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Pianists Vassilis Varvaresos, Josu De Solaun and Ilya Rashkovskiy were the finalists in the 2014 Enescu Competition

Pianists Vassilis Varvaresos (Greece), Josu De Solaun (Spain) and Ilya Rashkovskiy (Russia) have performed in the Piano Section Final, on the Romanian Athenaeum stage, two legendary concerts for piano and orchestra: Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23 and Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30.

2014-09-29 14:29:16

The Piano Final Gala concluded the Enescu Competitions 2014 Edition.

Three young pianists performed in the Enescu Competitions Piano Final in the Romanian Athenaeum Grand Hall, together with the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by renowned pianist and conductor Justus Frantz, a close collaborator of legendary Leonard Bernstein.
Vassilis Varvaresos (Greece), Josu De Solaun (Spain) and Ilya Rashkovskiy (Russia) interpreted Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23 by Tchaikovsky and Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30 by Rachmaninoff respectively.

All three final contenders are first class aspiring musicians, whose international career paths may be momentously influenced by winning the Enescu Competition. The Laureate of the Piano Section is invited to perform next year at the prestigious Ravello Festival in Italy.

International Cultural Partnership in Premiere

Enescu Competition Piano Final is supported by Caspar Ludwig Oplander Foundation, Germany, who is the Main Cultural Partner of the Event, within a two-year collaboration intended to create new opportunities for young aspiring talents in classical music.

"International understanding in our view can be significantly enhanced and maintained through arts and culture. Music not only inspires but also has the power to create bonds between countries and cultures. This competition provides exceptional young musicians with the added opportunity of giving concert performances in an extraordinary international setting and thus expanding their audience. Based on this conviction, we decided supporting the George Enescu Competition and Festival," said Prof. Dr. Hans-Jorg Bullinger, President of Caspar Ludwig Oplander Foundation, who will attend the Piano Final in Bucharest, together with the Members of the Foundations Executive Board.

Details about Enescu Competition

Organized for the first time separately from the Enescu Festival, the George Enescu International Competition contributes to Romanian prestige worldwide and launches on their way to international fame 240 young aspiring artists from South Korea, Russia, Japan, USA, Germany, France, Romania, Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina, and Australia.

The Enescu Competition has continuously strengthened its prestige as one of the most significant international competitions, not only in terms of increasing difficulty, but also for the jury rigorous evaluation. For many worldwide recognized artists over time, the participation in the Enescu Competition has represented the linchpin in attaining their successful international careers.

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