Verbier Festival
Janine Jansen (©Aline Paley)

Courant d’art

Journal des Amis du Verbier Festival | décembre 2017 | numéro 38


Christmas Concert

Friday 29 December 2017 at 6:30 pm | Eglise de Verbier
Free mulled wine starting at 5 pm
Presented by The Friends of the Verbier Festival

Janine JANSEN violin
Denis KOZHUKHIN piano

Janine Jansen (©Aline Paley)

Janine Jansen (©Aline Paley)

Denis Kozhukhin (©Felix-Broede)

Denis Kozhukhin (©Felix-Broede)

Violin Sonata in G minor

Violin Sonata No. 2 Op. 13

Janine JANSEN violin

With an enviable international reputation, violinist Janine Jansen works regularly with the world’s most eminent orchestras and conductors. This season, she is Perspectives Artist at Carnegie Hall for which she performs a number of concerto and chamber music programmes. Tours are also planned with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Gatti, London Symphony Orchestra (with Michael Tilson Thomas as well as Semyon Bychkov) and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie/Paavo Järvi. Janine was an audience favourite at Verbier this summer, concluding the Festival with an electric performance of Tchaikovsky’s D major Violin Concerto with the Verbier Festival Orchestra and Mikhaïl Pletnev. Janine Jansen plays the 1707 Stradivarius ‘Rivaz – Baron Gutmann’ violin kindly on loan from Dextra Musica.

Denis KOZHUKHIN piano

Denis Kozhukhin has spent many summers at Verbier — both in the Academy and as a featured Festival artist. First Prize winner of the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels at age 23, he has established himself as one of the greatest pianists of his generation. Denis’ performances have been praised by critics as “spellbinding”, “imperious” and “mesmerizing”. He combines the brilliance and power of his playing with a masterful sense of form, maturity and a very unique sensitivity. “Above all, [Kozhukhin] is natural, and this naturalness allows him to create an impression of unaffected simplicity and directness. Of course, this could only be achieved by deeply cultivated musical instincts and a technique as developed and varied as it is unobtrusive. Listening to Kozhukhin, you’re left with one thing: the music — incontestable, complete.” — Gramophone


CHF 80.- regular price
CHF 70 Friends and residents of Bagnes (limited to 4 tickets)
Free (under age 16)


Order by phone : +41 (0) 84 877 18 82 (1 pm to 6 pm, Monday to Friday)


Concert duration: 45 minutes

Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra on Tour

China, Dubai and a cruise on board HapagLloyd’s MS Europa
23 March to 17 April 2018

A Message from Martin T:son Engstroem, Verbier Festival Founder & Executive Director

During the last week of March 2018 the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra together with Gabor Takács-Nagy will tour China. The trip will continue to Dubai and is followed by a cruise on HapagLloyd’s MS Europa.  All these performances are part of the Festival’s 25th anniversary year celebrations.  Many of you have never been to China; why not try it now on the road with the VFCO?  We have arranged two travel agencies:  Zenith Voyages in Gland and China Peace International in Beijing.  Together, they personalize a trip for you. You can choose to accompany us day by day or you can stay longer in one place.  You might like to visit other venues  too, such as the Terracotta army in Xian, during the tour. There is no set price for this tour since some will inevitably prefer to travel in economy and some perhaps in business class. The Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra will generally stay in 4-star hotels in the vicinity of each concert hall.  We will travel by train whenever we can.  If distances are too long, we will travel by air.

Tour Schedule
23 MarchHong Kong (Gautier Capuçon appears as soloist)
24 MarchGuangzhou (for Guangzhou and the rest of the Chinese tour both Daniel Lozakovich and George Li are soloists)
25 MarchXiamen or Shenzhen (to be confirmed)
26 MarchTravel
27 MarchWuhan
28 MarchTravel
29 MarchBeijing
30 MarchNanjing
31 MarchTravel
1er AprilShanghai

2 AprilTravel to Dubai (George Li, soloist)
3 AprilFree day
4 April Dubai Opera House

5 avrilFree day
6 avrilEmbark on MS Europa
11/12 avrilVisit Petra in Jordan
17 avrilDisembark in Cyprus

You can accompany us the whole time or part of the trip. It’s up to you.

Please contact Sibylle Spahni-Ebbell at Zenith Voyages who, together with her Chinese counterpart, will organise an unforgettable trip for you.

Sibylle Spahni-Ebbell
T +41 (0) 22 364 46 91
Zenith Voyages Gland
9, avenue du Mont-Blanc
CH-1196 Gland
T +41 22 364 46 91