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Les Heures Musicales turn 35

Here the world is just as you would like it to be: harmonious and full of love, enthusiasm and people you can rely on. Every year, one wonders how the festival’s creator and artistic director, Liliane Valsecchi, manages to bring such high-quality artists to the Église Sainte Marie Madeleine in the small township of Biot.

To organise a festival as successful Les Heures Musicales de Biot, you need a motivated team. Pictured: artistic director and founder Liliane Valsecchi (centre) and Mayor Guilaine Debras (in red). In 2018, the popular festival will celebrate its 35th anniversary from 18th May to 20th June. There have certainly been some challenging and turbulent times, such as in 2012 when the church had to be restored, but nothing can stop Liliane.

She is resolutely inspired by her task to organise first-class concerts. This year, there are six of them, each more beautiful than the other (full programme and reservations:

Awarded the prestigious French Cultural Order Médaille d'Officier des Arts et des Lettres in 2011, Liliane understands the culture scene like none other on the Côte d'Azur. With passion and a constant drive, she has succeeded in significantly contributing to the image of the region’s cultural landscape and that of Biot in particular. Of course, this hasn’t escaped the town’s administration as well of that of the Alpes-Maritimes and wider PACA region. They have all supported and subsidised the event for many years. Although a lot other festivals have had to give up their cause for financial reasons, Liliane actually received an increase in her budget for this year’s Les Heures Musicales… Bravo!


On the programme

Friday 18th May Accordion: Richard Galliano (accordion)

Sunday 27th May Mozart: Renaud Capuçon & Kit Armstrong (Mozart)

Friday 8th June: Gautier Capuçon & Jérôme Ducros (Brahms, Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninov)

Tuesday 12th June: Nikolaï Lugansky & Vadim Rudenko (piano)

Sunday 17th June: Arcadi Volodos (piano)

Wednesday 20th June: Natalie Dessay & Philippe Cassard (singing & piano)

All concerts start at 9pm and tickets range from €30 to €45


Petra Hall

*Originally published in the #178 edition of Riviera Insider