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Festival: Liszt en Provence


July 26 – November 8, 2020

Liszt en Provence was founded in 1998 by Thérèse Français, whose passion for the piano and love of the music of Franz Liszt inspired her to create a festival in his name. It is held every summer in the prestigious Provencal vineyard and winery of Château Saint Estève, in the ownership of her husband’s family since 1809. The festival focusses on recitals from the romantic piano repertoire, most of them given on a large terrace in front of the château (with an alternative indoor venue, later in the season, in the former orangerie)..

Among the prominent pianists welcomed at Liszt en Provence have been Marc-André Hamelin, in its first year and many other occasions, Nikolai Demidenko, Kun Woo Païk, Stephen Hough, Mikhail Rudy, Pietro De Maria, Alexandre Tharaud, Kit Armstrong, Barry Douglas, Cyprien Katsaris, Konstantin Lifschitz, François-Frédéric Guy, Francesco Libetta, Hamish Milne, Roger Muraro, Yevgeny Sudbin, Yulianna Avdeeva, and Daniil Trifonov. In addition to such artists of established renown, the festival invites emerging young pianists.

The 2020 season, presenting 7 concerts, will begin featuring Mariam Batsashvili with Liszt’s B minor sonata, followed by Jan Hugo, a remarkable Lisztian pianist; It will later heartily welcome Valentina Lisitsa in an extraordinary program including Schwanengesang and ‘Hammerklavier’. Another tribute to Beethoven will follow with his ‘Grande sonate” op.26 and Eroica Variations by young virtuoso Sergey Belyavsky and in addition the most ‘unplayable’ gems by Liszt. September will bring Beethoven’s violin sonatas, the autumn will again celebrate Beethoven along with Wagner and Bellini, featuring Jean Dubé and soprano Verene Andronikof, whereas a late recital by Goran Filipec will showcase all Liszt’s paraphrases of Verdi’s operas.

Château Saint Estève is located 8 km north of Orange near Avignon, enabling opera fans attending the famous Chorégies to combine opera and an evening of romantic piano music at Liszt en Provence. Free parking is provided. All concerts are followed by a complimentary glass of wine with the artist of the evening.

For full information, visit the Liszt en Provence Festival website.

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