Rancho Dominguez, CA, (January, 2010) – Born in Romania, George Enescu (1881–1955) was a gifted composer and an internationally renowned violinist, pianist and conductor. To celebrate his life and career, the George Enescu International Piano Competition was recently held in Bucharest with 47 contestants from around the world participating. This competition is considered to be a most difficult and challenging one, as it requires contestants to perform pieces from all the works of George Enescu. To reach the final round, a high standard of diversity, professionalism and talent must be demonstrated.
Contestants were quick to praise the Shigeru Kawai pianos used in performance, particularly noting the control and speed of response that the pianos allowed. This outstanding responsiveness is a result of the remarkable Millennium III Action, which has garnered considerable accolades since its introduction.
The final round took place with full orchestra in the beautiful Bucharest Concert Hall. Winners were: 1st prize: Tebenikhin Amir (Kazakhstan); 2nd prize: Khachikyan Violetta (Russia); and 3rd prize: An Jong Do (South Korea). Shigeru Kawai is proud to have been chosen to help make the competition the brilliant success it was, both for the young performers and for the advancement of Romanian music culture.