Verbier Festival

Verbier Festival Academy Programmes

Piano

Eight pianists take part in at least six masterclasses for solo piano and in six chamber music masterclasses for the study of a piano quartet. 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

The 2017 masterclass schedule will be posted by late March.

Violin

Eight violinists take part in at least six masterclasses for solo piano and in six chamber music masterclasses for the study of a piano quartet. 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

The 2017 masterclass schedule will be posted by late March.

Viola

Eight violists take part in at least six masterclasses for solo piano and in six chamber music masterclasses for the study of a piano quartet. 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

The 2017 masterclass schedule will be posted by late March.

Cello

Eight cellists take part in at least six masterclasses for solo piano and in six chamber music masterclasses for the study of a piano quartet. 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

The 2017 masterclass schedule will be posted by late March.

Chamber Ensembles

Two chamber ensembles take part in at least ten 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

The 2017 masterclass schedule will be posted by late March.

Voice: Lied/Art Song

Eight singers take part in at least seven masterclasses. They also perform in the daily Academy Presents concerts at the Verbier Cinema.

Public Masterclass Schedule

The 2017 masterclass schedule will be posted by late March.

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

The 2017 masterclass schedule will be posted by late March.

Reaching Out

Sponsored by:

The Verbier Festival aims to inspire a generation of young musicians to engage audiences and affect positive change in their communities. Reaching Out is a programme for Verbier Festival Academy and Orchestra alumni that is designed to nurture these 21st century artists for 21st century audiences. Through access to experts, resources, performances and speaking opportunities, 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 both children (les Petits Festivaliers) and adults. They also coordinate their colleagues in the Academy and Orchestra programmes to undertake community engagement initiatives during their time in Verbier.

Workshop and Public Performance Schedule

A schedule of Reaching Out workshops and performances will be posted in May.

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.”