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5th Maxence Larrieu International Flute Competition-Nice 2024

“Artistic excellence, creativity and ethics” have been the hallmarks of the Maxence Larrieu – Nice International Flute Competition since it was founded in 2007 by the association À Travers La Flûte.

The 5th edition will take place online from 12 to 14 July and at the Conservatoire of Nice from 21 to 26 October, 2024.

For 16 years, this competition has established itself as a springboard for the careers of young flutists from around the world. It brings together a jury composed of internationally renowned flutists, under the presidency of Maxence Larrieu.

The competition benefits from the generosity and active support of major partner institutions and companies, and looks forward to the arrival, in 2024, of individual patrons who are highly committed to promoting the flute in France and around the world.


For this fifth edition, several innovations are on the horizon :

The first innovation, called the ” Artistic Program “, offers candidates the opportunity to showcase their creativity and artistic dimension during the semi-finals. They must design an eclectic and original program, blending different styles, aesthetics, and musical periods. The most creative and original project will be rewarded with a special prize awarded by a jury specifically formed for this purpose.

The second novelty draws inspiration from the rich French tradition of the flute by dedicating the second round to French music. The French flute school has played a major role in the history of this instrument, thanks to composers such as Debussy, Poulenc, Jolivet, Ibert, and instrument makers like Louis Lot and Couesnon, as well as renowned flutists like Marcel Moyse, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Maxence Larrieu. In tribute to this tradition, the best performer of the French music program will receive a special prize in collaboration with teachers from conservatories and music schools throughout France.

Lastly, the Young Talent Prize will be awarded by a jury composed of young musicians and flutists aged 12 to 25. These national and international awards will allow a wide audience, including students and professionals, to participate in this exceptional event, both online and in person, to celebrate the flute and music in general.

Furthermore, to enrich the repertoire and promote contemporary composition for the flute, the competition regularly commissions works from exceptional composers. For the 2024 edition, Guillaume Connesson will compose a solo flute piece for the first round, and Élise Bertrand will compose a piece for flute and piano for the second round. These works will be published by Éditions Billaudot.


During the event in Nice, from 24 to 26 October, 2024, the Larrieu Competition will organize, in partnership with the associations La Traversière and Jean-Pierre Rampal, a flute festival featuring concerts, masterclass, lectures, workshops and exhibitions of flutes and scores.


October 25th will be dedicated to celebrating the 90th birthday of the eminent flutist after whom the competition is named, Maxence Larrieu. À Travers La Flûte Association will organize concerts, lectures and a Gala Concert, bringing together his close associates, former students and jury members around their honorary president.

The Competition Final will take place on October 26, with the future laureates accompanied by the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Lionel Bringuier for Jacques Ibert’s Concerto, and by a string trio composed of soloists from the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra for Mozart’s quartets.

In this fifth edition, the Maxence Larrieu-Nice International Competition continues its mission to highlight the artists of tomorrow while promoting its values. The competition’s organizing committee, composed of musicians, the Nice Conservatory under the direction of Thierry Muller, himself a flutist, jury members, accompanying musicians, patrons and sponsors will come together to welcome young talents, while supporting the principles of artistic excellence, creativity, and ethics.

Join us online from July 12 to 14 and October 21 to 26, 2024 at the Conservatory of Nice.

Jury President

As the president since the creation of the Competition, I am very pleased with this new edition, which continues to enthusiastically and excellently promote the tradition of the French school of flute, while unveiling a new generation of artists from around the world. I am also deeply touched to celebrate my 90th birthday on October 25th on this occasion, surrounded by my friends, former students, and the young artists of tomorrow.


President of the Jury of the Maxence Larrieu International Flute Competition and Honorary President of the Association À Travers la Flûte.

A Word from the Director

As the Director of the Competition and President of the association, I am delighted that this 5th edition presents several innovations to highlight the vision of the new generations of artists. It is important to me to introduce young artists and support them in their careers.

Dear flutists, come and present your artistic universe to a wide audience and an exceptional jury. Let your passion for music be your guide, and may your talent shine at this unique event.

I would also like to warmly thank the City of Nice, the Conservatory and its Director, the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra, ISCAE, the patrons and sponsors, as well as the entire team of the association and the competition committee, who together make this great event possible.


Director of the Maxence Larrieu-Nice International Competition and President of the Association À Travers la Flûte

Association À Travers La Flûte

The À Travers la Flûte Association was founded in 2002 by teachers from the conservatoires on the Côte d’Azur to promote the flute. The Association organizes festivals, the Summer Academy, concerts, masterclass, competitions, educational exchanges and the Maxence Larrieu International Flute Competition-Nice, all with the aim of raising the profile of the flute. With its flute orchestra, Les Flûtes d’Azur, the association enables young flutists and amateurs to share their passion.

Patrons and Sponsors

By making a donation or associating yourself with the “À Travers La Flûte” association, you are providing essential support for the success of the prestigious Maxence Larrieu International Competition-Nice. Your commitment will contribute to the smooth running of this world-renowned event, promoting musical excellence and supporting talented flutists from around the world. Your contribution will play an important role in making this exceptional event a reality.

About us

The Maxence Larrieu International Flute Competition is organized by the Association À Travers la Flûte, and several committees made up of professional musicians, teachers and artistic advisors from the music world.

These committees are divided into three categories :

the Organizing Committee, the Honorary Committee, and the Artistic and Strategic Committee.