Since 1995, the pianist Robert Kolinsky together with his team accomplishes to bring renowned artists to Basel, where once a year in autumn the MARTINŮ FESTIVAL takes place. It is his aim to remain true to his idea to enthuse national and international celebrities with the music oft he Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů and to furthermore motivate them to include his music in their repertoire for their world tours. Amongst the artists who have performed for the festival one can find well-known names such as Martin Stadtfeld, Kurt Aeschbacher, Hélène Grimaud, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
The long standing classical music festival in Basel is regarded by the media as «the smallest but finest of its kind». For a long time it has been well established in the cultural scene of Basel. During the well-chosen events – from chamber and orchestra concerts to jazz, film and contemporary dance – Robert Kolinsky every year accomplishes to enchant his audience with the oeuvre of the man, who chose to stay close to Basel the last years of his life. The family concert mainly addresses the younger audience.
The MARTINŮ FESTIVAL is supported by the titular patronage of the former United States Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, the Star Conductor Mariss Jansons and the Swiss Federal Councillor Alain Berset.