Music of Monaco

Monaco is a city and independent state located in the south of France, 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.

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 only children around the world. This practice carries on a tradition from the reign of Prince Antoine I, during whose rule a choir of children sang the liturgies in the Palatine Chapel.

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

Josh Stanley is a currently active Monégasque singer-songwriter who received some attention with his song "Sarko Song", dedicated to former French President Nicolas Sarkozy. He started his musical career in 2010 and has had a fast growing fan base around France and in the USA. Josh Stanley was born and raised in Monaco.[1][2][3]

In the past Monaco participate 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."


  1. "Josh Stanley". Josh Stanley. Retrieved 2016-07-18.
  2. "Les images de Josh Stanley en concert à la salle du Canton". Retrieved 2016-07-18.
  3. "Un Azuréen fait 1 million de vues sur Youtube avec sa chanson "Sarko revient"". Retrieved 2016-07-18.

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