As an authentic forum for classical music in all its infinite variety, the Colmar International Festival is, as always, remarkable for its enthusiasm, its originality and its absolute insistence on artistic integrity.The hallmark of this Festival, situated in the heart of Alsace and Europe, is its refusal to place music into neat categories or to succumb to routine, and its willingness to diversify and take risks.
Throw caution to the winds, astonish yourself, yield to curiosity and the pleasure of embarking on a rich and singular musical journey represented by this festival unlike any other. The pleasure and happiness of a shared musical experience await you!
Ever striving for overall coherence, the carefully devised programmes focus on the particular theme to which tribute is to be paid, spurning the usual programming philosophy of the summer festival circuit. The Festival includes symphonic music, choral works and chamber music. Here, masterpieces of the classical repertoire rub shoulders with rare works and first performances, and well-loved favourites are featured alongside pages of adventure, discovery and emotion
Thanks to the talent, conviction and warmth of the musicians and their commitment to the concept of tribute, not to mention the enthusiasm and loyalty of the increasingly numerous public, the reputation of the Colmar Festival now stretches beyond the borders of Alsace and France. Throughout the Festival's existence, artists and audiences have never ceased to believe in the open-minded approach which has helped to create a special, friendly atmosphere mercifully immune from the slightest trace of snobbery.