George Enescu Music Festival

World's top Orchestras, Conductors and Chamber Ensembles
will perform in Romania, August 30 - September 20, 2015

The 22nd biennial George Enescu Classical Music Festival and Competition, scheduled for August 30 - September 20, 2015, will pay special tribute to Romania's most famous composer/musician. 

Romanian Athenaeum - Bucharest International Music Festival

Some of the world's most famous orchestras, chamber ensembles and opera companies will perform – some premiering new works - and juried competitions
will be held for piano, violin and voice.  

Already on the schedule are:

  • Romanian Youth Orchestra & Choir of 'George Enescu' Philharmonic (August 30),  conductor: Kristyan Jarvi
  • Israel Philharmonic (August 31 and September 1),  conductor: Zubin Mehta
  • Romanian National Radio Orchestra & Radio Academic Choir (September 2),  conductor: Cornelius Meister
  • Berliner Philharmoniker (September 3),  conductor: Sir Simon Rattle
  • Staatskapelle Dresden (September 4 and 5),  conductor: Christian Thielemann
  • San Francisco Symphony (September 6 and 7),  conductor: Michael Thilson Thomas
  • London Symphony Orchestra (September 8 and 9),  conductor: Ion Marin
  • Sankt Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (September 10 and 11),  conductor: Yuri Temirkanov
  • KonzertHausOrchester Berlin (September 11),  conductor: Horia Andreescu   
  • Orchestre de Chambre de Paris (September 11),  conductor: Sir Roger Norrington
  • Bucharest Chamber Orchestra (September 12),  conductor: Madalin Voicu
  • Bayerische Staatsoper (September 12 and 13),  conductor: Constantinos Cariydis and Sebastian Weigle
  • Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (September 12 and 13),  conductor: Laurence Cummings and Ivor Bolton
  • Choir and Orchestra of the 'George Enescu' Philharmonic (September 14),  conductor: Leo Hussain
  • Monte Carlo Philharmonic (September 15 and 16),  conductor: Gianluigi Gelmetti and Cristian Mandeal
  • Wiener Philharmoniker (September 15 and 16),  conductor: Semyon Bychkov  
  • MozarteumOrkester Salzburg (September 17),  conductor: Thomas Dausgaard 
  • Royal Liverpool Symphony Orchestra (September 17 and 18),  conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Basel Chamber Orchestra (September 18),  conductor: Heinz Holliger
  • Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (September 19 and 20),  conductor: Andris Nelsons.

World's top Orchestras, Conductors and Chamber Ensembles will perform in Romania "George Enescu was one of the most prodigiously gifted musicians of the twentieth century," according to noted biographer Paul Banks,  "a great violinist and composer, a distinguished conductor, an accomplished pianist, able cellist and a famous violin teacher who numbered Christian Ferras, Arthur Grumiaux and Yehudi Menuhin among his pupils. His musical memory was phenomenal, a fact that contributed to the loss of some of his own works which he composed but never wrote down."

The George Enescu Memorial Museum and headquarters of the Association of Composers in Bucharest, should be visited on any festival trip.
Built by noted architect, I.D. Berindei, in 1900 the palace is on four levels, comprising three exhibition halls, concert halls and ballroom. 
Among the exhibits is Enescu's first violin, presented to him at age four.

Schedule of performances

Festival Facts:
Dates/ Duration: August 30 - September 20, 2015   /   22 days
# of Performances/ Concerts: 150
Venues: Romanian Athenaeum - Bucharest,
Grad Hall of the Royal Palace - Bucharest,
State Philharmonic – Arad,
Brasov Philharmonic – Brasov,
"Ateneu" Music Hall – Bacau,
State Philharmonic – Oradea,
Banatul Philharmonic – Timisoara.
Tickets: silvia.benedict@invitation-romania.ro
(011 4) 021 212.50.41
Ticket prices: $12.00 (40 RON) to $ 25.00 (75 RON)

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