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Tickets to 2022 George Enescu International Competition going on sale today, July 7

Starting today, July 7, 2022, classical music lovers can purchase tickets for the events of the 18th edition of the George Enescu International Competition.

Two ticket categories will be on sale, with prices between 90 and 130 RON. The purchase of two categories of subscriptions for the concerts and recitals held during the Competition will also be possible. The full program is available on the website, at this link.

Tickets will be sold online at the Competition website, through the Eventim platform, or directly from the Eventim site. Public access to the Semifinals of the Enescu Competition will be free.

The organisers will provide, free of charge, several 50 seats at the recitals and finals of the Competition to pupils, students, and teachers from specialized music institutions, to facilitate access and stimulate the presence of as many young musicians in training and professionals in the field. The registration procedure for this category will be published on the Competition’s website at the beginning of August.

ARTEXIM specifies that access to the Competition’s events will be made according to the sanitary conditions to date provided by competent authorities. In case any protective measures will be required to prevent and combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers will not cover any of the additional costs (negative PCR test or antibody test).

The opening concert will take place on the 64th anniversary of the first edition of the Enescu International Festival and Competition

The 18th edition of the Competition will start at the Romanian Athenaeum on September 4, 2022, with the Gala Concert given by the George Enescu Philharmonic, under the baton of maestro Peter Ruzicka. The evening’s program will open with An Ax for the Frozen Sea by Karlo Margetić, a composition awarded first prize in the Composition section of the George Enescu International Competition 2020/21.

The program also includes the Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano by Ludwig van Beethoven, the first of its kind in the history of music, continuing the tradition of its presentation by the winners of the three sections of the 2020/21 Competition: violinist Valentin Serban, cellist Jaemin Han, and pianist Yeon-Min Park.

The most talented young musicians on the stage of the Romanian Athenaeum

Over 100 young musicians applied for the 18th edition and participated in the Online Stage of the Competition. For the first time in the history of the Competition, the competitors selected in the first phase by the members of the specialized juries entered directly into the Semifinals. Thus, 34 talented young people will take the stage of the Romanian Athenaeum.

The Finals of the Competition will be conducted by leading musicians on the international scene. Conductor Wilson Hermanto returns to the stand of the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra for the final of the violin section. For the first time, Tito Muñoz will conduct the final of the cello section, and Kensho Watanabe will be the conductor of the piano final, accompanied by the same top Bucharest orchestra.

The complete lists of the competitors participating in the Semifinals of the three sections can be found on the website, in the Competitors section.

The total value of the prizes is 120,000 EURO, as well as the international promotion and artistic launch of the most talented competitors. Winning first place at the Enescu 2022 Competition is the entrance ticket on the stage of the George Enescu International Festival, at the 2023 edition. Thus, the most talented contestants will have the opportunity to perform in the next edition of the Festiva alongside some of the world’s greatest orchestras.

Notable musicians in the recital on the stage of the Enescu Competition

Between competition sections, there will be five extraordinary recitals given by members of the juries and outstanding musicians. The public can purchase tickets to the following events: David Grimal & Itamar Golan recital (September 7), Frank Huang & invitations (September 9), Dmitry Sitkovetsky, David Geringas & Alexander Gordon (September 12), Daria Parkhomenko (September 14) and Nelson Goerner (September 17).


George Enescu International Competition functions as an international launching platform for future world-renowned musicians and for promoting the compositions of the great Romanian musician among the new generation of artists from around the world and is a natural complement to the George Enescu International Festival, the most important cultural event organized in Romania. The competition has four sections – violin, cello, piano, and composition – and ranks top five worldwide in the classical music competitions landscape.

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