The 20th edition of the George Enescu International Festival and Competition presented and promoted the Enescu's works, the artistic and interpretative values of contemporary Romanian music, provided prestigious platform for launching value interpreters from among the younger generation and promoted the winners of previous editions.
Among participating groups: Wiener Philharmoniker / Franz Welser Möst, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra / Zubin Mehta, Yefim Bronfman, Vadim Repin, Staatskapelle Berlin / Daniel Barenboim Orchestra Accademia Nazionale di "Santa Cecilia" of Rome / Antonio Pappano, Orchestre National de France / Daniele Gatti, London Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra / Valery Gergiev, Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Resident Orkestr / Christian Badea, Hungarian National Philharmonic / Zoltan Kocsis, Boris Berezovsky, Gulbenkian Symphony Orchestra / Lawrence Foster, Saint Martin in the Fields / Murray Perahia, Yundi, Isabelle Faust, Christian Zacharias, Sisters Labeque, Gidon Kremer, Helene Grimaud, David Garrett etc. with artists and bands from Romania: Horia Andreescu, Dan Gregory, Mandeal Dana Borşan, Luiza Borac Voces Quartet, Alexandru Tomescu, Philharmonic "George Enescu" National Radra.
The joint concerts in the series entitled "Enescu and his contemporaries" continued, including chamber works in the interpretation of young soloists. Internationally renowned ensembles performed as "Great international orchestras" and "Chamber concerts", along with opera and ballet performances.
A series dedicated to contemporary music - "Music of the 21st century" - brought together works by Romanian and foreign contemporary composers. The works were presented by bands and singers in Romania and abroad. The series was accompanied by a "workshop" attended by 17 young composers, master and doctoral university attendees from the country.
A new entry in the Festival’s program was the series "World Music", related to one of the essential contributions made by Enescu's Universal Music: use of specific national musical elements through symphony processing. This series was attended by composers and ensembles that brought elements from the Indian, Japanese, Argentinean, Yiddish, Lebanese, Moroccan and Romanian music.
There were 8 theaters and concert halls (Hall of the Palace, Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest National Opera, National Theatre "I. L Caragiale" National Art Museum Hall, "Mihail Jora" Hall at the Romanian Radio Society, Small Hall of the Romanian Athenaeum, National University of Music Bucharest) and an outside stage in The Festival's Square.
There were over 160 artistic events including 8 Romanian music concerts, 13 chamber concerts, 20 "Great International Orchestras"concerts, 6 concerts in the series "Enescu and his contemporaries", 10 concerts in the "World Music" series, 5 opera events, 5 ballets shows, 37 concerts as a part of the international competition, 64 events in Festival Square, 8 conferences in the musicology Symposium.
Other 23 concerts were held in the rest of the country, in Arad, Busteni, Cluj Napoca, Craiova, Iasi, Sibiu, Târgu Mureş and Timişoara.
The festival also hosted an art exhibition named "E-Biennial", in collaboration with the National Museum of Art, Museum of the Romanian Peasant, Ann Art and the Bucharest University of Arts.