Romanian born cellist, Andrei Ionita, 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.
Anrei made his UK debut with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra in Cadogan Hall in October 2015, after which Anna Picard described him in The Times as ‘one of the most exciting cellists to have emerged for a decade … whose reading of Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major coupled an intense beauty of tone with articulation of startling wit and playfulness’. Other engagements in the 2015/16 season include the Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Filarmonica di Bologna and the Filarmonica ‘George Enescu’ in Bucharest. In addition, he has been invited by Maestro Gergiev to tour with him to London, Munich, Baden Baden and St. Petersburg.
Born in 1994 in Bucharest, Ioniţă 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 is a scholarship recipient of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and performs on a violoncello made by Giovanni Battista Rogeri from Brescia in 1671, generously on loan from the foundation.