“… a fully individual musical personality.” The Guardian
Cellist Andrei Ioniţă, born in 1994 in Bucharest, began taking piano lessons at the age of five and received his first cello lesson three years later. He studied under Ani-Marie Paladi at the Music School “Iosif Sava“ in Bucharest and is currently studying under Professor Jens Peter Maintz at the Universität der Künste Berlin.
Andrei Ioniţă 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. In June 2014, he collaborated with Gidon Kremer and Christian Tetzlaff at the Kronberg Academy’s Festival, „Chamber Music Connects the World“. In the past few years, Andrei Ioniţă has been heard in such venues as the Kammermusiksaal of the Philharmonie in Berlin, Herkulessaal in Munich, Stadtcasino in Basel and Atheneum in Bucharest.
Ioniţă is a prizewinner of many international competitions. In June 2013, he was awarded First Prize at the Aram Khachaturian International Competition; in September 2014, he won Second Prize and the Special Prize for the interpretation of a commissioned composition at the International ARD Music Competition in Munich. He received Second Prize at the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann 2014 in Berlin two months later. Ioniţă won international recognition in June 2015 as a winner of the First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
Andrei Ioniţă’s 2015/16 season features major debuts: he will be appearing with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Filarmonica di Bologna and the Filarmonica „George Enescu“ in Bucharest. In addition, he has been invited by Maestro Valery Gergiev to perform in such cities as London, Munich, Baden- Baden and St. Petersburg.