The Conducting Programme offers a stepping stone to emerging conductors who are on the verge of leading orchestras at the highest level. Conducting Fellows are mentored by and network with a who’s who from the world of classical music.

Up to five young conductors are accepted to the Conducting Programme. They take part in section training led by the coaches of the Verbier Festival Orchestra (VFO), as well as tutti rehearsals led by Derrick Inouye, the VFO Assistant Conductor. They will, where possible, collaborate with Maestro Inouye as he prepares the VFO for its Festival performances. Throughout the Festival, Conducting Fellows may perform assistant conductor duties for guest conductors of the VFO and Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra (VFCO) Music Director Gábor Takács-Nagy and other visiting VFCO conductors.

Other activities include: 

  • A mentorship meeting with Festival Founder & Director Martin T:son Engstroem 
  • A roundtable discussion with Gabór Takács-Nagy, VFCO Music Director 
  • Personal meetings with guest conductors
  • Public performances of small ensemble works when possible 

This is a largely self-directed programme, and participants with flexibility, openness and personal-initiative will benefit the most from the many opportunities that are presented. Students are urged to attend and take part in as many activities as possible during their time at the Festival.

programme dates

5 – 31 July 2023

includes arrival and departure dates


Age & Nationality

Musicians of all nationalities between the ages of 25 to 35 on 1 July 2023

costs for successful candidates

The Verbier Festival will cover the cost of return travel from each musician’s place of residence to Verbier. Musicians who travel from or return to a location other than their place of residence—and who subsequently face an increased travel cost—are responsible to the pay the difference in fare.

The Verbier Festival will also cover tuition fees and provide lodging, lunches and dinners, plus a stipend for daily breakfast.


Applications open 11 October 2022
Deadline: 5 January 2023 / Applications closed
Application fee: USD 70

Please note: Applicants of Romanian, Russian or Ukrainian nationality are eligible for an application fee waiver thanks to the generosity of donors to the Festival. To obtain a fee waiver, please email a scan of your passport proving your nationality to orchestras@verbierfestival.com.


repertoire highlights 2023

Symphonie fantastique

Symphony No. 5 in E minor Op. 64

An Alpine Symphony Op. 64