The 14th edition of the George Enescu International Competition, the only classical music competition organized by Romania to attain recognition within the international musical world, will take place between September 6-27, at The Romanian Athenaeum and The National Music University.
For this edition, the competition has four sections: violin, cello, piano and composition. More than 230 young artists from 36 countries submitted their applications to be part of the contest. From Romania, only ten participants are competing in violin contest, 14 pianists and two in cello competition. The majority of competitors registered to take part in the Piano Section – 81 participants, while in the Violin Section participate 64 competitors and in the Cello Section, 34. Moreover, 41 musical works have been submitted in the Composition Section. The Competition has seen a significant 20 percent increase in participation compared to 2011.
The youngest Romanian participant is Mircea Dumitrescu (16 years old), who participates in violin competition, being also the second-youngest competitor, after British Stephanie Childress (15 years old), who is also competing for the violin award.
The grand opening concert is taking place on September 6, at 19.00, at the Romanian Athenaeum, with the extraordinary participation of the George Enescu Philharmonic and winners of the Jeunesses Musicales Competition as conductors. Soloists Alexandru Tomescu – Winner of the 1999 edition of George Enescu Competition and Amir Tebenikhin – Winner of the 2009 edition of George Enescu Competition will interpret Enescu – Romanian Rhapsody no.1 in A major Op.11, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy – Concerto in E minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op.64 and Grieg – Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 16.
For the first time in the Enescu Competition’s history, aside from the total prizes worth of over EUR 100.000, the laureates of the Competition have the opportunity to take a Master Class with internationally renowned musicians at the prestigious International Academy of Vienna, as well as the possibility to perform on the most prestigious Romanian stages, together with the philharmonic orchestras from all over the country.
Moreover, the current edition of Enescu Competition (September 6-27) offers free admission to its concerts and recitals based upon online registration and seats availability, but are already sold out.