Born in 1994 in Bucharest, Andrei 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 Iosif Sava Music School in Bucharest and Professor Jens Peter Maintz at the Universität der Künste in Berlin, where he currently resides.
Andrei Ioniţă won First Prize at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, and prizes at the ARD, Emanuel Feuermann and Aram Khachaturian competitions. In 2016 he was named a BBC New Generation Artist for the period 2016-2018.
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.
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); and tours the US with the Romanian Youth Orchestra (with Cristian Macelaru).
In recital he has recently performed at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, L’Auditori in Barcelona; as well as at the Kissinger Sommer, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schleswig-Holstein, Verbier and Cheltenham Festivaals. Forthcoming recitals include dates at the 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.
Andrei is a scholarship recipient of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and performs on a Giovanni Battista Rogeri violoncello made by from Brescia in 1671 on loan from the foundation.
Costantinos Carydis, Saleem Ashkar (piano), Stephen Waarts (viool) & Andrei Ionita (cello)
I Did It My Way - Beethoven & Sjostakovitsj