The George Enescu International Festival

Bucharest - Romania

GEORGE ENESCU INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA 

September 6 - 27, 2014

I. APPLICATION RULES 

The 2014 George Enescu International Competition for Violin, Cello, Piano and Composition (hereinafter called the Competition) is open to participants of all nationalities, who were born after August 1st, 1980. 

No exception to this age limit is accepted.

The application deadline is July 1st, 2014 (postmark and e-mail date). 

The application form shall be sent to:

  • via traditional mail: 

ARTEXIM
Calea Victoriei 155, Bl. D1, Sc. 8, Et. 2, Sector 1
010073 Bucharest – ROMANIA

  • via e-mail:

artexim@rdslink.ro

With the special mention: For the George Enescu International Competition

The application shall include: 

  • Copy of Birth Certificate/ID/Passport
  • Curriculum Vitae (Times New Roman/12/1.5)
  • One current photograph (6 cm x 9 cm)
  • Letter of recommendation provided by an outstanding professor
  • Application form filled in with the definitive Repertoire
  • Bank receipt certifying the payment of the participation fee

Each competitor will receive the official confirmation and invitation (when needed) no later than August 1st, 2014.
By signing the application form for the Competition, each competitor agrees with all terms of the present regulations.
No competitor shall be engaged in any other professional commitments during the Competition.

II. PARTICIPATION FEES

The participation fee for the Violin, Cello and Piano Competitions is in the amount of 100 Euro. 

The participation fee for the Composition Competition is in the amount of 50 Euro per work. 

Bank account information:

Bank: The Romanian Comercial Bank (BCR) Sector 1,
Account holder: ARTEXIM
Address : Calea Victoriei nr. 155, Sector 1, 010073 Bucharest, Romania.

IBAN: RO59RNCB0072049685010041
SWIFT/BIC: RNCBROBU
The participation fee will be paid in Euro and will not be refunded in case of non-attendance or withdrawal.

III. TERMS OF PARTICIPATION

The competitors will travel at their own expense.
The organizers provide free-of-charge hotel accommodation to the competitors for the duration of their engagement in the Competition.
Rooms will be available one day before the drawing of lots associated to each Competition.
Each competitor shall register with the Secretariat one day before the drawing of lots.

IV. THE DRAWING OF LOTS

The drawing of lots will establish the order of playing in the Competition by a member of the Competition Board.
In case of an extreme situation, only the Competition Board is entitled to change the order established.
If one or more competitors will not be present at the draw due to an unexpected situation, they will be scheduled by the Competition Board in alphabetical order in the last day of the First Round of each Competition.

V. THE JURY

The Jury includes outstanding Romanian and foreign musicians. Its activity is based on the Competition Rules and follows the instructions the World Federation of International Music Competitions’ Statute.
The Jury decides the prize winners of each Competition.
The Jury reserves the right not to award a prize.
In case of parity of opinions, the president of the Jury makes the final decision.
All decisions made by the Jury will be final and not subject to appeal.
Any contact between the Jury members and competitors still actively engaged in the competition is forbidden.

VI. REHEARSALS AND PRACTICE

For the Violin and Cello Competitions an official accompanist will be made available for the competitors if such request is specified in their application form.
In this case, each competitor is entitled to rehearse for two hours with the accompanist, for each Round.
Additional rehearsal time may be requested for and will be paid for by the competitor. One hour of additional rehearsal costs 50 Euro.
Competitors who bring their own accompanist must state their full name and contact details in the application form.
The personal accompanist’s transport and accommodation costs are supported by the competitor.

VII. PRIZES

The Jury decides which prizes are going to be awarded for each section of this Competition.
The Jury reserves the right not to award a certain prize.
The prizes are indivisible. No exception to this rule is accepted.

The first prize will be entitled "The George Enescu International Competition Grand Prix".

The prizes of each Performing Section of the 2014 "George Enescu" International Competition are:

  • First prize: 15.000 Euro
  • Second prize: 10.000 Euro
  • Third prize: 5.000 Euro
For the Composition Section of the 2014 "George Enescu" International Competition the following prizes will be awarded:
  • Prize for Symphonic Music Section: 10.000 Euro
  • Prize for Chamber Music Section: 7.000 Euro

To the Semifinalists and Finalists of the George Enescu International Competition the Jury may award the following prizes:

  • A Prize in amount of 4.000 euro for The Best Foreign Accompanist of the Violin and Piano Sonatas or Suite composed by George Enescu.
  • A Prize in amount of 4.000 euro for The Best Foreign Accompanist of the Cello and Piano Sonata in F minor composed by George Enescu. 

Piano section:

  • A prize for The Best Ranked Romanian Competitor awarded by the ERBICEANU CULTURAL FOUNDATION.
Prizes may be cumulated.

The organizers of the George Enescu International Festival and Competition reserves the copyrights for all the TV and Radio broadcastings, photographs, filming and recording of all the performances within the rounds of the Competition, including the final concert. In this situation, the competitors will not receive special fees.

The awards will be announced after the Final Round of each section of the George Enescu International Competition.

THE INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION

I. CALENDAR

The George Enescu International Violin Competition consists of two eliminatory Rounds, Semifinal and Final.
The drawing of lots will take place on September 8th, 2014.
The First Round (eliminatory) will take place on September 9th, 10th and 11th, 2014.
The Second Round (eliminatory) will take place on September 13th and 14th, 2014.
The Semifinal will take place on September 16th, 2014.
The Rehearsal with the orchestra for the Final Round will take place on the 17th of September 2014.
The Final Round will take place on the 18th of September 2014.
The awards will be announced by the Competition Secretariat after the final Round of the George Enescu International Violin Competition.

II. REPERTOIRE

The Repertoire included in the application form by the competitor is final and can not be changed.
Each competitor will establish the order of the works to be performed in each Round.
The Repertoire shall be performed without scores, except for Sonatas for Violin and Piano and works composed by George Enescu.
Upon request (artexim@rdslink.ro), the organizers will provide works composed by George Enescu.

First Round

1. J.S. Bach – A work chosen by the competitor among:

  • Adagio and Fugue from Sonata in G minor for Solo Violin 
  • Grave and Fugue from Sonata in A minor for Solo Violin 
  • Ciaccona from Partita in D minor for Solo Violin 
  • Adagio and Fugue from Sonata in C major for Solo Violin

2. Mozart – First part with cadenza from one of the following Violin Concertos: no. 3, 4 or 5 

3. Paganini : a Caprice chosen by the competitor 

Second Round 

1. A piece chosen by the competitor among: 

  • Sarasate: Carmen Fantasie, Zigeunerweisen
  • Paganini: Moses Fantasie, Motto perpetuo, Le Streghe, I palpiti, Nel cor piu non mi sento
  • Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capricioso, Etude in Walz form (transcription by E. Ysaye)
  • Ernst: Erlkönig, The Last Rose of Summer
  • Ravel : Tzigane
  •  Wieniawski: Faust Fantasie, Polonaise in D major

2. A work chosen by the competitor among:

  • Schubert: Rondo Brillant for Piano and Violin in B minor, D 895/op.70
  • Rondo in A major for Piano and Violin, D 438
  • Schumann: Fantasie op. 131 in C major 

3. Beethoven – a Sonata chosen by the competitor among no.1, 6 or 8 

Semifinal  

1. Enescu – a work performed entirely, chosen by the competitor among: 

  • Sonata op. 6 nr. 2 for Piano and Violin 
  • Sonata op. 25 nr. 3 for Piano and Violin
  • „Impressions from childhood” suite for Piano and Violin

2. A Sonata for Violin and Piano chosen by the competitor among: Brahms: Sonata no.1, Sonata no.2, Sonata no.3

  • Franck
  • Fauré
  • Grieg: Sonata no. 3
  • Ravel
  • Hindemith: Sonata no.1
  • Debussy 

Final – with orchestra 

A Concerto for Violin and Orchestra chosen by the competitor among: Beethoven, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Prokofiev (Concerto no.1, Concerto no.2), Shostakovich, Haciaturian, Bruch (Scotish Fantasie), Elgar, Karlowitz, Vieuxtemps (Concerto no. 5), Paganini (Concerto no.5), Bartók.

THE INTERNATIONAL CELLO COMPETITION

I. CALENDAR

The George Enescu International Cello Competition consists of two eliminatory Rounds, Semifinal and Final.
The drawing of lots will take place on September 11th, 2014.
The First Round (eliminatory) will take place on September 12th, 13th and 14th, 2014.
The Second Round (eliminatory) will take place on September 16th and 17th, 2014.
The Semifinal will take place on September 19th, 2014. 
The Rehearsal with the orchestra for the Final Round of the Competition will take place on September 20th, 2014.
The Final Round will take place on September 21st, 2014.
The awards will be announced by the Competition Secretariat after the Final Round of the George Enescu International Cello Competition.

II. REPERTOIRE

The Repertoire included in the application form by the competitor is final and cannot be changed.
Each competitor will establish the order of the works to be performed in each Round.
The Repertoire shall be performed without scores, except for Sonatas for Cello and Piano and works composed by George Enescu.
Upon request (artexim@rdslink.ro), the organizers will provide works composed by George Enescu.

First Round 

1. A Caprice or Etude chosen by the competitor among: 

  • Alfredo Piatti op. 25 (no. 2, 6 or 10)
  • David Popper op. 73 (no. 29 or 33)
2. Bach - a Prelude chosen by the competitor from:
  • Suites no. 4, 5 or 6 

3. Haydn – The first part with Cadenza chosen by the competitor among the following Concertos: 

  • Concerto no. 1 in C major (Hob VII b:1)
  • Concerto no. 2 in D major (Hob VII b:2)

Second Round 

1. A Work chosen by the competitor among: 

  • Schubert: „Arpeggione” Sonata
  • Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Sonata op. 58 no. 2 in D major 

2. A Solo Piece chosen by the competitor among: 

  • Ligeti: Sonata for Solo Cello 
  • Hindemith: Sonata op. 25 no. 3 for Solo Cello
  • Penderecki: Divertimento for Solo Cello
  • Crumb: Sonata for Solo Cello

Semifinal  

1. Enescu: Sonata  in Fa minor (opus postum). Upon request (artexim@rdslink.ro), the organizers will provide works composed by George Enescu.

2. A virtuosity piece chosen by the competitor among: 

  • David Popper: Elfentanz, Spinning Song
  • Karl Davydov: At the Fountain
  • M. Rostropovich: Humoresque op.5

3. A piece chosen by the competitor among: 

  • Debussy: Sonata in D minor for Cello and Piano
  • Britten: Sonata op. 65 in C major for Cello and Piano

Final – Concert with orchestra 

A Concerto for Cello and Orchestra chosen by the competitor among: 
  • Dvorak
  • Elgar
  • Prokofiev (Simfonia Concertante in E minor op. 125)
  • Shostakovich
  • Enescu (Simfonia Concertante op. 8)

THE INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION 

I. CALENDAR 

The Piano Competition consists of two eliminatory Rounds, the Semifinal and the Final - concert with orchestra.
The drawing of lots will take place on September 16th, 2014.
The First Round (eliminatory) will take place on September 17th, 18th and 19th, 2014.
The Second Round (eliminatory) will take place on September 21st and 22nd, 2014.
The Semifinal will take place on September 24th, 2014.
The Rehearsal with the orchestra for the Final Round will take place on September 26th, 2014.
The Final Round will take place on September 27th, 2014.
The awards will be announced by the Competition Secretariat after the Final Round of the George Enescu International Piano Competition.

II. REPERTOIRE

The Repertoire included in the application form by the competitor is final and can not be changed.
Each competitor will establish the order of the works to be performed in each Round.
The Repertoire shall be performed without scores, except for Sonatas and works composed by George Enescu.
Upon request (artexim@rdslink.ro), the organizers will provide works composed by George Enescu.

First Round

1. Bach : One Prelude and Fugue chosen by the competitor from the „Well Tempered Clavier“ (Book I; Book II)

2. A work chosen by the competitor among:

  • A Piano Sonata composed by Haydn
  • A Piano Sonata composed by Mozart
  • Three Piano Sonatas composed by Scarlatti

3. An Etude chosen by the competitor among: 

  • Chopin 
  • Liszt

4. An Etude chosen by the competitor among: 

  • Skriabin
  • Debussy

Second Round 

1. A Piano Sonata composed by Beethoven chosen by the competitor (except op. 10/1, op. 14/1, op. 14/2, op. 49/1, op. 49/2, op. 78, op. 90, op.106)  

2. A work composed by a romantic composer among : Schumann, Schubert, Liszt, Brahms, Chopin, Mendelssohn–Bartholdy or Franck. 

Semifinal

1. A work composed by Enescu chosen by the competitor among: 

  • Piano Suite in D major
  • Piano Sonata in F# minor, op.24 no.1
  •  Piano Sonata in D major, op.24 no.3

2. A work from the 20th Century chosen by the competitor, composed by the following composers: Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Skriabin, Debussy, Ravel, Bartók, Janacek etc. (except etudes composed by Rachmaninov and Skriabin) 

Final 

A Concerto for Piano and Orchestra chosen by the competitor among: Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Grieg, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov (Concerto no. 2 or no.3), Prokofiev (Concerto no. 2) or Bartók (Concerto no. 3).

THE INTERNATIONAL COMPOSITION COMPETITION 

The Composition Competition consists of two main Sections

1. Symphonic Music

Orchestra size may not exceed:

| 14 violins I | 12 violins II | 10 violas | 8 cellos | 6 double-basses |
| 3 flutes | 3 clarinets | 3 oboes | 3 bassoons |
| 4 french horns | 3 trumpets | 3 trombones | 1 tuba |
| timpans + 3 percussion groups |
| harp | piano | celesta | glockenspiel | harmonium | synthesizer |

2. Chamber Music

Compositions for a group of 1 to 10 performers, with or without vocal participation.

The duration of a piece for each section must be not less than 10 minutes and not more than 40 minutes.
The scores shall be submitted under a Motto. 

The compositions shall be sent in an envelope before July 1st, 2014, under the same Motto which appears on the score, to the following address:

ARTEXIM
Calea Victoriei 155, Bl. D1, Sc. 8, Et. 2, sector 1
010073 Bucharest – ROMANIA

Mentioning: For the George Enescu International Composition Competition

The application shall include: 

  •  Copy of Birth Certificate/ID/Passport
  •  Curriculum Vitae (Times New Roman/12/1.5)
  •  Contact details
  •  One current photograph in digital format (high resolution)
  •  Letter of recommendation provided by an outstanding professor
  •  Bank receipt certifying the payment of the participation fee

All scores must be sent in three copies.

The submitted compositions shall not have been performed in public hitherto. Any score or envelope which shows the name of the competitor and is not submitted under a Motto will be disqualified.The compositions will be evaluated by an international Jury.