First international flute competition “Maxence Larrieu” in 2007
The association «à travers la flûte» ” – through the flute – organized from 2 nd to 11 th November 2007 the first international flute competition “Maxence Larrieu”; and the first junior competition , at the National Music College in Nice.
62 candidates were selected for the Big Competition and 21 for the competition. 29 nationalities were represented.
The jury, presided by Maxence Larrieu, was composed of eminent people from all the world of flute music :
Geneviève Amar | flautist of Philharmonic Orchestra of “Radio France”
William Bennett | Teacher at the Royal School of music in London and solo flautist in the London Symphony Orchestra
José-Daniel Castellon | Teacher at the music school of Lausanne
Guy Cottin | Solo flautist in the National Orchestra of “Pays de la Loire”
Shigenori Kudo | Teacher at the Normal Music School of Paris and international soloist
Robert Langevin | Solo flautist of Philharmonic Orchestra of New York, teacher at Juilliard school of music of New York
Salvatore Lombardi | Teacher at the Music College of Salerne and international soloist
Giuseppe Nova | Teacher at the Superior Academy of Pescara and international soloist
Philippe Pierlot | Solo flautist of the French National Orchestra and teacher at the Superior Music College of Lyon.
The graduates were accompanied for the last show by the regional orchestra “Cannes Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur”, directed by Philippe Bernold, conductor invited.

Throughout the exams, the association “à travers la flûte” organized master classes, dispensed by the members of the jury ; musical instruments and scores exhibitions ; and devoted the day of November, 9th 2007 to the composer Jean Françaix.
For this particular day, the public had the opportunity to be at a concert-conference animated by Lionel Pons who is a specialist of music. All the composer’s family was there.
The competition “Maxence Larrieu” was supported by a lot of partners, who were essentials for the realization of this project.
The best flute manufacturers were here :
Mr. Wasser, PDG of Powell Flutes USA,
Mr. Yasukawa, President of Powell Flutes Japan,
Mr. Kobayashi, Powell Flutes Japan,
Mr. Cadinot, Powell France,
Mr. Miane, Leader SML, Pearl Flutes,
Mr. Hnatek, Brannen Flutes Suisse,
Mr. Mancaux et Takahashi, Yamaha Musique France,
Mr. Watanabe, Muramatsu Flutes.
They all had the opportunity to be at the graduate’s concert and to give themselves the prizes offered by their society.
A large, warm, and quite expert public assisted at the following concerts :
• Gala concert organized by the members of the jury for the music festival “C’est pas classique” – it’s not classical – in the large auditorium “Athena” at the Congress Palace in Nice on November, 2nd. The auditorium was full.
• Last day of the competition with the regional “Cannes Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur” orchestra at the auditorium of the Music College of Nice, on November, 10th.
• Graduate’s concert on November, 11th.
• Junior competition graduate’s concert on November, 3rd at the “Eden Casino” in Antibes-Juan les Pins.
All of these concerts were very successful, with full auditoriums.

The competition was also promoted in the medias :
- Nice-Matin (everyday regional news paper) devoted some articles to this competition.
- The TV Channel “France 3 Région” broadcasted a report on Thursday, November 8th 2007 in the everyday news.
- The radio “France Musique” announced on its show “La Cour des Grands”, by Gaëlle Le Gallic the results of the last day of competition, on November, 10th 2007 ; and had invited the winner of the first prize of the competition “Loïc Schneider” (France).
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Second international flute competition “Maxence Larrieu” 2011

The 2nd edition of this competition will happen from 20 th to 29 th October 2011 at the National Music College “Pierre Cochereau” in Nice.
This competition is now announced as one of the greatest flute competition in the world, just as the flute competitions of Kobe, München, Pekin, Geneva and Paris.

Maxence Larrieu and the Graduates from the 1st Larrieu competition
Maxence Larrieu and
the Graduates from the
first Larrieu competition.

from left to right
Loïc Schneider / France
Denis Bouriakov / Russia
Katalin Nagy / Hungary
Andrea Manco / Italy
Matteo Evangelisti / Italy

Loïc Schneider - first great prize
and RCPACA Orchestra
Riria Niimura / Japan - first great
prize junior competition
M. Larrieu and the jury of the first
competition “Maxence Larrieu” in Nice
Loïc Schneider, Riria Niimura and M. Larrieu and the jury of the first competition
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