About the Orchestras
The Verbier Festival Orchestra and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra have set a world standard in orchestral training and are an essential part of the Verbier Festival’s success.
Verbier Festival Orchestra
Made up of approximately one hundred musicians aged 18 to 28, the Verbier Festival Orchestra offers a unique opportunity for talented young orchestra players to network and develop within a professional environment. This training orchestra has been recognised for its dynamism and its passionate performances. Its fame is such that auditions for the 2011 line-up attracted more than 1000 candidates from the four corners of the Earth. The selected young musicians have an exceptional opportunity to receive intensive orchestral coaching from members of New York City's Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, under the aegis of Conductor Laureate James Levine. At the end of this intensive training session, under the baton of Music Director Charles Dutoit and some of the greatest international conductors, the Verbier Festival Orchestra performs during the Festival. Members of the Verbier Festival Orchestra also offer late evening chamber music concerts during the period of the Festival.
Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
The Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, which comprises former musicians from the Verbier Festival Orchestra was founded in 2005. The Chamber Orchestra is the resident chamber orchestra at the Verbier Festival and devotes itself to performing works from the chamber orchestra repertoire. One of its first big projects was to perform Mozart’s Violin Concertos with soloist/conductor Maxim Vengerov. A tour of 22 concerts followed in 2006 through Canada, USA and Europe. The concertos were also recorded by EMI. The VFCO holds an annual residency during the VerbierFestival week at Schloss Elmau, Germany. In early spring 2013, the VFCO toured one week in China with the 8 seasons of Piazzolla and Vivaldi lead by Kirill Troussov followed by a cruise through Asia with Gabor Takacs-Nagy and soloists Martin Fröst and Joshua Bell.
Congratulations to French cellist Bruno Delepelaire (VFO 2010-2012) on...
The live auditions for the Verbier Festival Orchestra which took place...