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Andrei Ioniță

Artist in Residence


Andrei Ioniță is artist-in-residence of the "George Enescu" Philharmonic in the 2023-2024 season. The only Romanian winner of the First Prize at the most difficult competition in the world, the "Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky" International Competition in Moscow, the young cellist recommends himself with an impressive business card. Along with collaborations with highly prestigious names and successful appearances on the biggest stages, Andrei Ioniţă has enjoyed important distinctions, being appointed as artist in residence of the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra in the period 2019-2020 and "BBC New Generation Artist ” in the period 2016-1018; he was also a laureate in numerous international competitions, among which we mention "Aram Haciaturian", ARD, "Emanuel Feuermann".

    Appreciated as "a completely individual musical personality, with a sparkling technique" (The Guardian), "among the most interesting cellists to emerge in the last decade" (Times of London), Andrei Ioniţă is one of the most admired musicians from his generation. His debut disc, released on Orchid Classics, features an absolute first audition work by Brett Dean, alongside pieces by Bach and Kodaly, on which occasion Gramophone called him "a cellist of superb talent and skill, as well as devotion to music of our times".  

    Andrei Ioniţă debuted in the USA in 2017, with recitals in Chicago and Washington, DC, and in New York he gave a debut recital at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.
   In previous seasons, he performed with the Münchner Philharmoniker, Orchester symphonique de Montréal, BBC Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, under the baton of conductors prestige: Herbert Blomstedt, Cristian Măcelaru, Sylvain Cambreling, Kent Nagano, Omer Meir Wellber, John Storgårds, Joanna Mallwitz, Ruth Reinhardt. He gave recitals on important stages, such as: Konzerthaus Berlin, Elbphilharmonie, Zürich Tonhalle, LAC Lugano, L'Auditori in Barcelona, ​​as well as at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schleswig-Holstein, Verbier, Martha Argerich festivals. His exceptional talent recommends him as a versatile roommate; thus, the cellist performed chamber concerts in the company of top names: Martha Argerich, Christian Tetzlaff, Sergei Babayan, Steven Isserlis.

    Highlights of the ongoing season include concerts with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich under the baton of Paavo Järvi, the Symphony Orchestra of Mexico conducted by Ludwig Carrasco, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ruth Reinhardt, the Opéra National de Lorraine conducted by Marta Gardolińska and the Orchestra The London Philharmonic at the Newbury Festival conducted by Jonathan Bloxham.

    Born in 1994 in Bucharest, he began his cello studies with Ani-Marie Paladi, then continued with Jens Peter Maintz at the Universität der Künste Berlin. Andrei Ioniţă is a scholarship holder of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and, through the generosity of this foundation, plays a cello made by Giovanni Battista Rogeri in Brescia in 1671.

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