International Festival "George Enescu" is the most important international cultural event held in Romania. The festival gives us the chance to introduce our country to the world's most elitist cultural circuit.

The XXI edition of the festival, held between 1st and 28th of September, 2013, is a special one for least six reasons.

The festival offers a unique cultural mix wich values Romanian composer George Enescu and other famous composer like Richard Wagner, Giuseppe Verdi and Benjamin Britten (they are
commemorated this year), Arnold Schoenberg, Gustav Mahler, Ludwig van Beethoven etc.

Enescu’s work will be heard at Bucharest in a unique interpretation by famous artists and orchestras like Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Staatskapelle Berlin, London Philharmonic, Münchener Philharmoniker, Royal Philharmonic London, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Academy Saint Martin in the Fields.

This edition’s program is worthy of this kind of international events, reinforcing Romania's position as the host of one of the most important festivals in the world.

Some of the most important personalities of the international classical music will be present on the Festival scene: the conductors Daniel Barenboim and Mariss Jansons, the pianists Radu Lupu, Murray Perahia, Pinchas Zuckerman, Maxim Vengerov and Evgeny Kissin. The famous Romanian actor Marcel Iureş will make his debut like narrator beside the Choir and Orchestra of the George Enescu Philharmonic, in cantata Gurre-Lieder, an unprecedented musical production.

For the XXI edition of the Festival there will be artists and groups who will come for the first time in Romania: Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin (the orchestra will interpret Wagner's tetralogy for the first time at Bucharest, in the last 50 years), Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic Of Russia, Harmonius Chamber Orchestra – Osaka, Camerata Salzburg, Vortice Dance Company and the famous actor John Malkovich, the narrator of The Infernal Comedy - Confessions of a Serial Killer, interpreted by Wiener Akademie.

As a reconfirmation of Festival’s value, we will present you the the return in Romania of some famous orchestras Romania, from the previous editions, like Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Staatskapelle Berlin, Academia Santa Cecilia di Roma.

Another premiere of this edition is the Bucharest transformation into a magical space, in a capital of creativity. Creative Bucharest is an original project that will be developed during the festival in order to show our cultural heritage and the joy and creative spirit of the Romanians.

There are over 150 cultural events that will take place in Bucharest and other Romanian cities: Arad, Bacău, Cluj, Craiova, Dorohoi, Iași, Oradea, Sibiu and Timișoara.

The 2013 Festival programme is available for download.