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.