Welcome to all !
It is with great joy that as president of the association ''le Piano en liberté'' I present you four exceptional events that will take place from July 1 to 9, 2023 in the idyllic setting of the Hippodrome de la Côte d'Azur in Cagnes-sur-Mer:
- The recitals of the festival "Les Nocturnes du pianosponsored by Philippe Bianconi, will take place from July 3 to 8. You will be able to hear : Philippe Bianconi & Clément Lefebvre, Théo Fouchenneret, Nour Ayadi, Florian Noack, Célia Oneto Bensaïd and finally Jean-Paul Gasparian
- The day " Rencontre des pianistes Grands Amateurs ", on July 3, will include the recital of Noé Zagroun
- The "Samson François" Junior Piano Competition on July 1 and 2, will be open to budding pianists from 5 to 15 years old
- The International Piano Competition " Samson François ", from July 5 to 9, will be dedicated to young people from 16 to 30 years old. They will be our pianists of tomorrow!
This festival must be a great celebration around the piano, its goal is both to promote young talent, to perpetuate the musical legacy of Samson François and to bring together the great piano lovers, all this in an atypical setting certainly, but which proves to be the ideal place for listening and sharing.
The 2022 edition was a success thanks to you, you were more than 2,000 spectators to support us, I hope from the bottom of my heart that the 2023 festival will enchant you even more.
Christine GASTAUD - Pianist, piano teacher at the Conservatoire National de Région de Nice, Creator and Artistic Director of the festival "Les Nocturnes du Piano" and President of the association "Le Piano en Liberté".
Listening only to her formidable intuition, against all the reluctance that had been expressed, Christine Gastaud made her dream come true: to make a concert venue out of an unusual and atypical place, the Hippodrome de la Côte d'Azur in Cagnes-sur-Mer. From the first recital of the "Nocturnes du Piano", that I had the honor and the pleasure to give on July 2, 2022, as sponsor of this festival, the bet was won.
The quietness, the serenity and the poetry of the place, the immense open space behind the stage, the astonishingly good acoustics immediately won over the public. For my part, I felt a great happiness to make music in this place, with a formidable comfort of listening and a true feeling of plenitude.
This impression has been confirmed by all the young pianists who have succeeded me.
I wish long life and immense success to this magnificent festival, whose mission is to introduce the public of the Côte d'Azur to young and wonderful pianists of the new generation.
And long live also the "Samson François" Competition, coupled with the festival, whose first edition was also a great success, revealing to the public Ryan Wang, a fabulous young pianist of 14 years old !
Philippe BIANCONI - International pianist, Sponsor of the festival " Les Nocturnes du piano ".
In 2022 a new piano festival was born in Cagnes-sur-Mer. This year, the second edition of the festival "Les Nocturnes du piano" comes to knock once again melodiously to our ears.
Supported by the association Piano en Liberté, chaired by Christine Gastaud, the Nocturnes du piano take place in the Hippodrome de la Côte d'Azur to reach out to all audiences.
A musically ambitious program offered to the people of Cagnes mixing great names of music and the young generation of concert pianists. I admire the work accomplished around this project that the City of Cagnes-sur-Mer supports: a Festival, but also an International Samson François Competition which attracts more than 80 candidates from all over the world, a junior competition, and a day of meeting of the great piano amateurs, all this realized with professionalism and requirement.
Under the starry sky of Cagnes-sur-Mer, at the Hippodrome, we can dream of the future, wishing long life to the Nocturnes du piano where music and the beauty of the equestrian art meet.
Louis NÈGRE - Mayor of Cagnes-sur-Mer
Delegate President of the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolis
Welcome to this extraordinary site, which has been entrusted by the local authorities to the Société des Courses de la Côte d'Azur. It has built one of the most beautiful racecourses in Europe. But its recognition must go beyond this single equestrian activity.
A veritable garden on the Mediterranean, the racecourse must be the natural place to host exhibitions and creative events and contribute to the reputation of our beautiful region.
An international piano festival could not but arouse enthusiasm and invite us, as far as possible, to allow the association "Le Piano en Liberté" to gather the means for its project.
The quality of this musical event is bound to be a success with piano lovers.
Thank you to all of you and we wish you great musical moments.
François FORCIOLI-CONTI - President of the racecourse of Cagnes-sur-Mer.