The Enescu Festival Enters a New Sage of International Development: Maestro Zubin Mehta, Honorary President of the George Enescu International Festival for the 2017 edition
Maestro Zubin Mehta announced Wednesday, September 2, in a press statement that he has accepted the invitation to be the Honorary President of the George Enescu International Festival for the 2017 edition. The invitation was made by the organizers, based on a mutually agreed decision made at inter-institutional level.
Maestro Zubin Mehta said:
“I look forward to returning to Romania, you have the most beautiful Festival in the world and the most wonderful audience. Each musician feels so good here when they look towards the audience and sees the people’s smiles. The Romanian musicians are quality musicians and we have to thank the Festival organizers. I have accepted this proposal because it is an offer I could not refuse.”
During the negotiations, Maestro Zubin Mehta analyzed the artistic program in progress for the 2017 edition of the Festival, in cooperation with the future artistic director, and approved it.
Since 1981, Maestro Zubin Mehta has been the music director for life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, being the first director who brought together on the same stage the biggest three tenors of the world: Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras, in a concert that is still one of the bestselling concerts of all times.
Zubin Mehta has been with the George Enescu International Festival since its 1964 edition. In 1995, for his first participation in a post-December edition of the Enescu Festival, Zubin Mehta conducted on the Alexandru Ioan Cuza Hall Stage at Parliament Palace. He has returned more than once for the Enescu Festival, saying that he is in love with the Festival and the Romanian audience.
During the previous editions of the George Enescu International Festival there has been a tradition of appointing an Honorary President and an Artistic Director: Lord Yehudi Menuhin and the conductor Lawrence Foster (for 1998 edition), Roman Vlad and the conductor Cristian Mandeal (for 2001 edition), Mr. Ioan Holender and Cristian Mandeal (for 2003 edition). Between 2005 and 2015 both functions have been accepted by Mr. Ioan Holender.
Taken from the event website: festivalenescu.ro