“… a fully individual musical personality.” – The Guardian
“Ioniță displayed an uncanny sureness of intonation and a beauty of tone, no matter how far his fingers traveled or how high his lines soared.” – The San Diego Union-Tribune
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.
August 2018 – Please do not edit without permission.