317 young artists from 48 countries applied for the 2016 edition of the “George Enescu” International Competition, almost 40 percent more than the 2014 edition, according to the organizers.
The competitors come from 48 countries, which represents another growth, given that in 2014, 38 states were represented, according to the quoted source.
Most of the competitors came from South Korea – 71, followed by Japan – 33, Romania – 20, China – 19, USA – 17, France – 17, Russia – 17, Germany – 9, UK – 8, Italy- 8, etc. There are also present artist from Afghanistan (1 — piano) and Iran (2 — violin and piano).
The candidates’ distribution by sections is as follows: 139 at the violin section, 83 at the violoncello section, 64 at the piano section and 31 at the composition section.
Applications ended on June 1 and the members of the juries will finalize preselecting the candidates by June 30, subsequently remaining 50 candidates for each section. Winners of other contests within the World Federation of Interpretation Music Competitions, as well as the semifinalists of the previous editions of the “Enescu” Competition who have enrolled according to the procedures are admitted ex officio, without going through the pre-selection, according to the rules of the similar competitions.
“The inscription of such a large number of competitors proves once again how right it was to separate the Competition from the Enescu International Festival”, stated Mihai Constantinescu, the Executive Director of the competition.
The 2016 edition of the “George Enescu” International Competition, which will open with extraordinary gala gathering laureates from the previous editions of the Competition, alongside the “George Enescu” Philharmonic, will take place from September 3 to 25, and the public at large is invited to attend any of the stages of the competition, as well as the extraordinary recitals.
Except for stage I, which will take place at the Conservatory, all concerts will be held at the Athenaeum, both the competition stages and the recitals.
Winners’ prizes will exceed EUR 100,000, and laureates will also be offered an intense promotion program, including on the stage of the Enescu Festival, in 2017.
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