Music of Monaco

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Seaside facade of the Salle Garnier, home of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo

Monaco is a sovereign city-state, country, and microstate on the French Riviera, along the Mediterranean coast. The country has long been under the control of the Grimaldi family, who have encouraged musical development. Prince Rainier III introduced the Prince Rainier III Prize for Musical Composition to reward Monegasque musicians.


Classical music

The Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1863 and gained a permanent home at Salle Garnier in 1879. The Orchestra is quite prominent in the classical world, and has been conducted by Igor Markevitch, Lovro von Matačić, Paul Paray, Lawrence Foster, Gianluigi Gelmetti and Louis Frémaux.

The Little Singers of Monaco are a children's choir founded in 1973, when the Palatine Chapel's Chapel Master, Philippe Debat, was ordered by the government to send a choir of children around the world. This practice carries on a tradition from the reign of Prince Antoine I, during whose rule a children's choir sang the liturgies in the Palatine Chapel.

Eurovision success

In the past Monaco participated regularly in the Eurovision Song Contest between 1959–1979 and 2004–2006. The country's only win in the contest came in 1971 when Séverine performed "Un banc, un arbre, une rue". None of the artists participating for Monaco was originally Monegasque, but French-born Minouche Barelli, who represented Monaco in 1967, shared her time between Paris and Monaco, acquired Monegasque citizenship in 2002, and died in the principality on 20 February 2004 at the age of 56. [1]

Notable artists

The Franco-Monegasque singer-songwriter Léo Ferré was born in Monaco.

Josh Stanley is a currently active Monégasque singer-songwriter. He started his musical career in 2012 and has had a fast growing fan base around France and in the USA. Josh Stanley was born in Nice (France) and raised in the Principality of Monaco. [2]

There is a small active metal scene with Black Knight Symfonia [3] and Godkiller [4] being the more prominent acts.

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  1. "Minouche Barelli, chanteuse", Le Monde 27. February 2004.
  2. "Stanley Josh" . Retrieved 2019-12-31.
  3. "Black Knight Symfonia in Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives" . Retrieved 2019-12-31.
  4. "Godkiller in Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives" . Retrieved 2019-12-31.