The George Enescu Festival is Romania's largest classical music festival, one of the largest in Eastern Europe, and it has a high profile internationally. It honours the memory of Romania's best-known composer, George Enescu.
The festival has been running since 4 September 1958, the official opening day of the first festival, three years after Enescu's death. The festival is staged in September, every two years, in the odd-numbered years, and features an average of twenty works by the Romanian composer. A linked competition takes place in the even-numbered years.
Although centred in the Romanian capital, Bucharest, events also take place in many other cities.
Ensemble. Concerts in Bucharest - Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Russian orchestral music at the George Enescu Festival
Ensemble. Philosophy and Theology - Paul Hindemith's 'Mathis der Maler' at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest impresses Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. A High Level - German operas at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. Les Dissonances - Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Bucharest
Ensemble. Oversized Lieder - Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Schoenberg in Bucharest
Ensemble. Trends and Tendencies - Contemporary music at the Enescu Festival, discussed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. Gripping and Engrossing - 'Otello' in an immigration camp at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi