Printemps des Arts

The pleasure of (re)discovery

The Vienna School, Franz Liszt, French music, harpsichord in all its forms, and musical theatre… Such are this festival’s inspirational themes, for you to experience classical music differently.


Gérard Pesson, composer in residence / compositeur en résidence. / © C. Daguet Editions Henry Lemoine

Dare to come and hear things you may not necessarily hear in the media, music from all eras, original events, in all sorts of places”, says Marc Monet in his introduction to the festival. For his 19th year as artistic adviser to Printemps des Arts, and before handing over to Bruno Mantovani in 2021, he has programmed a series of 16 concerts, two musical theatre performances, as well as meetings with artists and masterclasses open to the public. The idea is to share the pleasure of classical music with as many people as possible. To this end, the festival provides free shuttle buses from Nice to Menton for getting you to Monaco, be it to the Auditorium Rainier III, the Opéra Garnier, Grimaldi Forum, or the Salle Empire in the Hôtel de Paris. 

Béatrice Berrut plays Liszt, on 19 March. / Béatrice Berrut joue Liszt, le 19 mars. / ©

A spring festival that opens with an Orchestre National de France concert performance of music by Viennese School composers on 11 March. “We will have nine concerts on this theme because Schönberg, Webern and Berg are little played musicians, too little, and very important to the 20th century,” enthuses Marc Monet. Determined to make less explored compositions heard, he has chosen to focus on the illustrious and incredible figure of Franz Liszt, but through his symphonic poems as well as his pieces for piano and orchestra. The rare works from the end of his life, almost mystical and incredibly modern, will be released as a CD on the Printemps des Arts label, a veritable audio memoir of concerts over the years. 

Pierre Hantaï, harpsichordist / claveciniste. / ©Jean Baptiste Millot

Another theme, French music from 1880 to 1920, should have been central to the previous edition — the concerts were cancelled due to the confinement. Note as well the evening of
1 April at the Opéra Garnier with Aline Piboule at the piano. Three harpsichordists, Pierre Hantaï, Olivier Baumont and Andreas Staier, will also be performing some of the finest pages of French harpsichord literature. Rare moments! Finally, Marc Monet is presenting for the occasion the entertaining show Bibilolo directed by Arno Fabre, for which he composed the music as a play of sounds. Not forgetting a Sébastien Rivas creation commissioned by the festival. A resolutely different festival with a clear objective: creating “happy memories”.

11 March to 11 April 2021 11 mars au 11 avril 2021
Ticket price per concert / Tarif par concert :  €15 (except for the opening and Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra concerts / sauf concert d’ouverture et de l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo)

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