Verbier Festival
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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.

2019 Faculty

Piano
Joaquín Achúcarro
Sergei Babayan
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
Klaus Hellwig
András Schiff

Violin
Kristóf Baráti
Pamela Frank
Don Weilerstein

Viola
Lawrence Power
Antoine Tamestit
Lars Anders Tomter

Cello
Frans Helmerson
Ferenc Rados
Jian Wang

Chamber Music
Academy soloists
Pamela Frank
Klaus Hellwig
Ferenc Rados
Gábor Takács-Nagy

Pre-formed ensembles
Ferenc Rados
András Schiff
Gábor Takács-Nagy
Quatuor Ébène

Atelier Lyrique
Lied/Art Song

Thomas Hampson
Thomas Quasthoff
Susannah Waters

Opera: Mozart’s Magic Flute
Tim Carroll
Barbara Frittoli
Thomas Hampson
Susannah Waters

Citizen Artist Project
Mary Javian
Pedja Muzijevic
Karen Zorn

Team Building & Performance Nerves
Gary Leboff

Injury Prevention & Mechanics
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 2019 faculty members are marked with an asterix.

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

Violin
Zakhar Bron
Ana Chumachenco
Pamela Frank*
Ivry Gitlis
András Keller
Boris Kuschnir
Pinchas Zukerman

Viola
Yuri Bashmet
Isabel Charisius
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*
András Keller
Menahem Pressler
Quatuor Ebène*
Ferenc Rados*
András Schiff*
Alasdair Tait
Gábor Takács-Nagy*
Pinchas Zukerman
Klaus Hellwig*

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


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