The Gold Medal-winner at the 2015 XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, the phenomenal young cellist Andrei Ioniță was called “one of the most exciting cellists to have emerged for a decade” by the prestigious Timesof London. A versatile musician focused on giving gripping, deeply felt performances, Andrei has been recognized for his passionate musicianship and technical finesse.

Andrei made his U.S debut in 2017 with recitals in Chicago and Washington, D.C., and gave his New York debut recital in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. Highlights of Andrei’s 2018-19 season include performances at Verbier, Lugano, and Tonhalle Zurich; with the Romanian National Youth Orchestra under Cristian Măcelaru, with the BBC Philharmonic under John Storgårds, and with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Yuri Temirkanov. His 2017-18 season featured performances with the Hallé Orchestra, BBC Wales, Staatskapelle Weimar, Vienna Radio Symphony, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony, Bucharest Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, and Zurich Chamber Orchestra, and at the Wigmore Hall. Andrei regularly collaborates with Valery Gergiev, Mikko Franck, and Cristian Măcelaru.

Other recent highlights included major debuts with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the MDR Orchester and the Munich Philharmonic; recital debuts in Chicago and Washington, D.C.; performances with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev at Cadogan Hall in London, as well as performances with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Filarmonica di Bologna, and the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra in Bucharest.

Before winning the Tchaikovsky Competition, Andrei won First Prize at the Khachaturian International Competition in June 2013; in September 2014, he won Second Prize and the Special Prize for his interpretation of a commissioned composition at the International ARD Music Competition. In 2014, he received Second Prize at the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann in Berlin.

Andrei was born in 1994 in Bucharest and began taking piano lessons at the age of five before receiving his first cello lesson three years later. He studied under Ani-Marie Paladi in Bucharest and under Jens Peter Maintz at the Universität der Künste Berlin. Andrei draws his musical inspiration from the greatest cellists of our time, among them David Geringas, Steven Isserlis, Heinrich Schiff, Wolfgang Boettcher, Gary Hoffman, and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt.

Andrei Ioniţă is a scholarship recipient of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and performs on a cello made by Giovanni Battista Rogeri from Brescia in 1671, generously on loan from the foundation.

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With Naoko Sonoda
Locatelli: Cello Sonata in D Major (arr. Piatti)
Stravinsky: Suite italienne
Bach: Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor
Shostakovich: Cello Sonata


Select Concertos:

Bach, CPE: Cello Concerto in A major, Wq172 *
Bach, JC: Cello Concerto in C minor *
Beethoven: Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano *
Bloch: Schelomo
Boccherini: Cello Concerto in B flat Major, G. 482 *
Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello
Dutilleux: Tout un monde lointain...
Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
Enescu: Symphonie Concertante, Op. 8
Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
Haydn: Cello Concerto in C major *
Haydn: Cello Concerto in D major *
Lalo: Cello Concerto in D minor
Lutoslawski: Cello Concerto
Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante, Op. 125
Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op. 33
Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 * †
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No.1 in E flat major, Op. 107
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No.2 in G major, Op. 126
Sollima: Fecit Neap. 17
Stravinsky: Suite Italienne * †
Strauss, R: Don Quixote, Op. 35
Tabakova: Concerto for cello and strings *
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
Toch: Cello Concerto

* including play-direct † (including) version with string ensemble

Please consult with MKI Artists if you’re interested in a concerto not included here.