Bucharest, September 2, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Irina Stoica
These days, Bucharest is the place to be for classic music lovers. The symphonic music festival “George Enescu” brings together some of the country’s best artists and some of Europe’s best finest knowers of classical music. More than 4,000 people attended the big opening night on the 31st of August and the organizers estimate that 150,000 music lovers, including 20,000 foreigners, will enjoy the 20 days festival considered as the biggest of its king in Eastern Europe and the Balkans.
No less than 3,000 international artists will take to the stage. The organizers take great pride in finally managing to bring the Berlin Filarmonic Orchestra, after 15 years of negotiations. This famous orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle comes with 11 tons of equipment, becoming not only the most expensive, but also the heaviest to ever come to the Romanian festival.
Sarah Chang and her magic violin will enchant the public, as well as two Romanian artists who became famous in France – sisters Deborah and Sarah Nemtanu. Dresden State Chapel Orchestra, worldwide recognized soprano Anja Harteros, piano player Maria João Pires,Vienna Filarmonic Orchestra and London Symphonic Orchestra are just a few of the important names on the festival’s official program.
The “George Enescu” International Festival is now at its 22nd edition and from 2017 it will be presided by conductor Zubin Mehta.