"Master of improvisation"
Badische Zeitung, 2017
"Her concerts - more thrilling than a thriller!"
Born 1988 in Sibiu (Hermannstadt), Ioana received her first piano lessons aged four and won her first piano competition four years later. By winning the Constantin Silvestri Scholarship Competition in 2005, Ioana got herself the ticket for one year in England at the Pocklington College in York.
Ioana gave her debut as a soloist with the performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's 1. Piano Concerto, Fumio Akhizaky (Japan) conducting the Philarmonic Orchestra of Sibiu. Shortly after, a series of recitals and concerts with many conductors and orchestras in and outside the country followed: Romania, Bulgaria, Germany, Holland, Spain, England, Switzerland, USA and Japan.
Beside her solo performances, the young Romanian is often to be seen and heard as a vocal accompanist and chamber music partner, but also as a composer – the world premiere of her Legend for String Quintet was performed by the internationally renowned „Phoenix“ Ensemble and their conductor, Jürg Henneberger in Basel. Her work for piano solo Pisces has been published in 2017 by the CCC Music Company in Colorado Springs, United States of America.
Ioana Ilie has successfully completed both her Bachelor Degree and Teaching Diploma at the Music Academy Basel, in the class of Prof. Adrian Oetiker (piano), Prof. Balz Trümpy (composition) and Prof. Rudolf Lutz (improvisation). Among other distinguished names that offered Ioana valuable guidance are Stephen Kovacevich (USA), Piotr Anderszewski (Poland), Jan Schultsz (Holland) and Fabio Bidini (Italy). She taught improvisation at the Music Academy Trossingen, Germany from 2011 until 2015, when Ioana was appointed piano teacher at the Basel Music Academy campus. She is often invited to give courses on chamber music and improvisation.