In February 2016, Sochi will host the IX Winter International Festival of Arts under direction of Yuri Bashmet, the outstanding musician. The Festival will surprise the audience with breadth of styles, a variety of entertainment events and a constellation of music, dance, ethnic and theatrical stars. Among the participants of the upcoming festival there will be the most prominent musicians representing Russian and international performing arts of the younger generation: Tatiana Samouil (violin, Belgium), Alexander Buzlov (cello), the youngest Grand Prix winner in history of the International Tchaikovsky Competition Akiko Suwanai (violin, Japan), soloist of the Bolshoi Theater Olga Kulchinskaya (soprano). The ceremony of the Festival Grand Opening to be held on the stage of the Russian Winter Theater, for the first time ever, will welcome one of the most remarkable interpreters of Bach, the Iranian pianist Ramin Bahrami. While the closing gala concert will be honored by a young Austrian musician, winner of a silver medal and a special prize of the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Deutsche Grammophon pianist Ingolf Wunder.