Monte-Carlo Spring Arts Festival is a classical music festival that lasts for four or five weekends in early spring, spanning the months of March and April. The concerts take place in several concert halls in Monaco as well as unusual venues, like the oceanographic museum of the “parking des pêcheurs” car park. Founded at the request of Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace, the festival soon made a name for itself and is remarkable for its broad scope and varied line-up.
Guests and musicians from all over the world have come to perform there, including the greatest orchestras in Europe, like the London Symphony Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, the Royal Ballet of Cambodia and the Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra. Several composer portraits are presented at each new edition, such as Ravel, Brahms, Bach, Bartok, Mozart and Beethoven.
Apart from the concerts, the festival offers many activities on the theme of the works performed, like conferences given by musicologists and masterclasses open to the musicians performing at the festival.
In 2003, the musician and composer Marc Monnet took charge of the Spring Arts Festival, breathing new life into the event. Classical and contemporary music were featured side by side, an initiative that delighted the public and helped to establish the Spring Arts Festival’s reputation.
New and different programmes were offered very year. The Spring Arts Festival has thus had different themes over the years, such as “New Adventures”, “Extraordinary Discoveries” and “Imaginary Journeys”. These events with poetic and evocative themes meet the expectations of spectators by paying tribute to the great classics while introducing new and contemporary artists.
The halls are as much a part of the Spring Arts Festival’s success as the concerts themselves. Every year, the public has the opportunity to discover talented artists in an extraordinary environment. The Salle Empire at the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, the Salle Garnier located in the Opéra de Monte-Carlo and the Salle des Etoiles at the Sporting Monte-Carlo as well as the Oceanographic Museum, Auditorium Rainier III, Galerie Marlborough an the Théâtre des Variétés all welcome the greatest artists for exceptional shows and concerts every year.