Enescu Competition 2018 to kick off with the only triple concert of the Romanian Musical Literature under the wand of Gabriel Bebeselea

Oana Vasiliu 11/07/2018 | 13:56

Violinist Stefan Tarara, pianist Josu de Solaun and cellist Sun-Sun Hong return to the Athenaeum scene for the grand opening of Enescu Competition 2018, presenting a Gala Concert under the wand of Gabriel Bebeselea. The event takes place on September 1 from 19.00. The trio will interpret the second trio concert from the history of the classical music, The trio concert by Paul Constantinescu. The second part of the concert will be a first audition for Concerto for Orchestra – the winning composition of 2016 Enescu Competition, composed by young Chinese Tian Tian.

Read also: Coming soon: The George Enescu International Competition 2018 Programme

Renowned international musicians and members of the jury will also perform a series of extraordinary recitals: British cellist Raphael Wallfish and pianist John York (September 5), Italian violinist Salvatore Accardo and pianist Laura Manzini (September 14) and Swedish pianist Peter Jablonski (September 22). They will be accompanied by the laureates of the 2016 Enescu Competition: American cellist Zlatomir Fung (September 8), Kazakh violinist Erzhan Kulibaev (September 16) and Bulgarian pianist Victoria Vassilenko (September 20).

Josu de Solaun
Eun-Sun Hong
Stefan Tarara

All rounds of the George Enescu Competition 2018 – Round I, Round II and Round III – and the Semi-Finals of the three competition sections (Cello, Violin and Piano) are open to the public, as well as the Galas with Orchestra, with the participation of the “George Enescu” Philharmonic Orchestra – the Cello Final, 11th September, conducted by Paul Watkins, the Violin Final, 17th September, conducted by Christoph Poppen and the Piano Final, scheduled for 23rd September, conducted by Vassily Sinaisky.

The George Enescu International Competition which will take place between September 1-23 in Bucharest has set a new record number of young musicians who will participate at the competition.

The competition attracted 400 young musicians, from 46 countries, on five continents, with a 26 percent increase of applications, compared to the 2016 edition. Also, Enescu Competition has a remarkable Romanian presence this year: up by 72 percent – a total number of 36 Romanian artists, applied particularly for the Piano Section. Compared to the last edition, China and UK doubled their representation in our competition, while the number of registered young musicians from Italy tripled. Overall, in the four sections of the competition there are: 126 contestants in the Piano Section, 121 in the Violin Section, 126 in the Cello Section and 27 in Composition. 212 contestants are from Europe and the Near East, 148 from Asia, 29 from North America, 9 from Australia and New Zealand, and 2 contestants are from South America.


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