20 July 2017
Gianandrea Noseda – replacement
The Verbier Festival is sad to announce that Gianandrea Noseda, who has underwent back surgery, has had to cancel his concert with the Verbier Festival Orchestra on July 24th 2017. Mr. Noseda is a regular conductor with the Verbier Festival and we wish him a quick and full recovery.
We are at the same time very grateful to Daniel Harding who has agreed to replace Gianandrea Noseda for the second half of the concert, conducting the performance of Mahler’s 9th Symphony. Mr Harding was forced to cancel previous engagements this summer due to a wrist injury but has now been given the green light by his doctors to resume conducting. The Verbier Festival expresses its gratitude to Mr Harding who has also been a regular conductor at the Verbier Festival and was the first Music Director of the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra.
We further extend our gratitude to Joshua Weilerstein who has agreed to conduct the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Mozart’s 25th Piano Concerto with Sergei Babayan on that same program. Mr Weilerstein is presently in Verbier working with the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra. $
11 July 2017
Dear Madam, Dear Sir,
It is with great regret that Leonidas Kavakos is obliged to withdraw from the chamber music concert at the Verbier Festival on July 30th, due to family reasons. He is a dear friend of the Festival and he is very much in all our thoughts in this difficult time, and we hope that he will be able to be with us for the 3 planned concerts in the Festival on August 1st, August 3rd and August 5th
Leonidas Kavakos will be replaced by Dmitry Sitkovetsky in Mozart’s Quatuor and Dvořák’s Quintet. The programme of the performance remains inchanged:
Roman SIMOVIĆ Violin
Dmitry SITKOVETSKY Violin
Antoine TAMESTIT Viola
Mischa MAISKY Cello
Evgeny KISSIN Piano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Quatuor pour piano et cordes N° 1 en sol mineur K 478
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Quatuor pour piano et cordes N° 1 en ut mineur op.15
Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904)
Quintette pour piano et cordes N° 2 en la majeur op.81
14 June 2017
Change of programme
Dear Madame, Dear Sir,
The Verbier Festival regrets to announce the cancellation of the presence of Daniil Trifonov due to recent immigration decisions obliging him to stay in the United States this summer. Daniil Trifonov expressed his great sadness for not being able to participate in his 6th consecutive edition and apologizes for not being able to perform at the Verbier Festival for reasons completely beyond his will.
Daniil Trifonov will be replaced by:
July 29th – 7 pm
Kirill Gerstein for the evening devoted to Bach. Please note that the program has been slightly modified. Kirill Gerstein is a former student of the Verbier Festival Academy and has already performed several times in Verbier as a soloist since.
Bach Evening Program of July 29 – 7 pm Salle des Combins
VERBIER FESTIVAL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Roberto GONZÁLEZ-MONJAS Conducting and Violin
Sergei BABAYAN Piano
Kirill GERSTEIN Piano
Yuja WANG Piano
Frederic SÁNCHEZ Flute
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Brandenburg Concerto N ° 1 in F major BWV 1046
Concerto for violin, flute and Piano in A minor BWV 1044 (González-Monjas, Sánchez, Gerstein)
Concerto for Keyboard and Orchestra N ° 1 in D minor BWV 1052 (Babayan)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Concerto for keyboard and orchestra N ° 5 in F minor BWV 1056 (Wang)
Concerto for keyboard and orchestra N ° 7 in G minor BWV 1058 (Gerstein)
Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major BWV 1069
August 2nd at 11 am
Mzia Bakhtouridze, the usual accompanist of Ildar Abdrazakov, in his recital of the 2nd August at 11 am. This will be his first appearance at the Verbier Festival.
August 2nd at 7 pm
Lukas Geniušas in the Taneyev Piano and String Quartet during the concert of 2nd of August at 7 pm. Lukas Geniušas returned to Verbier after the success of his first appearance with, amongst others, his interpretation of the piano and string Quintet of the same composer.
No tickets can be exchanged or refunded as per festival policy. The tickets already acquired remain valid for the entries at the concerts.
Thank you for your understanding and we look very much forward to welcome you this summer.
1 May 2017
Pluie d’étoiles et déluge d’émotions au Verbier Festival. La 24e édition propose trois rendez-vous lyriques d’exception : Salomé dirigée par Charles Dutoit (21 juillet), Elektra interprétée par Esa-Pekka-Salonen (27 juillet), ainsi qu’Eugène Onéguine de Tchaikovsky par les jeunes chanteurs de l’Academy (6 août). Trois opéras en version de concert. Trois événements.
On serait bien en peine d’expliquer les raisons de l’extrême fascination que provoque l’opéra. Synthèse harmonieuse des arts, l’opéra est surtout un spectacle total avec des personnages “bigger than life” pour une débauche d’émotions affichées sans aucune pudeur. Dans le cas de Salomé et d’Elektra, les dimensions atteignent des proportions mythologiques. Inspirée d’une pièce d’Oscar Wilde, Salomé est une terrible histoire d’inceste, d’érotisme et de nécrophilie. Mais c’est sans compter la fulgurante musique de Richard Strauss d’une puissance continue d’1h45 (sans entracte) qui annonce le cinéma moderne. Quatre ans plus tard en 1909, le compositeur allemand renoue avec le poète Hugo van Hoffmanstahl pour un ouvrage encore plus violent. Basé d’après la mythologie grecque, Elektra offre une saisissante intrigue de parricide, de vengeance et de folie.
Ces deux bombes lyriques, et jalons essentiels du 20ème siècle, sont présentés ici dans deux distributions exceptionnelles. Pour la soirée d’ouverture le 21 juillet, le chef Charles Dutoit a réuni autour de lui des chanteurs avec lesquels il a déjà travaillé : l’allemande (et triomphatrice du rôle à Vienne et à Prague) Gun-Brit Barkmin en Salomé, ainsi que Jane Henschel, Egils Silins, Gerhard Siegel. Le 27 juillet, Elektra sera donnée par le grand chef visionnaire Esa-Pekka Salonen, interprète d’une version de légende qui a triomphé à la Scala de Milan, aux côtés du trio Lise Lindstrom (Elektra), Anna Larsson (Clytemnestre), Ingela Brimberg (Chrysotémis).
Le 8 août enfin, les jeunes chanteurs de l’Academy proposeront une version mise en espace d’Eugène Onéguine de Tchaikovsky. Nul doute que les jeunes solistes auront à coeur d’en découdre avec un ouvrage, fleuron du lyrisme slave, interprété à sa création, le 29 mars 1879, par les jeunes étudiants du Conservatoire de Moscou. Pour diriger cette équipe, le chef russe Stanislav Kochanovsky viendra apporter son talent et sa longue expérience internationale.
Le Verbier Festival donne rendez-vous à tous les amateurs d’opéra !
10 March 2017
Look who’s joined the Verbier Generation!
Verbier Festival Academy musicians are part of a bustling, creative atmosphere that is unique to the Verbier Festival. This summer, 46 pianists, violinists, violists, cellists and singers, aged 14 to 30, have been chosen from 18 countries to join the exclusive ‘Verbier Generation’.
The Verbier Festival Academy is a leader in identifying, encouraging and nurturing tomorrow’s exceptional soloists, chamber musicians and singers through creative exchange with a who’s who of today’s leading musicians, music educators and industry professionals. The Academy is equally committed to developing careers that reach beyond the concert hall in engaging and meaningful ways. Verbier offers unequalled opportunities for learning, for reflection, for inspiration and for making new connections—all in the majestic setting of the Swiss Alps.
See the names of the 2017 Verbier Festival Academy musicians at: https://www.verbierfestival.com/en/musicians/
Two chamber groups will also be invited to the Academy. Their names will be announced by 20 March.
The deadline for applications to the Academy’s Reaching Out Programme has been extended to 15 April. Visit https://www.verbierfestival.com/en/reaching-out/ for details
6 March 2017
Concerts & Accommodation
A special package has been developped with the Nevaï Hôtel and Hôtel Montpelier. This a all-in price for 3 nights in one of the hotel and 4 full days of concerts (up to 7 concerts of your choice included). The two periods offered are from the 23 to 26 July and from the 30 July to 2 August 2017.
The programme day by day
From 23 to 26 July 2017
From 30 July to 2 August 2017
CHF 1 499.- (all incl.)
1’189 CHF (all incl.)
CHF 1 169.- (all incl.)
8 59 CHF (all incl.)
7 November 2016
Check back on 6 December when we unveil the new season !
The 24rd Verbier Festival takes place from 21 July to 6 August 2017.
The programme will be announced on 6 December 2016 and tickets will go on sale on 14 December 2016 for the general public and on 6 December for the Friends of the Verbier Festival.
20 October 2016
The Verbier Festival welcomes a new Director for its Academy
The Verbier Festival is delighted to announce that from 1 December 2016, Stephen McHolm will become Director of the Verbier Festival Academy (VFA) and Special Projects.
Stephen is currently Artistic Director of the Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary, where he has served as artistic and administrative leader since 2004. Through his role at Honens, he has directed the competition, a festival and concert series, music education and outreach programmes, and has devoted a great deal of time and energy into nurturing and developing the careers of emerging concert artists. He is also a passionate amateur pianist.
“I am honoured to be named Academy Director and very much look forward to leading it in to the future, says Stephen McHolm. I see the Academy becoming an essential rite of passage for any young concert artist.”
Stephen replaces Christian Thompson who, over the last twelve years, has enabled the VFA to become one of the world’s most important learning places for exceptional young musicians. The VFA’s reputation has been built on a commitment to excellence and creativity, an incredible faculty and a visionary approach to how young musicians can build a career in the 21st century.
14 September 2016
The Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and Joshua Bell on tour
Don’t miss the VFCO and Joshua Bell’s concerts this autumn!
This autumn, the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra (VFCO), with Joshua Bell on violin and conducting and with the Swiss soprano Regula Muhlemann, performs in several Swiss towns under the auspices of the Migros-Pour-cent-culturel-Classics tour.
Migros-Pour-cent-culturel-Classics has developed a whole programme of concerts to make classical music accessible to a large audience by presenting celebrated orchestras, famous conductors and soloists from all over the world. This year, the Chamber Orchestra and the violinist Joshua Bell have been invited to open this series of concerts with four dates: at L’Heure Bleue, Chaux-de-Fonds (20 October – 8.15 pm), Victoria Hall, Geneva (21 October – 8 pm ), Tonhalle, Zurich (22 October – 7.30 pm) and Kultur Casino, Berne (23 October – 7.30 pm).
On the programme: Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate with Regula Muhlemann, Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin in E minor op.64 & Beethoven’s Symphony N° 7.
More information on Pour-cent-culturel