masters' and Artist Diploma degrees, with Distinction, from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he studied with Senior Professor Joan Havill. He also participated in masterclasses with Dimitri Bashkirov, Dominique Merlet, Richard Goode, and Emmanuel Ax, and benefited from the advice and guidance of Romanian pianist Valentin Gheorghiu.

Mihai won the Dinu Lipatti National Competition in Bucharest in 2010 and was a laureate of the George Enescu International Piano Competition in 2011. Following these achievements he was invited to record the Second Piano Concerto by Rachmaninoff for the Romanian Broadcasting Corporation, with the Romanian Radio Orchestra conducted by Gheorghe Costin. He has since played as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Romania, England, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Italy and Japan, performing in such venues as the Romanian Athenaeum, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, West Road Concert Hall and the Ernest Ansermet Studio.

In 2015, Mihai received the Gold Medal of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe in London, and was invited on BBC Radio 3's "In Tune". His performances have been also broadcast by Radio Romania Muzical, Radio Suisse Romande - Espace 2, and Medici.tv. Mihai is a City Music Foundation Artist since 2016.