A Romanian musical event of international prestige, the Festival had its first edition in 1958, initiated in memory of the great Romanian composer and violinist who was George Enescu (August 19, 1881 – May 4, 1955).
With a tradition of bringing to Bucharest the biggest names in world classical music, orchestras and soloists, the George Enescu Festival has always promised and demonstrated every time a high-profile cultural experience.
This year, at the 25th anniversary, the George Enescu Festival will take place between August 29 and September 26 under the name “History Made With Love”.
The festival takes place in five locations in Bucharest: the Romanian Athenaeum, at the Grand Palace Hall, in the Radio Hall, at the Romanian National Opera, in the Auditorium Hall within the National Museum of Art located inside the Royal Palace.
Events also take place in the cities of Sibiu, Timișoara, Cluj Napoca, Iași. Pitești, Ploiești, Bacău, Râmnicu Vâlcea, Constanța and Păulești.
The George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at the Festival Opening Gala under the baton of conductor Paavo Järvi and with Sarah Nemţanu, the first violinist of the orchestra. Rhapsody no. 2 by George Enescu will resound this year, traditionally, in the opening of the Festival.
The 25th edition of the George Enescu Festival in numbers:
- 4 weeks of classical music
- 66 concerts
- 42 compositions by George Enescu
- 50 orchestras from all over the world
- 4.700 artists
- 40 conductors
- 150 soloists