The tickets and subscriptions for the “George Enescu” 2018 Contest were put on sale on Thursday, in the Eventim network and on the website festivalenescu.ro, at prices varying from RON 55 and RON 40 for an individual ticket, to RON 400 and RON 300 for a subscription.
Between September 1 and 23, the 16th edition of the “George Enescu” International Contest will bring to Bucharest 270 young musicians from 39 countries, 22 of them being from Romania and Republic of Moldova – a historical record of participation, 60 years since the first edition of the Contest.
The young musicians enrolled in the Enescu 2018 Contest will perform at the University of Music of the Bucharest University – phase I, which is eliminatory – and then they will climb the stage of the Romanian Athenaeum, performing recitals (phase II and phase III) and orchestra concerts (the Orchestra Finals) in order to win the trophy at one of the three sections of the contest – Violin, Cello and Piano. The winner of the Composition Section will be announced in the closing evening, on September 23.
“Enescu” 2018 Contest will be opened on September 1, at 19.00, with a gala concert at the Romanian Athenaeum, which brings the “Triple concert for violin, cello, piano and orchestra” by Paul Constantinescu, to the audience; it is one of the first Romanian works dedicated to a group of soloists and orchestra.
Also, the audience can listen for the first time the composition that won the previous edition of the contest, “Concerto for Orchestra”, written by composer Tian Tian from China. Under the baton of conductor Gabriel Bebeselea and along with the “George Enescu” Philharmonic Orchestra, the soloists of the concert will be Stefan Tarara (violin), Eun-Sun Hong (cello) and Josu de Solaun (piano), the winners of the “Enescu” 2014 Contest. The concert will be then recorded by the three soloists and launched at international level on CD, by the prestigious record label Naxos.
The program of the “Enescu” 2018 Contest will include phase I, which is eliminatory, phase II and phase III, the semifinal, for the three contest sections.
The Orchestra Finals will bring three orchestra concerts for each final, where the best musicians of the competition will perform before the jury and the supporters in order to win the edition. The Orchestra Finals will take place with the participation of the “George Enescu” Philharmonic, as follows: on September 11, the Cello Final conducted by Paul Watkins; on September 17, the Violin Final, conducted by Christoph Poppen; on September 23, the Piano Final, conducted by Vassily Sinaisky.
Phase I of the contest will take place at the Bucharest National University of Music, and the access will be free. Phase II will take place at the Romanian Athenaeum, where the access will be also free.
Renowned international musicians, members of the jury, will also perform a series of extraordinary recitals under the “Enescu” 2018 Contest.
The British cellist Raphael Wallfish and pianist John York will climb the stage of the Romanian Athenaeum (September 5), being followed by the Italian violinist Salvatore Accardo and pianist Laura Manzini (September 14), as well as by the Swedish pianist Peter Jablonski (September 22). They will be joined by winners of the “Enescu” 2016 Contest: the American cellist Zlatomir Fung (September 8), the Kazakh violinist Erzhan Kulibaev (September 16) and the Japanese pianist Takuma Ishii (September 20).
Among the works in the extraordinary recitals program are those of composers such as Mozart, Schubert, Sain-Saens, Liszt, Stenhammar, Grieg and Debussy, as well as works by Sir James MacMillan and Alexander Zemlinsky. The program will also include two works by George Enescu: Sonata for Piano No. 1 in F Minor Op. 24, and Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano in F Minor Op. 6. Also, to bring further the music of the great Romanian composer George Enescu, the young musicians will perform several works by George Enescu in the competition stages of the Enescu 2018 Contest.
The specialized jury of the “Enescu” Contest 2018 consists of important musical personalities of the moment, including former winners of the Enescu Contest over the years: the Romanian violinists Remus Azoitei and Silvia Marcovici, as well as the French pianist Pascal Rogé.
Starting with the 2014 edition, the “George Enescu” International Contest is organized as a self-standing event, with the participation of the audience. With a remarkable international reputation, the “Enescu” Contest is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competition and the Alink – Argerich Foundation – Piano Competition Worldwide.
The total value of the prizes of the 2018 edition is EUR 115,000, to which mastery classes are offered in addition by the members of the jury, as well as special prizes.