Romania opens biennially George Enescu Int’l Festival in Bucharest

BUCHAREST, Sept. 1 — The 2013 George Enescu International Festival debuted Sunday night in the Great Palace Hall, with an opening held by the prestigious orchestra Staatskapelle of Berlin, conducted by Maestro Daniel Barenboim.
The festival held in honor of the celebrated Romanian composer George Enescu (1881-1955), is the only international cultural event to be organized by Romania and one of the biggest in Eastern Europe.
The George Enescu International Festival takes place between Sept. 1-28 in Bucharest and several other cities, featuring over 150 cultural events with a lineup of high profile artists in this country and abroad.
Enescu’s work, including the famous “Romanian Rhapsody no. 2,” will be heard at Bucharest in a unique interpretation by famous artists and orchestras like Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Staatskapelle Berlin, London Philharmonic, Munchener Philharmoniker, Royal Philharmonic London, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Academy Saint Martin in the Fields.
This event offers a unique cultural melange, which reveals the value of the Romanian composer George Enescu as well as of other famous composers such as Richard Wagner, Giuseppe Verdi and Benjamin Britten, who are commemorated this year, Arnold Schoenberg, Gustav Mahler and Ludwig van Beethoven.
Being held every two years, the George Enescu Festival was founded in 1958 as a sign of the recognition of the Enescu genius, in order to pay homage this way to the life and creation of the great Romanian composer. The first editions of this festival and contest brought together remarkable personalities of the international music life of that time, some of whom were Yehudi Menuhin, David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter and Herbert von Karajan.
Chinese pianist Li Mingqiang won the first place in the piano competition at the first George Enescu Music Festival in 1958.[db:内容2]