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 January 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
6 September 2016
The Verbier Festival Survey
After this beautiful 23rd edition, we would like now to hear your impressions, your opinions and find out more about you: in order to continue to improve your time at the Festival and let you enjoy the most wonderful of musical experiences.
Here is an online questionnaire to fill in (in French). Thank you for taking the time to complete it and for helping us to build the Festival of tomorrow.
24 August 2016
Verbier Festival Academy concerts at the Septembre Musical
Discover some of the most promising soloists of our time at the occasion of the Septembre Musical 2016:
- On 1 September at Hôtel des Trois Couronnes, Vevey (8pm) : piano recital with George Li (Chopin, Rachmaninov and Liszt) > book
- On 4 September at Château de Chillon (8pm) : cello recital with Andrei Ioniță alongside pianist Naoko Sonoda (Locatelli, Brahms, Tchaïkovsky, Debussy and Franck). Andrei was the First Prizewinner at Tchaïkovsky Competition 2015 > book
3 August 2016
Joshua Weilerstein replaces Emmanuel Krivine
Emmanuel Krivine is indisposed and regrettably has had to withdraw from his appearance at the Verbier Festival. He is replaced by Joshua Weilerstein, Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. The programme and the soloists remain unchanged: they perform Bizet’s Symphony no. 1, as well as Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto no. 3 and Piano Concerto no. 2. This unforgettable evening is further enhanced by the presence of the famous violinist, and regular performer at the Verbier Festival, Joshua Bell, as well as the extraordinary, young pianist, George Li, former member of the Verbier Festival Academy (VFA), silver medallist at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky competition and winner of the prestigious 2014 International Competition “Grand Prix Animato” in Paris.
30 July 2016
Michel Dalberto replaces Mikhaïl Pletnev
The pianist Mikhaïl Pletnev has cancelled his appearance at the Festival due to health concerns. He is replaced by Michel Dalberto who is to accompany Stephan Genz on piano in a performance of Schubert’s Winterreise on Thursday 4 August at 8pm at the Church.
The French pianist Michel Dalberto is known as one of the best performers of Schubert’s work worldwide. Having a long experience in chamber music, he has collaborated with numerous artists, notably Stephan Genz. He is thus exploring familiar ground in Verbier with this recital at the Church.