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Interview with cellist Andrei Ioniță

Thursday, 27 October 2022 , ora 11.41

On Tuesday, October 25th, 2022, the Royal Charity Concert, hosted by The Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation, will be held at the Romanian Athenaeum. The event, which you will be able to hear live at 7 pm on Radio România Muzical, is dedicated to fundraising for the Foundation's Young Talents Programme. One of the stars of the concert, cellist Andrei Ioniță, shared his thoughts regarding the event:

On October 25th, you will perform at the Royal Charity Concert, staged by the Margareta of Romania Foundation. You were part of the foundation's Young Talents Programme. How did participating in the Programme benefit you as you started your career?

I believe that high school and music school education are crucial in the professional development of a young musician. I was part of the Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation between 2011-2012 - during my last two years in high school, and the Foundation helped me participate in different training courses, international contests, and it also helped me buy the tools I needed to play the cello. This initiative started by the Foundation is commendable, and you see, I've already been an active participant for 15 years. As far as I know, this will be the 13th edition. I am happy to continue this initiative, to be able to do something myself for the Foundation.

At the concert that will take place on October 25th, you will perform with the New Hope Orchestra, conducted by David Crescenzi. Have you worked with the maestro before?

This is a new collaboration both between the orchestra and I, as well as between maestro David Crescenzi and I, and I look forward to meeting him on the Athenaeum stage.

The Royal Concert's agenda focuses on the opera repertoire, with soprano Diana Alexe and tenor George Vârban as guest artists. What piece of art will you play at this event?

I will play Variations on a Rococo Theme by Tchaikovsky, a piece of work that the general public is very fond of and that I've sung repeatedly in the last few years. It is a piece of work that has brought me a great experience since it's the first piece that I performed for the first time as lead singer of an orchestra, right on the Romanian Athenaeum stage, when I was only 14 years old.

We look forward to seeing you at the concert!

Photo credit: Alexandru Dolea

Interview by Larisa Clempuș
Translated by Denisa Stanciu,
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I
Corrected by Silvia Petrescu