Sarah Nemtanu


« The never-ending horizon of an island that’s unique in the world! »

A well-known violinist who wants to take her music with her everywhere she goes and who is dedicated to the world of education, Sarah Nemtanu fell in love with Ile de Ré somewhat by accident. Sarah has founded a chamber music festival on the island known as “Les trois jours d’avril” (three days in April), which is joined by international artists.

What is your personal relationship with Ile de Ré ?

I visited the island for the first time a few years ago. I was invited here by friends, and I now visit several times a year. I can't imagine passing a year without visiting the island ever again. The island is home to some unexpected music venues that have exceptional acoustics, such as the church in Loix. I really like the people on the island: they are discreet, they love music, and they are welcoming.

What is your favourite time of the year and what are on Ile de Ré ?

I adore October, with its breathtaking sunsets which you can admire during an evening walk on the beaches in Bois-Plage-en-Ré.

Is there a magical place on Ré that you won't find anywhere else?

The harbour of Saint-Martin is the most beautiful I’ve ever seen anywhere in the world, with its magical mix of the Vauban architecture, the small islet, and the contrasts between the façades of the old modest houses and the beautiful grand buildings: you never get tired of walking around the ramparts! I also like getting lost in the alleys of Saint-Martin-de-Ré and Bois-Plage–en-Ré.

How would you describe Ile de Ré in just a few words?

Sunny, mysterious, remarkable! When you’re on the island, the horizon seems never-ending, with views that stretch into the far distance – it frees your spirit...