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Guide to the 2020 George Enescu International Competition

Laureates of the Enescu Competition

Applications and fees

The competition is open to musicians of all nationalities born after 1st August 1987. The application deadline is 29th May 2020. Competitors pay the participation fee (50 euros/work for the composition section and 100 euros for each competitors in the cello, violin or piano section) and for their travel. The Enescu Competition covers their accommodation costs.


Each Competition section awards can be divisible.

Composition prizes: Prize for symphonic music section - €10.000, Chamber music section - €7.000, Prize for originality - €5.000;

Cello, Violin and Piano prizes: First prize - €15.000, Second prize - €10.000, Third prize - €5.000

Piano accompaniment prizes: A prize in amount of €4.000 for the best accompanist of the Piano and cello Sonata no.2 in C major Op.26 by George Enescu, a prize in the amount of €4.000 for the best accompanist of the Piano and violin Sonatas by George Enescu. 

Other prizes awarded by partners and sponsors, as well as concert promotion by the organiser. 

Past laureates

Violin section: Silvia Marcovici (1970), Alexandru Tomescu (1999), Nemanja Radulovic (2001), Valery Sokolov (2005), Anna Tifu (2007), Jarosław Nadrzycki (2009), Stefan Tarara (2014);

Piano section: Elisabeth Leonskaja (1964), Radu Lupu (1067), Ilona Timchenko (2003), Irina Zahharenkova (2005), Eduard Kunz (2007), Amir Tebenikhin (2009), Josu de Solaun (2014);

Cello section: Zlatomir Fung (2016).

Attending the competition

First round of each section has free entry, but for the second rounds, the semi-finals and finals the audience can buy their tickets here.

For more information about the competition please visit their website on by clicking here.

Fact file
SectionsViolin, Cello, Piano, Composition
Deadline15 Apr - 29 May 2020
Finals08 - 20 Sep 2020
WhereBucharest, Romania
Age groupsBorn after the 1st of August 1987
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