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The specialized jury of the George Enescu International Competition 2016 has selected 174 young artists to enter the competition at this edition. The young artists have been selected from a total number of 317 applications for the Competition, 40% more than at the 2014 edition. The candidates who have passed the preselection will compete for their dream of becoming great musicians of the world on the stage of the Romanian Athenaeum, between September 3 and 25.

The selected young artists come from countries such as Germany, South Korea, Italy, Spain, France, Croatia, Russia, Ukraine, Republic of Moldova, Greece, Lithuania, Latvia, Argentina, Czech Republic, China, Thailand, USA, Canada, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Japan. 12 young artists come from Romania.

It is for the first time that a preselection takes place in the Enescu Competition, due to a very large number of applications: a total number of 317 young artists from 48 countries applied to participate at the 2016 edition of the Competition, 40% more than at the 2014 edition. The specialised jury of the 2016 edition of the Enescu Competition consists of musicians and top international professors, among which we mention the violinists Pierre Amoyal and Silvia Marcovici, the cellists Natalia Gutman, David Geringas and Arto Noras and the pianists Peter Donohoe, Dana Borșan and Andrei Pisarev.

The alphabetical lists of competitors who have been selected to enter the Enescu Competition 2016 are available on the website of the Competition and Festival,, and they can be viewed at the following links, as follows:

For the Composition Section, all works have been sent to the jury, and the winners will be announced on September 3, the opening day of the 2016 edition of the Enescu Competition.

The total value of the prizes at the 2016 Enescu Competition is 115,000 EUR. Two special prizes are also awarded: a two-year scholarship at the famous Barenboim Academy of Berlin, for the best ranking Romanian competitor at the Violin Section, and the presence as guest artist on the stage of the iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates 2017, Los Angeles, for the winner of the Violin Section.

At the 2016 edition, the Enescu Competition has a new concept. For 22 days, between September 3 and 25, in the Large Hall of the Romanian Athenaeum, the audience is invited to listen to and to support young artists in their journey to their dream of becoming great musicians of the world. Young artists are joined by established musicians, members of the jury of the Competition, former laureates of the Enescu Competition, as well as laureates of the 2014 edition, in a series of over 19 extraordinary recitals and orchestra concerts. Tickets and subscriptions are available in the Eventim network. The programme of the Competition is available here.

 Translation provided by Biroul de Traduceri Champollion

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