Lille Piano(s) Festival – 2019 Music Odyssey in Lille


Lille: 14, 15, 16 June 2019, here comes the famed Lille Piano(s) Festival

Visiting Lille in June?  It only takes half an hour away by train from Bruxelles-ma-Belle. How about getting to Lille, to discover the most fantastic piano-s festival? In addition to tasting local delicacies.

Jean-Claude Casadesus, founding director

Started 15 years ago, it is in full bloom now, with outstanding interpreters and conductors! Jean-Claude Casadesus is at the heart of Lille’s piano(s) festival. Every year in June, 3 days are devoted exclusively to keyboards in all forms: symphonic concerts, recitals, jazz sessions, masterclasses, improvisations, creations, shows combining other artistic disciplines, musical happenings, meetings with artists … Rendez-vous at the Lille Piano(s) Festival!

Real musical Odyssey

Mid-June 2019, the Lille Piano(s) Festival will be celebrating its 15th anniversary with Lille National Orchestra. An eclectic audience will enjoy a real musical Odyssey through the organ, the harpsichord, the clavichord, the marimba, the vibraphone, the synthesizer, the accordion and the bandoneon.

It will be starting on Friday 14th, running through Saturday 15th and closing on Sunday 16th June 2019 with a fabulous concert in the Nouveau Siècle with the great Nelson Freire conducting the emblematic second concerto of Brahms.  


For 15 years, the keyboards celebrations in Old Lille have run through a variety of premises: auditoriums, the station, museums, libraries, clubs, the street and even last year, the Abbaye de Vaucelles a couple of miles away.  Year in year out, carefully selected high musical profiles have been regularly invited from every part of the world. Especially young confirmed talents.

Quality, creativity, eclecticism and openness remain the keywords. They have shaped the brightly shining festival in Les Haut de France ever since its inception.


As to The Nouveau Siècle, the main hosting auditorium, it is situated at the heart of the city centre. You will find nice hotels and eating places all around. It is a superb auditorium with absolutely wonderful acoustics. It is the residence of the Lille National Orchestra. Smaller venues, however, such as the Quebec room,  will welcome smaller size concerts.

In the highlights: Vanessa Wagner and her current music programme. She was described by the daily Le Monde as “the most delightfully peculiar pianist of her generation”. Also the Orchestre de Picardie for two concerts, one with Franck Braley, our Belgian star and trumpet player Romain Leleu. The other with Adam Laloum.

For the first time, in the Cathedral of La Treille, there will be three major organ concerts with Thierry Escaich and Olivier Latry, as well as the chief organist Ghislain Leroy.

Renowned places of Lille, such as for instance La Gare Saint-Sauveur, The Conservatory, The Palace of Fine Arts, ND de la Treille, and the Abbey of Vaucelles open their doors to host all these concerts.

It goes without saying that the moderate price of tickets is certainly a great asset. Of course, the various places and their plural acoustics aim at ever reaching new audiences.  As a result, this also means an opportunity for everyone to redefine one’s approach to concert experiences. Young or old.

Jean-Claude Casadesus invité du Carrefour de Lodéon - vendredi 31 mai 2019

Jean-Claude Casadesus, founding director of the Lille National Orchestra has taken up the lead of the festival – for the very last time – he insisted. He has made sure his multiple programmes will indeed take into account Lille’s most attractive places and surroundings.

The programmes  

Obviously, Classics come first!  But let’s also have some Jazz! With Rhoda Scott and Jacky Terrasson, on Sat 16th, at the Nouveau Siècle, salle Québec 7:00 pm. Unless you would sign up for fabulous improvisations with Thomas Enco / Vassilena Serafimova playing BACH, Sat 16th, at the Abbaye de Vaucelles 11:00 am.

And why not, just for a change, also indulge in Tango? With Astoria Tango, Fri 15th, Nouveau Siècle, salle Québec, 7: 30 pm.

Want more?

For Romantics, the piano of Nicolas Stavy and the writer Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt will focus on  Chopin. On a more modern note, Edouard Ferlet will call technology to the service of virtuosity, in the Carnival of animals. But you might as well pick up The Tana quartet as they will be getting the opportunity to flirt with Brahms and contemporary composers.

Anything else on your wishing list? See you THERE! 

You will find the full agenda and registration on

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