Verbier Festival

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, 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.

30 July 2018

Annulation Cancellation – Radu Lupu

Le Verbier Festival a le profond regret d’annoncer que Radu Lupu est dans l’incapacité d’assurer son concert ce soir. Nous lui souhaitons un prompt rétablissement.

Nous sommes extrêmement reconnaissants à Sir András Schiff qui, à la demande de M. Lupu, a accepté de le remplacer dans le 4ème Concerto de Beethoven dirigé par Gábor Takács-Nagy.

The Verbier Festival is saddened to announce the indisposition of Radu Lupu for tonight’s concert. We wish him a quick recovery. At the same time we are extremely grateful to Sir András Schiff who, upon Mr Lupu’s desire, has accepted to replace Radu Lupu in the 4th Concerto by Beethoven conducted by Gábor Takács-Nagy.

23 July 2018


An opportunity not to be missed!

Don’t miss the opportunity to watch the Verbier Festival’s sold out gala concert streamed live at the Cinema on 25 July at 6 pm.

25 years…It deserves a big celebration. And There has never been a celebration quite like this. Star string players come into alignment to make an orchestra. Pianists, two, four or eight at a time. A once-in-a-ligetime concert.

Cinéma de Verbier, Place Centrale 4
Bar available on site

CHF 25 Full price
CHF 15 Reduced price/Friends/Bagnards rate


22 July 2018

Artist Cancellation – Amanda Forsyth

The Verbier Festival regrets to announce Amanda Forsyth’s cancellation due to medical reasons.

Ms. Forsyth’s appearances will be replaced as follows:

25 July at 6 pm
29 July at 8 pm

Amanda Forsyth will be replaced by Edgar Moreau for these two concerts.

The programme remains unchanged.

1 August at 7 pm

Amanda Forsyth will not be replaced for this concert.

The programme is modified as follows :

Pinchas Zukerman violin and conductor

Overture to Die Zauberflöte

Concerto for violin and orchestra No. 3 in G major K 216


Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98

Edgar Moreau

20 July 2018


The Verbier Festival regrets to announce the cancellation of Martha Argerich.

Ms. Argerich’s appearances will be replaced as follows:

23 July at 8 pm

For Mischa Maisky’s Carte Blanche concert at the Eglise, she will be replaced by Elisabeth Leonskaja.

The programme is partially modified :

Trio élégiaque N° 1 in G minor
(L. Maisky, S. Maisky, M. Maisky)

Trio N° 2 for violin, cello and piano in E minor op. 67
(Repin, Maisky, Leonskaja)


CÉSAR FRANCK (1822-1890)
Piano quintet in F minor
(L. Maisky, Gringolts, S. Maisky, Teh Engstroem, M. Maisky)

25 July at 6 pm

For the gala concert at the Salle des Combins, she will be replaced by Seong-Jin Cho.

29 July at 7 pm

For the concert at the Salle des Combins, she will be replaced by Lucas Debargue.

The programme remains unchanged.