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.
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, the Queen Elisabeth Hall Antwerp, the Shanghai Concert Hall, the Athenaeum Bucharest, the Townhall Auckland and the Slovak Philharmonic Bratislava.
She has performed as a soloist with the Belgian National Orchestra, 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. In 2015, together with pianist Andrei Banciu, she won Second Prize and the Young Duo Award at the International Competition “Premio Trio di Trieste”. In 2016 she participated in the Chamber Music Academy of the Heidelberger Frühling Music Festival, in 2017 she was invited to the Hitzacker Festival and its Academy, and in 2018 she took part in the prestigious Verbier Festival Academy.
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.