George Enescu International Festival
- Alice Tacu
Romanian music festival. Held in Bucharest every other year in August and September, it lasts for over three weeks. It was established in 1958, three years after George Enescu’s death, and in his honour. The decision was also politically motivated, as the communist regime of the time was eager to prove its ability as a non-capitalist cultural power. Since then, it has changed on many levels and has become not only the grandest classical music festival in Romania and Eastern Europe, but has gained a growing renown within Europe’s important festival scene.
The festival was organized every three years (and occasionally every two or four years) until 2001, at which point it became a biannual event. Up to 2013 there have been 21 festivals, organized in 1958, 1961, 1964, 1967, 1970, 1973, 1976, 1979, 1981, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2003 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013. The George Enescu International Competition has accompanied the festival ever since its foundation, in the first decades comprising sections for violin, piano, and sometimes voice. But the competition has fewer iterations, being interrupted for a period due to financial reasons, that have affected the festival during ...