A total of seven orchestras from the 20 greatest ones in the world will perform this year on the stage of the George Enescu International Festival – 2015 edition (August 30 – September 20, Bucharest). Thus, the audience of the Festival will even be able to enjoy the four best-ranked orchestras of the world. The list of the world’s greatest orchestras was made by the prestigious British publication “Gramophone.”
Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Berlin Philharmonic, Wiener Philharmonic, as well as London Symphony Orchestra, named at the end of April by the prestigious magazine “Gramophone” the world’s four greatest orchestras of the moment, will give concerts during the 2015 edition of the George Enescu International Festival (August 30 – September 20, Bucharest). With 90 years of journalistic tradition, the magazine “Gramophone” is considered a landmark in the international cultural world. You can find the full list made by “Gramophone” here.
The Berlin Philharmonic will give an extraordinary concert at the Enescu Festival on September 3, at the Palace Hall, under the baton of the legendary conductor Sir Simon Rattle. The orchestra will come to Bucharest for the first time, after 15 years of negotiations. Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, “the orchestra with the most velvety sound in the world,” according to critics, returns to the Enescu Festival – the orchestra has already participated in three editions of the event – and, in 2015, it will charm the audience over the last two days of the Enescu Festival, on September 19 and September 20. The orchestra will be led by one of the musicians in full international ascension, the Latvian-born conductor Andris Nelsons, to whom the magazine BBC Music dedicates a portrait in the current July issue. London Symphony Orchestra (September 8 and 9, Palace Hall) will be conducted on the stage of the Enescu Festival by the famous Romanian conductor Ion Marin. In June, London Symphony Orchestra greeted the audience of the Enescu Festival in a special video message.
At the same time, the concert given by the renowned Vienna Philharmonic on September 16 at the Palace Hall will be a double premiere. The soloist of the concert will be the soprano Valentina Nafornița, who graduated from the National Music University in Bucharest, “a star of international classical music.” Valentina Nafornița is a member of the legendary Vienna State Opera’s ensemble.
The soprano Valentina Nafornița
Aside from the world’s four greatest orchestras, other orchestras from the Top 20 made by “Gramophone” will participate in the 2015 edition of the Enescu Festival, among which we mention Staatskapelle Dresden and San Francisco Symphony Orchestra – an orchestra that has won a Pulitzer Prize for Music – which will perform for the first time the composition Voix de la Nature, by George Enescu.
The 2015 edition of the Enescu Festival brings to Bucharest and to other cities in the country over 2,500 top foreign and Romanian artists.
One of the most important international cultural events organised by Romania, “George Enescu” International Festival brings, on average, 20,000 foreign tourists to Bucharest and it has a media coverage ranging from renowned TV channels – CNN, Euronews – to BBC and remarkable foreign dailies and specialty publications (The Guardian, Gramophone), to top national media. Considered a true cultural country brand, the Festival pays forward the values George Enescu believed in: creativity, generosity and commitment.
On average, 20 works of the Romanian composer are performed at the George Enescu International Festival, in the contemporary view of some of the most important symphonic ensembles in the world, led by renowned conductors. It is a part of the Festival’s identity to promote and valorise Enescu’s creations, both in the country and abroad – and to bring them back to the international repertoire.
In order to be open to a large cultural audience, the George Enescu Festival is connected to new technologies – live international broadcasts, modern and interactive website, www.festivalenescu.ro and it has a social media coverage including a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/enescu.festival, as well as Instagram and Pinterest accounts. Journalists can use a Media Gallery with high quality photos of the artists and orchestras from the Festival, available in real time.
Starting with the 2013 edition, the George Enescu Festival extended to the public space area, with a unique concept that involves exhibiting outdoor works of art inspired by the values of George Enescu at the same time with the Festival and it takes responsibility to make a change in the society through the act of creation: Creative Bucharest.
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