GEORGE ENESCU PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
For more than 145 years, the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra has given concerts in the centre of Bucharest, at the Romanian Athenaeum. Conductors have included Eduard Wachmann, George Enescu, George Georgescu, Constantin Silvestri, Mihai Brediceanu and Cristian Mandeal, followed by Horia Andreescu, who was appointed principal conductor of the orchestra in 2010. During the golden inter-war years, under the dome of the Romanian Athenaeum, the greatest musicians of the time appeared with the orchestra, including Igor Stravinsky, Maurice Ravel, Arthur Rubinstein, Richard Strauss, Herbert von Karajan and Pablo Casals. The repertoire of the orchestra includes major works by composers including Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, Enescu and Jora, to be heard in almost 200 annual concerts. The orchestra has made several commercial recordings and has undertaken frequent tours of Europe, Asia and the Far East.