George Enescu Festival set to captivate Romania


Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest

Some of the world’s foremost musicians and orchestras will gather in Bucharest and other parts of Romania to celebrate their passion for classical music. The George Enescu Festival marks its 57th occasion with a lot of great performances and multimedia innovations to help bring audiences a better experience.

Starting on 30 August and lasting for three weeks, concerts will be held in Bucharest, Constanta, Timisoara, Pitesti, Oradea and Cluj Napoca. One of Europe’s great cities, Bucharest is located at the heart of Romania and is the perfect launching point for once-in-a-lifetime river cruises through Europe.

Born in 1881, Enescu was a composer, violinist, pianist, conductor and teacher. He is regarded as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century and is universally recognised as Romania's most important musician.

This year’s George Enescu Festival features some of the best-known musical talent in Romania, Europe and the world. In all, there are expected to be nearly 3,000 artists performing. Among the participants, highlights include: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Sankt Petersburg Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, and soloists such as David Garrett, Murray Perahia, Maria João Pires, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon.

Event organisers have worked with technology experts in an effort to bring the music to a wider audience.

Residents and visitors will have the chance to see a series of live concerts from the festival’s programme. At a number of local cinemas, the concerts will be simulcast live to music lovers. Additionally, Romanian television recently launched enescu.tvr.ro, a website exclusively dedicated to the festival. The website is a great source of information, but it will also be a video platform that will broadcast live the concerts to be organized at the Romanian Athenaeum and Sala Palatului, according to event organisers.

For smartphone users, the festival has also released a special mobile app to help fans enjoy the event. The new app offers users real-time information, pictures, news and articles, and information about well-known Romanian composer George Enescu. It can be downloaded for free from Google Play and App Store.

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