Record number of competitors at‘George Enescu’ International Contest

The number of musicians who enlisted in this year’s edition of the ‘George Enescu’ International Contest largely exceeds that of the last edition, as 241 contestants from 40 countries (4 continents) wish to rank among this year’s candidates and winners. According to the Press Bureau of the ‘George Enescu’ International Contest, this year, 77 musicians enlisted for the Violin section, 84 for Piano, while 180 works were registered for the Composition section (107 chamber music and 73 symphonic compositions).

The contestants come from many countries: Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, North Korea, South Korea, Canada, Czech Republic, Chile Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, North Osetia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, UK, USA, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.

The contest will be staged between August 30 and September 5, and the awarding event is scheduled for September 6, as part of the Gala of Laureates that will be aired by the TV channel Mezzo at a later moment.

Famous musicians and composers will be in the jury of the three sections. The jury of the Violin contest will be made of Nam-Yun Kim (Korea), Krzysztof Wegrzyn (Poland), Mihaela Martin (Romania), Florin Croitoru (Romania) Sergey Kravchenko (Russia), Werner Scholz (Germany), Igor Petrushevsky (UK), Pavel Berman (Italy), Daniel Podlovschi (Romania). The Piano contest will have in the jury Rolf-Dieter Arens (Germany), Karin Lechner (Argentina), Alan Weiss (USA), Akiko Ebi (Japan), Wolfgang Manz (Germany), Valentin Gheorghiu (Romania), Dan Grigore (Romania), Therese Dussaut (France), Elisabeth Eschwe (Austria).

The jury members of the Composition contest will be Octavian Nemescu (Romania), Szigmund Krause (Poland), Hubert Stuppner (Switzerland), Cornel Taranu (Romania), Dan Dediu (Romania), Costin Miereanu (France).

In the previous edition of the Contest, 44 competitors from 15 countries enlisted for the Piano section and 41 from 17 countries for the Violin section. A record 118 works from 34 countries were submitted for the Composition section. The ‘George Enescu’ International Contest and Festival was created in 1958, in recognition and as homage for the genius of Romanian composer George Enescu. The first editions of the event brought to Romania great names of international music, like Lord Yehudi Menuhin, David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter, Herbert von Karajan and many others who increased the renown of this Eastern European musical event.

Throughout years, the ‘George Enescu’ International Contest gained a special status due to the exceptional activity of laureates from its previous editions, organized until 1971, when it was discontinued.

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