Verbier Festival

19. Juli 2018

Artist Cancellation – Pavol Breslik

The Verbier Festival regrets to announce Pavol Breslik’s cancellation due to medical reasons.

The role of Uriel in Haydn’s Creation will now be sung by Bernard Richter. Richter has performed several times in Verbier in the past, notably in 2016 in Mozart’s Mass in C minor.

The programme thus remains unchanged.

Bernard Richter

17. Juli 2018

Artist Cancellation – Yuri Bashmet

The Verbier Festival regrets to announce Yuri Bashmet’s cancellation due to medical reasons.


Violinist Kristóf Baráti and cellist Mischa Maisky have accepted to replace him on short notice alongside pianist Sergei Babayan for the concert at Eglise de Verbier on 20 July. The initial programme will thus be replaced by the following:

20 July 11 am

Suite in D : ‚L’entretien des Muses‘
‚Les Sauvages‘
Suite in E minor : ‚Le rappel des oiseaux‘
Suite in A minor : Allemande, Courante, Gavotte and the six doubles

Excerpts from Klavierbüchlein für Wilhelm Friedmann Bach

Trio No. 2 for violin, cello and piano in E minor Op. 67


Mr Bashmet was also scheduled to lead Academy masterclasses. He will be replaced by violist Isabel Charisius. Ms Charisius‘ classes will take place on 19 July at La Cordelette and 20, 21, 22 July at Chalet d’Adrien. All classes take place from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. There will be no masterclass on 18 July.

20. Juni 2018

A new roof for the Salle des Combins

At the instigation of Alain Nicod, and thanks to the expertise of école Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne’s (EPFL) Acoustic Department, the Verbier Festival’s technical team was put in contact with engineering firm, Prona . A new resin screen, micro-perforated and positioned some feet above the existing roof, has been added to Salle des Combins to allow water to flow evenly across the building. This screen is a world first. Regular visitors know that the Festival’s opening concert is often accompanied by rain. The sounds of this uninvited guest will now give way to music.

18. Juni 2018


The Verbier Festival regrets to announce that due to a shoulder injury and following his doctor’s advice, Gautier Capuçon has had to make the very difficult decision to take time off from concert touring from now until mid-August to rest.
The concert programmes which he was scheduled to perform at the Verbier Festival will remain unchanged but will now feature:

Patrick Demenga
Verbier Festival debut
21 July at 8 pm

Clemens Hagen
Tchaikovsky Piano Trio Op. 50
27 July at 8 pm

Frans Helmerson
Brahms sextets
29 July at 8 pm

The cellist for the concert of 26 July at 11 am remains to be confirmed

15. Juni 2018

Exposition Verbier Festival – 25 ans de rencontres

Autour des festivités du 25e, en partenariat avec le CHUV et la Fête de la musique, découvrez l’exposition des 5 photographes emblématiques du Verbier Festival dans le Hall principal du 16 au 21 juin. Puis du 23 juin au 5 août dans le BH 08-Bâtiment de liaison.

18. Mai 2018

To properly celebrate its first quarter-century, the Verbier Festival embarks on a new and exciting project: the publication of a magnificent book giving pride of place to pictures taken each summer by those talented photographers who have come through Verbier. Memorable concerts, behind the scenes shots, the unprecedented encounters of the Rencontres Inédites, the community that has established itself around the Festival — all this is recounted in image and text, the latter by Julian Sykes and Michèle Larivière, both of them intimately acquainted with the Verbier experience. Immerse yourself in this souvenir album and you will find out how it all came to happen, a well as what the great artists who have been here have to say about ’their Verbier Festival’. The book will fascinate both the connoisseur and those who are discovering the Festival for the first time. Either way, this luxurious volume offers an entry into this magical world, this music-lovers’ paradise, that is the Verbier family. Published in November 2018 by Éditions Noir sur Blanc, the anniversary book will be available in all good bookshops. Visitors to Verbier this summer will have the opportunity to pre-order a copy.

2. Mai 2018


Le Verbier Festival est au regret d’annoncer que Zubin Mehta a dû annuler sa venue au Verbier Festival cet été. Par conséquent, le programme du concert du 29 juillet à 19h subira quelques modifications : Martha Argerich et Mikhaïl Pletnev interpréteront la Fantasia Helvetica – une œuvre pour deux pianos et orchestre sur des mélodies suisses composé par M. Pletnev – sous la direction de Stanislav Kochanovsky. S’en suivra le concerto N° 2 de Rachmaninoff avec Evgeny Kissin au piano et Mikhaïl Pletnev à la direction. Maestro Pletnev et le Verbier Festival Orchestra clôtureront le concert avec les Saisons d’Alexandre Glazounov, une de ses œuvres les plus populaires.


Stanislav Kochanovsky direction
Mikhaïl Pletnev piano et direction
Martha Argerich piano
Evgeny Kissin piano

Fantasia Helvetica pour deux pianos et orchestre
(Pletnev, Argerich, piano. Kochanovsky, direction)

Concerto pour piano N° 2 en do mineur op.18
(Kissin, piano. Pletnev, direction)


Les Saisons, op.67

11. Dezember 2017

Ouverture d’un point de vente Billetterie à Verbier

du 23 décembre au 6 janvier 2018

Horaires : 15h – 19h

Rue du Centre Sportif 3
1936 Verbier

(Fermé les 25 décembre et 1er janvier)
Combins ©Aline Paley

Combins ©Aline Paley

27. Oktober 2017


Media Release

October 27, 2017 – VEVEY (Switzerland) – The Verbier Festival Foundation is delighted to announce that Câline Yamakawa has been named Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately.

Ms. Yamakawa, who first joined the Festival in 2006 as Administrator of the Verbier Festival Academy and then became Manager of the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra when it was launched in 2013, is also founder of FERUDAR, a pan-European cultural management company specialized in classical music and jazz, which she created in Paris in 2005 and has been running since.

It is with immense pride that I accept today the role of Chief Operating Officer of the Verbier Festival. This profound honor is especially poignant for me, as my relationship with the Festival “family” dates back to 2006. As we look forward to our 25th anniversary, my commitment runs deeper than ever and I am confident that alongside Martin Engstroem, the entire Festival team, as well as all of our partners, we will continue to deliver the unparalleled dynamic of the Verbier Festival and raise ever higher the proud banner of excellence in music and education.


Sarah Turin
Manager, Press and Communications
T +41 (0)21 925 90 60
M +41 (0)79 606 41 12

The Verbier Festival is a classical music festival that encourages encounters and sharing between great musicians and young aspiring artists from around the world.  It is committed to excellence in music education through its highly-respected artist training programmes, The 25th edition of the Verbier Festival will take place July 19 to August 5, 2018 in Verbier (Switzerland) with the support of Bank Julius Baer, Nespresso and the Neva Foundation.


6. August 2017

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