Call for applications George Enescu International Competition

Give life to your dream! The 2016 edition of the George Enescu International Competition takes place between September 3 and 25 and it brings to the stage of the Romanian Athenaeum some of the most promising young artists of the moment, as well as established musicians, laureates of the Competition, who are now important international figures, who will give a series of extraordinary recitals.

The George Enescu International Competition is organized with a new concept, which will bring to the stage of the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, along competing young artists, acclaimed figures of the world music and winners of previous editions, who have made an international career, as well as winners of the 2014 competition, both for the three instruments and for composition. An event per se, the Enescu Competition has become over the years a platform for the promotion of young talents on the international stage, opening the way for international careers to young artists and bringing the audience the chance to listen to an entire music journey over 22 days.

The topic of the 2016 Competition is the power to give life to our dreams, a power that animates young competitors to prepare, to work and to perform on stage, in front of the jury and of the audience. We are the sum of our dreams, as individuals and as a society.

Rules: The 2016 George Enescu International Competition for Cello, Composition, Violin and Piano is open to participants of all nationalities, born after August 1st, 1983. No exception to this age limit is accepted.
The competition starts with a pre-selection round that will take place from June 15 to 30, 2016. The application deadline is 1st of June 2016 (mail and e-mail date). The participation fee for the Cello, Violin and Piano Competitions is in amount of 100 Euro. The participation fee for the Composition Competition is in amount of 50 Euro/work. Find the competition rules here – http://festivalenescu.ro/en/2016-competition/competition-rules.

Application: The application form can be uploaded on the website http://festivalenescu.ro/competition/apply.

For questions and more information please contact us:  Simona Rentea | press@artexim.ro | competition@festivalenescu.ro.

Vasily Petrenko, Chief Conductor @EUYO

The European Union Youth Orchestra is delighted to announce that Vasily Petrenko and Bernard Haitink take up new positions with the Orchestra. Vasily Petrenko will take up the position of Chief Conductor of the Orchestra in September 2015 and that Bernard Haitink CH, KBE, is appointed as Conductor Laureate of the EUYO with immediate effect.

 Vasily Petrenko has established an impressive relationship with the Orchestra over a number of years. Last summer he took over a demanding and varied set of programmes with the EUYO at short notice to great critical acclaim at the BBC Proms and elsewhere in Europe. He will lead the Orchestra in projects on a regular basis in future years, working with the EUYO to help plan its music programme and ensure the maintenance of the highest standards in all aspects of its artistic work. His achievements as Chief Conductor Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Chief Conductor Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor Mikhailovsky Theatre St Petersburg have shown him to have exceptional skills, both as a conductor and also as a leader of orchestras.

Bernard Haitink, who has a particularly distinguished history with the EUYO, first conducted the Orchestra in 1989, and was its Music Director from 1994-2000 following the Orchestra’s foundation under Music Director Claudio Abbado. Bernard Haitink returns to conduct the EUYO in the summer of 2016 as part of a celebration of the Orchestra’s 40th anniversary, and the EUYO is thrilled to be able to renew this association with such an eminent musician, conductor and teacher.

The Orchestra also takes this opportunity to thank Vladimir Ashkenazy for his tireless and generous commitment to the EUYO, both as its Music Director for the last fifteen years, and also as a conductor with the Orchestra for many years before that. As the Orchestra moves forward to the next chapter of its life, Vladimir Ashkenazy’s contribution as a teacher and friend of the players will remain as an inspiration to be remembered and honoured.

“It is a great pleasure for me to accept the invitation to assume the role of Chief Conductor of the European Union Youth Orchestra. Since our first collaboration in 2008, I have been impressed by their musical excellence, artistic versatility, constant commitment to education and their cultural role within the European Union. It is an honour to be given the opportunity to build on the extraordinary legacy of Maestros Claudio Abbado, Bernard Haitink and Vladimir Ashkenazy and, together with a dynamic and forward-thinking management, lead this remarkable Orchestra in the years ahead.”Vasily Petrenko

“The imposing quality of Vasily Petrenko’s work with the EUYO in 2014, together with his acclaimed performances with a number of top orchestras throughout the world, are testament to a conductor of prodigious vision, skill and musicianship. We are delighted to welcome him as the Orchestra’s Chief Conductor. At the same time I know that everyone involved with the EUYO is honoured that Bernard Haitink returns to the Orchestra as Conductor Laureate, and I would like to thank retiring Music Director Vladimir Ashkenazy for his extraordinary generosity of spirit and friendship through a long and distinguished association with the Orchestra.”Marshall Marcus, CEO, European Union Youth Orchestra

Season Tickets and Single Tickets for the 2015 Enescu Festival

The 2015 Edition will take place between August 30 and September 20 in Bucharest, and will host for 22 days 58 concerts at The Pallace Hall and The Romanian Athenaeum, as well as several outdoor events organized under the auspices of The Enescu Festival Square (September 3 to 20) and The Creative Bucharest – two artistic projects with the value of a true cultural olympiad.

Prestigious names in international classical music will participate in the George Enescu Festival’s upcoming edition. You can find the full programme of the 2015 Enescu Festival HERE.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Enescu Festival Season Tickets will go on sale to the public starting Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in five types of subscription:

  • Season Tickets TYPE A— subscription to all-concerts in the GREAT ORCHESTRAS OF THE WORLD series at The Palace Hall, as follows: Price Level I – 2200 RON; Price Level II – 1700 RON; Price Level III – 1300 RON; Price Level IV – 1000 RON.
  • Season Tickets TYPE A1 and TYPE A2 —subscription to 11-concerts (in two distinct combinations: A1 and A2) of the GREAT ORCHESTRAS OF THE WORLD series at The Palace Hall, as follows: Price Level I – 1250 RON; Price Level II – 1000 RON; Price Level III – 750 RON; Price Level IV – 550 RON.
  • Season Tickets TYPE B — subscription to all-concerts in the RECITALS AND CHAMBER MUSIC series at The Romanian Athenaeum, as follows: Price Level I – 2000 RON; Price Level II – 1600 RON
  • Season Tickets TYPE C — subscription to all-concerts in the BY MIDNIGHT series at The Romanian Athenaeum, as follows: Price Level I – 900 RON; Price Level II – 700 RON
  • Season Tickets TYPE D — subscription to all-concerts in the MORNING CONCERTS series at The Romanian Athenaeum and The Palace Small Hall, as follows: Price Level I – 200 RON; Price Level II – 170 RON

The 2015 Festival keeps the traditional discounts for seniors, youths and students, therefore their subscription prices for seasonal tickets range between 750 RON and 350 RON.

Single tickets for the 2015 Enescu Festival go on sale February 16, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.

Single tickets prices are offered as follows:

GREAT ORCHESTRAS OF THE WORLD Series (The Palace Hall)

  • Price Level I 160 RON
  • Price Level II 130 RON
  • Price Level III 100 RON
  • Price Level IV 70 RON.

RECITALS AND CHAMBER MUSIC Series (The Romanian Athenaeum)

  • Price Level I 160 RON
  • Price Level II 130 RON

BY MIDNIGHT Series (The Romanian Athenaeum)

  • Price Level I 160 RON
  • Price Level II 130 RON

MORNING CONCERTS Series (The Romanian Athenaeum and The Palace Small Hall)

  • Price Level I 50 RON
  • Price Level II 40 RON

Press access to the 2015 Festival’s events is granted only with Press Badge attesting valid accreditation. The accreditation procedure for both press and bloggers will be publicly announced in due time through all the communication channels of the Festival.

Starting 2014 Romania Will Honor George Enescu Every Year

Following its 2014 success, George Enescu International Competition will be organized henceforth as a stand-alone event, alternating with the Festival. The upcoming edition will take place between September 3 and 25, 2016, at The Romanian Athenaeum and the National Music University of Bucharest.

Honoring its tradition to launch some of the great artists of our time on their way to fame, the Enescu Competition makes Romania matter in the international cultural arena, as it certifies and valorizes young emerging artists who represent the future elite of the classical music worldwide.

„The results of the 2014 Enescu Competition organized separately from the Festival; the 20% increase in the number of competitors; the sold-out main concerts; and the wide foreign press coverage – all prove the event has reached the maturity to unfold on its own. As a result of organizing the Competition alternately with the Festival, George Enescu’s name continues to be honored both at home and internationally in two essential ways: not only that prestigious orchestras and artists perform Enescu’s works in the Festival, but also his works become part of the emerging artists’ repertoire worldwide. Soon enough George Enescu’s compositions are interpreted on world’s most prestigious scenes and also recorded – more than a few laureates of the Enescu Competition have their recordings of the Romanian composer’s works released by international record labels. It is a Romanian success at the highest level and the proof that „Romania Matters!” declared for press Mihai Constantinescu, Executive Director of the George Enescu Festival and Competition.

Several distinguished Romanian and foreign musicians who were part of the 2014 Edition Jury emphasize Enescu Competition’s international significance:

“What makes Enescu Competition special to me is its competence to communicate George Enescu’s genius as a composer, conductor and violinist, as well as his singular approach to music, which touches us, in the jury, and is unmistakable in the competitors’ performance. Undoubtedly, the 2014 Competition rose to a higher level than the 2011 edition – manifest both in the caliber of the jury and in the exquisite talent and preparation of the finalists” – Alan Weiss (USA), member of the Piano Section Jury, regarded as one of the most prominent pianists of his generation.

“The 2014 Edition of the Enescu Competition was absolutely perfect. I think that the contenders’ artistic level rose higher than in the previous (2011) edition, and I was glad to be part of the jury and notice firsthand this progress” – Augustin León Ara (Spain), member of the Violin Section Jury, a worldwide celebrated soloist and professor.

“George Enescu International Competition’s Violin Section is in the premier league of the competitions of its kind, and on equal terms of relevance with Indianapolis (USA), Jacques Thibaud (France), Wieniawski (Poznan-Poland) and Kreisler (Austria). This makes me genuinely happy. The superior artistic level of the Competition fuels its prestige furthermore. The 2014 Edition improved on the previous one (2011) in many key aspects: the Competition’s programme, the remarkable quality of piano accompanists, logistics, and all things related to image – Florin Croitoru (România), member of the Violin Section Jury, soloist and teacher, one of the most reputed Romanian violinists.

Premier Information about Enescu Competition – 2016

he 2016 Edition will open at The Romanian Athenaeum with a Gala Concert performed by three of the previous editions’ laureates, Romanian musicians celebrated today worldwide – violinist Ana Țifu (laureate of the 2007 Edition), pianist Mihai Ritivoiu and celloist Valentin Răduțiu (laureates of the 2011 Edition).

All three Laureates of the 2014 Edition will give extraordinary recitals in the 2016 Edition of the Enescu Competition: Ștefan Tarara, the Romanian-born violinist now living in Germany – on September 18; the Spanish pianist Josu de Solaun – on September 24; and South Korean celloist Eun-Sun Hong – on September 10.

A few members of the Jury, illustrious names in the international classical music today, will give recitals as well: Jean Philippe Collard – piano (September 22), Pierre Amoyal – violin (September 16).

Distinguished artists worldwide confirmed their participation as members of the Competition’s Juries: Jean Philippe Collard – President of the Piano Competition Jury, Natalia Gutmann li Arto Noras (Cello Section), Peter Ruzicka (Composition Section), famous Romanian-born violinist Silvia Marcovici and violinist Remus Azoiței, the youngest violin teacher and the only Romanian musician in the history of the Royal Academy of Music in London (Violin Section).

Enescu Competition Firsts in the 2014 Edition (September 6 – 27):

  • The three Laureates of the 2014 Enescu Competition – violinist Ștefan Tarara (Germany), celloist Sung-Eun Hong (South Korea), and pianist Josu de Solaun (Spain) – will join forces onstage in an inspiring performance of the Beethoven’s Triple Concerto (for Violin, Cello, and Piano) in C Major, Op. 56. The concert will take place on August 10, 2015, during the prestigious Ravello Festival (Italy) and will be broadcast live by RAI Television network.
  • Ștefan Tarara, the winner in the Violin Section, will participate also at the 2015 Enescu Festival.
  • Master Classes offered to the Competition’s laureates by two of the most renowned music institutions in the world, both partners of the Enescu Competition – the International Music Academy of Vienna and Kronberg Academy.
  • Execution of an internal and external communication campaign with the key message „Romania Matters!”
  • Public admission was based upon online registration via a modern system implemented ad hoc
  • Live broadcasts on a large screen outside the Romanian Athenaeum (100 seated)
  • „Romania Matters!” Video Campaign with 7 internationally famous artists today, previous laureates of the Enescu Competition
  • Enhanced Social Media presence with debut of the George Enescu Festival and Competition Instagram page.

2014 Edition in Numbers

  • 240 young artists from 36 countries on 5 continents registered in the Competition ; total prizes worth of over 100,000 euro;
  • 3,000 online registrations for admission in the first 24 hours; partnership with 3 international television networks (France24, Euronews and Mezzo); over 1,800 items in domestic press coverage
  • Over 64,000 unique visitors to www.festivalenescu.ro;
  • During the Enescu Competition, www.festivalenescu.ro was accessed from all over the world: Germany (6.27%), USA (5.80%), Japan (3.98%), Romania (55%) etc.
  • The Competition generated 221 posts on blogs; the Enescu Festival and Competition Facebook page registered a spike in reach of 45,648 people and attracted over 34,000 fans (and growing).

Additional Information about the Competition

Brilliant soloists such as violinist Ștefan Ruha, pianist Valentin Gheorghiu, renown violinist Silvia Marcovici (who performs under the baton of the world famous conductors Zubin Mehta, Claudio Abbado or Riccardo Muti), Radu Lupu and Dan Grigore (two of the most valued Romanian pianists worldwide); other artists revered in the lyrical world – soprano Ileana Cotrubaș, mezzo-soprano Viorica Cortez, composer Dan Dediu – have all led extraordinary international careers following their debut as George Enescu International Competition’s laureates. Remarkable representatives of the new generation of artists: Alexandru Tomescu, Vlad Stănculeasa, Remus Azoiței, Ana Țifu have been prizewinners in the Competition as well, receiving this way the accolades that propelled them to fame.

George Enescu International Competition is intended as a natural extension of the George Enescu Festival, the most important international cultural event organized by Romania.

In the spirit of George Enescu’s personal dedication to the encouragement of young musicians – as the Honorary Director of the Romanian Musical Association, he made substantial donations to pay for musicians’ scholarships, and in 1912 he took a tour through Romania and raised over a thousand sterling pounds in order to launch a national composition award – the George Enescu Competition recognizes, supports and promotes young talents worldwide, endorsing in this way the future golden generations of the universal classical music.