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Colmar International Festival

du 07/04/2019 au 07/14/2019

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.

  • Artistic director: Vladimir Spivakov
  • Chairman: Francis Hirn
  • Director: Hubert Niess

Wednesday 04 July 2018

  • 21h00 > Église Saint Matthieu
  • Piano Recital: Evgeny Kissin - Chopin / Schumann / Debussy / Scriabin

Piano :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 musical world, with masterpieces of the piano repertoire by Chopin, Schumann, Scriabine and Debussy – whose death a hundred years ago is currently being marked. A keyboard poet in dialogue with the great composers who have always inspired him.


F. Chopin:3 Nocturnes

R. Schumann:Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op.14

C. Debussy:8 Préludes

A. Scriabine:Sonata No.4 in F sharp major, Op.30

Thursday 05 July 2018

  • 12h30 > Koïfhus - Salle Roesselmann
  • Chamber Music Concert - Mendelssohn / Poulenc / Strohl

Piano :David Kadouch
Cello :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 offering is a skilful blend of repertoire masterpieces and sheer discovery, with the wonderfulTitus and Béréniceby the unfairly forgotten Rita Strohl.


F. Mendelssohn :Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 58

F. Poulenc :Cello and piano sonata

R. Strohl :Dramatic Sonata «Titus et Bérénice»

  • 18h15 > Chapelle Saint Pierre
  • Chamber Music Concert - Arensky / Rachmaninov

Piano :Hélène Mercier
Piano :Louis Lortie

Hélène Mercier and Louis Lortie: the perfect piano duo with a flamboyant programme and the brilliant idea of performing in the same concert two of the most beautiful passages by Rachmaninov and an unknown one by his teacher, Anton Arensky, a tremendous composer who thoroughly deserves to be rediscovered. An extremely interesting insight into the bonds between these two men, in a play of echoes which promises to open up wonderful artistic perspectives.


S. Rachmaninov :Suite No. 1 Op. 5 (Fantaisie-Tableaux) for 2 pianos

A. Arensky :Suite for two pianos No.1, Op.15

S. Rachmaninov :Symphonic Dances, Suite for 2 pianos, Op. 45b

  • 21h00 > Église Saint Matthieu
  • National Philharmonic Of Russia - Tchaikovsky / Shostakovich Evening

National Philharmonic of Russia (N.P.R.)
Conductor :Vladimir Spivakov
Piano :Martha Argerich
Trumpet :Sergei Nakariakov
Cello :Mischa Maisky

For his first symphonic concert of the Festival, Vladimir Spivakov has called on some of the most prestigious soloists in the world of music: Martha Argerich on the piano, Mischa Maïsky on the cello and Sergeï Nakariakov on the trumpet. An array of geniuses for a programme in which the Russian soul, on both sides of the Russian Revolution of October 1917, is expressed through two musical giants: Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich.


P.I. Tchaïkovski :Italian Capriccio

P.I. Tchaïkovski :Variations on a Rococo theme for cello and orchestra, Op. 33

D. Chostakovitch :Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op.70

D. Chostakovitch :Concerto for piano, trumpet and strings in c minor, Op. 35

Friday 06 July 2018

  • 12h30 > Koïfhus - Salle Roesselmann
  • Chamber Music Concert - Beethoven / Tchaikovsky

Trio Zadig

Renowned for their incredible interpretations of contemporary music, the young Trio Zadig remember the fundamentals and that’s precisely what they’re doing here, giving us an overview of the trio with piano in the 19thcentury, with a focus on two key moments of the genre: Beethoven at the beginning of the century and Tchaikovsky right at the end. An implied kinship, or how artists feed off each other in order to find their own language.


L.V. Beethoven :Piano trio in D major, Op. 70 No. 1 "Ghost"

P.I. Tchaïkovski :Trio in A minor, Op. 50 In memory of a great artist

  • 18h15 > Chapelle Saint Pierre
  • Chamber Music Concert - Von Weber / Mozart

Quartet 212
Clarinet :Pierre Génisson

The members of Quatuor 212, from the prestigious New York Metropolitan, are joining forces with the tremendous French clarinetist Pierre Génisson to show us the wonders of Viennese chamber music at the end of the Enlightenment, with Mozart and Weber – his young cousin by marriage!


C.M. von Weber :Clarinet quintet in B flat major, J182 Op 34

W.A. Mozart :Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K. 581

  • 21h00 > Église Saint Matthieu
  • National Philharmonic Of Russia - Grieg / Prokofiev Evening

National Philharmonic of Russia (N.P.R.)
Conductor :Vladimir Spivakov
Piano :Alexander Malofeev

A fabulous evening! Young Russian pianist Alexander Malofeev (he was only born in 2001!) will be playing not one, but two concertos for piano and orchestra for us this evening. And what fantastic concertos they are: Grieg’sConcerto, extremely romantic, tender, lyrical and loving, and the masterfulConcerto No.3by Prokofiev. A concert you simply can’t afford to miss!


E. Grieg :Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1, op. 46

E. Grieg :Piano concerto in A minor, Op 16

S. Prokofiev :Piano concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

Saturday 07 July 2018

  • 12h30 > Koïfhus - Salle Roesselmann
  • Chamber Music Concert - Haydn / Chaminade / Wagner / Ravel

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 Cécile Chaminade who deserves to be more widely known – certainly a great discovery for many. Keen to diversify their repertoire, the members of the Trio Chausson are also performing two transcriptions of unforgettable passages by Wagner and Ravel.


J. Haydn :Piano trio in C major, Hob.XV:27
C. Chaminade :
Trio No. 2 in A minor, op. 34
R. Wagner :
Death of Isolde (transcription)
M. Ravel :la Valse (transcription)

  • 18h15 > Chapelle Saint Pierre
  • Chamber Music Concert - Beethoven / Poulenc / Rachmaninov / Janacek

Cello :Victor Julien-Laferriere
Piano :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 Julien-Laferrière, a young cellist who has just won the ’Victoires de la Musique’ award, invite us to explore this incredibly rich piano-cello repertoire, with the absolute masterpiece of all chamber music: Rachmaninov’sSonata.


L.V.Beethoven:12 variations on «Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen» on Mozart’s Magic Flute, in F major, Op. 66
F. Poulenc :
Sonata for cello and piano
L. Janacek :
Fairy tale for cello and piano «Pohadka»
S. Rachmaninov :Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op.19

  • 21h00 > Église Saint Matthieu
  • Chamber Music Concert - Prokofiev / Franck / Beethoven / Debussy Evening

Piano :Martha Argerich
Cello :Mischa Maisky
Violin :Timur Pirverdiev
Clarinet :Andrey Mikhailovsky
Violin :Vladimir Spivakov

This evening, Martha Argerich, Vladimir Spivakov and Mischa Maïsky are in the company of a few distinguished colleagues to carry us away on the wings of wordless singing, with performances of the most beautiful and moving chamber music by Beethoven, César Franck and Debussy, and the delightfully tender and rareOverture on Hebrew Themesby Prokofiev.


L. van Beethoven :Sonata for cello and piano No. 5 in D major, Op. 102, No. 2
C. Debussy :sonata for cello and piano, in D minor
S. Prokofiev :
Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34

C. Franck :Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major Fwv8

Sunday 08 July 2018

  • 21h00 > Église Saint Matthieu
  • National Philharmonic of Russia - Kantcheli / Mozart / Tchaikovsky / Chopin Evening

National Philharmonic of Russia (N.P.R.)
Conductor :Vladimir Spivakov
Piano :Seong-Jin Cho
Vibraphone :Dmitry Barkov
Cello :Petr Gladysh

Vladimir Spivakov invites us to explore the human soul, with works which are all deeply and intensely emotional: Mozart’sConcerto No.20and perhaps Chopin’s moving and majesticConcerto No.1, that includes some of the composer’s most touching passages and an opportunity to discover the prodigious pianist Seong-Jin Cho, First Prize at the Warsaw Chopin Competition in 2015. The title itself of Kantcheli’s poignantSilent Prayerreflects the kind of emotion behind it. Tchaikovsky’s swirlingPolonaisewill add its own giddy touch of good humour!


G. Kantcheli :Silent Prayer

W.A. Mozart :Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466

P.I. Tchaïkovski :Polonaise, from the opera Eugene Onegin

F. Chopin :Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Monday 09 July 2018

  • 12h30 > Koïfhus - Salle Roesselmann
  • Chamber Music Concert - Brahms / Beethoven

Piano :Romain Descharmes
Cello :Pierre Fouchenneret

Beethoven and Brahms: two undisputed masters of 19thcentury music at its greatest, most powerful and most moving, too. Two romantics enamoured with classicism and keen to communicate new ideas in keeping with forms and frameworks inherited from the best sources in the past. To do them full justice are two of today’s best French artists, pianist Romain Descharmes and violinist Pierre Fouchenneret, both with modest yet sensitive sensibility – ideal for this repertoire.


J.Brahms :Violin Sonata No 1 in G Major Op. 78

L.V. Beethoven :Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, «Kreutzer Sonata», Op. 47

  • 18h15 > Chapelle Saint Pierre
  • Chamber Music Concert : Kissin / Chostakovitch

Piano :Evgeny Kissin
Violin :Vladimir Spivakov
Quatuor Kopelman


E. Kissin :4 pieces for solo piano : Méditation, Tango dodécaphonique, Intermezzo, Toccata

E. Kissin :Sonata for piano and cello

E. Kissin :Quartet

D. Chostakovitch :Piano Trio No.2 in E minor Op.67

  • 18h15 > Chapelle Saint Pierre
  • Chamber Music Concert - Von Dohnanyi / Brahms

Piano :Sofja Gülbadamova
Quatuor Sine Nomine

The great Russian pianist Sofja Gülbadamova and Quatuor Sine Nomine are joining forces this evening to perform 19thand 20thcentury Central European chamber music, with two major works by Brahms and Dohnanyi.


E. von Dohnanyi :Piano Quintet No. 2 in E-flat minor, Op. 26

J. Brahms :Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34

  • 21h00 > Église Saint Matthieu
  • National Philharmonic Of Russia - Tchaikovsky / Brahms Evening

National Philharmonic of Russia (N.P.R.)
Cello :Daniel Lozakovich
Conductor :Vladimir Spivakov

Young violin prodigy Daniel Lozakovich (born in Stockholm in 2001) is performing one of the most famous concertos in the romantic repertory, Tchaikovsky’sViolin Concerto. The second part of the programme features the immenseSymphony No.4by Brahms, perhaps his ultimate symphonic masterpiece, conducted by devoted expert Vladimir Spivakov.


P.I. Tchaïkovski :Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

J. Brahms :Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Tuesday 10 July 2018

  • 21h00 > Église Saint Matthieu
  • National Philharmonic Of Russia - Beethoven / Gershwin Evening

National Philharmonic of Russia (N.P.R.)
Conductor :Vladimir Spivakov
Piano :Denis Matsuev
Percussion :Alexander Zinger
Bass :Andrey Ivanov

Do we really need to introduce pianist Denis Matsuev, one of the greatest keyboard virtuosos of our time? Not only is it wonderful that he is performing here, we are also very fortunate that he is playing such a great repertoire, which includes Beethoven’s sublimeConcerto No.3and, nearly 150 years its junior, Gershwin’sRhapsody in Blue, which put jazz on an equal footing with clasical music – Denis Matsuev is actually performing a new version, with double bass and percussion solos. A memorable evening in store.


L.V. Beethoven :Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

G. Gershwin :Rhapsody in blue

Wednesday 11 July 2018

  • 12h30 > Koïfhus - Salle Roesselmann
  • Chamber Music Concert - Ligeti / Beethoven

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 which such energy and life that each time it sounds like the music has been specially written for them! With Beethoven’s supreme gemQuatuor op.132and Ligeti’s very moving"Métamorphoses nocturnes", they will be giving their audience an intensely artistic experience.


G. Ligeti :String Quartet No. 1, «Métamorphoses nocturnes»

L.V. Beethoven :String Quartet No. 15, Op. 132

  • 18h15 > Koïfhus - Salle de la Décapole
  • Poetry Evening - Evgeny Kissin

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 sounds, and a poet of words. He loves poetry and loves sharing this passion with his audience. A way of discovering yet another facet of this versatile artist’s unfathomable sensibility and perhaps of shedding light on his piano performances through these readings.


Salle de la Décapole

Evgeny Kissin recites Yiddish poems

  • 21h00 > Église Saint Matthieu
  • National Philharmonic Of Russia - Tchaikovsky Evening

National Philharmonic of Russia (N.P.R.)
Conductor :Vladimir Spivakov
Soprano :Hibla Gerzmava
Baritone :Vasily Ladyuk
Tenor :Alexey Neklyudov
Recitante :Tatiana Spivakova

For this exceptional evening, we are being treated to key extracts, the finest musically, fromEugène Onéguine, Tchaikovsky’s operatic masterpiece, and a narrator will be leading us from one scene to the next. As we know, the Russian soul is conveyed through song, song which is often heartbreaking. In this work, Tchaikovsky strikes the right balance between emotion, realism and modest restraint, all the hallmarks of a successful opera. It’s true that with Pushkin as a model for his libretto, the composer chose a brilliant work! Surrounded by a few stars from the Russian opera, Vladimir Spivakov will be performing the best moments from this operatic piece.


P.I. Tchaïkovski :Excerpts from the opera Eugene Onegin

Thursday 12 July 2018

  • 21h00 > Église Saint Matthieu
  • Piano Recital - Haydn / Schubert

Piano :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 chasing concert dates – even after success! Never where you expect him to be, he chooses his programme with utter precision and delivers performances which are always intensely personal, owned and unique. Here he has focused his choice on the First Viennese School, with major passages by Haydn and Schubert. Needless to say, a recital much awaited by piano lovers.


F.J. Haydn :Sonata (Divertimento) No. 32, Op. 53 n. 4, in G minor, Hob.XVI:44

F.J. Haydn :Sonata (Divertimento) No. 47, Op. 14 n. 6 in B minor, Hob.XVI:32

F.J. Haydn :Sonata n. 49, Op. 30 n. 2 in C sharp minor, Hob.XVI:36

F. Schubert :4 Impromptus, Op. posth. 142 D.935

Friday 13 July 2018

  • 12h30 > Koïfhus - Salle Roesselmann
  • Chamber Music Concert - Beethoven / Gaubert / Martinu

Flute :Ekaterina Kornishina
Piano :Aurèle Marthan
Cello :Bruno Philippe

Ekaterina Kornishina,Bruno Philippe and Aurèle Marthan, three young music prodigies, have decided to combine their sensibilities in a repertoire where masterpieces known to the general public (Beethoven) and rarer ones (Gaubert,Martinů) rub shoulders in a clever game of mirrors, casting light on one another. This season, we see that the trio with piano is an incredibly rich genre.


L.V. Beethoven :Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 11

P. Gaubert :Three Watercolors

B. Martinu :Trio for flute, cello and piano

  • 21h00 > Église Saint Matthieu
  • National Philharmonic Of Russia - Rachmaninov Evening

National Philharmonic of Russia (N.P.R.)
Conductor :Vladimir Spivakov
Piano :Evgeny Kissin

An exceptional evening if ever there was one: Vladimir Spivakov and Evgeny Kissin are at their peak, performing two works from the most famous Russian repertoire of the 20thcentury: Rachmaninov’sConcerto No.2andSymphony No.2. It is impossible to imagine better performers today for such timeless passages, which have ensured their creator’s place in the history of "great music".


S. Rachmaninov :Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

S. Rachmaninov :Symphony No.2

Saturday 14 July 2018

  • 17h00 > Église Saint Matthieu
  • National Philharmonic Of Russia - Rachmaninov / Tchaikovsky Evening

National Philharmonic of Russia (N.P.R.)
Conductor :Vladimir Spivakov
Piano :Georges Li

Young American pianist Georges Li (born in 1995) has rapidly become one of the most admired artists of his generation. It’s true that his style, his attention to the "truth" in the slightest music phrase, his desire to always perform itright, do not fit in with a too impersonal world. With these exuberant, virtuoso and intoxicating works, Rachmaninov’sPaganini Variationsand Tchaikovsky’sFirst Concerto, his performances should be exciting and memorable.


S. Rachmaninov :Vocalise, Op. 34, No.14, in C minor

S. Rachmaninov :Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

P.I. Tchaïkovski :Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23


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