Oct 16

Lille Piano Festival

Lille Piano Festival


Lille Steps

Lille Steps

My good friends Dick and Jan sent me this lovely photo of a set of steps they came across while on a trip to Lille in Northern France, and also very kindly allowed me permission to use it. Situated on the Deûle River, near France’s border with Belgium, Lille is the countries fourth-largest metropolitan area after those of Paris, Lyon and Marseille.

Some digging around and translating from French uncovers a nice surprise, to me at least, but I hope it will be of interest to the pianists amongst us.

There is a Piano Festival in Lille each year organised by the National Orchestra of Lille and its a rather grand affair.  This years festival took place between the 14th to 16th of June and attracted almost 16,000 visitors attending 50 concerts spread over 10 venues.  A further 10,000 people live-streamed video as certain concerts went out, so, all in all quite a big deal.

There was a varied program ranging from Alkan to Frank Zappa and pressed some pretty impressive performers into action as well as including many local pianists from the region.  It’s nice to think of so many pianists and musicians active and working.  The Orchestra of Liege opened proceedings on the Friday with two multi-award winning pianists, Stanislav Khristenko and Zhang Zou and continued until the Sunday covering many genres but culminating in a fascinating event where Auxane Cartigny performed a concert accompanied by a large screen displaying video from various video games.  My rusty French has given me to understand the concert was based on the music from video games since certains thèmes de jeu vidéo sont même devenus des standards !  (certain video game themes have now become standards!)

Next years festival takes place between the 13th to the 15th of June 2014 and if this years program is anything to go by, would be well worth a visit.  It’s also nice that the City of Lille have got behind the festival to the extent that they have decorated these lovely steps in such a majestic way.

If you read French then more information can be found here at the Lille Pianos Website

The video feed from the last nights “video games music” concert is very watch-able if you have an hour to spare and as it was available to embed, I’m putting it here for you to see.

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