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The Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo festival has been bringing together musicians from all over the world since 1984, revisiting the great classics while also introducing exclusive contemporary compositions.

Established at the behest of Princess Grace, the Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo takes place over four or five great weekends during spring.

The Princess of Hanover has been president of the festival since 1984, and composer Marc Monnet has held the role of director since 2003.

With a focus on creativity, the event is characterised by a diversity of artistic expression (featuring music from the eleventh to the twenty-first centuries, symphonies, operas, recitals, performances, dances and more) and a high standard of quality, which is embodied by the biggest artists.

Daniel Barenboim, Ruggero Raimondi and Ileana Cotrubaș were the first soloists to perform at the festival. Festival headliners have also included Yehudi Menuhin, Montserrat Caballé, Mstislav Rostropovich and Luciano Pavarotti.

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In addition to these big names from the classical scene, a number of “young stars” have made their débuts at the Printemps des Arts, including Maxim Vengerov and Cecilia Bartoli, who will take over leadership of the Monte-Carlo Opera in 2021. The festival also hosts internationally renowned orchestras.

Every year, more than 500 invited artists perform some 30 concerts attended by over 10,000 people. Often offering the unexpected, the Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo continues to surprise its audiences. The festival prioritises the discovery of musical cultures, and takes audiences on a journey across continents, from Africa (including, among others, the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste of Kinshasa) to Asia (with, for example, the Royal Ballet of Cambodia), staging events in Monaco’s performance spaces as well as more unusual locations, such as museums and even car parks.

 

 

The 2020 Printemps des Arts festival and its Quebecois flavour will arouse the curiosity of music fans.

It will feature the inaugural concert of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra with a repertoire of French music from the late nineteenth century, recitals by Aline Piboule and renowned harpsichordists, an evening of Les Folies Françoises – with a world premiere of Tendances by Yan Maresz, a piece commissioned by the festival – as well as numerous ensembles such as the Modigliani Quartet and a dance performance by Cas Public.

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A packed programme is thus in place for the festival, which runs from 13 March to 11 April. The event will conclude with an evening devoted to the great voices of Quebec (featuring soprano Hélène Guilmette) and traditional Inuit singing.

The Printemps des Arts is not limited to music: throughout this year’s festival, the public will also be able to enjoy interactive installations by Daniel Iregui, a new media artist from Quebec who blends design and technology, as well as an exhibition of Inuit works of art.

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