The "Piano Nocturnes" festival
its Recitals,
the Meeting of the great piano lovers
and the 2 International piano competitions
"Samson François ".

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2022 - the year of birth!

The recitals of the festival
The "Piano Nocturnes" 2022.

July 2 - Philippe Bianconi

BRAHMS : 2 Rhapsodies op. 79
SCHUMANN : Fantaisiestücke op. 12
CHOPIN : Polonaise Fantaisie op. 61 & Scherzo n°4 op. 54
RAVEL : 3 excerpts from Les Miroirs: Oiseaux tristes, Une barque sur l'océan, Alborada del Gracioso

July 3 - Rémi Geniet

SCHUBERT: 4 Impromptus op. 90
BEETHOVEN: Sonata op. 101
BACH: Caprice on the departure of his beloved brother
RAVEL: Le tombeau de Couperin

July 4 - Florian Noack

SCHUBERT : Sonata in A min D 784, Allegro, Andante, Allegro
LYAPUNOV : Berceuse, Ronde des Sylphes, Tempête
CHOPIN : 24 Preludes op. 28

July 5 - Jorge Gonzalez

SCRIABINE : Sonata n9 op68 " Black Mass "
BEETHOVEN : Sonate lab Majeur op.110
LISZT : 3 sonnets of Petrarch
After a reading of Dante (Fantasia quasi Sonata)

July 6 - Clément Lefebvre

ALBENIZ : Iberia 1st book
RAVEL : Sonatine, Une barque sur l'océan, Jeux d'eau, Valses nobles et sentimentales
SCRIABINE : Valse op. 38, 2 impromptus op. 12, Fantaisie op. 28

July 7 - Theo Fouchenneret

FAURE : Nocturnes n 3,4, 5 and 10
BARTOK : Sonata
MENDELSSOHN : Romance without words op.19 n6 " Gondole vénitienne ", Rondo capriccioso

Philippe Bianconi

Inaugural evening of the "Nocturnes du piano" at the Côte d'Azur racecourse with Nicolas Bringuier, Olga Monack, Christine Gastaud, Philippe Bianconi and François Forcioli-Conti

Philippe Bianconi

Florian Noack

Clément Lefebvre

Rémi Geniet

Théo Fouchenneret

Jorge Gonzalez

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The International International Piano Competition
" Samson François " 2022

  • 49 candidates from 24 different countries (South Korea, Canada, China, Japan, Australia, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Finland...) competed in the first round, on a free program including a work by Chopin.
  • 14 finalists were selected for the final, invited to present a thirty-minute free program including a work by one of the following three French composers: Ravel, Debussy, Fauré. Each candidate also had the opportunity to perform a contemporary work entitled Barcarolle, a tribute to the legendary pianist, commissioned by the festival from composer Antoine Cesari.

The list of winners

1st Prize, awarded unanimously by the jury:

 Canada, born in 2007

2nd prize:

Russia, born in 1997

3rd prize:

Italy, born in 2001

Special prize for Antoine Cesari's work:

Japan, born in 1993

Special mention of the jury:
COMI Nicolas

Swiss, born in 2005


Lithuania, born in 2001

The winners received cash prizes and concert engagements in southeastern France and Paris.

Finalists Diplomas: Stella Almondo (Monaco), Samuel Bismut (France), Guido Coppin (Italy), Kim Doo-Min (South Korea), Kim Sangil (South Korea), Sayoko Kobayashi (Japan), Paul Lecocq (France), Gabriel Meloni (Italy), Tomasz Zajak (Poland)

In the photo on the left, Ryan Wang, First Prize of the Samson François International Competition, surrounded by the jury and Carine Daniau-Sinigaglia François Forcioli-Conti, President of the Hippodrome de la Côte d'Azur where the competition took place.

The prestigious jury was composed of : Christine Gastaud, pianists Pierre Réach, Julia Mustonen-Dahlkvist, Vahan Mardirossian (also conductor of the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie), Olivier Bellamy, Nicolas Bringuier and Olga Monakh, President of the jury.

Pierre Réach

Olivier Bellamy

Julia Mustonen-Dahlkvist

Vahan Mardirossian

Christine Gastaud

Nicolas Bringuier

Olga Monakh
(Ukraine - Germany)

Artistic Direction

Samson François, 4 syllables forming a bridge between music and magic. A name that awakens in each of us a secret desire for freedom and daring, and reminds us of the original function of the musician, as embodied in the myth of Orpheus: to charm, bewitch, and beguile the listener, and even to raise the dead through the magical powers of sound. This competition is a tribute to this unique artist, a poet of the piano who continues to inspire millions of music lovers around the world. We sincerely hope that young pianists will join this quest for the mystery of music, and that on their way to the "unattainable star", this competition will give them the necessary impetus to try to approach it.

Olga Monakh
Artistic Director

Nicolas Bringuier
Artistic Director

Having had the chance to study for many years with Bruno Rigutto, who was one of the only disciples of Samson François and his "spiritual son", I am very happy that Christine Gastaud, my first teacher in Nice, entrusted us with the artistic direction of this competition, which took place in the marvelous setting of the Hippodrome de la Côte d'Azur. Indeed, the strong ties that united Samson François to our region are multiple: he studied as a child at the Conservatory of Nice, and later resided in Menton and performed very frequently in our region. Let's hope that the young pianists who participated in this event will follow in his footsteps!

   Antoine Cesari and Miku Arizono

2022 - the year of birth!

The Junior Piano Competition
" Samson François " 2022

60 candidates from 28 countries in 4 age categories took part in this 1st Junior Competition.
All the competitions were public:
- on July 3, it was the 4 junior categories with 60 pianists from 5 to 16 years old,
- and from July 4 to 6, 60 young artists from 16 to 30 years old.

The list of winners

Category D (13 - 15 years) :
- D'ORLAN DE POLIGNAC Allan: 1st prize
- CHARMASSON Sophie: 2nd prize
- RIE Takeuchi: 3rd prize
- BEN-DAVID Zasman: 3rd prize
- DELATTRE Guillaume: Mention TB

Category C (9 - 12 years) :
- GIANSILY Can-Matteo: 1st prize
- COURVALET Ethan: 2nd prize
- KOSTENKO Mishel: 2nd prize
- TURK Raphaël-Elias: 3rd prize

Category B (7 - 8 years old) :
- COURVALET Bruce : Mention TB unanimously with congratulations of the jury
- KOSTENKO Nora : Unanimous "TB" mention with congratulations of the jury
- TRAN Lucy : Unanimous "TB" mention with congratulations of the jury
- BOURICHE Gabriel : Mention TB with unanimity
- BASTIEN Chloé : Honorable mention
- BEYS Lisa : Honorable mention with distinction
- HAN Lifing : Honorable mention with distinction
- HAN Selena : Honorable mention with distinction
- MA Léon : Mention TB
- SALLES-CAPORUSSE Stéphanie : Mention TB
- SCARCELLA Fabio : Mention TB
- SARFATI David : Mention TB
- KLING Katarina : Mention B
- LI Long : Mention B
- XU Yisong : Mention B

Category A (5 - 6 years) :
- LIU Hermance : Mention TB unanimously with congratulations of the jury
- WANG Olivia : Unanimously with distinction
- CHARRIERAS Aïleen : Mention TB
- GAO Martin : Honorable mention
- TIGLIO Johara : Mention TB
- ROUYLOU Aline : Mention B


The prestigious jury was composed of pianists Francesca Vidal, Marylise Lanoë, Nicolas Bringuier, Olga Monakh and Christine Gastaud, President of the jury.

Marylise Lanoë

Francesca Vidal

Christine Gastaud

Nicolas Bringuier

Olga Monakh
(Ukraine - Germany)

Some pictures of our young artists!

The Massena hall of the Côte d'Azur racecourse where the junior and international "Samson François" competitions were held.

A huge thank you to Carine Daniau-Sinigaglia Nicolas Rios and all the Kawai teams.
Thanks to their support, the tests were held on a beautiful instrument: The Shigeru Kawai concert!

The Massena show at the Côte d'Azur racecourse and the jury.

GIANSILY Can-Matteo: 1st prize - category C

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