George Enescu International Competition

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The Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, Romania, serves as one of the main venues in the George Enescu International Piano Competition.

The George Enescu International Competition is a music competition for young pianists, violinists, cellists and composers, that takes place in Bucharest, Romania. It has helped launch the careers of many musicians, and among its list of first-prize winners are legendary pianists such as Radu Lupu, the winner in the 1967 edition.[1] Other winners include Spanish pianist Josu De Solaun Soto, Russian pianists Elisabeth Leonskaja, in 1964, and Dmitri Alexeev, in 1970.[1]


The competition started in 1958, as part of the George Enescu Festival, and celebrated its first five editions (1958, 1961, 1964, 1967, and 1970) in what was then the Socialist Republic of Romania. It was considered, by the countries of the Eastern Bloc, one of the most prestigious music competitions. Jury members included famous musicians such as Claudio Arrau, Nadia Boulanger, Arthur Rubinstein, Magda Tagliaferro, Guido Agosti, Florica Musicescu, Dmitri Bashkirov, Carlo Zecchi, and Lazar Berman. Probably because of financial circumstances during Ceausescu’s dictatorship, the competition was abandoned in 1970, though it resumed twenty-one years later.[2]

The competition is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions in Geneva.

The competition and prize-giving ceremony has historically taken place in the Romanian Athenaeum, with the mayor always traditionally attending.[3]

Prize money[edit]

As of 2020 Cello, Violin and Piano prizes:[4]

  • First prize – €15.000
  • Second prize – €10.000
  • Third prize – €5.000

Composition prizes:

  • Prize for symphonic music section – €10.000
  • Chamber music section – €7.000
  • Prize for originality – €5.000;


Piano section[edit]

Top prize piano winners since the foundation of the competition in 1958
Year 1st 2nd 3rd
I: 1958 China Ming-Qiang Li France Michèle Boegner

Soviet Union Mikhail Voskresensky (tie)

Soviet Union Dmitry Paperno
II: 1961 Not awarded Israel Arie Vardi

Romania Théodore Paraskivesco (tie)

China Hong Teng
III: 1964 Soviet Union Elisabeth Leonskaja France André Gorog Romania Gabriel Amiras
IV: 1967 Romania Radu Lupu

Soviet Union Samvel Alumyan (tie)

Romania Dan Grigore Soviet Union Anatol Ugorski
V: 1970 Soviet Union Dmitri Alexeev United States Mack McCray Romania Radu Toescu
VI: 1991 Romania Daniel Goiți Romania Viniciu Moroianu Romania Luiza Borac
VII: 2001 Romania Diana Ionescu Romania Matei Varga Romania Maria-Magdalena Pitu-Jokisch
VIII: 2003 Russia Ilona Timchenko Not awarded Romania Razvan Dragnea

Russia Evgeny Starodubtsev (tie)

IX: 2005 Estonia Irina Zahharenkova Russia Evgeny Izotov France Aimo Pagin
X: 2007 Russia Eduard Kunz Russia Evgeny Cherepanov United States Christopher Falzone
XI: 2009 Russia Amir Tebenikhin Russia Violetta Kachikian South Korea Jongdo An
XII: 2011 Not awarded South Korea Jeung-Beum Sohn Romania Mihai Ritivoiu

Canada Ilya Poletaev (tie)

XIII: 2014 Spain Josu de Solaun Soto[5][6][7] Russia Ilya Rashkovsky Greece Vassilis Varvaresos
XIV: 2016 Bulgaria Victoria Vassilenko Japan Takuma Ishii Chile Danor Quinteros
XV: 2018 Russia Daria Parkhomenko Latvia Daumants Liepins Russia Alexander Panfilov
XVI: 2020 South Korea Yeon-Min Park Romania Adela Liculescu Poland Marcin Wieczorek
XVII: 2022 Israel Alexandra Segal Romania George Todica Hong Kong Chun Lam U

Violin section[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Enescu Competition extends application deadline to 1 May 2020". Rhinegold. 22 April 2020. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  2. ^ Moldovan, Tania Aniela (2015). The Modern Romanian Violin School: An Analytical Introduction to Manual De Vioara by Ionel Geanta and George Manoliu (PhD). Florida State University. p. 17. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  3. ^ "2020 George Enescu International Competition Online Announces 3 Winners in Composition and 8 Piano Semifinalists". George Enescu Festival. 20 September 2020. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Guide to the 2020 George Enescu International Competition". Bachtrack. 31 January 2020. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Sam Houston State Artist/Teacher Josu De Solaun Wins International Piano Competition". Fat Cat New Media. 1 October 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Spanish pianist Josu de Solaun wins the 2014 Enescu Competition". Business Review. 29 September 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  7. ^ Cerban, Madalina (28 September 2014). "Pianistul spaniol Josu de Solaun a câştigat secţiunea Pian a Concursului Enescu 2014". (in Romanian). Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben". Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben (in German). 10 April 2008. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Stefan Tarara wins George Enescu International Competition Violin category". The Strad. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2020.

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