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
Mia & Anders Bergendahl
The Tabor Foundation
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 applicantsguidelines / apply now
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.
Speech, Movement, Stage Presence
21st Century Artist Training
Injury Prevention & Mechanics
Fit as a Fiddle: Pamela Frank & Howard Nelson
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.
Dmitri Bashkirov †
Claude Frank †
Isaac Stern †
Lars Anders Tomter*
Lynn Harrell †
Julian Lloyd Webber