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Over 100 young musicians registered in the George Enescu International Competition 2022

Over 100 young musicians from 32 countries are registered to participate in the 18th edition of the George Enescu International Competition, for the four dedicated sections: cello, violin, piano, and composition. The competitors declared eligible by complying with the conditions imposed by the regulation will participate in the online stage. For the first time in the history of the Competition, the contestants registered for violin, cello, and piano, passing the online stage, will enter the Semifinal directly.

There are 26 applications for the cello section, 21 for violin, 39 for piano, and 22 for orchestral and chamber works in the composition section. The largest number of competitors comes from Romania (16), China (15), and South Korea (14). The youngest competitor who applied for this edition is a 13-year-old cellist, and the average age of the participants is 25 years.

In these remarkable times, we have had over 100 applicants that have submitted their materials for the George Enescu International Competition. The next step is for the jury to analyze all the applications and to select those young musicians who will be invited to come to Bucharest in September, to compete on the stage of the Romanian Athenaeum. We are so happy and so proud of all your applications and we thank you for making this incredible effort, declared Cristian Măcelaru, the Artistic Director of the George Enescu Festival and Competition.

During these times marked by global political, economic, and health crises, the organizers of the George Enescu International Competition aimed to support young musicians interested in participating in an international competition of such importance. Among the decisions taken, it can be mentioned the reduction of the registration fee and the simplification of the registration process for the repertoire from the online stage. According to the Rules of the Competition, registration for the 4 sections was possible for participants of all nationalities, born after August 1, 1989.

The jury proceedings for the first stage of the Competition will take place online by analyzing the contestants’ videos by the specialized juries consisting of internationally renowned musicians. The online stage will take place in May 2022, and the results will be announced until May 31, on the Competition’s website.

The Competition offers prizes with a total value of 120,000 euros, as well as international promotion and artistic launch for the most talented contestants. Askonas Holt joins the Enescu Competition, for the first time, in its mission to support the young talents of classical music. One of the world’s leading arts management companies, Askonas Holt, will be offering career counseling and mentoring sessions to the winners of the piano, violin, and cello sections, for a period of one year.

The recordings of the competitors who qualified in the online stage will be available on as follows: the cello section will be available from May 9, the violin section from May 11, and the piano section from May 13, starting with 12.00.

This opening of this year’s edition will take place on September 4, at the Romanian Athenaeum, with the Gala Concert performed by the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of maestro Peter Ruzicka. The audience will listen to the world premiere of An Ax For The Frozen Sea by Karlo Margetic, award-winning work in the composition section (Symphonic Music category) at the previous edition of the Enescu Competition.

The George Enescu International Competition, one of the most important international launching platforms for young musicians around the world, is created as a natural extension of the George Enescu Festival – the most prestigious cultural event organized by Romania. Over time, the Enescu Competition has significantly contributed to the promotion and launch of many great artists, who have always kept a close connection with Enescu and Romania.

The Enescu competition is a cultural project funded by the Romanian Government through the Ministry of Culture.