The Verbier Festival Orchestra has set a world standard in orchestral training and are an essential part of the Verbier Festival’s success.
The Verbier Festival Orchestra (VFO) 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 28 – the unique opportunity to learn, 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.