VIRTUAL VERBIER FESTIVAL: HIGHLIGHTS

Published on 08 Jul 2020
Media Release

MEDIA RELEASE: Verbier Festival begins Countdown to Virtual Edition with News of Programme Highlights and Partnership with Bank Julius Baer

July 8, 2020 — VERBIER (Switzerland) — With less than ten days to go until the start of its virtual edition, the Verbier Festival today unveiled a few of the highlights that viewers can expect from the medici.tv broadcasts that make up the first 18 days of the Virtual Verbier Festival, starting July 16. The Virtual Festival kicks off each day of its medici.tv broadcasts with an hour of intimate profiles, interviews and behind the scenes footage of a featured artist(s), including brand-new material recorded specially for the occasion. In the four hours that follow, the Festival features the most sensational concerts from recent years, including some never before seen on medici.tv. Broadcasts begin each day at 7 pm CET (1 pm EDT).

Bank Julius Baer, Principal Sponsor of the Verbier Festival since 2010, has agreed to support all medici.tv broadcasts of the Virtual Verbier Festival. The bank also announced yesterday that it has extended its partnership as Principal Sponsor of the Verbier Festival for another three years through the Festival’s 2023 edition.

The entire Virtual Verbier Festival runs from July 16 to August 12 and is a collaboration between the Verbier Festival and its long-time partners medici.tv — the world’s leading classical music channel — and RTS Espace 2 (Swiss Radio). Viewers and listeners can access the Festival, discover programme listings and subscribe for updates via the ‘VF at Home’ platform at verbierfestival.com. The Virtual Verbier Festival is all free to access for the period of the Festival. Select material will be available via free replay until 31 October.

The Verbier Festival was one of Switzerland’s first major music festivals to cancel its ‘live’ activities for summer 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, the Festival has concentrated its efforts on celebrating and supporting its family of artists and on connecting this family with the music-loving public The Virtual Verbier Festival is the latest of these initiatives. The Verbier Festival is grateful to Madame Aline Foriel Destzet for her generous support of this project and to Bank Julius Baer for its continued partnership.

DIFFUSIONS SUR MEDICI.TV
July 16 to August 2, 7 pm to midnight CET
 
HOST

Charlotte Gardner music critic & journalist
Christian Thompson Head of Artistic Planning, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

AGENDA

16.07    VALERY GERGIEV
17.07    EVGENY KISSIN
18.07    LES VIOLONISTES DE VERBIER
19.07    MARTHA ARGERICH
20.07    THOMAS QUASTHOFF
21.07    JOSHUA BELL
22.07    VERBIER FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
23.07    ANDRÁS SCHIFF & QUATUOR ÉBÈNE
24.07    DANIIL TRIFONOV
25.07    GAUTIER & RENAUD CAPUÇON
26.07    SINGERS OF VERBIER
27.07    MIKHAÏL PLETNEV
28.07    VERBIER FESTIVAL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
29.07    LEONIDAS KAVAKOS
30.07    VERBIER GENERATION: LES DÉCOUVERTES DU FESTIVAL
31.07    PIANISTES DE VERBIER
01.08    MISCHA MAISKY
02.08    YUJA WANG

WHAT TO EXPECT EACH DAY

Hour 1
Exclusive newly recorded performances by each day’s featured artist(s) as well as interviews, stories and documentaries—old and new.

Hours 2-4
Favourite and previously unreleased footage of extraordinary Verbier Festival performances by each day’s featured artist.

Hour 5
Favourite performances by each day’s featured artist(s) recorded at other prestigious concert halls and festivals around the world—a coup de cœur from the medici.tv collection.

HIGHLIGHTS

The medici.tv broadcasts of the Virtual Verbier Festival offer a jam-packed lineup. The Verbier Festival today released a sampling of highlights to whet the musical appetite:

  • Valery Gergiev conducts from the piano for a performance of Mozart’s Concerto for three pianos in F major from the 2015 Verbier Festival with Daniil Trifonov and Denis Matsuev;

 

  • A breathtaking performance of Schumann’s Kinderszenen by Martha Argerich not seen since it was performed on the Verbier Festival stage in 2007;

 

  • Thomas Quasthoff sings a spiritual direct from his living room in Berlin;

 

  • Daniil Trifonov performs Bach’s entire Art of the Fugue recorded specially for the Virtual Verbier Festival from his home in New York and joins Joshua Bell for their first-ever performance together;

 

  • Verbier Festival discovery, pianist Mao Fujita (Silver Medal Tchaikovsky Competition 2019 and 2018 Academy alumnus), performs an exclusive concert from Tokyo;

 

  • The Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, led by its beloved Music Director, Gábor Takács-Nagy, offers an unorthodox performance of Beethoven’s Second Symphony from their homes around the world;

 

  • Pianists Denis Matsuev and Mikhaïl Pletnev each present exquisite new concerts from Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Concert Hall while Monty Alexander offers scintillating jazz direct from New York;

 

  • And finally, Mischa Maisky, who has appeared at every Verbier Festival since 1994, maintains his streak of perfect attendance with an intimate exclusive performance recorded at home with his family.

 

CONTACTS
VERBIER FESTIVAL

Ségolène Roullet-Solignac
+41 (0)27 775 24 40
presse@verbierfestival.com

THE PUBLICISTS (FR/BEL/LUX)

Thierry Messonnier
+33 (0)6 84 67 84 30
thierry@thepublicists.fr

Laura Fantoni
+33 (0)6 20 37 15 37
laura.fantoni@labelfrancaise.com

PREMIER (UK/US/CA)

Rebecca Johns
+44(0)20 7292 7336 / +44(0)7715 205 196
rebecca.johns@premiercomms.com

Simon Millward 
+44(0)20 7292 7334 / +44(0)7990 507 310
simon.millward@premiercomms.com

PRESS PHOTOS

Photographs taken by the official photographers of the Verbier Festival may be downloaded from the Festival’s press photo database.

Please contact presse@verbierfestival.com for access credentials.

The Verbier Festival is a classical music festival that encourages sharing between great musicians and young aspiring artists from around the world. It is committed to excellence in music performance and education through its highly respected artistic programme, Academy and community engagement programmes. The next edition of the Verbier Festival, with Principal Sponsorship of Bank Julius Baer and Neva Foundation, will place 16 July to 1 August 2021 in Verbier (Switzerland).