Verbier Festival

19 July 2018

Artist Cancellation – Pavol Breslik

The Verbier Festival regrets to announce Pavol Breslik’s cancellation due to medical reasons.

The role of Uriel in Haydn’s Creation will now be sung by Bernard Richter. Richter has performed several times in Verbier in the past, notably in 2016 in Mozart’s Mass in C minor.

The programme thus remains unchanged.

Bernard Richter

17 July 2018

Artist Cancellation – Yuri Bashmet

The Verbier Festival regrets to announce Yuri Bashmet’s cancellation due to medical reasons.


Violinist Kristóf Baráti and cellist Mischa Maisky have accepted to replace him on short notice alongside pianist Sergei Babayan for the concert at Eglise de Verbier on 20 July. The initial programme will thus be replaced by the following:

20 July 11 am

Suite in D : ‘L’entretien des Muses’
‘Les Sauvages’
Suite in E minor : ‘Le rappel des oiseaux’
Suite in A minor : Allemande, Courante, Gavotte and the six doubles

Excerpts from Klavierbüchlein für Wilhelm Friedmann Bach

Trio No. 2 for violin, cello and piano in E minor Op. 67


Mr Bashmet was also scheduled to lead Academy masterclasses. He will be replaced by violist Isabel Charisius. Ms Charisius’ classes will take place on 19 July at La Cordelette and 20, 21, 22 July at Chalet d’Adrien. All classes take place from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. There will be no masterclass on 18 July.

11 July 2018

The Verbier Festival regrets to announce the cancellations of Janine Jansen and Marcelo Puente.

Marcelo Puente had to give up his debut at the Verbier Festival for health reasons. The role of Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur (26 July at 6 pm) will be sung by Migran Agadzhanyan whom we are very happy to welcome to the Festival for the first time.

Here is a personal message that Janine Jansen wished to address to each of you: “I am very sad that I cannot participate this summer in the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Verbier Festival. It’s been a difficult few months not being able to play and perform, but I am slowly but surely recovering and I am hoping to be back to sharing music soon. I wish you a most wonderful Festival time and I will miss you all dearly!” Janine Jansen.

Here are the changes made to the concerts in which she was to perform:

20 July at 8 pm

Alexandra Conunova, violin and Denis Kozhukhin, piano

Ludwig van Beethoven

Violin Sonata No. 6 in A major Op. 30 No. 1

Serge Prokofiev

Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor Op. 80


Johannes Brahms

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major Op. 78

Maurice Ravel

Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major

23 July at 8 pm

Vadim Repin will join Martha Argerich and Mischa Maisky in Mendelssohn’s Trio No. 1 in D minor Op. 49

24 July at 7 pm

Vilde Frang will perform Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major K. 219 (instead of Concerto No. 3)

25 July at 6 pm

Janine Jansen will not be replaced for this concert.

26 July at 11 am

Tabea Zimmermann, viola

András Schiff, piano

Johannes Brahms

Viola Sonata No. 1 in F major Op. 120

Robert Schumann

Märchenbilder for piano and viola Op. 113


Quatuor Arod

Robert Schumann

String Quartet No. 1 in A minor Op. 41 No. 1

20 June 2018

A new roof for the Salle des Combins

At the instigation of Alain Nicod, and thanks to the expertise of école Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne’s (EPFL) Acoustic Department, the Verbier Festival’s technical team was put in contact with engineering firm, Prona . A new resin screen, micro-perforated and positioned some feet above the existing roof, has been added to Salle des Combins to allow water to flow evenly across the building. This screen is a world first. Regular visitors know that the Festival’s opening concert is often accompanied by rain. The sounds of this uninvited guest will now give way to music.

18 June 2018


The Verbier Festival regrets to announce that due to a shoulder injury and following his doctor’s advice, Gautier Capuçon has had to make the very difficult decision to take time off from concert touring from now until mid-August to rest.
The concert programmes which he was scheduled to perform at the Verbier Festival will remain unchanged but will now feature:

Patrick Demenga
Verbier Festival debut
21 July at 8 pm

Clemens Hagen
Tchaikovsky Piano Trio Op. 50
27 July at 8 pm

Frans Helmerson
Brahms sextets
29 July at 8 pm

The cellist for the concert of 26 July at 11 am remains to be confirmed

15 June 2018

Exposition Verbier Festival – 25 ans de rencontres

Autour des festivités du 25e, en partenariat avec le CHUV et la Fête de la musique, découvrez l’exposition des 5 photographes emblématiques du Verbier Festival dans le Hall principal du 16 au 21 juin. Puis du 23 juin au 5 août dans le BH 08-Bâtiment de liaison.

18 May 2018

To properly celebrate its first quarter-century, the Verbier Festival embarks on a new and exciting project: the publication of a magnificent book giving pride of place to pictures taken each summer by those talented photographers who have come through Verbier. Memorable concerts, behind the scenes shots, the unprecedented encounters of the Rencontres Inédites, the community that has established itself around the Festival — all this is recounted in image and text, the latter by Julian Sykes and Michèle Larivière, both of them intimately acquainted with the Verbier experience. Immerse yourself in this souvenir album and you will find out how it all came to happen, a well as what the great artists who have been here have to say about ’their Verbier Festival’. The book will fascinate both the connoisseur and those who are discovering the Festival for the first time. Either way, this luxurious volume offers an entry into this magical world, this music-lovers’ paradise, that is the Verbier family. Published in November 2018 by Éditions Noir sur Blanc, the anniversary book will be available in all good bookshops. Visitors to Verbier this summer will have the opportunity to pre-order a copy.

2 May 2018


The Verbier Festival regrets to announce the cancellation of Zubin Mehta’s 29 July performance.
The concert’s programme will be replaced with a performance of Fantasia Helvetica—a work composed by Mikhail Pletnev for two pianos and orchestra based on Swiss melodies—performed by Martha Argerich and Mr Pletnev and conducted by Stanislav Kochanovsky.  Mr Pletnev will continue as conductor of the Verbier Festival Orchestra for the second half of the concert in a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Evgeny Kissin, and in one of Alexandre Glazuvnov’s most popular works, The Seasons.

Stanislav Kochanovksy conductor
Mikhaïl Pletnev piano/conductor
Martha Argerich piano
Evgeny Kissin piano

Fantasia Helvetica for two pianos and orchestra
(Pletnev, Argerich, piano. Kochanovsky, conductor)

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor Op. 18
(Kissin, piano. Pletnev, conductor)


The Seasons, op. 67

4 March 2018

Death of Jésus López Cobos

The Verbier Festival is deeply saddened by the death of Jésus López Cobos. He was a wonderful human being and a great artist. The last time he conducted at the Verbier Festival was in 2016 in a spirited performance of Falstaff with Bryn Terfel in the title role. I was fortunate to know him all these years and will miss him dearly.

Martin T:son Engstroem

9 February 2018

VF partenaires – Concert du Princeton Highschool Orchestra

Concert de musique classique présenté par de jeunes et talentueux étudiants


Vaughan Williams
Intrada from Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra

Cantique de Jean Racine

Ave Maria

Präludium aus Fünf Stücke für 2 Violinen und Klavier

Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47 (Adagio di molto) / Coco Mi, violin

Spiegel im Spiegel

Nessun Dorma from TURANDOT

A Better Day [Musical Tribute to UNICEF] Easha & Shravya Nandyala, guitar & vocals


Cinema Paradiso

Schindler’s List /Coco Mi, violin

West Side Story Selections

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