George Enescu Festival 2013 – The 21st Edition

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George Enescu (1881-1955) is considered to be the greatest Romanian musician of all time, well-known throughout the world as a composer, violinist, pianist, conductor and teacher. His work was not only appreciated and valued at its true value during his life; after his passing away, he became one of the most celebrated violinists and composers of his era, being highly appraised in North America and Europe (read more about George Enescu here – )

George Enescu festival Romania 2013 Bucharest

The first edition of The George Enescu Festival was organized in 1958, 3 years after the Great Maestro passed away. It is an international classical music festival, which was held every 3 years until 2003, and every 2 years from that year on.  Even since its first edition, the festival represented the biggest musical event in Romania and one of the biggest in Europe.

Although at first the festival was only being organized in Bucharest, now it has spread all over the country. The organizers are making concerts available in most large cities in Romania: Sibiu, Cluj, Iasi, Timisoara, Oradea, Arad and Craiova.

The 21st Edition of the festival is spread on the entire month of September, from 1st to 28th. More than 150 events will be taking place all over the country.

For the 21st edition, the following events are scheduled: 6 Romanian music concerts, 14 recitals and chamber concerts, 28 concerts performed by 14 grand orchestras, 21 orchestral and cameral ensembles, 8 concerts entitled “Enescu and his contemporary’s”, 48 concerts organized for the George Enescu Contest. There will also be art exhibitions, and a musicology symposium organized by the Union of Composers and Musicologists in Romania.

It is amazing how the spirit of music covers all the country and its capital, Bucharest, which becomes the International Capital of Music for an entire month. All over the city you can see images with the great composer, big banners that are speaking about the magic of the George Enescu Festival, and many other PR materials about the great orchestras that will be performing in Bucharest this month.

Everyone can feel the magic of the George Enescu Festival – the atmosphere before and after the concerts express these feelings very well. You must be there to see, to hear and to feel the emotion surrounding the festival.

In Bucharest, the concerts of the George Enescu festival are being hosted by The Romanian Athenaeum (read more about it here – ), The Bucharest National Opera, The Grand Palace Hall, The Small Palace Hall, The Radio Room and The National University of Music in Bucharest.

World famous orchestras will be playing at the 21st edition of the George Enescu Festival: Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (conductor Marek Janowski), Staatskapelle Berlin (conductor Daniel Barenboim), Orchestra Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (conductor Antonio Pappano) and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (conductor Mariss Jansons).

Rundfunk - Sinfonierorchester Berlin Sala Palatului Bucharest

Marek Janowski, Rundfunk – Sinfonierorchester Berlin, Sala Palatului Bucharest

There will also be recitals starring great musicians: Radu Lupu („His live sound is irreplaceable. One cannot experiment a similar thing when listening to a recording”, according to The New Yorker), Jordi Savall, JEAN-CLAUDE PENNETIER, EVGENY KISSIN, MURRAY PERAHIA.

Read more in the official page of The George Enescu Festival.


Photography Copyright:

Agenţia Naţională de Presă Agerpres

Andrei Gîndac

David Leventi

Sergiu Iczkovits

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