Ioana Cristina Goicea, Romania

Ioana Cristina Goicea is one of the outstanding violinists of the young generation.

The first prize winner of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, the press praised her passionate performance and acclaimed her “a new star in the musical firmament”. She was awarded first prize and the audience prize at the International Johannes Brahms Violin Competition (2013) and first prize at the Concorso Internationale Andrea Postacchini (2012) in Italy. A laureate of the Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition in Vienna (2014) she more recently won the Carl Flesch Prize at the 2017 Carl Fesch Academy in Baden-Baden, Germany and was the Winner of the German Music Competition in Bonn (2018).

Goicea demonstrates world-class technical mastery of the violin and a uniquely deep intuitive musical understanding, a fiery musical temperament and a captivating stage presence. Enthusiastic and uncompromising in her musical convictions, she inspires audiences around the world. The young violinist has performed in recitals and solo concerts in renowned venues such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, St Martin-in-the-Fields London, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Shanghai Concert Hall, the Romanian Athenaeum Bucharest, the Giuseppe Verdi Hall Trieste, the Auckland Town Hall and the Kanematsu Auditorium Tokyo. She has performed at famous festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Shanghai International Arts Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, Hamburg Chamber Music Festival and the Trieste Chamber Music Festival. This year she will participate at the prestigious Verbier Festival Academy.

As a soloist, Ioana Cristina has performed with orchestras such as the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra Bucharest, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Baden-Baden Philharmonic, the Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester, the Romanian Radio National Orchestra and Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra, Norddeutsche Philarmonie, I Virtuosi Italiani and Kunitachi Symphonics.

In addition to her activities as a soloist, Goicea is also an enthusiastic chamber musician. In 2015, she was awarded, together with pianist Andrei Banciu, the 2nd prize and the Young Award at the ACM Trio di Trieste International Chamber Music Competition. In 2016 she was invited to participate in the prestigious Chamber Music Academy at the Heidelberger Frühling Music Festival, and in 2017 she toured as part of the “New Masters On Tour” concert series together with her chamber music partner Andrei Banciu at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and at the Slovak Philharmonic.

Ioana Cristina Goicea was born in 1992 in Bucharest into a family of musicians. She currently studies with Prof Krzysztof Wegrzyn at the University of Music in Hannover. Previously she studied with Professor Mariana Sirbu at the University of Music in Leipzig and with Prof Petru Munteanu at the University of Music in Rostock. 

Her musical career has been generously supported by a number of foundations, among them the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung FVS, the Gertrud und Hellmut Barthel-Stiftung and the Werner Richard – Dr Carl Dörken-Stiftung. Since October 2017 she is the awardee of the Gundlach Stiftung in Hannover, Germany.

As an awardee of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, Hamburg and a laureate of the 21st Contest of the German Musikinstrumentefonds, Ioana Cristina Goicea plays a precious violin by Giambattista Guadagnini, Parma 1761, on loan from the Federal Republic of Germany.




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