The Verbier Festival Orchestra (VFO) is a rite of passage for today’s exceptional young orchestra musicians. It is recognised as one of the best training orchestras on the planet.
The Verbier Festival Orchestra (VFO) is a rite of passage for today’s exceptional young orchestra musicians. Since its founding in 2000, the programme has brought together rising talents with the foremost conductors and soloists of our time, earning it the reputation as one of the best training orchestras on the planet. The ensemble includes 95 musicians aged 18 to 28, who receive intensive coaching by players from the world’s top orchestras, among them principals of New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. These mentors prepare the musicians for three weeks of rehearsals and concerts led by some of the world’s most distinguished conductors. VFO alumni have gone on to join leading orchestras around the world, including Berlin, New York and Vienna Philharmonics, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, and Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, and entirely make up the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra.
27 June – 1 August 2022
includes arrival and departure dates
Age & Nationality
Musicians of all nationalities between the ages of 18 and 28 as of 1 July 2022 may apply.
costs for successful candidates
The Verbier Festival will cover the cost of return travel from each musician’s place of residence to Verbier.
The Verbier Festival will also cover tuition fees and provide lodging, lunches and dinners, plus a stipend for daily breakfast.
Applications now closed.
Deadline was 19 January 2022 — Applications for the 2023 Verbier Festival edition will open this fall.
There were no live auditions for the VFO 2022. All applications were made online and by video.
All members of the 2021 VFO were invited to return for 2022 and therefore, should new applications be worthy, candidates are placed on the reserve list and may be invited in the event that a musician withdraws.guidelines
repertoire highlights 2022
First, Fourth and Fifteenth Symphonies
Un Ballo in Maschera
Le Sacre du printemps
Applicants are required to perform one or two solo works (depending on instrument) as well as orchestral excerpts.repertoire excerpts
In preparation for work with the orchestra’s distinguished guest conductors, VFO musicians and Academy Conducting Fellows receive intensive coaching from players from the world’s top orchestras, among them principals of New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Derrick Inouye preparatory conductor
Kirill Terentiev violin
Désirée Elsevier viola
Lionel Cottet cello
Maren Reck double bass
Dieter Flury flute
Nathan Hughes oboe
Jessica Phillips clarinet
William Short bassoon
Joseph Anderer horn
David Langlitz brass
Fedor Khandrikov percussion