13.06.2022 #classical #music

Benjamin Kruithof is qualified for the semi-finals of the Enescu 2022 competition

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Eleven young musicians received the most votes from the Cello Section jury members of the George Enescu International Competition 2022 and qualified for the Semifinals. In alphabetical order, they are: Sofia Blându (Romania), Constantin Borodin (Moldova / Romania), Maria-Izabela Ghergu (Romania), Goeunsol Heo (South Korea), Jisoo Kim (South Korea), Benjamin Kruithof (Luxembourg), Jiaqi Liu (China), Constantin Siepermann (Germany), Francesco Stefanelli (San Marino), Ileana Waldenmayer (Italy) and Aihao Zheng (China).

The Online Round of the 2022 George Enescu International Competition, Cello Section, was held between May 6-23, 2022. There were 26 entries in this section, out of which, 21 contestants were declared eligible by complying with the conditions imposed by the regulations. The results were announced online by the President of the Jury in a video posted on the Competition’s website, on Wednesday, May 25th.

I have the honor to welcome all participants to this fantastic event. The program of the qualifying round was very difficult and varied. Your performances confirmed the high level of professionalism of all the cellists. I would like to thank you for all the great music and wish you much success in the future regardless of the results of the qualifying round. Sometimes the path to success is more important than success itself because at this time we reach new heights in our art,” said David Geringas.

The cello semifinal will take place on September 5 and 6, 2022 at the Romanian Athenaeum, in Bucharest. Supporting the Competition’s mission to highlight Enescu’s creation, the cello semifinal includes, by regulation, Sonata no. 2 in C major for Cello and Piano Op. 26 of George Enescu. The final will be on Thursday, September 8, 2022, when the three qualified competitors will be accompanied by the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by maestro Tito Muñoz.

The Cello Section Jury of the 2022 edition is formed of David Geringas (Chairman of the Jury), Natasha Brofsky, Marin Cazacu, Enrico Dindo, Leonid Gorokhov, Alexandra Guțu, Reinhard Latzko, Meehae Ryo and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi.

The competitors’ video recordings remain available on the page dedicated to the online stage of the cello section.

About The George Enescu International Competition
The George Enescu International Competitionserves as an international launching platform for future world-renowned musicians and aims to promote the compositions of the great Romanian musician among the new generation of artists around the world, and is thus a natural extension of the George Enescu International Festival, the most prestigious cultural event organized in Romania. The Competition has four sections – violin, cello, piano and composition – and ranks in top five worldwide in the landscape of classical music competitions.