Verbier Festival

26 March 2019

Charity concert by the soloists of the Menuhin Academy

Under the direction of Oleg Kaskiv, these world-renowned young prodigies, including young Alice Lee, who has won several prestigious awards, will perform plays by Tchaikovsky.

Yehudi Menuhin regularly went to play in prisons during his tours. On March 28, his disciples in turn wish to give their time for this cause by playing for the Antior Association, which teaches mindfulness meditation to prisoners in French-speaking Switzerland. This practice allows them to discover inner peace and prepares them for successful reintegration.

After a welcome aperitif and as a prelude to the concert, Guido Bondolfi, member of the Antior committee, professor of psychiatry at the HUG and renowned expert in mindfulness meditation, will offer the audience a brief introduction to this practice to live a unique musical experience.

March 28, 2019 at Rosey Concert Hall in Rolle
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12 November 2018

Rotary Club Verbier St-Bernard concert, in collaboration with the Verbier Festival ∣ 17 November 2018 at Espace St-Marc in Châble

Saturday 17 November 2018 at 7 pm ∣ Espace St-Marc in Châble

Free entry, donations welcome.
Free raclette after the concert.

Anthony Fournier, violin
Fanny Monnet, piano
Grégoire Fellay, accordion
Blythe Teh Engstroem, alto
Damien Bachmann, clarinet
François-Xavier Poizat, piano
Quatuor Amarylli

In support of Rotary’s causes.

  • Arches de Noël à Champsec
  • Maison de la Providence à Montagnier et Orsières
  • ARFEC (Association romande des familles des familles d’enfants atteints d’un cancer)
  • Local charities

27 October 2018

Academy Violinists take Top Prizes Joseph Joachim Competition (Hanover)

Timothy Chooi

Photo Helge Krückeberg

Hanover Competition Finalists

Timothy Chooi has won First Prize Winner of the 10th Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hanover. He receives 50’000 Euro, a CD recording, and a violin by G.B. Guadagnini on loan for three years.  Timothy was the recipient of the Prix Yves Paternot at the 2018 Verbier Festival.

Fellow Academy violinist, Cosima Soulez Larivière, received the Competition’s Third Prize.  Cosima was the recipient of the Academy’s APCAV Prize in 2018.

First Prize Winner: Timothy Chooi
Second Prize Winner: Dmytro Udovychenko
Third Prize Winner: Cosima Soulez Larivière
Fourth Prize Winner: Rennosuke Fukuda
Fifth Prize Winner: Leonard Fu
Sixth Prize Winner: Youjin Lee

11 October 2018

Verbier Festival Academy Alumni Successes

Congratulations to Alexander Gadjiev – Pianist who has just won the Monte-Carlo Piano Masters 2018, to Juan Pérez Floristán, first prize winner, and to Martin James Bartlett who was awarded 2nd and audience prize at the Kissinger Sommer Piano Olympics!

Pianist Alexander Gadjiev

Alexander Gadjiev

Juan Pérez Floristán Portrait

Juan Pérez Floristán

Martin James Bartlett Portrait

Martin James Bartlett

9 August 2018

Verbier Festival 2018 edition – Temporary results

For 18 days, 59 concerts and 103 masterclasses have been given in the mainstage programme, as well as more than 100 events in the VF Unlimited programme. For this excellent anniversary edition, the Verbier Festival received up to 5,000 people per day in 2018. They attended concerts at the Salle des Combins (74.4%) and the Église (76.5%), representing 38,000 tickets allocated – which represents an increase by 16% as compared to last year. More than 25,500 people went to the different Academy and VF Unlimited events, split into 4 themed categories – Playground, Talks & Docs, Philanthropy Forum and After Dark – in more than 17 unusual places in the resort. In total, more than 63,500 festival goers experienced this anniversary edition, including 200 accredited journalists from 16 countries.

Faithful to its core values, the Verbier Festival enabled 196 young musicians to play in one of the three Orchestras – 96 musicians of 23 nationalities in the Verbier Festival Orchestra, 43 musicians in the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and 57 musicians aged 15 to 18 in the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra.


6 August 2018

Timothy Chooi Receives Academy’s Top Honour

Timothy Chooi, a 24-year old Canadian violinist, has won the Verbier Festival Academy’s Prix Yves Paternot in recognition of the most accomplished and most promising musician of the annual Academy for young professional musicians. The prize was previously known as the ‘Prix d’Honneur’.

Yves Paternot was an emblematic figure of the Verbier Festival; he was founder of the Friends of the Verbier Festival and member of the Foundation’s Board. In tribute to his commitment, the Prix Yves Paternot recognises the Academy’s most accomplished musician. The recipient is awarded CHF 10,000, an invitation to return to Verbier in a future year to perform in the Festival and is eligible for a contribution of up to CHF 15,000 toward the realisation of a special project and may take part in a residency with one of two of the Academy’s artist development partners: Banff Centre (Canada) or Snape Maltings (UK).

Timothy Chooi is currently finishing the Master’s programme at the Juilliard School (New York) with teacher Catherine Cho. He is a former student of the Curtis Institute of Music and has studied with Pinchas Zukerman, Ida Kavafian and Patinka Kopec.

“Timothy is an exceptionally talented young musician and communicator,” remarked Academy Director Stephen McHolm. “He joins the ranks of outstanding young talents who have become ambassadors for both the Verbier Festival and its Academy.” Baritone Milan Siljanov (2016 Laureate) returned to the Festival this summer to perform as Borsalino in Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur with the Verbier Festival Orchestra and its Music Director, Valery Gergiev. Since winning the prize in 2017, mezzo-soprano Adèle Charvet (2017 Laureate) commented, “I went from being a young singer who was still a student to one who’s beginning to work and has things to say.”

“I am greatly humbled by this honour and look forward to being part of the Verbier Festival family,” said Chooi upon the announcement of win last night at Salle des Combins.

Other awards

Additional cash awards are presented to deserving Academy musicians who are in need of financial support. In order to be considered, musicians must submit a formal request to the Academy describing the rationale for receiving the award, including a proposal about how funds will be used.

Prix Jean-Nicolas Firmenich
for a cellist or cellists
CHF 5,000 each for:
Christine J. Lee | Age 26 | South Korea
Kristina Winiarski | Age 23 | Sweden

Prix Thierry Mermod
for a singer or singers
CHF 5,000 for:
Andrés Agudelo | Tenor | Age 25 | Colombia
CHF 2,500 each for:
Christian Andreas Adolph | Baritone | Age 26 | Germany
Theodore Platt | Baritone | Age 24 | United Kingdom / Russia

The Tabor Foundation Award
for a pianist or pianists
CHF 5,000 each for:
Giuseppe Guarrera | Age 26 | Italy
Mao Fujita | Age 19 | Japan

Neva Foundation Prize
for a promising Russian musician
CHF 5,000 for:
Alexei Melnikov | Age 28 | Russia

Awarded to an Academy musician who contributes to the spirit of the Verbier Festival through a commitment to community and public engagement.
awarded by l’Association des propriétaires de chalets et appartements de Verbier
CHF 2,000 for :
Cosima Soulez Larivière | Violin | Age 21 | France / Netherlands

Special Prizes
CHF 2,000 each for:
Simon Rivard | Conductor | Age 28| Canada
Jordan Bak | Viola | Age 23 | United States
Trio Sōra | Piano Trio | France

5 August 2018

Concours de vitrine 2018

L’heureux gagnant du concours de vitrines est l’agence Comina, remportant ainsi le premier prix, un week-end au Schloss Elmau en Bavière, où le Verbier Festival se produira cette année pour la dixième fois ! Plus de trente commerces et boutiques de la station ont joué le jeu cette année, parant Verbier de décors inspirés par le Festival et la musique. Les autres participants, de la 2e à la 6e place gagneront des billets pour les concerts de l’édition 2019 du Festival, ainsi qu’une visite exclusive des coulisses. «La musique est la langue des émotions, la musique donne une âme à nos cœurs», peut-on lire en passant devant leurs locaux. L’agence a conquis le jury grâce à leurs portraits de compositeurs et les grands sacs remplis de partitions au format géant disposés en devanture de l’établissement. Fondée en 1947 à Sion, l’entreprise familiale a des bureaux répartis sur quatre sites, dont Verbier. L’équipe de 67 personnes est très active en Valais, proposant une large gamme de services, de l’architecture au design intérieur en passant par la vente immobilière.

Prix du Jury

Les résultats du concours ont été publié dans le Quotidien, ce fut le prix du Jury composé de 7 personnes. Cette vitrine a fait l’unanimité car elle était visible de l’extérieur, installée bien avant le début le festival, très conceptualisée et participative: les festivaliers ont emporté les partitions tous les jours.

Prix du public

Au niveau du prix du public, les votes étaient recueillis à l’hôtel de Verbier dans une urne, qui a désigné Chez Babeth comme grande gagnante.

Nous lançons le concours 2019 en septembre 2018, avec une thématique musique & jeux d’échec by Neva.
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3 August 2018


The Verbier Festival regrets to announce Martin Fröst’s cancellation due to medical reasons.

The pianist Jan Lisiecki has agreed to replace him on short notice for the concert on 3 August at 7 pm, Salle des Combins.

3 August at 7 pm

The programme has been modified as follows :

Pablo Heras-Casado conductor
Jan Lisiecki piano

Overture to Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Piano concerto in A minor Op. 54
– Allegro affettuoso
– Intermezzo : Andantino grazioso
– Allegro vivace


Symphony No. 2 in C major Op. 61
– Sostenuto assai
– Scherzo : Allegro vivace
– Adagio espressivo
– Allegro molto vivace

The Verbier Festival expresses its sincere gratitude to Jan Lisiecki for agreeing to perform with the VFCO following his morning recital at the Eglise on the same day.

Jan Lisiecki Credit: Holger Hage

2 August 2018

The Verbier Festival will be at La Chaux for two exceptional outdoor concerts for everyone

Following the success of last year’s Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra concert at La Chaux, the Verbier Festival and Téléverbier renew the experience and offer two concerts in an atypical setting more than 2000 meters high.

You will be able to hear the first notes on Friday, August 3rd at 2 pm with the Jeunesses Musicales Suisse orchestra, made up of 70 musicians aged 8 to 15. Founded in 1948, the Jeunesses Musicales Suisse (JMS) work in favour of the young and music in Switzerland. The Verbier Festival and Téléverbier are proud to cooperate with this institution for the first time.
In case of bad weather, the concert will take place in Le Châble, at the Espace Saint-Marc.

On Saturday, Augsut 4th at 2 pm, it will be the VFCO’s turn to perform there. The VFCO is the Festival’s orchestra in residence, made up of the most accomplished alumni of the VFO, whose Music director is the famous Hungarian conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy.
Four soloists from the Verbier Festival Academy will the part in the concert :

Timothy Chooi, violin

Diana Tishchenko, violin

Cosima Soulez-Larivière, violin

Sào Soulez-Larivière, viola

Three conductors from the Verbier Festival Academy will follow each other on stage to conduct the VFCO : Simon Rivard, François López-Ferrer and Jack Wong. They will perform major works by Mendelssohn, Mozart and Rossini :

Mendelssohn : A midsummer night’s dream / Overture – François López-Ferrer, conductor

Mozart Concerto for violin N°3 in G major – Simon Rivard, conductor

  • 1st movement – Diana Tishchenko, violin
  • 2nd movement – Timmy Chooi, violin

Mozart Sinfonia Concertante – Jack Wong, conductor

1st & 2nd movements – Cosima Soulez-Larivière, violin & Sào Soulez-Larivière, viola

Rossini: Overture to Il Barbiere di Siviglia – François López-Ferrer, conductor

In case of bad weather, this concert will be cancelled.

These concerts are free. A special offer combining access to cable cars and grills for CHF 33.- is available at the Téléverbier cash desk.

For the VIP Pass holders, access is free of charge.

31 July 2018

VERBIER LOCAL – 1er août 2018

Des liens qui se tissent : le 1er août à Verbier

L’année du 25e voit se confirmer les liens tissés entre le Verbier Festival et les membres de la communauté bagnarde. La Fête nationale donnera ainsi l’occasion aux résidents de Verbier d’entendre la section cuivre du Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra unie à la fanfare de la Fleur des Neiges de Verbier pour quelques morceaux dont l’hymne national suisse !

Cette action s’intègre dans les festivités organisées par l’Office du tourisme autour de la Fête nationale helvétique. En effet, la traditionnelle braderie prendra place sur la rue de la Poste. Plusieurs animations sont prévues : démonstration de danse et fabrication de lampions n’en sont qu’un échantillon.

Point d’orgue des célébrations, un spectacle de voltige son et lumière présenté par la Compagnie Neo se tiendra sur le parking de l’Ermitage à l’issue du défilé dès 22h.