Les Nocturnes du piano
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6 Recitals
La Rencontre des grands Amateurs
International Piano Competition Samson François


3rd edition - June 28 to July 7, 2024
Côte d'Azur racecourse


the 2023 festival film

Welcome to all !

Our beautiful Festival will be back in June and July 2024, and it's all thanks to you!

As President of the Le piano en liberté association, which has been organizing this great piano festival since 2022, I'd like to take this opportunity to extend my warmest thanks to all those who enable our talented young people to make their mark in our beautiful region!

Previous editions have been a real highlight, and I'm sure you'll be delighted with the 2024 edition!
There will be some truly exceptional soloists, as much for their pianistic talent as for their human qualities, the Samson François Competition will celebrate the centenary of the birth of Samson François, with many special prizes, and this year the Grands Amateurs will have 2 days especially for them...The dates?
From Friday June 28 to Sunday July 7, 2024.

Get ready to experience some great moments, always in the magnificent setting of the Côte d'Azur racecourse!

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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.
In 2024, the third edition of "Les Nocturnes du piano" will once again strike a melodious chord in 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 Hippodrome de la Côte d'Azur - Cagnes-sur-Mer.

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