George Enescu International Festival 2021
The George Enescu International Festival 2021 will take place from August 28 to September 26, 2021 and will celebrate its 25th edition.
The Festival – the greatest international cultural event organised in Romania and one of the most important of its kind worldwide – announces an exceptional musical programme, sustained by 4,700 international and Romanian artists for a total duration of 4 weeks, between August 28 and September 26. All measures will be in place to reduce potential health risks for audiences, artists, organisers, and journalists.
The greatest orchestras and the best international soloists will perform prestigious works of the repertoire, from classical to contemporary, grand-scale symphonic concerts, chamber music, and opera concerts.
The 25th edition of the George Enescu International Festival – a hot spot for classical music that animates the Romanian capital every two years and attracts music lovers from all over the world – will also celebrate the 140th anniversary of the birth of composer and violinist George Enescu.
The Festival offers its audiences the most comprehensive programme of works by Enescu in its history – 42 pieces, with all 5 of the symphonies included.
The 2021 Enescu Festival will undergo a series of transformations and adjustments, to handle the challenges posed by the pandemic. First of all, the 66 concerts will be grouped into four series:
- Great Orchestras of the World (concerts to take place at the Grand Palace Hall)
- Concerts and Recitals (at the Romanian Athenaeum, in the afternoons)
- Music of the 21st Century (at the Radio Hall)
- Enescu and His Contemporaries (morning concerts, at the Auditorium Hall)
Featured soloists programmed to appear at the Festival include:
Maxim Vengerov; Patricia Kopatchinskaja; American cellist Alisa Weilerstein, who is on her first visit to Romania, together with her chamber orchestra The Trondheim Soloists; brothers Renaud Capuçon (violin) and Gautier Capuçon (cello); violinists Leonidas Kavakos and Dmitry Sitkovetsky; countertenor Philippe Jaroussky; mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and soprano Sonya Yoncheva; pianists of the highest esteem, who have honoured the Festival’s stages before: Martha Argerich, Jean Yves Thibaudet, Yuja Wang, Khatia Buniatishvili, Maria João Pires, Kirill Gerstein.