Judges of the 2009 Remember Enescu Competition outside the Enescu Memorial House, from left: Prof. Eduard Schmieder, Janet, Alexandru Tomescu, (two Romanian teachers, not judges), Prof. Laura Modorcea, Prof. Cornelia Bronzetti.

View of Sinaia in the snow.

George Enescu’s living room with Romanian icons and Biedermeier furniture.


Judge of Romanian Violin Competition

In December 2009, Janet served as a member of the international jury of the Remember Enescu Violin Competition, held in Sinaia, a small town in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania. Janet heard promising violinists, aged 9 -23, from Romania, Moldavia, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, Turkey and Germany. The lone US contestant was Janet's 18-year old student, Rachel Iba.

In a moving final concert, the prize winners of each age division performed works by Enescu, Sarasate and Ysaye in the living room of George Enescu’s home in Sinaia. Enescu (1881 – 1955), Romania’s most beloved violinist-composer-conductor, designed and furnished the house between 1923 and 1927, to welcome visiting musicians, artists and writers. In addition to the competition, the Remember Enescu Foundation organizes concerts to promote young musicians and encourage the performance of Enescu's music.

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