Ioana Cristina Goicea Q&A

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

It was the year 2013 when Ioana Cristina Goicea was a competitor in the MHIVC placing 5th, just missing out on the top prize. It was then that the stunning violinist vowed to return to NZ and win. And in 2017 she did just that. Now, justly proclaimed ‘ones to watch’, Ioana Cristina Goicea (performing on Sir Michael Hill's Guadagnini) and Sydney International Piano competition winner Andrey Gugnin are coming together for the first time in what will be a spellbinding evening of music making. We had a chat to Ioana Cristina Goicea about the upcoming tour and what influenced her to become the violinist she is today...


Will this be your first time playing with Andrey Gugnin?
Ioana: Yes, this is my first collaboration with Andrey and I am very much looking forward to our amazing Programmes!!


You have won many accolades as a Violinist, including the prestigious 2017 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, how does it feel to be part of such competitions, and what does it feel like to win?
Ioana: It is absolutely unforgettable moment.. That one when your name is announced as a winner.. It is the confirmation of all the preparation and work over the past years..
Competitions definitely make you stronger and challenge you a lot. You become also much more experienced…


How was the repertoire chosen for this tour?
Ioana: It is a very complex and colourful repertoire which includes famous chamber music works From Schubert to Enescu and Schostakowitsch.


You come from a family of musicians in Bucharest, what sort of musicians? And what influence did that have on you growing up?
Ioana: My mother is a violinist, she was the winner of the Sibelius Violin Competition un Helsinki in 1991. And my grandfather is also a violinist and pedagogue, he was oncertmaster of the Opera Orchestra Bucharest. So I was born and free up with music which was one of the most important imnfluences in my Formation as a musician.


What first inspired you to start playing Violin?
Ioana: Well...the musical surrounding. My grandfather put the violin into my hands since I was 4 years old..



Ioana Cristina Goicea & Andrey Gugnin

Touring NZ 24 September - 11 October. Find out more here.