George Enescu

Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A Major, op. 11

            George Enescu was the most significant composer and performer from Romania in the late nineteenth and twentieth century.  A gifted composer of a large of body of compositions for most genres, he was also active as a touring violin virtuoso and conductor, making many appearances in the United States from the early 1920s until ill health restricted his activities; he died in Paris in 1955, and is buried in the famous Père Lachaise cemetery.  A child prodigy, he entered the Vienna Conservatory at the age of seven, distinguished himself, and after graduation—already a celebrity--matriculated at the Paris Conservatory for further studies.  He was widely appreciated in the United States, making his debut as conductor with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and was one of those considered