Three finalists compete for the first prize of €15,000


Finalists at the George Enescu International Violin Competition (from left to right): Orest Smovzh, Vikram Sedona and Giuseppe Gibboni

The 2018 George Enescu International Violin Competition has announced its three finalists:

  • Orest Smovzh, 28, from Ukraine
  • Vikram Sedona, 18, from Italy
  • Giuseppe Gibboni, 17, from Italy

The final round takes place in Bucharest today, with each competitor performing a concerto for violin and orchestra. The first prize winner receives €15,000 as well as a number of international performance opportunites.

Open to violinists aged 32 and under, the competition has helped to launch the careers of laureates including Silvia Marcovici and Philip Hirshchhorn. This year’s jury comprises Pierre Amoyal (President), Krzysztof Wegrzyn, Viktor Tretyakov, Remus Azoiţei, Agustin León Ara, Salvatore Accardo, Pavel Vernikov, Eduard Schmieder and Silvia Marcovici.