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Three young musicians from Russia, Spain and the United States of America qualified for the Cello Final of the Enescu Competition 2016

Anastasia Kobekina (Russia), Mon-Puo Lee (Spain) and Zlatomir Fung (United States of America) qualified for the Final of the Cello Section at the George Enescu International Competition 2016. The results were announced on Sunday evening by the specialized jury consisting of David Geringas (President of the Jury), Alexandra Guțu, Arto Noras, Julius Berger, Frans Helmerson, Marin Cazacu, Mirel Iancovici and Philippe Muller.

The audience can listen to three concertos with orchestra performed by the three finalists of the Section on Tuesday, September 13, at the Romanian Athenaeum, starting 6.00 p.m. in the Cello Section Final: the Concerto for cello in E minor, Op. 85 by Edward Elgar, performed by the young cellist Anastasia Kobekina (Russia), the Concerto for cello in B minor, Op. 104 by Antonín Dvořák, performed by the young cellist Mon-Puo Lee (Spain) and the Symphonie Concertante, Op. 8 by George Enescu, performed by the young cellist Zlatomir Fung (United States of America). The George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by Alexandre Bloch.

The Final of the Cello Section will be broadcasted live on www.festivalenescu.ro, Medici.tv, TVR 2 and o a large screen in front of the Romanian Athenaeum.

 

Anastasia Kobekina (Russia) was born on 26 August 1994. Since 2012, she has studied at the Kronberg Academy Masters. She has a Master’s degree from the Yale University – Master of Music and Master of Musical of Arts. At the young age of 22, Anastasia Kobekina has already given concerts as a soloist and as a member of numerous orchestras, such as Moscow Virtuosi, Kremerata Baltica, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, National Russian Philharmonic and Mariinsky Theater Orchestra.

 

Mon-Puo Lee (Spain) was born on 19 December 1993. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía. Since 2015, she has been a student of the UDK Berlin. The 23-year-old has worked with various orchestras as a soloist: Chamber Orchestra of Andrés Segovia, Tonyeong Festival Orchestra, Orquesta Clásica a Santa Cecilia.

 

Zlatomir Fung (United States of America) was born on 11 April 1999. He is 17 years old and he is in the last year of study at the Chamber Music section at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. In 2010 he founded, together with his colleagues, The Mix Quartet. He has given concerts as a soloist with orchestras such as Santa Cruz Symphony, The Boston Pops Orchestra, The Peninsula Orchestra, The Grand Rapids Symphony, Symphony Pro Musica and Lausanne Sinfonietta.

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.

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.

 “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 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