Starting 2017 Edition, the George Enescu International Festival (September 2-24) moves into a new stage of international development, once its directorate is ensured by tandem Zubin Mehta – Honorary President and Vladimir Jurowski – Artistic Director.
A number of 35 works by George Enescu will be interpreted on the Romanian scene by renowned orchestras such as Orchestra Dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and La Scala di Milano. Famous pianist Lang Lang will be for the first time in Romania, and some of the most important orchestras in Bucharest and Romania will perform together with distinghuished international artistis.
„Oedipe”, the most known and appreciated work of the Romanian composer George Enescu, will open the Festival in concert version. Under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski, who will conduct London Philharmonic Orchestra, and with a cast that includes famous Romanian tenor Marius Vlad Budoiu. Also, Enescu’s Third Symphony will be performed in 2017 Edition by Orchestra Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, under Antonio Pappano. The edition also marks another premiere: George Enescu’s Concertante Symphony for Cello will be performed by the National Orchestra of France both in the Enescu Festival 2017 and in the Orchestra’s season openning in Paris.
Two of the ilustrious artists of the moment will attend the 2017 Edition of the Enescu Festival in premiere: famous pianist Lang Lang – a true superstar of classical music, and most saught-after tenor Jonas Kaufmann.
Among the international artists who confirmed their participation in the 2017 Edition are baritones Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Thomas Hampson, as well as violinists Anne-Sophie Mutter, Maxim Vengerov, Julian Rachlin, Nikolai Znaider, Leonidas Kavakos, Renaud Capucon, Michael Barenboim, David Garrett, Peter Frank Zimmermann, cellists Misha Maisky and Gautier Capucon, pianist Martha Argerich, Nikolai Lugansky, and Boris Berezovski. Some of the greatest conductors of our time will also be present in the 2017 Edition of the Festival: Richardo Chailly, Zubin Mehta, Antonio Pappano, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit and Michail Pletnev. Famous Orchestra Scala di Milano will return to the Enescu Festival. Other top orchestras invited are: Orchestra Royal Concergebouw Amsterdam, Munchener Philharmonic and Orchestra Dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
“Mathis der Maler” opera by Hintemith will be interpreted in premiere by the National Radio Orchestra of Romania, under Lawrence Foster, as well as “La Damnation de Faust” by Berlioz with George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir.
Another 2017 Edition’s premiere is the “Music of the 21 Century Workshop”, that will present some of the most relevant constemporary compositions. On this occasion, leading contemporary composers will also be present in Bucharest (Sir James MacMillan, Jorg Widman, Iain Bell, Nimrod Borenstein, Sven Helbig, Zygmund Krautze și Rolf Martinsson).
Romanian presence features George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, National Radio Orchestra of Romania, as well as regional philharmonics from Cluj, Iași, Timișoara, Bacău and Brașov. Among the Romanian conductors invited to perform, the public can enjoy Cristian Mandeal, Horia Andreescu, Tiberiu Soare, Cristian Macelaru, Cristian Oroșanu, Cristian Lupeș, as well as solists Vlad Budoiu, Cosmin Ifrim, Adrian Sampetrean, Szabo Balint, Gabriela Istoc.
Several laureates of the George Enescu International Competition will also perform in the 2017 Edition of the Festival, among whom cellist Valentin Răduțiu, pianists Mihai Ritivoiu and Viniciu Moroianu. Andrei Ioniță, one of the most promissing cellists of Romanian origin on the international scene, and winner of the 2015 Edition of the Ceaikovski Competition (Russia), will grace the Enescu scene together with Munchener Philharmonic, under famous Valery Gergiev.