Piano Concerts the Festival in La Roque d’Anthéron 2022
Every summer, the Luberon village of La Roque d’Anthéron greets visitors worldwide for the International Piano Festival. In its 42nd year, the month-long festival starts in mid-July, and music lovers fill the stands at Château de Florans. For four decades, the acoustic stage, set under a leafy canopy of Plantanes (Plane Trees), has been the focal point for daily concerts. The annual program delivers a range of keyboard styles performed by renowned international musicians, from classical to contemporary.
In 1948, Paul Onoratini rented a large property in Luberon. Some of the buildings on the site date from 1598. Read more about the history of Château de Florans here. After renovations and upgrades, he created a medical centre focused on nutrition. Eventually, he purchased the property, and today, the Clinique du Château de Florans remains in operation.
Festival Past to Present
Passionate about music, Onoratini and his son Bernard established a music festival at the nearby Cistercian abbey – Musique à Silvacane, in 1971. Mutual respect for music and good fortune connected the Onoratini family with René Martin, whose vision was to establish a music festival near Aix-en-Provence.
Martin’s project took flight in 1981 with the first Festival at Château de Florans, a modest program of 12 concerts. There were 9,000 spectators that year. Over the ensuing period, there have been numerous improvements; the stage has been expanded and improved, seating increased, and stores and dining facilities added. Today, the famous Festival International de Piano runs for a whole month, exceeding 76,500 in 2019. The Onoratini family and René Martin remain intricately involved in the current and future success of the Festival.
Location and Details
Festival International de Piano (website)
Parc du Château de Florans
13640 La Roque d’Anthéron
Telephone: +33 (0)4 42 50 51 15
June 8 at 9h on the website
June 10 from 9h – 19h by phone +33 (0)4 42 50 51 15 or at the box office
June 11 from 9h – 17h (one-time Saturday opening)
June 13 – July 15 Monday through Fridays 9h – 17h
The Festival runs from July 22 to August 19, 2022 (subject to restrictions).
Where to stay in La Roque d’Anthéron?
Le petit Figuier (The little Figtree) is an adorable bed and breakfast in the centre of the old part of the village.
Image credits: All images are from the Festival International de Piano photo gallery with photographer credits as marked.
Here is additional information on summer festivals in Provence and the Côte d’Azur.