A number of 272 young musicians from 41 countries are registered to participate in the Cello, Violin, Piano, and Composition Sections of the 2020 George Enescu International Competition, to take place between August 29 and September 20. The high number of competitors represents a remarkable success, given the conditions imposed by the pandemic and social isolation. A total of 292 young musicians from 42 countries have applied, out of whom, after the preselection round for the Cello Section, 272 candidates remained in the contest.
The preselection process – according to the Competition rules – was only necessary for the Cello Section, where the number of registered candidates (105) exceeded the maximum number of competitors that can be assessed by the jury during the Competition (85). The preselection was made after the registration ended on May 29, by a jury consisted of Răzvan Suma, professor at the National University of Music in Bucharest and soloist of the National Radio Orchestra; Vasile Jucan, rector of the National Academy “Gheorghe Dima” in Cluj; and Filip Papa, member of the “Ad libitum” quartet Iași.
The number of candidates registered to compete in each Section at this time is 85 – Cello; 80 – Violin; 86 – Piano; and 21 candidates, with 26 works – Composition.
„We are very appreciative of the amazing willingness shown by young musicians from all over the world in registering for the 2020 Enescu Competition. Your decision to show up in Bucharest, in September, and compete through the chaos of the post-pandemic world illustrates your commitment to music, to excellence in artistic performance, and a daring vision of the future. It stands also as a testament to your resilient spirit and unwavering passion for music. Thank you for rising to the challenge! It has been proven time and again that the Enescu Competition is a major opportunity for emerging musicians, with a huge impact on their musical career and the power to change their artistic life forever. Be inspired, follow your dream, and enjoy this experience, for it will be the journey of a lifetime!”, declared Vladimir Jurowski, the Artistic Director of the George Enescu International Competition and Festival.
The largest number of competitors comes from South Korea – 50 (19 in the Cello Section, 11 in the Violin Section, and 18 in the Piano Section). The second-highest number of entries is from Romania with 27 registered participants – 5 for Cello, 9 for Violin, and 13 for Piano. In the third place is China with 21 candidates (5 coming from Hong Kong).
The number of participants from Europe is 131. Following Romania, the countries with the largest participation are France (13), Russia (13), Italy (12) Germany (10), and Great Britain (10). Competitors are coming from far away countries as well, such as New Zealand (3), Australia (2), and also 2 candidates from Mexico.
The youngest competitors for each section are JaeMin Han, 14 years old, South Korea (Cello); Nakyung Kang, 17, South Korea (Violin); Siyang Rao, 14, China (Piano); and Eden Lonsdale, 24 years old, Great Britain (Composition).
The complete list of candidates will be published on www.festivalenescu.ro.
The 2020 Enescu Competition is advancing as planned, for the time being, preparing a series of health and safety procedures to be implemented this September. The Competition’s organizers trust the measures implemented at the national and international levels for the management of COVID-19. In the event of force majeure, the organizers will fully refund registered candidates the application fees paid (including those who have not passed the preselection stage).
George Enescu Competition is an international platform for launching the future world-class musicians and for promoting the compositions of the great Romanian composer to the new generation of artists. It is thus a natural extension of the George Enescu Festival, the most important cultural event organized in Romania. The 2020 Edition is scheduled to take place between August 29 and September 20, 2020. The Competition has four sections – violin, cello, piano, and composition – and is the most important classical music competition organized in Romania, in compliance with international standards. This year’s Program includes 19 concerts and recitals open to the general public.
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