George Enescu Music Festival

World's top Orchestras, Conductors and Chamber Ensembles
will perform in Romania, September 1 - 28, 2013

The 21st biennial George Enescu Classical Music Festival and Competition, scheduled for September 1 - 28, 2013, 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:

  • StaatsKapelle Berlin (September 1 - 2), 
  • Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (September 3),
  • National Philharmonic of Russia (September 4),
  • Orchestre de Paris (September 5 – 6),
  • "Moldova" Philharmonic Orchestra (September 5),
  • "Transilvania" Philharmonic Orchestra (September 6), 
  • Chorus and Orchestra of Romania National Opera (September 6, 9, 13, 26), 
  • Chorus and Orchestra of the "George Enescu" Philharmonic Orchestra (September 7, 11, 12), 
  • Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI Torino (September 9 - 10 ), 
  • Orchestre de Chambre de Paris (September 10),
  • Orchestra & Chorus della'Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
    (September 11 - 12), 
  • Orchestre National d'Île-de-France (September 13 - 14), 
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra (September 13 - 14),
  • Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (September 13 - 14),
  • Harmonius Chamber Orchestra – Osaka (September 15), 
  • Rundfunk – SinfonieOrchester Berlin (September 15 – 16, 19, 22), 
  • "Madrigal" National Chorus (September 16),
  • Lucerne Symphony Orchestra (September 17 - 18),
  • Die Műnchener Philharmoniker (September 17 - 18), 
  • Saint Martin in the Fields (September 20 - 21),  
  • Romania's National Radio Orchestra (September 20), 
  • Hesperion XXI & La Capella Reial de Catalunya (September 20 - 21), 
  • Royal ConcertGebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (September 22),
  • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (September 23 - 24),
  • Camerata Salzburg (September 25), 
  • Russian National Orchestra (September 25 - 26),
  • Basel Chamber Orchestra (September 27),
  • (London) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (September 27 - 28).

Festival special guests include conductors Daniel Barenboim and Mariss Jansons and pianists Radu Lupu, Murray Perahia, Pinchas Zuckerman, Maxim Vengerov and Evgeny Kissin.

Operatic performances will include Oedipe (George Enescu), Tannhäuser
(
Richard Wagner) and Ottelo (Giuseppe Verdi). 

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: September 1 – 28, 2013   /   28 days
# of Performances/ Concerts: 150
Venues: Romanian Athenaeum - Bucharest,
National Opera - 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)

Romanian Athenaeum - International Music Festival 2013

George Enescu Music Festival