Music of the 21st Century is a new concept, introduced in the 2017 Enescu Festival’s program. It was born from the desire to create a bridge between the Romanian public and the international compositions of the present. The series brings on the Radio Hall stage in Bucharest some of the most important creations of the moment, signed by renowned composers, some of them being present as soloists of their own works: among others, Pascal Dusapin, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Dan Dediu, Tim Benjamin, Henning Kraggerud, Salvatore Sciarrino, Avishai Cohen, and Fazil Say.
The Romanian musicians' contact with the contemporary international composition is strengthened thanks to the initiative of the George Enescu Festival to dedicate the entire series of seven concerts to Romanian orchestras. Under the baton of guest conductors such as John Axelrod, Jessica Cottis, or Alexander Liebreich, the 2021 Festival brings on stage the Philharmonic Orchestras from Cluj-Napoca, Bacău, Timișoara, Iași, Sibiu and the Bucharest Symphony Orchestra.