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Best four orchestras of the world, at Enescu Festival 2015

Royal Concergebouw of Amsterdam, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Orchestra Philharmonic, as well as the London Symphony Orchestra, selected at the end of April by the prestigious magazine “Gramophone” as the best four orchestras of the world at the time being, will perform concerts at the 2015 edition of the “George Enescu” International Festival (August 30 – September 20, Bucharest). After 90 years of journalistic tradition, the “Gramphone” magazine is considered a landmark in the international cultural world.

The Berlin Philharmonic will perform an extraordinary concert at the Enescu Festival on September 3, at the Palace Hall, conducted by the legendary Sir Simon Rattle. The Orchestra will be in Bucharest in premiere, after fifteen years of negotiations. Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, “the orchestra with the most velvety sound in the world”, according to specialized critics, will return to Enescu Festival – after having already been present to three editions of the event – and, in 2015, they will entertain the audience during the last two days of the Enescu Festival, on September 19 and on September 20. The orchestra will be conducted by one of the musicians enjoying full international ascension, Latvia-based conductor Andris Nelsons who was dedicated a portrait in this month’s issue (July) of “BBC Music”.

London Symphony Orchestra (September 8 and 9, Palace Hall) will be conducted on the stage of the Enescu Festival by the well-known Romania based conductor, Ion Marin. In June, London Symphony Orchestra has greeted the audience of the Enescu Festival by a video message.

At the same time, the concert performed by the well-known Orchestra of the Vienna Philharmonic on September 16 at Palace Hall will represent a double premiere. The soloist of the concert will be soprano Valentina Nafornita, who has graduated the National Music University in Bucharest,  “a star of classical international music”. Valentina Nafornita is a member of the ensemble of the legendary State Opera in Vienna. The last tickets for the concert performed at the Enescu Festival by the Orchestra of the Vienna Philharmonic and Valentina Nafornita are available online.

Besides the four best orchestras in the world, other orchestras included in the “Gramophone” Top 20 will be presented in the 2015 edition of the Enescu Festival; among them, there are Staatskapelle from Dresden and San Francisco Symphony Orchestra – a winner of the Pulitzer Prize fie Music, due to perform in premiere the work “Voix de la Nature”, by George Enescu.

The 2015 edition of the Enescu Festival will bring to Bucharest and to other cities in the country over 2,500 valuable foreign and Romanian artists.

There will be a total of seven orchestras of the Top 20 of the best orchestras in the world due to perform on the stages of the 2015 edition of the “George Enescu” International Festival (August 30 – September 20, Bucharest.)

One of the most important international cultural events organized in Romania, the “George Enescu” International Festival brings an average of 20,000 foreign tourists to Bucharest and enjoys media coverage that ranges from renowned television stations – CNN, Euronews –, to BBC and remarkable foreign papers and specialized publications (The Guardian, Gramophone), and to top quality national media. Considered as a genuine cultural brand of the country, the Festival carries along the values George Enescu had believed in: creativity, generosity and implication.

An average of 20 works by the Romanian composer are performed today at the “George Enescu” International Festival, in the contemporary visions of some of the most important symphonic ensembles in the world, with well-known conductors at the stand. It is part of the identity of the festival to promote and to explore Enescu’s creations, both in the country and internationally, and to bring them back in the international repertoire.

The festival will be broadcasted live internationally, and, after the 2013 edition, it also extended in the public space, by an unique concept that includes the outdoor exhibitions of art works inspired by George Enescu’s values, in parallel with the festival, and assumes the responsibility of generating a change in society by the act of creation: Creative Bucharest.

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