Andrei attends the advanced strings program at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp for the second year.
Andrei placed first in the 5th annual International Competition
for Young Violinists in Honour of Karol Lipinski and Henryk Wieniawski in the junior divison. He enjoyed his time in Lublin, Poland, and after his win his parents stayed an extra three days to explore. His winnings included the Golden Violin award and 7000PLN ($2,236 USD).
Andrei begins going to the Dalton School. After much work and dedication from his parents, he is finally taken off the wait list and accepted. After four years of Spanish, his parents decide to enroll him in French. He also specializes in violin for music training and is enrolled in two after school activities, chess and fencing.
Andrei attends classes for his fourth year at Julliard. Once again, at the commencement ceremony, he is given lead solo. His teacher Catherine Chang, remained with him for private tutoring. Upon jury, he is welcomed back for a fifth year.
At the age of nine, Andrei auditioned for the directors of the New York Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic and was immediately asked to perform. He made his debut in New York playing Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1. From this point on he would be recognized as a child prodigy.
Andrei debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic playing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3.
Andrei placed first in the youth division and became, at 9, the youngest winner in competition history. The competition was held at the Royal Academy of Music in London. His win was reported by a wide array of press, including the New York Times and Gramophone magazine. This win propelled him to near celebrity, as he was interviewed by media and made TV appearances. Along with this, he is asked by a large selection of orchestras for engagements.
Andrei wins first place in the Valsesia Musica International Competition youth division B heat in Varallo, Italy, winning the Kawai Prize. He won a medal, plate, and first prize diploma, as well as 2,500 euro or $3,293 USD. His parents stayed longer for vacation and also because Andrei was asked to preform with the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome.
After winning the Competition in Varallo, Andre was asked to perform with the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in the Auditorio Pio in Rome. He performed a set of three Beethoven pieces with the orchestra, Sonata Op23,24, and 96. He received a standing ovation.
Over eight years since his parents defection, they return due to Andrei's entry into the 1995 George Enescu international Festival and Competition. His winnings included the Grand Prix prize as well as 15,000 Euro (1$9,614 USD). Andrei's entry was extremely controversial within the country, but his playing seemed to quell most of the discomfort. Anton's parents refused to see him, as well as Camelia's brother Vasile. However, Camelia's brother Mihail and her parents welcomed the family with open arms. After the competition they stayed in Sibiu with her family. Another highlight of this event is that Andrei played before the president of Romania, Ion Iliescu.
Andrei starts 5th grade in Dalton for the second year. His foreign language remains French, however, this year Camelia takes him out of all after school activities in order to focus more on violin.
Catherine Chang remains his instructor, and he is enrolled in advanced classes. Upon jury he is once again welcomed back.
Andrei and his family move to a a penthouse apartment on the Upper East.
During the summer Andrei performs with the New York Philharmonic for three shows, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for two shows, the Aspen Sinfonia for a set of four shows, and the Berlin Philharmonic for two shows.
Andrei was accepted into the Youth Orchestra. With this he has to leave Julliard, as rehersals are each Saturday. However, he is welcomed to come back whenever he wishes. He also keeps his long time trainer Catherine Chang. During the season he plays six concerts, three in Carnegie Hall and three in the Kupferberg Center from Novemeber to May
Third year at Dalton, still taking French for foreign language.
In the 11th annual International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań,Poland, Andrei places first place, winning a gold medal along with 28,000 Euro ($36,442 USD).
Andrei wins first place in the Thibaud Violin competiton, becoming the youngest winner of the prize. He preformed with the the National Orchestra of France after his win in the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. His win won him 45,000 Euro or $58,567.50 USD.
Plays at the Kupferberg Center for the opening show.
At the 49th Prague Spring International Music Competition, Andrei wins first place with a prize of 120,000 CZK ($6,083.96 USD)
Andrei's accepted as a Student Artist and is allowed in the Master Class as an Exceptional Young Artist.
Once again during the summer Andrei is booked for a large assortment of engagements. He's booked for three shows with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, three shows with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and five shows with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Plays six concerts throughout the season, once again at Carnegie Hall and the Kupferberg Cebter.
Remains at Dalton, takes French and begins taking swimming, lacrosse, and soccer for after school sports.
Plays four shows with the New York Philharmonic, two shows with the Vienna Philharmonic, three shows with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and two shows with the Melbourne Symphony.