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  • EFA - Applications for International Enescu Competition 2014 open until 1 July - detail - news - European Festivals Association
    Moiseevich Kagan Pascal Mahé Rogé Cristina Ortiz Dmitri Alexseev or Valeriy Sokolov explains Mihai Constantinescu Executive Director of both Enescu Festival and Enescu Competition The 2014 edition of the George Enescu Competition will take place between 6 and 27 September and has four sections Violin Cello Piano and Composition The prizes are worth over 100 000 Euros The Competition is proud to use The Romanian Athenaeum and The National Music University both symbolic places of Bucharest as the performance venues for the preliminary stages of the Competition The final concerts will be performed at The Romanian Athenaeum with the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra The candidates can seek information about the rules for the 2014 Enescu Competition on the Enescu Festival website following this link The application form is available for download on this link Should they need Enescu scores to prepare for the competition they are kindly invited to contact the organisers artexim at rdslink ro Renowned Justus Frantz to conduct the Piano Final Three famous musicians will conduct the finals of the 2014 edition Marek Pijarowski former Artistic Director of the prestigious National Philharmonic of Poland will conduct the Violin Final Pianist and conductor Justus Frantz a close friend of legendary Leonard Berstein will conduct the Piano Final Ovidiu Bălan one of the most sought after conductors of Eastern European tradition will conduct the Cello Final of the Competition An unprecedented opening concert to celebrate laureates of the Enescu Competion The 2014 edition also establishes a premiere in the history of the Competition An exceptional opening concert will be held on September 6 highlighting the power this Competition has for launching international careers Internationally acknowledged Romanian violinist Alexandru Tomescu with his Stradivarius and renowned Kazakhstani pianist Amir Tebenikhin both laureates of the Enescu competition in 1999 respectively 2007 will

    Original URL path: http://www.efa-aef.eu/en/festivals/news/detail/1623/Applications%20for%20International%20Enescu%20Competition%202014%20open%20until%201%20July/ (2015-11-08)
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  • EFA - Bosnia and Herzegovina: International Peace Center calls for support - detail - news - European Festivals Association
    Activities Bosnia and Herzegovina International Peace Center calls for support Sarajevo Monday 19 05 2014 Appeal to friends peacemakers and humanitarians around Europe and the world for help to citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region affected by the natural disaster caused by floods On behalf of the citizens who individually and through our and other organisations and civil society institutions work day and night on rescuing the lives of people in our country and countries in the region affected by the natural disaster we invite you to jointly organise activities of international solidarity and concrete assistance to people in need Food and medicine are necessary for the worst affected areas in our country and countries in the region Direct activities entitled Direct Activities for Close and Distant Neighbours are of special significance to our country and region since we are experiences great difficulties and face tragedies of great extent We need to restore normal life to our fellow citizens and rehabilitate areas affected by the natural disaster which is unprecedented for our country You can send all help via Red Cross in BiH and our local partners and networks in villages and towns We expect to witness acts

    Original URL path: http://www.efa-aef.eu/en/festivals/news/detail/1618/Bosnia%20and%20Herzegovina%3a%20International%20Peace%20Center%20calls%20for%20support%20/ (2015-11-08)
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  • EFA - The 18th Vilnius Festival: from Händel to... Händel! - detail - news - European Festivals Association
    She has appeared in such festivals as Schleswig Holstein in Germany Michel Sogny in Switzerland and Pianistit Tunturissa in Lapland earned prizes in international competitions in Lithuania France Germany Italy etc After intermission the Vilnius Festival will join the world music community in celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Richard Strauss the German composer active at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries The LNSO will present symphonic poem Don Juan and his last opus a vocal cycle Four Last Songs a true symphony for voice and orchestra In these songs the orchestra shares the stage with Aga Mikolaj an opera diva appearing in major opera theatres in Europe and enjoying critical praise for her performances of Mozart and Richard Strauss Friday 6 June 19 00 Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall will turn into a paradise of voices On the occasion of National Day of Sweden the Vilnius Festival presents Swedish vocal jazz group The Real Group The group has sung together since 1984 They have been voted the world s best vocal group by global organization CASA Contemporary A Cappella Society of America and have over the years received many awards for their albums and solo performances among them awards that have previously gone to groups such as Singers Unlimited Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 The Real Group has worked with quite an array of global artists for example Barbara Hendricks Bobby Mc Ferrin Van Morrison Sir George Martin and Toots Thielemans They have worked with such Swedish artists as Titiyo Lisa Nilsson ABBA s Frida and Povel Ramel Sunday 8 June 19 00 Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall will submerge in a concerto genre The stage will be graced by the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra its temperamental artistic director violinist Sergej Krylov always brimming with unique ideas and internationally acclaimed violist Maxim Rysanov dubbed the viola innovator Tonight Rysanov will not only play viola but also conduct Schnittke s Concerto grosso No 1 The aforementioned musicians will also share the stage with cellist from Russia Alexander Ramm a winner of numerous international competitions Džeraldas Bidva the principal violin of the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and harpsichordist Vaiva Eidukaitytė Storastienė The programme will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Alfred Schnittke s music the latter is to mark the composer s 80th birth anniversary Thursday 12 June 19 00 Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall will present Celebrating Bach Vilnius welcomes British Baroque experts Academy of Ancient Music and renowned harpsichordist and orchestra director Richard Egarr In Celebrating Bach featuring Bach s vibrant concerti and suites gleaming with all baroque adornments the seasoned early music masters will verify that Bach s music is immortal Tuesday 17 June 19 00 Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall presents a piano recital This year this position is entrusted to charismatic pianist Lukas Geniušas A member of famous dynasty of musicians Lukas often jokes that he wasn t given a chance to pick out the profession since he was a child he has been surrounded by musicians who never let him

    Original URL path: http://www.efa-aef.eu/en/festivals/news/detail/1607/The%2018th%20Vilnius%20Festival%3a%20from%20H%c3%a4ndel%20to...%20H%c3%a4ndel!/ (2015-11-08)
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  • EFA - Abu Dhabi Festival 2014 comes to a close after 117 events in 29 days - detail - news - European Festivals Association
    Festival 2014 has been an overwhelming success I am overjoyed by the level of support we have received from performers partners and the public which has made this edition the most successful ever Having had the pleasure of witnessing so many talented performers both from the region and around the world it is a wonderful feeling to bring this year s Festival to a close by officially honouring the legendary musician Quincy Jones with the Abu Dhabi Festival 2014 Award Abu Dhabi Festival 2014 programme highlights With 117 events and 35 productions spanning 35 venues over 29 days Abu Dhabi Festival 2014 welcomed a large number of residents and tourists young and old to join as it celebrated the theme of Creative Innovation across the UAE Celebrating Emirati art under the Creative Innovation theme Abu Dhabi Festival 2014 presented numerous leading initiatives that brought together international and local artists including the legendary Herbie Hancock with Emirati artist Hamdan Al Abri Renee Fleming with the first Emirati Soprano Sara Al Qaiwani and students of Bayt Al Oud Al Arabi performed Fairouz s melody The People Asked Me as a prologue to Michel Fadel s performance with Ahmed Sheikh on the zither Ali Al Sheikh on the flute and Sham Ghaleb Sloom on the oud in a celebration of creativity that shines in the UAE Abu Dhabi Festival 2014 kicked off on January 27th with a very special Pre Festival concert by Gustavo Dudamel and The Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela SBSOV which enthralled the Abu Dhabi audience with masterful renditions of works by Tchaikovsky and Beethoven as well as a crowd pleasing signature encore bursting with Latin American rhythms From March 2nd 31st The Story Mile in Khalifa Park took residents on a voyage of discovery with a new chapter in Emirati storytelling crafted by Zayed University students In an initiative that brought a fringe festival ambiance to Abu Dhabi ADF 2014 created a series of laid back events entitled The Space Sessions for young Emiratis and peers to share their creativity ideas and artistic inventions Hosted at The Space twofour54 during March the series enabled young people to express their creativity and their visions for the future while giving them valuable access to established artists including Emirati soul singer Hamdan Al Abri acapella group SAMA Quartet and Emirati actress Amel Al Marzooqi The main Festival programme commenced on March 17th with The Asil Ensemble for Arab Contemporary Music who breathed new life into traditional Arabic music in their UAE debut Part of ADF 2014 s Bayt Al Farabi series the ensemble captured the spirit of the Festival with a performance that drew upon the cultural heritage of the region and made it relevant to audiences today On March 21st His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan officially inaugurated the Abu Dhabi Festival 2014 Exhibition and attended the Legendary Herbie Hancock s Gulf World Premiere at Emirates Palace During the inauguration artist Bill Fontana presented the World Premiere of Acoustical

    Original URL path: http://www.efa-aef.eu/en/festivals/news/detail/1604/Abu%20Dhabi%20Festival%202014%20comes%20to%20a%20close%20after%20117%20events%20in%2029%20days/ (2015-11-08)
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  • EFA - MusMA workshop and concert to take place during the Ankara International Music Festival - detail - news - European Festivals Association
    TRT and the radios of nine countries that broadcast classical music The aim of the project is to support young composers and musicians and promote them all over Europe The project also targets classical music listeners to meet new voices and familiarise them with new genres To reach this aim each festival every year commissions a young composer with a piece revolving in some way on a common theme that is determined for each year Each piece is then performed in at least five European festivals This way commissioned works can travel between festivals and the composers can reach to a broad international audience The performances during the festivals are recorded by the radio and or TV corporations of the related country and broadcast via EBU to a broad network thus can also be listened to in countries that are not members of this project The composers and musicians selected for this project annually meet in one of the member countries for workshops and exchange of views So far workshops took place in Estoril in 2010 in Granada in 2011 in Ljubljana in 2012 and in Wroclaw in 2013 The MusMA V workshop will be held in Ankara from 24 26 April 2014 organised by the Sevda Cenap and Music Foundation Within the framework of this project the following works have been added to the Turkish Music repertory and promoted abroad Siyah Kalem Dansı Black Pencil Dance composed for bağlama folk instrument with three double strings ney reed flute and electronic equipment by Mehmet Can Özer in 2010 Music for Piano by Fazlı Orhun Orhon in 2011 Hat Calligraphy for three percussionists by Onur Türkmen in 2012 Tanrının Dostları Friends of God composition based on the verses of Goethe and Hacı Bayram ı Veli for twelve voices by Yiğit Aydın

    Original URL path: http://www.efa-aef.eu/en/festivals/news/detail/1592/MusMA%20workshop%20and%20concert%20to%20take%20place%20during%20the%20Ankara%20International%20Music%20Festival/ (2015-11-08)
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  • EFA - 34th Budapest Spring Festival: A Celebration of Spring in Budapest - detail - news - European Festivals Association
    Spring Festival has planned its programme Besides music theatre and dance the fine arts and photography film contemporary circus and architecture will also be featured The Festival will inhabit the entire city with musicians dancers and performances appearing in the most unexpected places perhaps even involving their audience along the way As formerly the 34th Budapest Spring Festival will present world famous performers The Vienna Philharmonic will play under the baton of Zubin Mehta At a concert where he conducts his own ensemble Philip Glass explores the overlap of film and opera with La Belle et la Bête Beauty and the Beast Two of today s most sought after baritones the British Simon Keenlyside and Erwin Schrott from Uruguay will each give a solo recital World famous Moldavian violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja will be among those who pay tribute to one of today s busiest Hungarian composers Péter Eötvös who has turned 70 The soloist of the BBC Philharmonic s concert is Austrian percussion magician Martin Grubinger Elena Bashkirova and the Jerusalem Festival Chamber Ensemble bring the spirit of Vienna to Budapest with a programme that selects masterpieces from different ages from Haydn through Arnold Schoenberg and Beethoven to Alban Berg Maxim Vengerov and the Polish Chamber Orchestra will play Mozart and Tchaikovsky while the Capella Amsterdam sing the works of a Hungarian genius of contemporary music György Ligeti In the Hungarian State Opera s production of Tosca Cavaradossi will be sung by José Cura Two Baroque rarities also stand out in the operatic programme Handel s Orlando being one of them performed now by Jean Christophe Spinosi and the Ensemble Matheus The other is a modern world premiere of Jean Philippe Rameau s Les fêtes de Polymnie realized in cooperation with the Centre for Baroque Music Versailles A thrilling spy opera is in the making about the life of the legendary Dutch dancer Mata Hari who was sentenced to death in 1917 by a French military court on charges of spying for Germany Jazz guitarists Lee Ritenour one of the greats of the genre with a 40 year career will appear in concert as will Matt Bianco who play a unique synthesis of jazz Latin and synth pop and will now be accompanied by the Amsterdam Concertgebouw s Jazz Orchestra The grande dame of fado the Portuguese Dulce Pontes will also be here Extravagant showman Rufus Wainwright one of today s most original pop performers will make his debut in Hungary at the Festival Presenting a mixture of cultures and marked with a strong North African influence the songs of the French band Lo Jo are performed on authentic instruments Márta Sebestyén one of the best known Hungarian folk singers joins forces with Grammy Award winner Deep Forest and others at a special film concert playing among other tunes songs from The English Patient Considered the Monty Python of classical music the Polish MozART Group offer a special treat with their concert The world premiere of Infernal Ball performed by

    Original URL path: http://www.efa-aef.eu/en/festivals/news/detail/1594/34th%20Budapest%20Spring%20Festival%3a%20A%20Celebration%20of%20Spring%20in%20Budapest%20/ (2015-11-08)
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  • EFA - Menuhin Festival Gstaad 2014: ticket sales and reservations have begun - detail - news - European Festivals Association
    Château d Oex A night concert in a hangar at the airfield in Saanen with Patricia Kopatchinskaja will take place for the first time this year and other unique locations include once again the Botta Mountain Station at Glacier 3000 the Alpine Hut Les Ouges and the Workshop at Chaletbau Matti CEO and intendant Christoph Müller chose Music in Motion as the theme for the festival in 2014 Music that moves whether in a journey a hike dancing or to contemplation The first week of the festival is marked by a Wanderer Cycle with captivating chamber music Christian Zacharias the world famous pianist and conductor is the artist in residence at the beginning of the festival and appears in a number of concerts Other highlights include violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja pianist Khatia Buniatischvili and Isabelle Faust the favorite soloist of deceased condutor Claudio Abbado who is appearing for the first time in Gstaad And Winfried Toll will be leading the outstanding choir from Daejeon South Korea in two concerts in Zweisimmen and Saanen Another unique highlight in the festival s programme are number of concerts featuring You Tube Classic Stars artists who have earned international recognition initially through online network platforms including British trumpet virtuoso Alison Balsom guitarist Milos Karadaglic and pianist Valentina Lisitsa The Festival Tent will host concerts with two legendary orchestras the London Symphony Orchestra and the Filarmonica della Scala Milano Shooting star Daniel Harding is back and conductor Antonio Pappano the head conductor at Covent Garden London will be making his debut in Gstaad The appearance of Hollywood star Klaus Maria Brandauer is also sure to attract attention he will narrate Mendelssohn s A Midsummer Night s Dream after Shakespeare assuming the role of the various characters in his unforgettable manner The festival s own orchestra the

    Original URL path: http://www.efa-aef.eu/en/festivals/news/detail/1572/Menuhin%20Festival%20Gstaad%202014%3a%20ticket%20sales%20and%20reservations%20have%20begun/ (2015-11-08)
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  • EFA - Tbilisi International Festival of Theatre calls for applications for participation in 2014 festival - detail - news - European Festivals Association
    vornehmste Aufgabe von zeitgenössischen Festivals sich um die Gegenwart zu kümmern Joachim Sartorius Director Berliner Festspiele Festivals The Association EFA Activities Tbilisi International Festival of Theatre calls for applications for participation in 2014 festival Tbilisi Thursday 06 02 2014 The next edition of the TBILISI INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THEATRE one of the major international cultural events in Georgia and the Black Sea region will take place in Tbilisi Georgia from 19 September to 2 October 2014 After three successful years of the Programme NEW the festival is opening up the doors to its 4th edition Deadline for applications for participation 20 April 2014 The festival s reputation has been built on the quality of its programme with selected works of major international directors and companies from all over the world This was the frame for the festival for first two years after its foundation But in search of theatre and artists that were beyond the festival s focus and knowledge it was decided to resize the frames rethink the idea and as a result a programme called NEW was introduced in 2011 NEW is very popular now Wonderful works and artists from Israel Poland Lithuania Argentina Romania Germany Finland Russia and India made the idea of NEW successful The programme is announced every year with great anticipation of new works discoveries and possibilities for festivals and for artists NEW is an integral part of the festival s International Programme NEW is for artists who want to take risks and challenge new audiences NEW is a voyage of discovery an adventure for your artistic concepts With the Programme NEW the festival focuses on the work of innovative young mid career and emerging artists and provides a platform to share work and artistic ideas The festival promotes the idea of showcasing and

    Original URL path: http://www.efa-aef.eu/en/festivals/news/detail/1571/Tbilisi%20International%20Festival%20of%20Theatre%20calls%20for%20applications%20for%20participation%20in%202014%20festival%20/ (2015-11-08)
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