Enesco, Georges

COMPOSER, PIANIST, VIOLINIST (ROMANIA)
BORN 19 Sep 1881, Liveni, Botosani - DIED 5 May 1955, Paris
REAL NAME Enescu, Georges
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 68)

Georges Enescu was born In Romania and made his first composition when he was five years old. When he was sevent he went to the Conservatory in Vienna, where he taught by Hellmesberger, Fuchs and Bachrich.

He gave concerts in Vienna and played work by Brahms and Mendelssohn. In 1895 he continued his studies in Paris, where he studied composition with Massenet and Fauré and violin with Marsick.

In 1923 he debuted as a conductor in New York City and in 1935 he conducted his pupil Yehudi Menuhin in Paris. He conducted the New York Philharmonic in 1937-1938. In 1939 he married Maria Rossetti (also known as Princess Cantacuzino), who was a friend of Marie, the future queen of Romania.

In his work his Romanian roots were always there, allthough he lived in France for the rest of his life, no longer visiting Romania after the Second World War. Among his best known works were two Romanian Rhapsodies (1901-1902) and his opera "Oedipe" (1936).

Related persons
• was pupil to Marsick, Martin-Pierre
• was teacher to Neveu, Ginette

Sources
• Culbertson, Judi & Tom Randall, Permanent Parisians, Robson Books, London, 1991
George Enescu - Wikipedia

Images

The grave of Georges Enesco at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (19 Nov 2006)

 


Engel, Erich

Published: 21 Oct 2007
Last update: 21 Oct 2007