Festival Festival de musique de Besançon Franche-Comté


The Besançon International Music Festival in Besancon is a major event in the world of classical music. Each year it plays host to prestigious orchestras, chamber music ensembles and soloists. The festival programme is open and varied, a chance to discover a young talent, world music and contemporary creation.

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From 9 to 18 September the 69th Festival will welcome six European symphony orchestras, a choir and soloists for more than 30 concerts dedicated to Bach, Dvorak, Ravel, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, and contemporary music with the resident composer Philippe Hersant. World music and jazz will also be present during some evenings at the Pianos-bar. Founded in 1948, the Besançon Festival is one of France’s oldest and most prestigious music festivals. Open to recitals and chamber music, symphonic repertoire nevertheless embodies the true spirit of the festival, drawing great conductors such as: Cluytens, Schuricht, Markevitch, Kubelik, Maazel, Dutoit… to name but a few. This image was bolstered in 1951 with the International competition for young conductors which quickly established itself as the most prestigious event of its kind. Indeed, the Besançon Prize offered Gerd Albrecht, Seiji Ozawa, Michel Plasson, Zdenek Macal, Sylvain Cambreling, and Yutako Sado their first opening on the international scene. In addition to this, the Festival has always been an essential conduit for the creation and dissemination of modern music. It has developed an ambitious resident composer project within Franche-Comté, backed by a number of local partners including broadcasting and educational establishments in Besançon and the greater region. The Festival is also actively pursuing a strategy of music for the masses with a rich programme of world music and educational initiatives for school children and for those housed in other institutions.

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Informations pratiques

Cultural themes : Music


Détail critères prix mini/maxi : Concerts de 5 € à 49 €

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Situation géographique

Besançon and surroundings, Doubs, Loue and Dessoubre Valleys, Besançon Loue Lison, Doubs, Bourgogne Franche-Comté

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