Radio Romania International invites you to participate in a new prize-winning contest, this time dedicated to the "2011 George Enescu Festival". This music festival was inaugurated in 1958, in recognition of the appreciation George Enescu, the best known Romanian musician of all times, enjoyed worldwide. The 20th edition of the festival will take place between September 1st and 25th, in Bucharest and other major cities across Romania. The festival includes almost 120 concerts and shows, grouped in various categories: "Great World Orchestras", "Chamber Music Recitals and Concerts", "Midnight Concerts", "World Music", "Opera and Ballet", "Music of the 21st Century", and, of course, "Enescu and His Contemporaries". As usual, this event attracts some of the best names in symphonic music worldwide. You can get details on these events in our broadcasts, as well as on the website www.festivalenescu.ro, (the English version). The "George Enescu" International Competition has four sections: piano, violin, cello and composition.
The artistic director of the event is the world famous music manager Ioan Hollender, who was born in Timisoara, western Romania, who headed the Vienna Staatsoper, between 1992 and 2010.
In this contest, we grant prizes related to Enescu and Romanian symphonic music, but also to Romanian culture in general. The contest is sponsored by the "Monitorul Oficial" Publishers, with support from the "Casa Radio" Record and Publishing House.
A violin virtuoso known all over the world, composer, pianist, conductor and teacher, George Enescu was born 130 years ago, on 19 August 1881 in Liveni, Botosani county, in north eastern Romania. He is considered one of the greatest composers of the first half of the 20th century. His work includes three completed symphonies, various other important pieces for voice and orchestra, chamber music, one opera ("'Oedip"), solo works and lieder. Such great names as Yehudi Menuhin and Dinu Lipatti are two of the musicians Enescu had a great influence on.
In order to qualify for one of our prizes you have to provide correct and complete answers, in writing, by 30 September 2011, posting date, to a few questions:
1. When and where was George Enescu born?
2. Name at least three compositions by Enescu.
3. Name at least three prestigious musicians attending this year's edition of the festival (soloists, conductors or orchestras).
4. Which edition of the "George Enescu" International Festival is running this year?
Please answer by mail, fax, e-mail, on our Facebook page, or by filling in the form posted on our website. We would also ask you to tell us what motivated you to participate in the competition. Our address is: Radio Romania International, 60-64, G-ral. Berthelot Street, sector 1, Bucharest, Romania, PO Box 111, code 010171, fax no. 00.40.21.319.05.62. Our e-mail address is: engl at rri.ro. We are waiting for your answers by 30 September 2011, posting date. The winners will be announced in the second half of October 2011.