Andrei Ioniță was born on 1 January 1994. He graduated from both the Iosif Sava School of Music No 1 in Bucharest, having studied under Ani Marie Paladi, as well as the Saint Sava National College in Bucharest. He is currently studying at the Berlin Universität der Künste under Professor Jens Peter Maintz.
Andrei Ioniță has taken part in master-classes with world-renowned cellists such as Steven Isserlis, David Geringas, Gary Hoffman, Heinrich Schiff, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and Bruno Cocset. In 2014 Andrei Ioniţă played alongside artists such as Gidon Kremer and Christian Tetzlaff as a participant of the Kronberg Academy Project Chamber Music Connects the World.
He first attracted international attention when he won both the 2nd prize and the Special Prize for best interpretation of a commissioned piece at the ARD Competition in September 2014 in Munich. He was also awarded 2nd prize at the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann 2014, which took place only a few weeks after the ARD Competition. Andrei Ioniță was the recipient of the 1st prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition (2015); the competition is held every four years.
Ioniță has performed with such orchestras as the Moscow Symphony Orchestra under Pavel Kogan, the Symphony Orchestra of St Petersburg in 2014 for the Musical Olympus festival, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in 2013, the World Philharmonic Orchestra in Paris at the Fête de la Musique in 2006 and the Bucharest Symphonic Pops Orchestra in 2008. Future invitations will lead him to the Petit Palais and the Dôme des Invalides in Paris and the Cité des Sciences in Tunis, as well as Rome, Arezzo and Montepulciano. He will make his debut with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under the baton of Nicholas Collon in Berlin in the 2015-2016 season.
Ioniță performs a Giovanni Battista Rogeri cello crafted in 1671, on loan from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben in Hamburg.