Young but already major.
In four editions, the Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival has acquired a flattering reputation, reinforcing the city's position as a major player in the classical music world in Europe.
The results of the 2016 festival were more than promising, both in terms of audience and media coverage. Given the quality of the programme and the performers, the 2017 vintage will doubtless be a continuation of this positive journey, imbued with emotion. In the interests of openness, solidarity and creativity, the CIC has made classical music one of the main focus points of its sponsorship programme.
The bank is also a partner of La Folle Journée de Nantes, of the musical season at the Hôtel national des Invalides and the award ceremony the Victoires de la Musique Classique, in addition to supporting festivals in Besançon, Colmar, Maguelone, the Flâneries Musicales de Reims and, since the very beginning, the Aix-en-Provence Opera Festival.
I wish to pay homage to the innovative sense of the festival's directors – Renaud Capuçon, Dominique Bluzet and the teams – and their efforts to broaden the appeal of the festival.
I wish you all, regular festival-goers and first-timers alike, music fans and newcomers, a beautiful experience filled with enthusiasm and sharing.
CEO of CIC bank