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Top 5 greatest international classical music festivals

in Provence-Alpes-Côte-D’Azur

The South of France is well-known for its lifestyle and the region is also renowned for its excellent summer season. In the summer, the evenings will be declined in classical music during the festivals which have forged their history in the South and are famous worldwide.

Menton Music Festival

The Festival de Menton was created by a Hungarian journalist, André Böröcz, who fell in love with the town whose architecture, according to him, perfectly matches the notes of classical music and makes it even more magical. For over 70 years, the town has hosted the greatest classical music artists and gathered a public which has remained true to the event. At the end of July and the beginning of August, soloists, orchestras and chamber music take over the Parvis Saint-Michel and the Palais de Menton to plunge the town into a dazzling atmosphere.

International Piano Festival in La Roque d’Anthéron

A real must for the music lovers of the South of France and the most famous classical music artists in the world, the international piano festival, created by René Martin, is a genuine musical experience which reinvents itself every year. To such a point that the festival is now opening its doors to jazz and spreading beyond its famous Parc du Château Florans in La Roque d’Anthéron: the music is exported as far as the Luberon, Marseille, the Alpilles and the land of Aix and the famous Abbey of Silvacane.

Les Nuits du Château de la Moutte in Saint-Tropez

What better than a hundred-year-old palm grove in the Domaine de la Moutte to organize an intimate, exclusive get-together for the general public and artists? Since the 19th century, Château de la Moutte has been a favourite venue for musical tradition with its courtyard where the air is always cool and the acoustics delightful. In July and August, the most famous soloists of classical music and jazz share the stage and charm music lovers.

Off-season favourite: The Easter Festival in Aix-en-Provence

The Spring season also has its musical highlights. In April, Aix-en-Provence hosts the Festival de Pâques. Created by Renaud Capuçon and Dominique Bluzet, the festival offers a variety of exceptional famous international soloists, choirs and great orchestras so that each edition evolves and is shared with all the members of the public and each year – a real success!

The Aix-en-Provence International Festival of Lyric Art

The Aix-en-Provence Festival takes place every summer in June and July. It is one of the world’s leading opera festivals. Every year it presents new opera productions, lyric recitals and symphony concerts conducted by the world’s greatest conductors. Ahead of the Festival, with Aix en Juin, the city comes alive with concerts of classical and Mediterranean music. During this event, emblematic venues in the city such as the Théâtre de l’Archevêché, the Grand Théâtre de Provence and the Conservatoire Darius Milhaud are used to host the artists.