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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

The Verbier Festival Orchestra is one of the world's leading training ensembles and it has been universally recognised for its dynamism and its passionate performances.   It gives its members -  all aged between 18 and 29 - the unique opportunity to learn and to develop and to network in a professional environment.  Each year, around 1,000 candidates from all over world apply to become members of the orchestra.  Those musicians who are selected receive intensive orchestral coaching from principals of the MET Opera Orchestra, New York.  At the end of this period of coaching, the Verbier Festival Orchestra performs six concerts under the baton of its Music Director Charles Dutoit as well as other distinguished and sought-after conductors.  Members of the Verbier Festival Orchestra also offer daily late evening chamber music concerts during the Festival.  The orchestra, which was created in 2000, was the brainchild of Martin Engstroem and the Swiss bank UBS;  James Levine was its original Music Director and is now its Conductor Laureate.

Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra

The Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, which comprises alumni musicians from the Verbier Festival Orchestra, was founded in 2005. Its Music Director is Gábor Takács-Nagy. 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.