„I am sure that the George Enescu International Competition will be a huge event which will be enjoyed by much larger numbers of an audience than usual. Because most of it will be happening online so a lot more people will be following than usually when we have the audience in concert halls. We are creators of our own reality. We create it daily by our actions, thus ensuring that we have a future. But we also ensure through this that we have a past. So may the year 2020 be remembered by all of you not as the year of the virus, not as the year of fear, not as the year of cancelations, but as the year in which you made your dream come true, a year in which you participated in the George Enescu International Competition. Best of luck to you all and thank you”, transmitted Vladimir Jurowski, the Artistic Director of the George Enescu Festival and Competition, in his message for the opening of the Competition.
Enescu would have enjoyed the variety of great music bringing together family, friends and community, much as he did as a violinist, conductor and composer. […] The music was engaging and uplifting. George Enescu’s Sérénade lointaine was a lyrically sensuous work that seemed to express Enescu’s longing for his homeland.
Sâmbătă, 7 septembrie, în preajma uneia dintre cele mai circulate intersecţii din Toronto (Bloor St. şi Spadina Bd.), într-un cartier cunoscut pentru viaţa sa culturală şi comunitară deosebit de intensă, de pe un un baner impozant privirea lui Enescu urmăreşte paşii trecătorilor. Mulţi dintre aceştia, la rândul lor, fixează cu privirea afişul publiciar, dornici poate să afle şi motivul pentru care atâta lume s-a adunat în faţa intrării teatrului Jeanne Lamon Hall din incinta catedralei Trinity-St. Paul. Cei mai curioşi dintre ei pot astfel afla că urmează să înceapă, în cadrul ediţiei cu numărul 24 a Festivalului International „George Enescu”, un concert de muzică de cameră. Pentru prima dată o secţiune a faimosului festival se desfăşoară în afara graniţelor României, iar Toronto face parte din oraşele nord-americane (alături de Montreal) înscrise de organizatori pe harta acestui important eveniment cultural.
Crow and Solomon (who is the artistic director of the Canadian branch of the festival) fill their program with late-19th- and early-20th-century fireworks representative of Enescu’s legacy. Ravel’s Sonata in G Major was premiered by Ravel at the piano and Enescu on the violin in 1927; Ysaÿe’s “fiery” Sonata for solo violin No.3 was dedicated to Enescu in 1923; Bartók’s Romanian Dances; Brahms’ Sonata No.3 for Violin and Piano; and Enescu’s Toccata from Piano Suite Op.10 and Impromptu Concertant.
Celebrul violonist român contemporan, Alexandru Tomescu, întruneşte, în conştiinţa publicului, amprenta unei vocaţii şi a unui destin artistic, dublate de o energie puţin obişnuită pentru a le traduce în faptă şi, în plus, cu şansa de a cânta pe o vioară Stradivarius Elder Voicu, Obiect de Patrimoniu Național, Categoria Tezaur.
Classical music lovers rejoice: the famous “George Enescu” festival extends to Canada this September with three world-class events in Toronto and one in Montreal.
George Enescu was a 20th-century musical genius, so no wonder his native country Romania hosts a world-class music festival in his honour.
Launched 1958, three years after his death, the international musical gathering was meant to to be celebrated every three years. Since 2001, the festivities run every two years, and for the 24th edition in 2019, they extend to Canada.