Yvonne Timoianu studied at the Mozarteum of Salzburg,
receiving her diploma with highest distinction.
At the same time she was awarded the Prize of Distinction
from the Federal Ministry of the Arts and Research in Vienna.
Her most influential teachers were
- and Serafim Antropov.
Her concerts have taken her from Tokio to Quito, from Capetown
to Mexico, from New Delhi to Santiago de Chile, from Seoul to Panama...
Yvonne received several international awards, among which
Prize at the International Cello Competition of Vina del Mar,
Gold Medal of the International String Competition of the UNISA,
Regular participation in renowned Festivals as well as
intensive appearances as soloist or in chamber music concerts in
most European countries, in the Americas, Southeast Asia and the
Orient are the hallmark of her musical career.
- 2008 she was invited to play the "Winterreise"
of Franz Schubert before Arvo Pärt at Tallinn
before Pope Benedict XVI at Castel Gandolfo.
Given her dedicated involvement in contemporary music,
a number of works were written for and first performed by her, recently
one of Henri Pousseur´s last works.
Yvonne Timoianu has led master classes and workshops in
Austria, Belgium, India, Korea, Luxemburg, Spain and South-Africa.
She plays on a cello by Giovanni Grancino, Milan, of 1721.
The music critique described Yvonne Timoianu:
concertista de gran magnitud"
(El Mercurio, Santiago de Chile)
"Yvonne Timoianu´s performance of Dvorak´s Cello
Concerto....one of the most memorable experiences in music making.."
"Elle joue avec une virtuosité carrément
(La Libre Belgique)
"SPRÜHENDE FUNKEN UND LYRISMEN..."
"TIMOIANU...the most attractive and mercurial
musical personality...her passionate playing and almost incandescent
tone...wide variety of tone colour...the masterly Yvonne Timoianu´s
interpretation of the Arpeggione Sonata by Schubert...it seemed
effortless and flowed on in unending song on her superb Grancino
cello...this came to a glowing life."
(The Argus, Cape Town)
"Das souveräne, lockere, aussagestarke Musizieren...mit
dem sonoren, warmen und differenzierten Celloklang von Yvonne Timoianu,
deren künstlerische wie menschliche Ausstrahlung auf die Zuhörerschaft
in keinem Moment nachläßt...ein Meisterkonzert, auf bestem
"Yvonne Timoianu no es solamente una excelente
instrumentalista virtuosa sino que, además posee una enorme
dosis de espiritualidad...verdaderamente, un concierto memorable!"
(El Pánama América)
"EINDRUCKSVOLLE HARMONIE... Yvonne Timoianu formte
jede Phrase... die zart irisierenden und dumpf vibrierenden Klänge
ließ sie magisch aufleuchten..."
"....masterful embrace. Music that stirs from the
depths of a heaving bosom finds voice in the surge of soulful strains
and throbbing notes. Yvonne Timoianu is at work again coaxing music
out of her ancient cello..."
(The Asian Age)
"ANGRIFFIG UND DENNOCH BEHERRSCHT... eine geradezu
TIMOIANU LET MUSIC SPEAK FOR ITSELF"...
"Un magnifico concierto en el que la cellista, Yvonne
Timoianu volvió a mostrar sus condiciones de extraordinaria
Yvonne Timoianu took first music lessons at the age of
five, learning violin.
The most pleasant moments related with those days were the special
occasions when her teacher allowed her to play on his own violin,
which was much, much bigger than hers and sounded much more exciting!
Seduced by the sound of the cello, Yvonne decided eight years later
to give up the violin and dedicated herself totally to this new,
As a teenager, Yvonne could not stand romantic music or literature,
she prefered instead to listen to Bach, solve complicated mathematic
problems, learn about astronomy or invent a functionating „perpetuum
mobile“. She wrote poems (but never love poems!), comic stories
and science-fiction essays, she earned her first money giving alpine
skiing lessons! Her parents are scientists (father is mathematics,
physics and astronomy professor, mother is chemistry engineer),
and everybody in the family was thinking that Yvonne will also follow
Considering herself more talented for music than for anything else,
Yvonne decided to become a professional musician at the age of sixteen.
The fact that she received from her parents this magnificent Italian
cello as a birthday present was very significant. Yvonne would spend
hours and hours of practice with „Julius“, her new „intimate
friend“, and „Julius“‘s voice was getting
better every day!