The recital performed by pianist Murray Perahia at the Romanian Athenaeum on Saturday within George Enescu Festival was disturbed by the Folk You Gala held in Enescu Square. The festival’s organizers apologized later to the audience of the “unacceptable noise” in the square.
Perahia’s recital was held at the same time with Folk You Gala! Florian Pitis, held within Bucharest’s Days.
“The organizers of Enescu festival wanted to reserve the entire space of Enescu Square during the whole festival to prevent such incidents, but they didn’t receive the green light for that. During the recital, the organizers tried to convince those who were testing the sound for the folk event to stop it and to resume sound testing after the concert at the Athenaeum, but their request was dismissed, on the ground that “they have authorization”, Enescu festival organizers informed on the event’s Facebook page.
Murray Perahia’s recital was a top grosser. Perahia has become one of the most renowned contemporary artists during his career counting more than 30 years.
Murray Perahia was born in the Bronx borough of New York City in 1947 to a family of Sephardi Jewish origin, according to Wikipedia.