George Enescu Music Festival

Romanian Athenaeum - Bucharest International Music Festival
World's top Orchestras, Conductors and Chamber Ensembles
will perform in Bucharest - Romania, September 2 - 24, 2017

The 23nd biennial George Enescu Classical Music Festival and Competition, scheduled for September 2 - 24, 2017,
will pay special tribute to Romania's most famous composer/musician.

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:

London Symphony Orchestra (September 2 and 3),
conductor: Vladimir Jurowski

Russian National Orchestra (September 4 and 5),
conductor: Michail Pletnev

Romanian National Youth Orchestra - George Enescu Philharmonic (September 6),
conductor: Domingo Hindoyan

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (September 6 and 7),
conductor: Jiri Belohlavek

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (September 7 and 8),
conductor: Manfred Honeck

Munchener Philharmonic (September 9 and 10),
conductor: Valery Gerghiev

Royal Philharmonic London (September 11 and 12),
conductor: Charles Dutoit

Romania's National Radio Orchestra (September 13),
conductor: Lawrence Foster

Scala di Milano (September 14 and 15),
conductor: Riccardo Chailly

Israel Philharmonic (September 16 and 17),
conductor: Zubin Mehta

Orchestre National de France (September 19)

George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir (September 20),
conductor: John Nelson

Orchestra dell'Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (September 21 and 22),
conductor: Antonio Pappano

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (September 23 and 24),
conductor: Daniele Gatti

The complete George Enescu Festival 2017 schedule of performances
is available at

Romanian Athenaeum - Bucharest International Music Festival

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."

George Enescu's Bucharest residence is now a museum and home to Romania's Association of Music Composers.
Built by noted architect, I.D. Berindei, in 1901, the Cantacuzino Palace is a very fine example of Art Nouveau architecture. It now includes three exhibit halls, two concert rooms and spectacular ballroom. 
Among the exhibits is Enescu's first violin, presented to him at age four.

Festival Facts:
Dates / Duration: September 2 - 24, 2017   /   23 days
# of Performances/ Concerts: 150
Schedule of Performances:
Venues: * The Romanian Athenaeum - Bucharest,
* Grad Hall of the Royal Palace - Bucharest,
* Royal Palace Music Room - Bucharest,
* Romanian National Radio Concert Hall - Bucharest ("Mihai Jora" Concert Hall).
Festival Packages & Tickets: E-mail
(011 4) 021 212.50.41
Ticket prices: $21.00 (80 Lei) to $ 49.00 (184 Lei)
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