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Verbier Festival Academy Programmes

Access to the complete Academy schedule.

Piano

Eight pianists take part in at least six masterclasses for solo piano and in six chamber music masterclasses for the study of a piano quartet. They also perform in the daily Academy Presents concerts at the Verbier Cinema and at the popular Academy concerts on the Festival’s final weekend.

Public Masterclass Schedule

Complete schedule

Sergei Babayan
30, 31 July
Mr Babayan’s 30 July masterclass will be closed to the public.

Richard Goode
25262728 July

Klaus Hellwig
20212223 July

Ferenc Rados
123 August

András Schiff
24 July

Violin

Eight violinists take part in at least six violin masterclasses. They also perform in the daily Academy Presents concerts at the Verbier Cinema and at the popular Academy concerts on the Festival’s final weekend.

Public Masterclass Schedule

Zakhar Bron
Professor Bron’s own students:
232425 July
Academy Students:
2728 July

Pamela Frank
31 July, 123 August

Boris Kuschnir
20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26 July
Mr Kuschnir’s masterclasses are closed to the public.

Viola

Eight violists take part in at least six viola masterclasses. They also perform in the daily Academy Presents concerts at the Verbier Cinema and at the popular Academy concerts on the Festival’s final weekend.

Public Masterclass Schedule

Yuri Bashmet
242526 July

Antoine Tamestit
31 July, 124 August

Lars Anders Tomter
2122232728 July

Cello

Eight cellists take part in at least six cello masterclasses. They also perform in the daily Academy Presents concerts at the Verbier Cinema and at the popular Academy concerts on the Festival’s final weekend.

Public Masterclass Schedule

Frans Helmerson
293031 July, 234 August

Miklós Peréyni
202122242526 July

Chamber Music

Pianists, violinists, violists and cellists perform in six chamber music masterclasses for the study of a piano quartet. Two pre-formed chamber ensembles also take part in at least six chamber music masterclasses.  The Chamber Music Programme is led by Gábor Tákacs-Nagy

Public Masterclass Schedule

James Ehnes
Piano Quartets
3 August

Pamela Frank
Piano Quartets
31 July123 August

Klaus Hellwig
Piano Quartets
202122 July

Quatuor Ébène
Pre-formed ensembles
25, 26 July

Ferenc Rados
Pre-formed ensembles
4 August

András Schiff
23 July

Gábor Takács-Nagy
Piano Quartets
23, 242526272829 July, 4 August
Pre-formed ensembles
242729 July, 34 August

Voice: Lied/Art Song

Eight singers take part in at least seven masterclasses. They also perform in an Academy Presents concert on 1 August at the Cinéma de Verbier.

Public Masterclass Schedule

Thomas Hampson
23, 24 July

Thomas Quasthoff
26272829 July, 1 August

Ferenc Rados
31 July

Voice: Opera – Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin

The Verbier Festival Academy has proved its worth by identifying and nurturing outstanding singers of tomorrow. This summer, nine singers will focus on Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. For three weeks, the they will study and rehearse the opera intensely. The vast majority of their work will be undertaken during public masterclasses. A semi-staged performance of Eugene Onegin will take place at Salle des Combins on Sunday, 6 August.

Public Masterclass Schedule

Thomas Allen
29, 3031 July, 1 August
Sir Thomas Allen’s 29 July masterclass is closed to the public

Timothy Carroll
134 August

Thomas Hampson
2122 July

Anna Tomowa-Sintow
24, 252628, 29 July
Madame Tomowa-Sintow’s 24 and 29 July masterclasses are closed to the public.

Reaching Out

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The Verbier Festival aims to inspire and prepare a generation of young classical musicians to engage audiences, affect positive change in their communities, and grow personally and professionally.  Reaching Out is a programme for Verbier Festival Academy and Orchestras alumni that is designed to nurture these 21st century artists.  Through performance and speaking opportunities, mentoring with experts in the field, and access to professional production resources, Reaching Out encourages talented musicians to take the initiative to enrich communities by presenting classical music in a way that is relevant and rewarding.  Each Reaching Out musician comes to Verbier with an idea of a meaningful outreach or 21st century concert project that they can develop and ultimately present.  The programme helps the seed of this idea grow through the development of performance and presentation skills, practical project management instruction—including business planning and fund development—and interaction with classical and non-classical audiences alike.  During their time in Verbier, all Reaching Out musicians lead public learning programmes for children (petits festivaliers), youth and adults.  They also work with their colleagues in the Academy and Orchestra programmes to undertake community engagement initiatives during their time in Verbier.

Curriculum

Module 1: 19 to 22 July

Leader
Julian West is Head of Open Academy, the Royal Academy of Music’s (London) creative learning and participation department, where he lectures on Creative Music Leadership.  His interest in the role of the arts within the wider community has led to him being in demand as a music leader, mentor, trainer and consultant. Julian works regularly with Wigmore Hall, for whom he initially devised Chamber Tots in the Community, an acclaimed project for early years settings, and Chamber Challenge which continues to take him and leading string quartets into primary schools across the country.

Speakers/Guests/Coaches
Judd Palmer, Author, Actor, Artist; Founder of Old Trout Puppet Workshop
Charlotte Tomlinson, Performance Coach

  • ‘The cycle of engagement’; how different audiences require different approaches by artists
  • Non-musical improvisation
  • Visioning and assessing needs for projects that reach into communities to engage, inspire and develop new audiences (outreach and/or concert projects)
  • ‘Owning the Stage’: skills to build confidence for performance, public speaking, presentations
  • One-on-One coaching
Module 2: 23 to 25 July

Leader
Mary Javian, Director of Professional Development and Community Engagement, Curtis Institute of Music
Mary Wheelock Javian’s goal as an artist is to use music to create positive social change in communities.  She works towards this goal as a performer, curator, teaching artist, and mentor.  A double bassist, she performs frequently with the Philadelphia Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra, and numerous orchestras throughout the country.

Speakers/Guests/Coaches
Stephen Johnson, Writer, Broadcaster
Michèle Larivière, Musicologist, Journalist

  • Practical storyboarding personal projects that reach into communities to engage, inspire and develop new audiences (outreach and/or concert projects)
  • Group work: Conceptualizing and initial preparation of community project for young newcomers/immigrants/refugees to the region (be presented in Week 3 of the programme)
  • In pairs, preparing and presenting first of two 30-minute classical novice performance projects: Classic-express (topics are taken from Festival programming of the day)
Module 3: 26 to 28 July

Leader
Karen Zorn, President, Longy School of Music (Boston)

A fearless educational entrepreneur, Karen Zorn established partnerships for the Longy School with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and FundaMusical of Venezuela (El Sistema) to launch innovative programs of study and community engagement. These include Longy Conservatory students teachng in public schools, community centre, prisons, nursing homes and other external venues where the traditions of music education can contribute to public life.

Confirmed Speakers/Guests/Coaches
Johannes Crol, Life coach
James Jackson, Executive Office Director, Medair

  • Preparing and presenting pitches to foundations to support personal outreach and/or concert projects
  • Functioning in a team
  • Presentations of on-the-street ‘Classique-Express’ performance projects continue
  • Group work continues for Week 3 community project
  • One-on-One coaching
  • Shaping and refining personal community projects
  • Skills for persuasive pitches and presentation of pitches to Foundations
  • Business skills development:  financial, budgeting, administration, fundraising
Module 4: 29 and 30 July

Leader
Mary Javian, Director of Professional Development and Community Engagement, Curtis Institute of Music

Speakers/Guests/Coaches
Alasdair Tate, Young Concert Artists Trust

    • Les Gondoliers de Verbier and Rando-Musicales projects: Reaching Out musicians perform and practice skills learned to date
    • Group work: preparation continue for community project for young newcomers/emigrants to the region (be presented in Week 3 of the programme)
    • In pairs, continuing to prepare and present second 30-minute classical novice performance projects: Classique-express (topics are taken from Festival programming of the day)
    • Community engagement projects and their appeal to artist managers and presenters
Module 5: 31 July to 6 August

Leader
Pedja Muzijevic, pianist; Director of Music Programming, Baryshnikov Arts Center (New York City)
Pedja Muzijevic is a versatile pianist who has been widely praised for his interpretations of the standard literature and for his imaginative programming. “The only requirements of a concert are music, performer and an audience.  Everything else is up for discussion—location, length, programming and atmosphere of the concert.  Is it formal or informal?  Do we want to make an entrance at the beginning or do we want to greet the audience as our guests?  Do we want to go on and off the stage between works?  If we speak about the music, what do we say? Each aspect of the performance should be addressed separately and creatively.”

Confirmed Speakers/Guests/Coaches
Tim Carroll, Actor, Director
Mary Javian, Dir. of Professional Development and Community Engagement, Curtis Institute of Music
Gary Leboff, Sports Psychologist
Clemens Prokop, Partner, trust your ears gmbh

  • Dreaming big—thinking beyond the traditional concert experience
  • Concert curation, logistics and design; the importance of audience in the equation
  • Creating new experiences for new audiences through collaboration, production design and technology
  • Tools for resilience and toughness; techniques for handling performance anxiety
  • In pairs, continuing to prepare and present second 30-minute classical novice performance projects: Classique-express (topics are taken from Festival programming of the day)
  • Preparing and presenting concert concepts to presenters
  • Workshopping personal outreach/concert projects
  • Presentation of group community project (for newcomers)
  • One-on-One coaching

Testimonals

“The programme is about perspective and taking a step back from our privileged status as trained artists to figure out a way to relate to the rest of the world. It’s not just about bringing music to those who cannot afford to attend concerts. It’s about problem-solving and figuring out why most people don’t enjoy or seek out classical music and finding a way to speak their language. In this way, we can creatively find ways to invite more people into a world we already know is so enriching and mind-blowingly fantastic.”

“I have had a truly truly amazing time – some of the best learning experiences in my life. I learnt & developed so many skills, met so many wonderful people, got inspired and just came out of the Verbier a more caring of the Music World person.”

“I feel myself encouraged, more open, more free, more self-confident and more happy… I did a significant and ensured step into a new level of my professionalism and now I am much more confident about the musician path I’ve chosen, because I was given numerous tools, how to identify and effectively use non-musical ingredients, what are needed to make a successful career, and be able to bring on stage the best version of ourselves. I have a dream one day to bring back to Verbier the gift from my heart that would be as precious and valuable as the souvenir that I got from you. A life-changing experience.”