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Les Heures Musicales de Biot

Star violonist Gautier Capuçon to return to Les Heures Musicales de Biot. Copyright Gregory BatardonAn intimate classical music festival of international standing, Les Heures Musicales de Biot returns from 17th May to 20th June under the wise guidance of artistic director Liliane Valsecchi. As the life blood of the festival – now in its 34th year – Valsecchi has invited an impressive list of musicians and performers to the hilltop village’s Église Sainte Marie-Madeleine.

There’s barely an artist in the world that would turn down the opportunity to appear at this unique event.

The Capuçon brothers have been absent from Les Heures Musicales de Biot for 13 years now, but both have continued to perform worldwide with some of the greatest, international orchestras and return to Biot in 2017.

Cellist Gautier Capuçon has recently completed a tour through the German-speaking music scene, with performances in Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Munich and Vienna, while his older brother Renaud, a master of the violin, has found a home in some of the world’s largest opera houses. The first concert of the festival, on 17th May, will see the works of Beethoven and Rachmaninov given new life by Gautier and Jérôme Ducros on piano. Renaud Capuçon is to perform Beethoven and Strauss alongside pianist Guillaume Bellom on 22nd May.

Another old acquaintance of Biot’s signature cultural event is young Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili, who has played here twice. That will become thrice on 28th May as she performs works by Schubert, Beethoven and Strauss. Other festival highlights include Russian pianist Nikolaï Lugansky on 13th June with Mendelssohn, Bruch and Bloch. French singer Natalie Dessay rounds up the event with pianist Philippe Cassard on and Thomas Savy on the clarinet on 20th June as they perform pieces by Schubert, Chausson, Debussy and Gounod.

All concerts start at 9pm in the church.


Claire Davis