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Tickets to the 2018 “George Enescu” Competition go on sale today

Extraordinary recitals, concerts with orchestra and talented musicians of the world await their audience at the Romanian Athenaeum in September

Tickets to the 2018 “George Enescu” International Competition (1-23 September, Bucharest) go on sale today, 24 May, starting 2.00 p.m., in the Eventim network (Germanos, Orange stores, Carrefour, Humanitas and Cărturești bookstores and OMV gas stations), and online, on, at this link. Starting with this edition, tickets can also be purchased on the Competition and Festival website,, by accessing the TICKETS section. Prices vary between RON 55 and 40 for an individual ticket, and RON 400 and 300 for a full pass.

The 16th edition of the “George Enescu” International Competition brings to Bucharest between 1 and 23 September 270 young musicians from 39 countries, 22 of them being from Romania and the Republic of Moldova – a historical record, 60 years from the first edition of the Competition.

The young musicians taking part in the 2018 Enescu Competition will perform at the National University of Music in Bucharest – elimination Round I – and will then go on stage at the Romanian Athenaeum, giving recitals (Round II, Round III) and concerts with orchestra (Finals with Orchestra), to win the trophy in one of the three sections of the competition – Violin, Cello and Piano. For the Composition section, the winner will be announced on the closing night, on 23 September.

Extraordinary recitals and unique concerts are part of the programme of this edition of the Enescu Competition.

The full programme of the 2018 Enescu Competition is available on, at this link.

2018 Enescu Competition starts on 1 September at 7.00 p.m. with a Gala Concert at the Romanian Athenaeum bringing to the audience the Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, Piano and Orchestra by Paul Constantinescu, one of the first Romanian compositions dedicated to a group of soloists and an orchestra. Moreover, the audience will be able to listen for the very first time to the winning composition of the previous edition, “Concerto for Orchestra” by the young Chinese composer Tian Tian. Under the baton of conductor Gabriel Bebeșelea, alongside the “George Enescu” Philharmonic Orchestra, the soloists of the concert will be Ștefan Tarara (violin), Eun-Sun Hong (cello) and Josu de Solaun (piano), winners of the 2014 Enescu Competition. Paul Constantinescu’s Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, Piano and Orchestra is going to be subsequently recorded by the three soloists and launched internationally by the prestigious record label Naxos.

The 2018 Enescu Competition programme will continue with Round I – elimination, Round II and III, and the Semi-Finals, for each of the three sections, where the audience will be able to watch the performances of the young musicians, as well as the jury’s decisions, step by step.

The Finals with Orchestra will bring three concerts with orchestra for each final, where the best young musicians in the competition will perform in front of the jury and their supporters to become winners of this year’s edition. The Finals with Orchestra will take place with the participation of the “George Enescu” Philharmonic Orchestra, as follows: the Cello Final, 11 September, conducted by Paul Watkins, the Violin Final, 17 September, conducted by Christoph Poppen, and the Piano Final, scheduled for 23 September, conducted by Vassily Sinaisky.

Renowned international musicians, members of the 2018 “Enescu” Competition jury, will also give a series of extraordinary recitals during the Competition.

At the Romanian Athenaeum, we will be able to listen to British cellist Raphael Wallfish and pianist John York (5 September), Italian violinist Salvatore Accardo and pianist Laura Manzini (14 September), as well as Swedish pianist Peter Jablonski (22 September). We will also see the winners of the 2016 “George Enescu” Competition: American cellist Zlatomir Fung (8 September), Kazakh violinist Erzhan Kulibaev (16 September) and Japanese pianist Takuma Ishii (20 September).

The programme of the extraordinary recitals includes works by composers such as Mozart, Schubert, Saint-Saëns, Liszt, Stenhammar, Grieg and Debussy, as well as works by Sir James MacMillan and Alexander Zemlinsky. The programme will also include two compositions by George Enescu: Piano Sonata No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Op. 24 and Violin and Piano Sonata No. 2 in F minor, Op. 6. In addition, so as to take further the music of the great Romanian composer George Enescu, young musicians will have to perform several works of his in the competition rounds.

The expert jury of the 2018 “George Enescu” Competition is made up of important contemporary figures of the musical world, including former winners of the “Enescu” Competition over the years: Romanian violinists Remus Azoiței and Silvia Marcovici, as well as French pianist Pascal Rogé.

Starting with the 2014 edition, the “George Enescu” International Competition has been organised as a stand-alone event with public attendance. With a remarkable international reputation, “George Enescu” Competition is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions and Alink‑Argerich Foundation – Piano Competition Worldwide. The prizes of the 2018 edition amount to EUR 115,000; in addition, winners may also receive masterclasses given by jury members or other special prizes.





Category I – RON 400

Category II – RON 300


The full pass includes access to all the recitals given in Round III (Semi-Finals), as well as to the Galas with Orchestra – Cello, Violin, Closing Gala | Piano Final –, the Opening Gala and the 6 extraordinary recitals in the programme.





Opening Gala

Category I – RON 55

Category II – RON 45


Extraordinary Recitals

Category I – RON 55

Category II – RON 45


Cello | Violin Final with Orchestra

Category I – RON 55

Category II – RON 45


Closing Gala – Piano Final with Orchestra

Category I – RON 55

Category II – RON 45


Cello | Violin Semi-Finals

Category I – RON 50

Category II – RON 40


Piano Semi-Final

Category I – RON 55

Category II – RON 45


Round I of the 2018 “George Enescu” International Competition takes place at the National University of Music in Bucharest, and entrance is free.

Round II of the 2018 “George Enescu” International Competition takes place at the Romanian Athenaeum and entrance is free.


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Translation provided by Biroul de Traduceri Champollion