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We are thrilled to present another winner of the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition in their Chicago debut, Romanian born cellist, Andrei Ioniţă.

Ioniţă 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.

Program

Debussy Cello Sonata in D minor
Brahms Cello Sonata no. 1 in E minor
Brahms Piano Trio no. 1 in B Major

Musicians

Andrei Ioniţă, cello
David Lisker, violin
Yekwon Sunwoo, piano

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