New artistic director

In recognition of a heritage of over 30 years of absolute artistic excellence, the Colmar International Festival is today opening a new page in its history with the appointment of Alain Altinoglu as Artistic Director.


It is with confidence and enthusiasm that the International Festival is entrusting him with the reins of this ambitious artistic project.


Alain Altinoglu is a brilliant and charismatic 47-year-old French conductor who has been invited by the most prestigious orchestras and opera in the world. He is currently Music Director of two major European institutions: the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.

He is one of the most talented and influential French artists on the musical scene today.


Thanks to this renewed artistic direction, the Festival with the support of the city of Colmar, is preparing to write an exciting page in its history and we looks forward to seeing you at its 33rd edition, which will take place in the first half of July 2023.

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Alain Altinoglu, Conductor

«With Alain Altinoglu, La Monnaie has found its Messiah » LE FIGARO

Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt. Since 2015, he has earned widespread recognition for his extraordinary leadership, inspiring riveting and transcendent opera performances in Brussels. His tenure with hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt commenced from the 2021/2022 season. Alain Altinoglu regularly conducts such distinguished orchestras as Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Concertgebouw-Orchester, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, London Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, Russian National Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra London, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, as well as all the major Parisian orchestras. Highlights of the 2021/2022 season include conducting the season opening concerts of the Wiener Philharmoniker, and appearing at the Salzburger Festspiele conducting Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust. Altinoglu debuts with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Czech Philharmonic, and continues guesting relationships returning to Wiener Symphoniker and Staatskapelle Berlin. A regular guest at the world’s leading opera houses, Altinoglu appears at Metropolitan Opera New York, Royal Opera House London Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, Opernhaus Zürich, the Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, the Bayerische Staatsoper München and all three opera houses in Paris. He has also appeared at the Bayreuther Festspiele, Salzburger Festspiele, Chorégies d'Orange and Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. Alongside his conducting, Altinoglu maintains a strong affinity with the song repertoire and regularly performs with mezzo-soprano Nora Gubisch. Altinoglu has released audio recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Naïve, Pentatone and Cascavelle. DVD productions of Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher (Accord), Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer (DG), The Golden Cockerel, Iolanta, The Nutcracker, Pelléas et Mélisande (BelAirClassiques) have also been released to critical acclaim. Born in Paris, Alain Altinoglu studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris where he now teaches the conducting class.



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Directrice : Claire Weiss


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