International Music Festival
The Besançon Franche-Comté Music Festival was created in 1948: it is one of the oldest and most prestigious music festivals in France. It offers recitals and chamber music, but is much better known for its symphonic repertoire. Guest conductors include some of the world’s most famous, such as André Cluytens, Carl Schuricht, Igor Markevitch, Rafael Kubelik, Lorin Maazel, Charles Dutoit...
A significant part of the Festival is the International Competition for Young Conductors, created in 1951. This is one of the most prestigious events of its kind. Winning the prize in Besançon enabled Gerd Albrecht, Seiji Ozawa, Michel Plasson, Zdenek Macal, Sylvain Cambreling and Yutako Sado to take their first steps onto the international stage.
Since its origins, the Festival has also been a key player in the creation and dissemination of contemporary music and since 2004 has been developing an ambitious composer's residency project.