Cello

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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Introduction

Andrei Ioniță won First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015, and prizes at the ARD, Feuermann and Khachaturian competitions. He was a BBC New Generation Artist between 2016-18.

Andrei has already performed with the Münchner Philharmoniker, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Mariinsky Orchestra, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, 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). He also gave recitals at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin and at the Verbier Festival.

In 2018-19 he returns to the BBC Philharmonic (with John Storgårds and Moritz Gnann) and St Petersburg Philharmonic (Yuri Temirkanov); makes debut appearances with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Yuri Temirkanov), Orchestre National de Belgique (Constantinos Carydis) and Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra (Marcelo Lehninger); and gives recitals at LAC Lugano, Zurich Tonhalle, Kings Place in London and at the Martha Argerich Festival in Hamburg.

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Performance Schedule

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    19:00 30 Apr 2019 St Petersburg Philharmonia, ST PETERSBURG

    FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN Symphony No.94 in G ‘Surprise’
    PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Rococo Variations, Op. 33

    Conductor: Yuri Temirkanov
    Cello: Andrei Ioniță
    St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

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    time TBC 08 May 2019 Mediterranean Conference Centre, VALLETTA

    MIKHAIL GLINKA Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila
    SHOR “Musical Pilgrimage”, Concerto for cello and orchestra
    Interval
    TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 3

    Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky
    Cello: Andrei Ioniță
    Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

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    19:30 30 May 2019 DR Koncerthuset, COPENHAGEN

    ANTONIN DVORAK Cello Concerto in B minor Op. 104
    Interval
    MUSSORGSKY (ORCH. RAVEL) Pictures at an Exhibition

    Conductor: Yuri Temirkanov
    Cello: Andrei Ioniță
    Danish National Symphony Orchestra

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    19:30 31 May 2019 DR Koncerthuset, COPENHAGEN

    ANTONIN DVORAK Cello Concerto in B minor Op. 104
    Interval
    MUSSORGSKY (ORCH. RAVEL) Pictures at an Exhibition

    Conductor: Yuri Temirkanov
    Cello: Andrei Ioniță
    Danish National Symphony Orchestra

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    19:30 06 Jun 2019 Grosser Saal Laeiszhalle, HAMBURG

    ANTONIN DVORAK Cello Concerto in B minor Op. 104

    Conductor: Ion Marin
    Cello: Andrei Ioniță
    Hamburger Symphoniker

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    19:00 14 Jun 2019 Sala Radio Bucharest, BUCHAREST

    ROBERT SCHUMANN Cello Concerto in A minor Op. 129
    Interval
    ANTON BRUCKNER Symphony No.6

    Cello: Andrei Ioniță
    Orchestra: National Radio Orchestra Romania

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    19:00 13 Jul 2019 Lichfield Cathedral, LICHFIELD

    DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 107

    Conductor: Ainars Rubikis
    Cello: Andrei Ioniță
    BBC National Orchestra of Wales

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    10 Mar 19 Oblique Strategies
    CD Review

    The recent BBC New Generation Artist’s debut makes for impressive listening. The Romanian delivers a rich-toned, intense reading of Bach — the Cello Suite No 1 — and a passionate performance of Kodaly’s enormous Sonata for Solo Cello. Dean’s technically demanding 11 Oblique Strategies (2014), miniatures inspired by Brian Eno’s and Peter Schmidt’s box of cards from the 1970s, is given with committed aplomb.”

    Stephen Pettitt, The Sunday Times, 10 March 19

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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