Young talents

Trumpet player Serguei Nakariakov, the "Maurice André of the 21st century", debuted in Colmar in 1990 at the tender age of eleven.

The same year, the violinist, Julian Rachlin, performed as a soloist at the Festival at age 16. Since then, he has embarked on an impressive international career.

Gil Shaham, unanimously acclaimed as one of the greatest violinists today, was invited to perform under the baton of Yehudi Menuhin in 1993. At the time, few in France had heard of this 22-year old musician.

The same year, Vadim Repin, another 22-year old violinist who was also totally unknown in the West, performed in Colmar.

The phenomenal pianist, Evguéni Kissin, performed here as early as 1992.

That same year, a young Russian pianist, Arcadi Volodos, debuted in Colmar as a student in the masterclasses. He returned to Colmar in 2000, after the phenomenal success of his recital at Carnegy Hall and of his first album for which the critics called him "the new Horowitz."

Igor Tchetouev performed as a soloist and recitalist in Colmar at the tender age of fourteen before being unanimously awarded first prize at the prestigious international Arthur Rubinstein piano contest in 1998.

At age 15, Alexei Ogrintchouk performed to great acclaim as soloist with orchestra in Colmar in 1994. After brilliant studies at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris, the young oboist who was "discovered" in Colmar, won no less than two prizes at the "Victoires de la Musique" in 2002 - the "foreign revelation of the year" and the audience\'s choice prizes. At present, he is oboe soloist with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

Many young French musicians have also been invited to perform in Colmar before becoming nationally and internationally renowned. To cite only a few: Nathalie Stutzmann, Frank Braley, Marie-Josephe Jude, Paul Meyer, Jonathan Gilad.

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