This just in from our friends in Romania:
ENESCU COMPETITION. Three worldwide notorious musicians will conduct finals of the 2014 “George Enescu” International Competition
Marek Pijarowski, former Artistic Director of the prestigious National Philharmonic of Poland, will conduct the Violin Final of the Enescu Competition. Distinguished German pianist and conductor Justus Frantz, a close collaborator of the legendary Leonard Bernstein, will conduct the Piano Final. Ovidiu Balan, one of the highly praised Eastern European musicians, will conduct the Cello Final.
Enescu Competition will take place this fall, between 8th and 27th of September. Three worldwide notorious musicians will take the podium to conduct the Final Concerts of the George Enescu International Competition on the Romanian Athenaeum stage inBucharest, with the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra and the winners of the 2014 Edition.
A disciple of conductor Arvīds Jansons (famous Mariss Jansons’s father), musician Marek Pijarowski will conduct the Violin Final of the Enescu Competition. Marek Pijarowski has an international conducting career spanning over more than 30 years. He was honored by the Republic of Poland with Knight’s Cross of the Order of Poland Restored (Polo¬nia Resti¬tuta) and with the Glo¬ria Artis Order. He was Artistic Director of the esteemed Polish National Philharmonic, as well as the Artistic Director of the International Chopin Festival. He is the chief conductor of the Poznań Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra since 2007.
Pianist and conductor Justus Frantz began his extraordinary musical career in 1967, when he won the well-known ARD International Music Competition hosted by a famous German television station. His debut as a pianist was in 1970, with Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of the legendary Herbert von Karajan. In 1975, Justus Franz shared the stage for the first time with another legendary musician – Leonard Bernstein, who later on became his dear friend as well. For over 20 years Justus Frantz has been internationally successful as a pianist and conductor. Regarded also as a visionary, he took pride in discovering young talents and in nurturing their breakthrough into today’s classical music hall of fame – musicians as Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Repin, Evgeny Kissin, Anna Netrebko, to name just a few. Justus Franz will conduct the Piano Final of the Enescu Competition.
Ovidiu Balan will conduct the Cello Final of the Competition. One of the most sought-after conductors of Eastern European tradition, Ovidiu Balan is the Music Director of the Domenico Cimarosa Symphony Orchestra in Italy since 1996. A graduate of the National University of Music Bucharest in 1973, Ovidiu Balan has perfected his conducting art in the United States with prestigious musicians such as Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa and Sir Georg Solti.