About Us

Classical Music in the Heart of the Swiss Alps

The Verbier Festival is an international classical music event that takes place each summer in the mountain town of Verbier, Switzerland. The Festival’s mission is to build a community of exchange between great masters and young artists from all over the world and to be a leader in its field by providing meaningful music education programmes.

Launched in 1994, and now globally renowned, the Festival welcomes audiences with a distinctive and exhilarating blend of events, both large-scale and intimate. Audiences from around the globe come to experience music-making at the highest level in a setting that brings them close to star performers, rising talent and a complete process of learning, rehearsal and performance.

The Festival’s Academy and Orchestra programmes are its respiratory system—a talent incubator where future talents are discovered and nurtured. These programmes set the gold standard for training of emerging soloists, chamber and orchestral musicians, singers and conductors. Each summer, audiences witness these musicians in action at more than 100 masterclasses, rehearsals and performances. The Verbier Festival Orchestra has become a rite of passage for today’s exceptional young orchestral musicians and the Academy’s programmes for soloists, chamber musicians and singers include an impressive list of alumni from over 60 countries who have been engaged by the world’s leading concert presenters since their time in Verbier.

The Festival’s third pillar, UNLTD, is a creative laboratory that awakens curiosity for music across genres and generations.  Throughout the year, and during the summer when it is dubbed  a ‘Festival within the Festival’, UNLTD offers a programme of music awakening through imaginative concerts, workshops, talks and immersive experiences that transcend musical boundaries.

our founder & director

En 1991, Martin Engstroem put the wheels in motion for what in 1994 would become the Verbier Festival & Academy.

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board of directors

Peter Brabeck-Letmathe   
President

Jean-Albert Ferrez
Vice President

Patrick Aebischer
Member

Catarina Amon
Member

Martin T:son Engstroem
Founder & Director

Patrice Feron
Member

Christophe Maret
President, Commune de Val de Bagnes/VS

Vincent Michellod
Member

Dietmar Müller-Elmau
Member

Patrick de Preux
Member

François Reyl
Member

Julien Schoenlaub
Member

Julien Tron
President, The Friends of the Verbier Festival

Jean-Baptiste Vaudan
Member

Julien Vaudan
Member

board committees

Chairman’s Committee

Peter Brabeck-Letmathe (Chairman)
Martin T:son Engstroem
Jean-Albert Ferrez
Christophe Maret
François Reyl
Julien Schoenlaub
Julien Tron
Benjamin Ruey (Secretary)
Câline Yamakawa (Ex-officio)
Stephen McHolm (Ex-officio)

Audit Committee

Jean-Albert Ferrez (Chairman)
Patrice Feron
Jean-Baptiste Vaudan
Julien Vaudan
Pascal Mottier (Secretary)
Câline Yamakawa (Ex-officio)

Institutional Relations Committee

Christophe Maret (Chairman)
Patrick de Preux
Câline Yamakawa (Secretary)

Philanthropic Giving & Sponsorship Committee

François Reyl (President)
Patrick Aebischer
Martin T:son Engstroem
Vincent Michellod
Julien Tron
Marina Gross (Secretary)
Câline Yamakawa (Ex-officio)
Stephen McHolm (Ex-officio)

Concert Hall & Strategic Development Committee

Julien Schoenlaub (Chairman)
Patrick Aebischer
Peter Brabeck-Letmathe
Martin T:son Engstroem
Patrick de Preux
Dietmar Müller-Elmau
François Reyl (permanent guest)
Jean-Baptiste Vaudan
Câline Yamakawa (Secretary)
Stephen McHolm (Ex-officio)