Andrei Ioniță

“One of the most exciting cellists to have emerged for a decade, Andrei Ioniță’s reading of Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major coupled an intense beauty of tone with articulation of startling wit and playfulness.” (The Times)

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Andrei Ioniță won First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015, and prizes at the ARD, Feuermann and Khachaturian competitions. In 2016 he was named a BBC New Generation Artist.

Andrei has already performed with the Münchner Philharmoniker, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Mariinsky Orchestra, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra; working with conductors such as Valeriy Gergiev, Mikhail Pletnev and Nicholas Collon.

The 2017-18 season saw Andrei debut with The Hallé (with Cristian Macelaru), Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Karl-Heinz Steffens), BBC Philharmonic (Yan Pascal Tortelier and Omer Meir Wellber) and San Diego Symphony, and return to the Münchner Philharmoniker (Valeriy Gergiev) and MDR Sinfonieorchester; as well as giving recitals at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.

In 2018-19 he returns to the BBC Philharmonic (with John Storgårds) and Hamburger Symphoniker (Ion Marin); makes debut appearences with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Yuri Temirkanov), Russian National Orchestra (Mikhail Pletnev) and Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra (Marcelo Lehninger); tours the US with the Romanian Youth Orchestra (with Cristian Macelaru); and gives recital at LAC Lugano, Zurich Tonhalle and Kings Place in London. He will also act as Artistic Director of the Alpenarte Festival in Schwarzenberg in October 2018.

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Performance Schedule


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    06 Apr 18 San Diego Symphony Elgar Cello Concerto
    Copley Symphony Hall

    “Cellist Andrei Ioniţă announced himself as a major talent with a technically flawless and emotionally profound interpretation of Elgar’s Cello Concerto”

    “Ioniţă displayed an uncanny sureness of intonation and a beauty of tone, no matter how far his fingers traveled on the strings or how high his lines soared…. [and] had a wide range of timbres at his disposal, which he deployed with a probing musicality.”

    Christian Hertzog, San Diego Union Tribune, 7 April 18

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    10 Feb 18 Royal Scottish National Orchestra Schumann Cello Concerto
    Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

    “[The first half’s] most exciting moments came from solo cellist Andrei Ioniță, applying fresh and agile delicacy to Schumann’s Cello Concerto.”

    Ken Walton, The Scotsman, 12 Feb 18

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    27 Nov 17 BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recital
    Wigmore Hall

    “A performance of remarkable maturity and individuality”

    “Ioniţă delivered the music with great energy and shaped it with waves of dynamic change”

    Barnaby Page, Classical Source, 27 Nov 17

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    26 Oct 15 Tchaikovsky Competition Winners Tour Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1
    Cadogan Hall

    “The 20-year-old Romanian cellist Andrei Ioniță may have been the youngest of the winners in the concert but he also gave the clearest evidence of a fully individual musical personality. His account of Haydn’s C major concerto showed a musician with a sparkling technique and the priceless ability to respond to what is going on around him while he is displaying it.”

    Martin Kettle, The Guardian, 28 Oct 15

    “Andrei Ioniță stepped up to the plate with a gorgeous, nimble, singing interpretation of Haydn’s First Cello Concerto. His sweetness of tone, plumb-centre intonation, and captivatingly fleet fingerwork in the finale, enjoyed by the Mariinsky players, made his performance the pinnacle of the London evening”

    Ismene Brown, Arts Desk, 30 Oct 15

    “One of the most exciting cellists to have emerged for a decade, Andrei Ioniță’s reading of Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major coupled an intense beauty of tone with articulation of startling wit and playfulness. Born in Bucharest and trained in Berlin, Ioniță has a soloist’s sound but plays like a chamber musician. Historically informed phrasing, much of it in close dialogue with the leader Stanislav Izmaylov, and creamy double-stopping brought out the best in the orchestra.”

    Anna Picard, The Times, 28 Oct 15