Verbier Festival
Verbier Festival 2017
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Academy Faculty

Learning at the Verbier Festival Academy is unique for many reasons. It is the only summer Academy in the world where each musician can work with several prestigious teachers and performers one after another over a period of three weeks. The Academy encourages an interdisciplinary approach which opens horizons for curious, emerging professional concert artists.

2018 Faculty

Cello
Nicolas Altstaedt
Frans Helmerson
Miklós Perényi

Chamber Music
Academy soloists
Michel Béroff
Pamela Frank
András Keller
Gábor Takács-Nagy

Pre-formed ensembles
Brooklyn Rider
András Keller
András Schiff
Alasdair Tate
Gábor Takács-Nagy
Quatuor Ébène

Atelier Lyrique
Lied/Art Song
Nora Gubisch
Thomas Quasthoff
Ekaterina Semenchuk

Opera: Verdi’s Rigoletto
Barbara Frittoli
Dimitri Platanias

Stagecraft
Tim Carroll
Susannah Waters

Artist Citizen Projects
Mary Javian
Pedja Muzijevic

Team Building & Performance Nerves
Gary Leboff

Injury Prevention & Mechanics
Charlotte Tomlinson
Fit as a Fiddle with Pamela Frank and Howard Nelson

Life Coaching
Johannes Crol

Faculty Alumni

In its quest for excellence, the Academy has developed collaborations with some of the greatest performers and professors of today. Returning 2018 faculty members are marked with an asterix.

Piano
Sergei Babayan*
Dmitri Bashkirov
Claude Frank †
Richard Goode*
Klaus Hellwig
Stephen Kovacevich
Menahem Pressler
Ferenc Rados
András Schiff*

Violin
Zakhar Bron
Ana Chumachenco
Pamela Frank*
Ivry Gitlis
Boris Kuschnir

Viola
Yuri Bashmet*
Nobuko Imai*
Kim Kashkashian
Lawrence Power
Antoine Tamestit
Lars Anders Tomter*
Tabea Zimmermann*

Cello
Lynn Harrell
Frans Helmerson*
Gary Hoffman
Ralph Kirshbaum
Laurence Lesser
Miklós Perényi
Torleif Thedéen

Chamber music
Alfred Brendel
Pamela Frank*
Menahem Pressler
Ferenc Rados
András Schiff*
Gábor Takács-Nagy*
Pinchas Zukerman*
Klaus Hellwig

Voice / Opera
Sir Thomas Allen
Barbara Bonney
Tim Carroll
Claudio Desderi
Dan Ettinger
Barbara Frittoli
Thomas Hampson
Elena Pankratova
Thomas Quasthoff*
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
Anna Tomowa-Sintow


Testimonials from Faculty

“I feel that the Academy is special because it’s completely focused on the future and on promoting imaginative thinking. The Academy gives seeds of creativity to the younger generation. This is not only amazing for them but also for us professors, it really provides a learning process for us all!”
— 
Gábor Takács-Nagy

“All of the participants play a lot of chamber music which I think has incredible importance for everyone today; musicians should have as much contact with all kinds of repertoire as possible.”
— 
Frans Helmerson