Photo: Andrei Ioniță
Romanian cellist and BBC New Generation Artist Andrei Ioniță will make his debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) this week as a last-minute replacement for RSNO Artist-in-Residence Jan Vogler, who is unwell.
In an unchanged programme, Ioniță will perform Robert Schumann's Cello Concerto with the RSNO to audiences at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on Friday 9 February and at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 10 February. The programmes, conducted by Music Director of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz Karl-Heinz Steffens, also features Britten's An American Overture and Elgar's Symphony No1, which marks its 110th anniversary this year.
Described by The Times as "one of the most exciting cellists to have emerged for a decade", Andrei Ioniţă won First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015, and prizes at the ARD, Emanuel Feuermann and Aram Khachaturian competitions. In 2016 he was named a BBC New Generation Artist for the period 2016-2018.
Cellist Andrei Ioniţă: "First of all, I would like to wish Jan a speedy recovery. Furthermore, it is an honour and a privilege to be asked to perform with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. I have been preparing the Schumann Cello Concerto, of which I am very fond, for performances with the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic throughout Europe, so the timing is quite fortunate. I very much look forward to playing this wonderful concerto for the audiences in Edinburgh and Glasgow."
Jan Vogler has also withdrawn from the chamber concert Classic Strings on Sunday 11 February at the RSNO Centre, Glasgow, though this will still go ahead with a revised programme.
Elgar One (supported by the Iain and Pamela Sinclair Legacy) appears at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on Friday 9 February (7.30pm) and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 10 February (7.30pm). For more information visit www.rsno.org.uk.