Music Director of the Verbier Festival Orchestra
Appointed Music Director of the Verbier Festival Orchestra (VFO) in 2009, Charles Dutoit is probably the conductor who knows this exceptional group better than anyone else. Widely acclaimed, Charles Dutoit is one of the world’s most sought-after conductors. Each summer we are honoured to welcome him to Verbier to share his passion and genius with our young musicians. He has conducted the VFO on a number of international tours, and has led it to the pinnacle of its achievements in Europe, the United States and Asia. His experience brings a unique perspective to an extensive repertoire, and in particular the French repertoire. The performances of Pelléas and Mélisande (C Debussy) in 2012 and The Damnation of Faust (H Berlioz) in 2014 illustrated this to perfection.
Charles Dutoit works with some of the greatest orchestras around the globe. He is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, and has just celebrated 30 years working with the Philadelphia Orchestra, which named him Conductor Laureate. Charles Dutoit has made more than 250 recordings, CDs and DVDs, garnering two Grammys in the process. Most of his recordings were made with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, where he was Artistic Director for 25 years (1997 to 2002), whilst also working between 1991 and 2001 as Music Director of the Orchestre National de France and, from 1998 to 2003, Tokyo’s NHK Symphony Orchestra, where he is Honorary Conductor. He is also the Artistic Director of a number of Festivals in the USA and Japan, and he received the Classical Music Awards “Lifetime Achievement” award in Warsaw in April 2014.