Famous music festival starts in Bucharest

The classical music competition has welcomed some of the world’s most famous classical musicians in the past and this year around 240 artists from 36 countries will be attending the event.

Classical musicians from the likes of Germany, the United States, Japan and South Korea will be performing during the competition which lasts until 27th September.

Interest in the competition is set to be big with not only lovers of classical music, but locals and holidaymakers who are visiting Bucharest on one of the famous special Danube river cruises but is also famed for its rich history in classical music and this culminates in the George Enescu International competition.

This year’s competition is extra special this year as it is the first time that it will not take place alongside the Enescu festival.

The competition is celebrating its 14th anniversary after it first began in 1958 in a bid to celebrate the life of the renowned Romanian violinist, composer and conductor George Enescu, who died at the age of 73 a few years previously.

The competition last took place back in 2011 and back then Chinese cellist Bonian Tian and three composers from South Korea walked away with the main prizes.

To celebrate the return of the famous event, winners from this year’s competition will walk away with €100,000 in prize money.

To find out more about the competition and about all of this year’s competitors, visit the George Enescu website here.

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