Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Ioana began her violin studies at the age of five and at age seven commenced her orchestral and chamber music training after immigrating to Australia with her family in 1998.
Ioana studied at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School from 2004, graduating in 2010 under the tutelage of Michelle Ruffolo and Zoe Black. There, she received a number of awards, including the John Hopkins Award and was a finalist in the Pioneer Outstanding Soloist Competition and the Chamber Music Competition in 2010. Ioana was principal second violin with the Melbourne Youth Orchestra from 2008- 2011, under the baton of Fabian Russell.
IIn 2011, Ioana began studying with William Hennessy at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne. She completed three years in the Academy’s Professional Performance Program. During her time at the Academy, Ioana collaborated with such artists as Anthony Marwood, Pekka Kuusisto, Richard Tognetti, Dale Barltrop, Daniel Harding, James Judd, Johannes Moser and led the ANAM Orchestra with soloists Nicolas Altstaedt and Paavali Jumppanen, with whom she also played sonatas and piano trios. In 2013 Ioana was presented with the privilege of playing an 1849 Pressenda violin, an instrument generously on load to the Australian National Academy of Music by Ms. Janet Holmes a Court.
From 2013 – 2014 Ioana was second violinist and Artistic Director with the Australian String Quartet. During her time with the ASQ she performed nationally and abroad, playing a 1748-49 Guadagnini violin. Ioana has since been based back in Melbourne as a freelancer, working on a regular casual basis with professional orchestras such as Orchestra Victoria, the Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra, theMelbourne Chamber Orchestra, and ensembles such as Syzygy and Inventi Ensemble. She has performed concertos with the Monash Academy Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Ioana has performed at classical music festivals such as the Huntington, Dunkeld, Margaret River, Port Fairy and Bangalow Festivals. She plays and performs chamber music, an unwaveringly important focus and passion, with friends whenever possible.
Ioana plays an 1892 Pyne violin.