30th Colmar International Festival
 
Tribute to Evgeny Kissin

Artistic director: Vladimir Spivakov

The 30th Colmar International Festival puts the spotlight on an extraordinary artist: Evgeny Kissin.

 

Evgeny Kissin was born in Moscow on October 10th 1971 into a music-loving family and he showed exceptional talent at an early age. He was barely 6 years old when he began studying at the prestigious Gnessin State Musical College in Moscow to work with the woman who remains his mentor today: Anna Pavlovna Kantor.

 

He performed his first solo recital in May 1983 and, following his success in the Great Hall in the Conservatoire with both Chopin's Concertos, was asked by Vladimir Spivakov to join his Moscow Virtuosi orchestra with whom he performed in Hungary in 1985. The West finally opened its doors to him in 1986: first Japan then Western Europe from 1987 where he performed alongside figures such as Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov and Valery Gergiev before going on a European tour with the Moscow Virtuosi (dir. Spivakov). He met Herbert von Karajan in 1988. The great master was instantly won over by him and asked him to perform at the Berlin Philharmonic. His great success brought him to the attention of the US: in September 1990 he began playing Chopin's Concertos with the New York Philharmonic which was followed by a recital at Carnegie Hall (1991). The world was now his oyster: the biggest international concert halls and record labels clamoured over him. He also began recording music in 1988 and regularly released records that received critical acclaim worldwide.

The 30th Festival's schedule will be true to the artist: the finest repertoire, the classical school, romantic movements and the best of the 20th century ranging from solo piano recitals and opera to chamber music and symphony orchestras. A panorama worthy of an all-round contemporary artist who is true to his roots and open to all the world has to offer. Evgeny may be an pianist but he may also be a poet first and foremost.

Wednesday, 04 July 21:00

Piano Recital: Evgeny Kissin - Chopin / Schumann / Debussy / Scriabin

Wednesday, 04 July 21:00

Evgeny Kissin

For his opening night at the Festival, Evgeny Kissin invites us on a journey through some of the most quintessential passages of his artistic and...
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Thursday, 05 July 12:30

Chamber Music Concert - Mendelssohn / Poulenc / Strohl

Thursday, 05 July 12:30

David Kadouch
Edgar Moreau

The new generation of French piano and cello players at its best, with two of the most flamboyant and personal artists. The programme they are...
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Thursday, 05 July 18:15

Chamber Music Concert - Arensky / Rachmaninov

Thursday, 05 July 18:15

Hélène Mercier
Louis Lortie

Hélène Mercier and Louis Lortie: the perfect piano duo with a flamboyant programme and the brilliant idea of performing in the same...
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Friday, 06 July 12:30

Chamber Music Concert - Beethoven / Tchaikovsky

Friday, 06 July 12:30

Trio Zadig

Renowned for their incredible interpretations of contemporary music, the young Trio Zadig remember the fundamentals and that's precisely what...
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Friday, 06 July 18:15

Chamber Music Concert - Von Weber / Mozart

Friday, 06 July 18:15

Quartet 212
Pierre Génisson

The members of Quatuor 212, from the prestigious New York Metropolitan, are joining forces with the tremendous French clarinetist Pierre...
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Saturday, 07 July 12:30

Chamber Music Concert - Haydn / Chaminade / Wagner / Ravel

Saturday, 07 July 12:30

Trio Chausson

The Trio Chausson is offering us a wonderfully varied programme, from Haydn, the founding father of chamber music as we know it today, to...
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Saturday, 07 July 18:15

Chamber Music Concert - Beethoven / Poulenc / Rachmaninov / Janacek

Saturday, 07 July 18:15

Victor Julien-Laferriere
Jonas Vitaud

Trained pianist and organ player, Jonas Vitaud also loves chamber music which he regularly plays with passion. Both he and his friend Victor...
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Monday, 09 July 12:30

Chamber Music Concert - Brahms / Beethoven

Monday, 09 July 12:30

Romain Descharmes
Pierre Fouchenneret

Beethoven and Brahms: two undisputed masters of 19th century music at its greatest, most powerful and most moving, too. Two romantics enamoured...
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Tuesday, 10 July 18:15

Chamber Music Concert - Von Dohnanyi / Brahms

Tuesday, 10 July 18:15

Sofja Gülbadamova
Quatuor Sine Nomine

The great Russian pianist Sofja Gülbadamova and Quatuor Sine Nomine are joining forces this evening to perform 19th and 20th century Central...
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Wednesday, 11 July 12:30

Chamber Music Concert - Ligeti / Beethoven

Wednesday, 11 July 12:30

Vision String Quartet

Founded in 2012 in Berlin by four mind-blowing young men, the Vision String Quartet takes chamber music by the scruff of the neck and performs it...
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Wednesday, 11 July 18:15

Poetry Evening - Evgeny Kissin

Wednesday, 11 July 18:15
Evgeny Kissin is, of course, a pianist, but he's also an artist in the broadest sense, and a poet first and foremost, a poet of the keyboard and...
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Thursday, 12 July 21:00

Piano Recital - Haydn / Schubert

Thursday, 12 July 21:00

Grigory Sokolov

An artist in a class of his own, Grigori Sokolov is one of those geniuses who like to let their performances mature over a long time, without...
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A PROPOS DU FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE COLMAR

Direction artistique : Vladimir Spivakov

Chaque année, le choix d’un thème porteur assure au Festival un concept pérenne. Ainsi l’hommage annuel rendu à un grand musicien devient le fil conducteur, permet d’aborder tous les répertoires et ouvre de nouveaux horizons : hommage à un instrument, à un pays, à une culture… Cette approche confère à l’ensemble de la programmation musicale une unité et une cohérence artistique qui lui permet d’accueillir les plus grands musiciens de la scène classique actuelle et un public fidèle.

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Président : Francis Hirn
Directeur : Hubert Niess

 

Le Festival International de Colmar est organisé par l'Office de Tourisme de Colmar