If you are planning to visit Bucharest in 2015 and you are addicted to classical music, George Enescu International Festival is a must.
George Enescu Festival is an international music festival that takes place every two years in Bucharest, Romania since 1958.
The festival pays a tribute to Romania’s greatest composer, George Enescu.
The 2015 Edition will take place between August 30 and September 20 in Bucharest, and will host for 22 days, 58 concerts at The Pallace Hall and The Romanian Athenaeum, as well as several outdoor events organized under the auspices of The Enescu Festival Square (September 3 to 20) and The Creative Bucharest – two artistic projects with the value of a true cultural Olympiad.
Near 2,500 foreign artists and 500 Romanian ones will join in the 2015 George Enescu Festival.
For the first time in Romanian the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at The Palace Hall on September 3, 2015, under the batton of legendary Sir Simon Rattle.
The Berlin Philharmonic was voted number three on a list of Top Ten European Orchestras (in 2006) by the reputable British magazine Gramophone, and the second best orchestra in the world (in 2008), following the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. The latter will also perform in the 2015 Enescu Festival, on September 19 and 20.
Renowned American orchestra San Francisco Symphony will participate in the Festival as well.
Famous conductor Zubin Mehta returns to the Festival in 2015, together with the Israel Philharmonic, for two concerts - on August 31 and September 1.
They are joined by other well-known orchestras, such as: Staatskapelle Dresden (September 6), San Francisco Symphony (September 7), London Symphony Orchestra (September 8), Sankt Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (September 10), Bayerische Staatsoper (September 13), Monte Carlo Philharmonic (September 16), Wiener Philharmoniker (September 16), Royal Liverpool Symphony Orchestra (September 17) and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam (September 20).
The 2015 Edition includes three significant Romanian participations: the National Youth Orchestra, which will open the Festival on August 30; George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir that will perform in concert premiere Opera Wozzeck by Alban Berg – often considered to be a work of reference for the 20th century; and the National Radio Orchestra together with the Radio Academic Choir that will interpret Mahler’s Eight Symphony.
Another notable presence in the Festival is that of Ion Marin, one of the musicians of Romanian origin most sought-after worldwide, who will conduct the London Symphony Orchestra on September 8 and 9, on The Palace Hall stage.
Among the 2015 Edition’s soloists are violinists David Garrett and Anne-Sophie Mutter; pianists Fazıl Say, legendary Murray Perahia (one of the most esteemed pianists internationally, who participated in the 2013 Festival as well), Yfrem Bronfman, Andras Schiff, Pierre Laurent Aimard, and recognized pianist Maria João Pires.
Renaud and Gautier Capuçon will also perform on The Palace Hall stage. Georgian born pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja, a laureate of the 1964 Enescu Competition and an illustrious name in the classical music worldwide today, will perform in two event-like concerts on September 6 at The Romanian Athenaeum, and on September 10, together with Sankt Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, at The Palace Hall.
Laureates of the George Enescu Competition will also grace the Festival with their presence: Alexandru Tomescu, Valery Sokolov, Ștefan Tarara, Vlad Stănculeasa, as well as Agnes Baltsa and Elisabeta Leonskaja.
20 works by Romanian composer George Enescu will be interpreted in the 2015 Edition of the Enescu Festival.
Ticket prices range from 36 Euro to 10 Euro.
The full program of the festival is here.
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