January 15, 2016 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall

3rd concert of the MAESTRO series

Giya Kancheli (1935)
… al niente (2000)

Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
Variations on a Rococo Theme for cello and orchestra (1876)

Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 (1885)

Winner of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, 2015 ANDREI IONIŢĂ (cello)
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

Along with such beautiful classical pieces as Variations on a Rococo Theme by Tchaikovsky and Symphony No. 4, the last symphony by Brahms, …al niente by Georgian composer Giya Kancheli will also be performed. Diminuendo al niente (Fading to Nothingness) is dedicated to the principal conductor of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov.

The concert will be conducted by former principal conductor of ENSO, Nikolai Alexeev, who has for years been connected to the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.  In addition to all the most important symphony orchestras of Moscow and St. Petersburg, he has conducted many renowned orchestras abroad and performed all over Europe, Japan and in the US. In the summer 2015, Alexeev conducted the concerts of the final round of the International Tchaikovsky Competition and Andrei Ioniţă, the winner of the competition winners, has been invited to perform Variations on a Rococo Theme in Tallinn.

"... a fully individual musical personality" (The Guardian). Andrei Ioniţă. Photo: Daniel Delang.

“… a fully individual musical personality” (The Guardian). Andrei Ioniţă. Photo: Daniel Delang.

Cellist Andrei Ioniţă, born in 1994 in Bucharest, 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 Music School “Iosif Sava“ in Bucharest and is currently studying under Professor Jens Peter Maintz at the Universität der Künste Berlin.

Andrei Ioniţă draws his musical inspiration from the greatest cellists of our time, among them David Geringas, Steven Isserlis, Heinrich Schiff, Wolfgang Boettcher, Gary Hoffman and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt. In June 2014, he collaborated with Gidon Kremer and Christian Tetzlaff at the Kronberg Academy’s Festival, „Chamber Music Connects the World“. In the past few years, Andrei Ioniţă has been heard in such venues as the Kammermusiksaal of the Philharmonie in Berlin, Herkulessaal in Munich, Stadtcasino in Basel and Atheneum in Bucharest.

Ioniţă is a prizewinner of many international competitions. In June 2013, he was awarded First Prize at the Aram Khachaturian International Competition; in September 2014, he won Second Prize and the Special Prize for the interpretation of a commissioned composition at the International ARD Music Competition in Munich. He received Second Prize at the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann 2014 in Berlin two months later. Ioniţă won international recognition in June 2015 as a winner of the First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

Andrei Ioniţă’s 2015/16 season features major debuts: he will be appearing with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Filarmonica di Bologna and the Filarmonica „George Enescu“ in Bucharest. In addition, he has been invited by Maestro Valery Gergiev to perform in such cities as London, Munich, Baden-Baden and St. Petersburg.

Andrei Ioniţă is a scholarship recipient of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and performs on a violoncello made by Giovanni Battista Rogeri from Brescia in 1671, generously on loan from the foundation.

Tickets: 22 € / 16 €

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Concert is organized by ENSO






18.09.2015 SEASON OPENING. Conductor NEEME JÄRVI
6.11.2015 PÄRT & MAHLER. Conductor KRISTJAN JÄRVI
4.03.2016 CIRCUS. Conductor OLLI MUSTONEN

Series  tickets 52,80 € /  38,40 €*
series tickets can be purchased until 18.09.2015 through PILETILEVI or at the box office at Estonia Concert Hall.

* Concessions available for school and university students and senior citizens.

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