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A Chinese and an Italian win the Composition Section of the Enescu Competition 2016

Tian Tian from China is the winner of the Composition Section of the Enescu Competition 2016, Symphonic Music category, with the piece entitled “Concerto for orchestra”, and Caterina di Cecca from Italy was awarded the prize for the Chamber Music category, with the piece “Isole per 7 strumentisti”.

A total number of 34 young composers followed their dream of becoming great artists of the world and they competed with their scores in the Enescu Competition 2016. The specialized jury of the Composition Section who selected the winner consisted of prestigious figures: Zygmunt Krauze, President of the Jury for the Composition Section, Tim Benjamin, Dan Dediu, Adrian Iorgulescu, Peter Ruzicka, Hubert Stuppner and Cornel Țăranu.

The deadline for sending scores to participate in the Enescu Competition 2016 was the same for the application to the other sections of the Competition – June 1. The scores are then sent to the specialized jury, without the names of the composers, only accompanied by a sealed envelope inscribed with the motto of each composition work, which contains the details of the composer, a procedure meant to ensure equity. In the period July 15 – August 15, the specialized jury analyzed and evaluated the compositions. Independently, each member of the jury gave a mark to each composition, and the winning works were those of the young artists with the highest cumulative score for the category Symphonic Music and Chamber Music. After establishing the final score, the jury opened the envelopes and revealed the names of the two winning composers. The date of announcing the results of the Composition Section is not related to the starting date of the instrument sections.

Between September 3 and 25, 196 young artists from all over the world are coming to Bucharest to give life to their dream of becoming great artists of the world, at the 2016 edition of the George Enescu International Competition. The prizes have a total value of EUR 115,000, with the added possibility of performing on the stage of the Enescu Festival, as well as special prizes and international promotion opportunities. At the Opening Concert of the Enescu Competition 2016 the winning work at the Composition Section of the 2014 edition, by composer Sebastian Androne, was performed for the first time.

Organized with a new concept, the 2016 edition of the Enescu Competition will bring to the same stage established artists as well – members of the jury, winners of previous years who have made an international career, and winners of the competition of 2014, who will give extraordinary recitals at this edition. Enescu Competition 2016 also involves the audience thanks to a new app, which allows users to register their own lifelong dream on the website of the Competition and Festival. The recitals and concerts with orchestra at the Enescu Competition 2016 are broadcast live in Romania, on www.festivalenescu.ro, on TVR2 and on a screen in front of the Romanian Athenaeum, as well as all over the world, by the online classical music channel Medici TV.

Tickets to the Opening Concert, the Piano Final and the extraordinary recital of Josu de Solaun are already sold out, but the audience can still find tickets to the Cello Final and the Violin Final, as well as to the extraordinary recitals. They are sold in the EVENTIM network, for prices between Lei 40 and 50.

“I dream ceaselessly. I want to play music for as long as I am alive.” – these are the words of George Enescu, brought back to life at the 2016 edition of the Enescu Competition, in a challenge launched to young artists and to the audience alike: “Give life to your dream!”. We are the sum of our dreams, as individuals and as a society. Enescu Competition 2016 invites us to acknowledge and celebrate the dreams that take us further, from the perspective of the 196 selected young artists competing at this edition, as well as from that of the audience coming to support them at the Romanian Athenaeum.

Translation provided by Biroul de Traduceri Champollion