GEORGE ENESCU FESTIVAL
The 20th George Enescu International Festival and Competition, scheduled for September 2015, will pay special tribute to Romania's most famous composer and musician on the 134th anniversary of his birth, in 1881. The festival is held every 2 years.
The greatest of Romanian musicians, George Enescu was equally remarkable as a violinist and as a composer. He contributed significantly to the development of music in his own country, although much of his activity centred on Paris, where he was a pupil of Marsick and for composition of Fauré and Massenet. His violin pupils include Grumiaux, Ferras, Gitlis and Menuhin. George Enescu is one of the neglected giants of modern music. Prodigiously gifted, he became best known in America as a conductor (where he was considered as a successor to Toscanini in New York) and in Europe as one of the greatest violinists of the century. But he was first and foremost a composer; and, tragically, his mature works - works of extraordinary emotional depth and intricate beauty - remain virtually unknown outside Romania.
Some of the world's most famous conductors, soloists, symphonic orchestras and chamber ensembles will perform in Bucharest on this occasion. Juried competitions will be held for piano, violin and voice.
Here are some of the artists and orchestras who performed at the 2013 Festival:
London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bayerischer Rundfunksymphonieorchester, Sankt Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker ,,La Scala de Milan, L’Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Lord Yehudi Menuhin,Zubin Mehta,Seiji Ozawa,Ricardo Muti,Kurt Masur,Radu Lupu, Claus Peter Flor, Aldo Ciccolini Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino,Sankt Petersburg Symphony Orchestra,,Royale Concertgebow Orchestra d’Amsterdam, Wiener Kammerorchester, Bayerischer Rundfunksymphonieorchester
As one of the leading Romanian DMC and inbound tour operators also specialized in cultural tours and events,INVITATION ROMANIA Travel will offer full packages enabling music lovers to attend these prestigious concerts and discover at the same time Bucharest, the city once known as the “Little Paris” or “Paris of the East” as well as its surroundings, the Carpathian mountains, Transylvania and a fabulous cultural heritage.
George Enescu was one of the most prodigiously gifted musicians of the twentieth century, according to noted biographer Paul Banks.
A great violinist and composer, a distinguished conductor, an accomplished pianist, able cellist and a famous violin teacher who numbered Christian Ferras, Arthur Grumiaux and Lord Yehudi Menuhin among his pupils.
His musical memory was phenomenal, a fact that contributed to the loss of some of his own works which he composed but never wrote down.
The main objectives of the 2015 edition of the George Enescu International Festival and Competition are:
- The presentation and promotion of Enescu’s works by famous artists and great artistic ensembles all over the world;
- The presentation and promotion of the artistic creation and of the performing values of the romanian contemporary music;
- Offering a prestigious platform in order to make a proper introduction for young valuable performers from the young generation and also the promotion of the laureates from previous editions of the competition;
- Preocupation regarding the promotion of the classical music values through interrelated actions, in order to stimulate the interest for more wide areas of public and especially the young audience for this special domain of art which is music.
Being an important Tour Operator, INVITATION ROMANIA Travel will offer all those who are interested in coming in Romania the opportunity to discover this country and to enjoy the music.