Eighty-eight (88) contestants applied for the 5th Edition of the International Conducting Competition Bucharest Jeunesses Musicales, all young conductors, under 35 years of age, from 37 countries and 5 continents, such as Italy, China, Romania, Russia, Japan, Bulgaria, South Korea, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Austria, Greece, Netherlands, United States of America, Bolivia, Canada, Czech Republic, Switzerland, France, Iran, Israel, Latvia, United Kingdom, Norway, Serbia, Syria, Spain, Turkey, Venezuela, Croatia, etc. Fifty of them were selected to participate in the 1st Round.
The jury of the competition deployed from 1st to 5th of September was exceptional, formed by 7 important people of Romanian and international musical life:
Maestro Horia Andreescu (Romania) – Chief Conductor of the George Enescu Philharmonic in Bucharest and associate Professor of the National University of Music Bucharest – President of the Jury
Maestro Mark Stringer (USA) – Conductor and Professor of Orchestral Conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna
Maestro Nicolae Licaret (Romania) –Artistic Director of George Enescu Philharmonic in Bucharest
Maestro Bojan Sudjić (Serbia) – Artistic Director of the RTV Serbia’s Music Production, and Chief Conductor of the RTV Serbia’s Symphony Orchestra and Choir. He is also Professor of conducting at Faculty of Music Art, University in Belgrade.
Maestro Gheorghe Costin (Romania) – Chief Conductor of Banatul Philharmonic in Timisoara
Maestro Jacek Rogala (Poland) – Director and Chief Conductor of Kielce Philharmonic, Poland
Maestro Bujor Prelipcean (Romania) – Director of Moldova Director in Iasi
The International Conducting Competition Bucharest Jeunesses Musicales is the only conducting project acknowledged and promoted by the Jeunesses Musicales International Network – the largest network of this kind for young musicians around the world – 85 countries. In Romania, the project has grown from year to year, from one edition to another.
Sander Frans Frederik Teepen (Netherlands) and Yuta Shimizu (Japan) – Honorable Mention and Sander Teepen also received the Prize of the “George Enescu” Philharmonic Orchestra.
The three finalists also were awarded a future concert with the Moldova Philharmonic Orchestra in Iasi; Haoran Li another concert at the Banatul Philharmonics in Timisoara and Giancarlo Rizzi (Italy), one of the semi-finalists, a concert at the Kielce Philharmonics (Poland.
The International Conducting Competition Bucharest Jeunesses Musicales – the 5th Edition, 2014, is implemented by ELITE ART Club UNESCO Association – Jeunesses Musicales Romania and financially supported by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund and ARCUB – the Cultural Center of Bucharest Municipality, with the kind support of the Embassy of United States in America in Bucharest. Sponsors: Romtelecom, Cosmote, Corciu si Asociatii. Parteners: George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, Ella Congress&Events, Medicover, Way Media, Ibis Hotels, Athenee Palace Hilton, Aqua Carpatica. Main media partners: Radio Romania Muzical and Radio Romania Cultural.