Fifteen concerts have already sold out. These include three by the Orchestre De Chambre De Lausanne with conductor and soloist Christian Zacharias, one by the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and a recital by pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja. Sold out chamber concerts include two by Saint Martin in the Fields conducted by Murray Perahia and one from the Basel Chamber Orchestra conducted by David Stern with pianist Maria Joao Pires.
The festival opened with an opera by Romanian composer George Enescu called Oedipus, interpreted by two orchestras, the Orchestra of the Bucharest National Opera and Opera du Capitole Toulouse under conductor Nicolas Joel.One of the most eagerly awaited shows this year is the staging of Giuseppe Verdi's Othello by theater director Mihai Maniutiu accompanied by the Cluj-Napoca National Orchestra.
The festival also comprises an international interpretation competition with several sections such as violin, piano and composition, which is scheduled to take place between August 30 and September 4.