Verbier Festival

Verbier Festival Academy Programmes

Piano

Eight pianists take part in at least six masterclasses for solo piano. 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

Richard Goode
Châlet Orny
25 to 28 July
09:30 to 12:30

Klaus Hellwig
Châlet Orny
20 to 23 July
09:30 to 12:30

Ferenc Rados
Châlet Orny
1 to 3 August
09:30 to 12:30

Sir András Schiff
Châlet Orny
24 July
09:30 to 12:30

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 young students)
Hôtel de la Poste
23 to 25 July
09:30 to 12:30

Hôtel de la Poste
(Academy Students)
27 and 28 July
09:30 to 12:30

Pamela Frank
Châlet d’Adrien
31 July, 1 to 3 August
09:30 to 12:30

Boris Kuschnir
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
Châlet d’Adrien
24 to 26 July
09:30 to 12:30

Antoine Tamestit
Hôtel de la Poste
31 July, 1, 2, 4 August
09:30 to 12:30

Lars Anders Tomter
Châlet d’Adrien
21, 22, 27, 29 July
09:30 to 12:30

Téléverbier
23 July
14:30 to 17:30

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
Téléverbier
29 to 31 July, 2 to 4 August
09:30 to 12:30

Miklós Peréyni
Téléverbier
20 to 22, 24 to 26 July
09:30 to 12:30

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

Pamela Frank
Châlet d’Adrien
31 July, 1 to 3 August
14:30 to 17:30

Klaus Hellwig
Châlet d’Adrien
20 to 22 July
14:30 to 17:30

Ferenc Rados
Châlet d’Adrien
4 August
14:30 to 17:30

Sir András Schiff
Châlet d’Adrien
23 July
09:30 to 12:30

Gábor Tákacs-Nagy
Châlet d’Adrien
23 to 29 July
14:30 to 17:30

Cinéma de Verbier
2 August
09:30 to 12:30

Hôtel de la Poste
26, 29 July, 3 August
09:30 to 12:30

Hôtel de la Poste
2, 3 August
14:30 to 17:30

Téléverbier
27 July
09:30 to 12:30

Venue to be confirmed
24, 25 July
09:30 to 12:30

Voice: Lied/Art Song

Eight singers take part in at least seven masterclasses. They also perform in an Academy Presents concert on 2 August at Châlet Orny.

Public Masterclass Schedule

Thomas Hampson
Cinéma de Verbier
23, 24 July
09:30 to 12:30

Thomas Quasthoff
Cinéma de Verbier
26 to 27 July, 1 August
09:30 to 12:30

Hôtel de la Poste
29 July
09:30 to 12:30

Téléverbier
28 July
09:30 to 12:30

Ferenc Rados
Cinéma de Verbier
31 July
09:30 to 12:30

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

Sir Thomas Allen
Châlet Orny
30, 31 July, 1 August
14:30 to 17:30

Timothy Carroll
Châlet Orny
3, 4 August
14:30 to 17:30

Téléverbier
1 August
09:30 to 12:30

Thomas Hampson
Châlet Orny
21, 22 July
14:30 to 17:30

Anna Timowa-Sintow
Châlet Orny
24 to 28 July
14:30 to 17:30

Reaching Out

Supported by:

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 23 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
Stephen Johnson, Writer, Broadcaster
Michèle Larivière, Musicologist, Journalist (to be confirmed)
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)
  • In pairs, conceptualizing and preparing 30-minute adult learning performance projects: ‘Classical Rookies / Je ne connais rien au classique’ for newcomers to classical music.
  • ‘Owning the Stage’: skills to build confidence for performance, public speaking, presentations
  • One-on-One coaching
Module 2: 24 to 29 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
Mary Javian, Dir. of Professional Development and Community Engagement, Curtis Institute of Music
Christine Rhomberg, Managing Director, Hilti Foundation

  • Business skills development: financial, budgeting, administration, fundraising
  • Preparing and presenting pitches to foundations to support personal outreach and/or concert projects
  • Functioning in a team
  • Presentations of on-the-street ‘je ne connais rien au classique’ performance projects continue
  • Group work continues for Week 3 community projects
  • One-on-One coaching
Week 3: 30 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
  • Presentations of on-the-street ‘je ne connais rien au classique’ performance projects continue
  • Preparing and presenting concert concepts to presenters
  • Workshopping personal outreach/concert projects
  • Presentation of group community projects
  • 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.”