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Guide to the 2024 George Enescu International Competition

Laureates of the Enescu Competition
Why take part?
About the competition
George Enescu Competition is an international platform for promoting future world-class musicians and for promoting the compositions of the great Romanian composer to the new generation of artists from all over the world. It is thus a natural extension of the George Enescu Festival, the most important cultural event organised in Romania. 

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SectionsViolin, Cello, Piano, Composition
Deadline20 Nov 2023 - 30 Jun 2024
Finals31 Aug - 22 Sep 2024
WhereBucharest, Romania
Age groupsThe competition is open to participants of all nationalities born after August 1, 1989
Application and important dates

Young musicians can apply for one of the four categories (violin, cello, piano and composition), through this link, by filling in a form. The registration deadline for cello, violin and piano sections is May 10, 2024. For the Composition section the application deadline is June 30, 2024.

For the Composition section there will be no preselection. 

For the Cello, Violin and Piano sections there will be organized a preselection round. The preselection will take place between May 17 and June 10, 2024 and will be carried out by an expert jury appointed by the organizer for each section of the Competition. Candidates will upload a single video file to one of the platforms Google Drive, OneDrive or a similar platform that allows downloading of that file;

The results will be announced on this website on June 14, 2024. Competitors will receive official confirmation of their participation from the Competition Secretary.

The competition will take place in Bucharest from August 31 - September 22, 2024

The Competition covers the accommodation costs for the contestants.The competitors are in charge of their international travel.

The Enescu Competition is an event held under the High Patronage of the President of Romania and is a cultural project financed by the Romanian Government through the Ministry of Culture.


Money Prizes with a total value of over 125.000 Eur.

Concerts: The organisers award prizes consisting of concerts organised during the 2025 and 2026 editions of the George Enescu International Festival and Competition, as well as concerts organised during the concert seasons of the Romanian philharmonics.

Career Guidance and mentoring: Through a partnership with the London-based agency Askonas Holt, winners can benefit from mentoring by agents from one of the world’s leading international agencies.

In addition to prizes awarded by the organiser, prizes may be awarded by partners and sponsors. Prizes from partners and sponsors may be combined.

Following the competition

The Semifinal and Final rounds of the George Enescu International Competition, taking place in Bucharest between September 4 - 18, are open to the public and visitors will be able to purchase tickets to attend the performances. 

Interviews with the winners of the 2022 competition
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