Festival “George Enescu” – masterpieces …

At a press conference organized on Tuesday, artistic director Christian Mecellaro promised to include in the program of the 2023 International Jorge Enescu Festival the masterpieces of symphonic opera or new and representative operas of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, which are rarely heard in Romania.


The event was attended by Minister of Culture Lucien Romashcano, Sergio Nestor (Presidential Adviser to the Ministry of Culture, Communities and National Minorities), Christina Uruk (Interim Director of ARTEXIM) and Mihai Konstantinscu (Advisor of Artexim).

On this occasion, the Director of Artexim, Christina Uruk, received the Postgraduate Sponsorship Diploma awarded to the George Enescu International Festival and Competition, signed by the President of Romania, Klaus Werner Iohannis. This honor was given by Sergio Nestor, Presidential Adviser at the Ministry of Culture, Communities and National Minorities.

The 18th edition of the competition will open in Athens on September 4, 2022 with a Gala presented by George Enescu Philharmonic, under the direction of Maestro Peter Rosica, with an international premiere: “An Ax For The Frozen Sea” Karlo Margetic, a work awarded in the composition department in the previous edition From the Enescu contest. The Ministry of Culture announced that the program also includes a treble concerto for violin, cello and piano by Ludwig van Beethoven by the winners of previous editions: cellist Jaimen Hahn, violinist Valentin Arban and pianist Yoon Min Park from South Korea.

“We have a team we can count on for the Jorge Enescu International Competition and Festival, and in this context, I am honored to introduce you to the Artistic Director, Mr. Christian Messilaro, who will lead the festival for the next three editions. Our team has brought in very competent people, which gives us confidence that the event will achieve excellence. Administratively, we have been able to carry out a reform at Artexim, with Ms. Cristina Uruc serving as interim manager, in the upcoming period. In this way, I would also like to thank Mr. Mihai Constantinescu, former Director of Artexim, for agreeing to remain on the team and his expertise which we will continue to enjoy The Ministry of Culture guarantees, as a matter of priority, the financing of this large-scale event,” said Culture Minister Lucien Romashcano.

One step online

For the first time in the history of the competition, only one stage was held online, in May 2022, and the semi-finals and finals will be held in Athens from 4 to 18 September 2022. The program for this edition includes recitation and concerts representing both stages of the competition, in addition to concerts Extraordinary musical performances by eminent musicians and jury members.

“As a general art direction, the most important thing for me is to carry on what has already been built. The International Enescu Festival and Competition has reached an international level, the most important thing in it is to maintain its appearance and what has already been created in Romania. One of the first things we will add is a series of concerts It’s something missing in today’s society, and that focus I want to bring back through the festival,” said Artistic Director Christian Messilaro.

For the 2023 edition, the new Artistic Director of the Jorge Enescu International Festival aims to maintain the highest standards that represented previous editions, by continuing the close relationships that have been established with the world’s leading artists. Another step is to expand the field of cultural diversity by challenging the audience by presenting new and representative symphonic or opera masterpieces from the 20th and 21st centuries, rarely heard in Romania, and in many cases shown for the first time.

“What I can assure you is that together with the ARTEXIM team and with Mr. Mihai Constantinescu, we will do our best to make all our effort available to the invited artists and in the service of the artistic concept and our participation to solve any problem logistical problem that can defend. I am very happy to say that this year the competition will start on 4 September, that is exactly 64 years after the start of the first edition of the festival and competition,” said Christina Uruk, Interim Director of ARTEXIM.

The total value of the prizes is 120 thousand euros, including international promotion, the artistic launch of the most talented competitors. Winning first place in the Enescu Competition 2022 is a ticket to the stage of the George Enescu International Festival: in the 2023 edition, the most talented contestants will have the opportunity to perform at the next edition of the festival with some of the world’s largest orchestras.

Tickets for the George Enescu International Competition will go on sale July 7, at 12:00 and will be in two categories, prices range from 90 to 130 lei. Also, two entry tiers for concerts and nine parties will be available within the competition.

The finals of the competition will be conducted by three important musicians on the international scene: Wilson Hermanto, returning to the Enescu competition for the final section of the violin, and Tito Muñoz and Kensho Watanabe will participate for the first time in the Enescu competition for the finals. From the cello and piano sections.

The George Enescu International Competition serves as an international starting platform for world-renowned musicians of the future and for promoting the compositions of the great Romanian musician among the new generation of artists around the world, and is thus a natural complement to the George Enescu International Festival. An important cultural event organized in Romania. The competition consists of four sections – violin, cello, piano and composition – and ranks first in the top five worldwide in the classical music competition scene.

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