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Opening the George Enescu International Festival 2015 was marked today, August 29, 2015, by a conversation with artists, organizers, partners and the media, about this year’s edition and the contribution of this major event to promoting Enescu’s work, in the Romanian culture and the culture of the world.

The event was attended by the four international artists that will go on the stage of the Festival at the opening concert on August 30: the violinist Sarah Chang, the conductor Kristjan Järvi, the countertenor Max Emanuel Cenčić, the soprano Jennifer O’Loughlin; the Romanian conductor Tiberiu Soare, a refined connoisseur of Enescu’s works; the General Mayor of the Municipality of Bucharest, Sorin Oprescu; Sorina Goia, editor-in-chief at Radio Romania Cultural; Steven van Groningen, president and CEO of Raiffeisen Bank Romania; Radu Coşarcă, Communications Manager of Enel Romania; Marius Constantinescu, on behalf of TVR and Cristina Liberis, on behalf of the Romanian Cultural Institute. The discussion was hosted by Oana Marinescu, communications manager of the George Enescu Festival:

Conversație despre George Enescu: cum poate un Festival să redea locul binemeritat celui mai mare compozitor român. La…

Posted by George Enescu Festival on Saturday, 29 August 2015

The main statements:

Sarah Chang, violinist:

“At the moment, in the entire world, I don’t think there is another large-scale classical music festival named after a composer. Romania should be proud of the Enescu Festival; it is a great success for this country!”

Kristjan Järvi, conductor:

“Romanian culture and the spirit of Romanians are embodied by the composer George Enescu. Finland has Sibelius, Norway has Grieg, Estonia has Arvo Pärt, and so Romania has George Enescu. George Enescu is a landmark, the place where culture and society interconnect.”

Jennifer O’Loughlin, soprano:

“It is a privilege to be able to sing Carmina Burana in the opening of the Enescu Festival!”

Max Emanuel Cenčić, countertenor:

“The Romanian audience is extraordinary. Romanians are refined, knowledgeable and young-spirited listeners.”

Tiberiu Soare, conductor:

“When you make contact with the spiritual heritage left by George Enescu you will definitely change!”

Oana Marinescu, communications manager of the Enescu Festival:

“The mission of the Festival is to promote the works of the great Romanian composer. The festival is the most efficient instrument of promoting George Enescu at a national and international level. And the effects can be seen in time, because there are artists who have discovered Enescu when they attended the Festival and, in time, they introduced his music in their repertoires, as is the case of the conductor Vladimir Jurowski, who took Symphony No. 3 to London, in 2014, after having prepared it for the Enescu Festival 2013, and now he is going to bring Oedipe to the 2017 edition.”

Sorin Oprescu, General Mayor of the Municipality of Bucharest:

“The Enescu Festival makes Bucharest the international capital of classical music for three weeks!”

Steven van Groningen, president and CEO Raiffeisen Bank Romania:

“We support the Enescu Festival because this means opening a communications channel to the community we are part of. Thus, we reconnect Romania to Europe.”

Radu Coşarcă, Communications Manager Enel Romania:

“The Enescu Festival has undertaken an educational mission at a social level.”

Sorina Goia, editor-in-chief Radio Romania Cultural:

“Radio Romania has supported the Enescu Festival from the very first edition, in 1958. Our reporters will be on the field to bring to the audience the hottest news about the Festival!”

Marius Constantinescu, TVR:

“We stand by Enescu Festival’s side: we film the concerts, we prepare interviews and information shows and we have live broadcasts.”

You can find real-time news and pictures from the concerts for the media throughout the Festival at,
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Details about the Festival for the media:

Ana-Maria Onisei, [email protected], 0752.220.420

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