Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra

The Verbier Festival's Global Ambassador

The Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra (VFCO) is the resident chamber orchestra of the Verbier Festival. It is made up of alumni of the Verbier Festival Orchestra (VFO) who have gone on to perform with an impressive roster of the world’s most distinguished conductors and soloists. Since completing their training at Verbier, many of these musicians have been engaged by the world’s leading orchestras, including those in Boston, Berlin, Chicago, London, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Moscow, San Francisco and Vienna. The VFCO serves as the Verbier Festival’s ambassador wherever it performs around the globe.

Gábor Takács-Nagy, Music Director

Hungarian conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy Gábor Takács-Nagy was appointed Music Director of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra in 2007. A founding member and principal violin (1975 to 1992) of the Takács Quartet, he performed with Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovitch, András Schiff, Mikhail Pletnev, Joshua Bell and Gidon Kremer. He founded the Takács Piano Trio in 1996 and the Mikrokosmos Quartet in 1998 (Excellencia Prize for the complete cycle of Bartók’s quartets). Since 2002 he has devoted himself entirely to orchestral conducting, when he founded the Camerata Bellerive. In 2011, he was appointed Music Director of the Manchester Camerata and, in 2012, Principal Guest Conductor of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Takács became Principal Artistic Partner of the Irish Chamber Orchestra in 2013. He coaches string quartets at the Haute Ecole de Musique, Geneva, and is an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music (2012) and Artistic Advisor for the Verbier Festival Academy ‘s Chamber Music Programme.

VFCO Musicians: 2019 Festival

Violin

Rimma Bergeron Langlois Orlando Philharmonic
Daniel Cho
Jeff Dyrda
Filip Fenrych Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Roberto González Monjas Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; Musikkollegium Winterthur
Giovanni Guzzo
Laura Ha Utah Symphony Orchestra
Guillaume Jacot
Vivek Jayaraman Florida Orchestra
Ji Min Lee
Mariami Machaidze
Geneviève Martineau Stockholm Radio Symphony Orchestra
Simon Riverin
Alexandros Sakarellos Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Clare Semes Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Yoonshin Song Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Viktor Stenhjem Munich Chamber Orchestra
Sayaka Takeuchi Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich

Viola

Carolyn Blackwell National Ballet of Canada; Canadian Opera Company
Arabella Bozic
Blythe Teh Engstroem
Joshua Newburger Pacific Symphony
Elizaveta Zolotova 

Cello

Chen Cao
Matyas Major Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Theresa Schneider
Maksim Velichkin

Mi Zhou China

Double Bass

Brendan Kane Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Tristan Sutton Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Flute

Roy Amotz
Frederic Sanchez Azahar Ensemble

Oboe

Remi Grouiller Orchestre de Paris
Emmanuel Laville Stockholm Radio Symphony Orchestra
Andrey Rubtsov

Clarinet

Luis Camara Palomares
Petr Vasek 

Bassoon

Pierre Gomes Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Marceau Lefèvre Brussels Philharmonic

Horn

Lionel Pointet Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich
David Sullivan Kansas City Symphony

Trumpet

Gabriel Dias
Andres Nebot 
Philharmonisches Orchester Staatstheater Cottbus

Timpani

Ian Sullivan New York City Ballet Orchestra