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Ioana Cristina Goicea is one of the outstanding violinists of her generation. She won First Prize at the 2017 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, with critics praising her passionate performance and describing her as “a new star in the musical firmament.”


In 2018 she won First Prize at the German Music Competition in Bonn and was a laureate of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. In 2019 she became a prize winner of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. She is also the winner of the J. Brahms International Competition (2013) and laureate of the ”Fritz Kreisler” International Violin Competition Vienna (2014).

Ms. Goicea has performed at renowned venues and festivals in Europe, Asia, America, New Zealand and Australia, among them the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, St Martin-in- the-Fields, London, the Melbourne Recital Centre, the Bozar Brussels, Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg, the Queen Elisabeth Hall Antwerp, the Shanghai Concert Hall, the Athenaeum Bucharest, the Townhall Auckland, the Slovak Philharmonic Bratislava and Konzerthaus Freiburg.

She has performed as a soloist with the Belgian National Orchestra, Nürnberger Symphoniker, NDR Radio- philharmonie Hannover, the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, the Auckland Philharmonia, the Indianapolis Symphony, the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra Bucharest, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, the National Radio Orchestra Bucharest, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie and the Baden-Baden Philharmonic.

In addition to her career as a soloist, the young violinist is also an avid chamber musician. She performed at renowned chamber music festivals and academies: the Verbier Academy, Hitzacker Festival and Academy and the Heidelberger Frühling Academy. In 2015, together with pianist Andrei Banciu, she won the Second Prize and the Young Duo Award at the International Competition “Premio Trio di Trieste” in Trieste, Italy.

Ioana Cristina Goicea was born into a family of musicians in Bucharest in 1992. She is studying with Krzysztof Węgrzyn at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. She previously studied with Mariana Sîrbu at the University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig and with Petru Munteanu at the University of Music and Theater in Rostock. She participated in masterclasses with Prof. Mihaela Martin, Silvia Marcovici, Pinchas Zuckerman and Saschko Gawriloff.

In October 2020, at the age of 27 she has been appointed violin professor at the renowned University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

Ioana Cristina Goicea plays a Giambattista Guadagnini violin (Parma, 1761) generously loaned to her by the German Music Instrument Fund in Hamburg (Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben).

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