The Summit of Music-Making
for the world’s most talented young orchestral musicians
The Verbier Festival Orchestra sets the world standard in orchestral training.
The Verbier Festival Orchestra (VFO) is universally recognised for its dynamism and passionate performances. It offers its musicians—all aged between 18 and 28—the unique opportunity to learn, develop and network in a professional environment. Each year, a thousand candidates from around the world apply to become members of this incredible ensemble.
The orchestra’s musicians receive intensive coaching from principals of New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. At the end of this period of mentorship, the players perform six Festival concerts under the direction of some of the world’s most sought-after conductors including, in 2018, Valery Gergiev, Christoph Eschenbach, Ivan Fischer, Zubin Mehta and Gianandrea Noseda.
The Verbier Festival Orchestra was established in 2000 by Verbier Festival Founder Martin Engstroem and Swiss bank UBS. James Levine was its original Music Director and is now its Conductor Laureate. Charles Dutoit served as Music Director from 2009 to 2017. A new Music Director will be announced in December 2017 in time for the Festival’s 25th anniversary.