George Enescu

August 19, 1881 – May 04, 1955

Modern Period

Born in Romania

George Enescu was born in the village of Liveni in Romania. He was a child prodigy and at the age of 7 became the youngest student to be admitted to study violin at the Vienna Conservatory.

Young George also composed music, often for violin and piano. His studies in both composition and violin continued at the Paris Conservatory.

Many of Enescu’s compositions were influenced by Romanian folk music. His two Romanian Rhapsodies are counted among his most popular works. He also wrote three symphonies, chamber music and an opera. He also promoted and performed the music of other Romanian composers.

The airport in Bacau Romania is named George Enescu International Airport in his honor.