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Guide to the 2022 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. The competition has significantly contributed to the promotion and launch of many remarkable musicians, who have always maintained a soulful connection with Enescu and Romania.

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SectionsViolin, Cello, Piano, Composition
Deadline15 Apr - 01 May 2022
Finals08 - 18 Sep 2022
WhereBucharest, Romania
Age groupsBorn after August 1st, 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 deadline for registration is May 1, 2022.

The selection process for the first stage of the Competition takes place online by analysing the videos submitted by the contestants. This takes place between May 1-20, 2022. For the first time in the history of the Competition, the competitors registered for violin, cello and piano who pass the online stage, will directly enter the semifinal.

The Semifinals and Finals of the Competition will take place at the Romanian Athenaeum, in Bucharest, between September 4 - 18, 2022.

The winners of the Composition Section will also be announced after the Piano Finals, on the 18th of September.

The Competition covers the accommodation costs for the contestants.

Juries of the 2022 competition

Composition Jury

Zygmunt Krauze (President of the Jury), Tim Benjamin, Dan Dediu, Adrian Iorgulescu, Peter Ruzicka, Hubert Stuppner, Cornel Ţăranu.

Piano Jury

Nelson Goerner (President of the Jury), Dana Borșan, Hyoung-Joon Chang, Philippe Dinkel, Peter Jablonski, Andrey Pisarev, Matti Raekallio, Josu de Solaun.

Violin Jury

Dmitry Sitkovetsky (President of the Jury), Remus Azoiței, Frank Huang, Paul Kantor, Simon James, Silvia Marcovici, Igor Petrushevski, David Grimal, Krzysztof Wegrzyn.

Cello Jury

David Geringas (President of the Jury), Marin Cazacu, Leonid Gorokhov, Meehae Ryo, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Natasha Brofsky, Alexandra Guțu, Reinhard Latzko, Enrico Dindo.

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. 


Composition section:

  • Prize for symphonic music section - 10.000 Euro
  • Prize for chamber music section - 7.000 Euro
  • Premiul for originality - 5.000 Euro

Cello, Violin and Piano sections: 

  • First Prize - 15.000 Euro
  • Second Prize - 10.000 Euro
  • Third Prize - 5.000 Euro

After the Semifinal round of the cello and violin sections, the jury may also award the following prizes to foreign accompanists: 

  • The prize for the best foreign accompanist of the cello sonata no. 2 in C major op. 26 by George Enescu - 4.000 Euro
  • Prize for the best foreign accompanist of works for piano and violin by George Enescu - 4.000 Euro

The organisers will award prizes consisting of a concert organised within the 2023 and 2024 editions of the George Enescu International Festival and Competition, as well as concerts organised during the concert seasons of various philharmonic orchestras from Romania. In addition to the prizes awarded by the organiser, prizes may be awarded from partners and sponsors. Prizes awarded from partners and sponsors can be combined. The prizes awarded by the organiser are expressed in net worth. The related fees will be in charge of the organiser

Askonas Holt is partnering with the George Enescu International Competition in its mission to support young talents in classical music, as the great George Enescu did during his lifetime. One of the world’s leading arts management companies, Askonas Holt has agreed to provide career guidance and mentorship to the piano, violin and cello category winners on a non-exclusive basis for one year.

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