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
The Verbier Festival Orchestra was created thanks to generous contributions by the Swiss bank UBS in the year 2000. Made up of approximately one hundred musicians aged 18 to 29, the Verbier Festival Orchestra lead by its Music Director James Levine quickly became the place to be in for talented young orchestra players to network and develop in a professional environment. This training orchestra has been recognised for its dynamism and its passionate performances. One third of the Orchestra is exchanged yearly and the annual auditions attract between 1000 – 1500 candidates from the four corners of the Earth. The selected young musicians have an exceptional opportunity to receive intensive orchestral coaching from principal chairs of the New York Metropolitan Orchestra. 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 perform 6 symphonic concerts during the Verbier Festival. Members of the Verbier Festival Orchestra also offer daily late evening chamber music concerts during the Festival.
Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
The Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, which comprises alumni musicians from the Verbier Festival Orchestra was founded in 2005. The Chamber Orchestra is the resident chamber orchestra at the Verbier Festival and perform 6 concerts during the Verbier Fetsival with works from the chamber orchestra repertoire. One of its first big projects was to perform and record Mozart’s Violin Concertos with soloist/conductor Maxim Vengerov. A tour of 22 concerts followed in 2006 through Canada, USA and Europe. The VFCO has toured yearly and holds an annual residency during the Verbier Festival 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 tour through Asia with Gabor Takacs-Nagy and soloists Martin Fröst and Joshua Bell. In May 2014, it toured with David Garrett in Switzerland, Germany and Austria.