Andrei Ionita, the Romanian cellist aged 21 won the gold medal of one of most important international music competitions. International Tchaikovsky Competition is organized once in every four years in Moscow and is opened to pianists, violinists and cellists aged under 30. Ionita is the first Romanian to win this competition. The head juror of the competition is Valery Gergiev, lead conductor of London Symphony Orchestra. The first prize at the cello category, worth USD 30,000, was won by Andrei Ionita, and the grand prize of the competition, worth USD 100,000, will be announced on Friday and granted to the instrument player who got the best grades from behalf of the jury.
The Tchaikovsky competition is one of the toughest classical music competitions in the world, both due to the repertoire, which is extremely demanding for soloist, and to the pressure put on the competitors, caused by a big media exhibition both in Russia and in the international press. “Now, it seems that they demand a soloist who is more like a superhero, someone who can play perfectly technically and, at the same time, with the profoundness of an old philosopher”, one of the members of the competition jury, cellist Lynn Harrell declared.
Andrei Ionut Ionita graduated the Sf. Sava National College in Bucharest and studied at the University of Arts in Berlin. He plays a cello made in 1671, manufactured by Giovanni Battista Rogeri, donated by German Foundation for Musical Life.