Soloists & Ensembles

Summer 2022
The Academy searches the world for the most promising pianists, violinists, violists, cellists and chamber music ensembles of trios and quartets to become students of its Soloists & Ensembles Programme.

Eight from each solo discipline and two ensembles are selected for three weeks of mentorship and coaching by a faculty that is second to none. A select number of promising junior students, aged 13 to 15, are also invited to soak up the Festival experience with the aim of inspiring them to apply for full Academy positions in the future. The study and performance of chamber music is fundamental at Verbier. In addition to classes and coachings offered to two pre-formed trios or quartets, all soloists, including junior students, are assigned to chamber music groups and take part in chamber music masterclasses in addition to those in their respective disciplines.

with generous support from

Aspect Foundation
Mia & Anders Bergendahl
The Tabor Foundation

programme dates

10 July – 1 August 2022

includes arrival and departure dates


Age & Nationality

Musicians of all nationalities may apply.
Only ensembles in trio and quartet formations may apply (strings, winds or either with piano).

Soloists aged 16 to 28 as of 1 July 2022 (13 to 15 for Junior Students)

Ensembles aged 22 to 30 as of 1 July 2022 (average age of members)

costs for successful candidates

All musicians accepted to the Soloists & Ensembles Programme receive a tuition scholarship, complimentary housing in Verbier (hosted in with a family or independent living), daily lunch and Festival tickets (subject to availability). Musicians are responsible for the cost of travel to and from Verbier and the cost of all other meals and spending money. The Academy will contribute up to CHF 400 to assist with air travel for cellists travelling with their instruments.

Junior Students may come to Verbier with one parent or guardian. Housing will be provided for both student and guardian. The guardian will be responsible for all other costs.


Applications open: 20 October 2021
Deadline: 19 January 2022

Application Fee: USD 125 / USD 50 for Junior Student applicants

guidelines / apply now

covid-19 vaccination

Musicians who choose to take part in Verbier Festival Academy programmes do so voluntarily and are therefore obliged to accept and follow rules set out by the Fondation du Verbier Festival in order to make its programmes viable and compliant with local law.  In the interest of public safety, the Verbier Festival Academy requires all students to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 for the duration of the programmes in which they take part. All students accepted to Academy programmes will also be obliged to be regularly tested as part of the Festival’s repetitive testing scheme. The Festival reserves the right to make changes to its Covid-19 protection plan as required.


Soloists normally perform in at least six masterclasses in their solo disciplines and four masterclasses in their assigned chamber music groups. Junior Students normally perform in at least three masterclasses or private coaching sessions in their respective disciplines and four masterclasses in their assigned chamber music groups.

Ensembles normally perform in between eight and 12 masterclasses.

The schedule of Academy masterclasses and information about ticket reservations for the public will be made available in early 2022. Admission to masterclasses will be free with presentation of a ticket and valid Covid certificate.

mentors 2022

Chamber Music

Isabel Charisius
Pamela Frank
Mathieu Herzog
Mihaela Martin
Quatuor Ébène
Ferenc Rados
András Schiff
Alasdair Tait

Gábor Takács-Nagy

Speech, Movement, Stage Presence

James Garnon
Alexis Milligan

21st Century Artist Training

Mary Javian
Gary Leboff
Pedja Muzijevic
Karen Zorn

Injury Prevention & Mechanics

Christoph Bacher
Fit as a Fiddle: Pamela Frank & Howard Nelson

alumni mentors

In its quest for excellence, the Academy has developed collaborations with some of the greatest mentors and coaches. Returning 2022 mentors are marked with an asterix.


Joaquín Achúcarro
Sergei Babayan
Dmitri Bashkirov †
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
Michel Béroff
Bella Davidovich
Leon Fleisher
Claude Frank †
Richard Goode
Gary Graffman
Klaus Hellwig*
Joseph Kalichstein
Stephen Kovacevich*
Menahem Pressler
Ferenc Rados*
András Schiff*


Kristóf Baráti
Guy Braunstein
Zakhar Bron
Ana Chumachenco*
Augustin Dumay
Pamela Frank*
Ivry Gitlis
Ida Haendel
András Keller
Young-Uck Kim
Boris Kuschnir
Mihaela Martin*
Igor Oistrakh
György Pauk
Dora Schwarzberg
Joseph Silverstein
Dmitry Sitkovetsky
Isaac Stern †
Viktor Tretiakov
Donald Weilerstein
Eduard Wulfson
Pinchas Zukerman


Yuri Bashmet
Isabel Charisius*
Gerard Caussé
Roberto Diaz
Yuri Gandelsman
Nobuko Imai
Kim Kashkashian
Paul Neubauer
Lawrence Power*
Antoine Tamestit*
Lars Anders Tomter*
Tabea Zimmermann


Nicolas Altstaedt
Alban Gerhardt*
Lynn Harrell †
Frans Helmerson*
Gary Hoffman
Ralph Kirshbaum
Laurence Lesser
Julian Lloyd Webber
Miklós Perényi*
Ferenc Rados
Torleif Thedéen
Jian Wang

Chamber Music

Alfred Brendel
Pamela Frank*
Klaus Hellwig
Mathieu Herzog*
András Keller
Mihaela Martin*
Menahem Pressler
Ferenc Rados*
Quatuor Ébène*
András Schiff*
Alasdair Tait*
Gábor Takács-Nagy*
Pinchas Zukerman