Orchestras: VFO

The Verbier Festival Orchestra (VFO) is a rite of passage for today’s exceptional young orchestra musicians. It has brought together rising talents with the foremost conductors and soloists of our time for more then 20 years, earning it the reputation as one of the best training orchestras on the planet.

The VFO includes 95 musicians aged 18 to 28 who receive intensive coaching by players from the world’s top orchestras. These mentors prepare the musicians for three weeks of rehearsals and concerts led by some of the world’s most distinguished conductors. VFO alumni have gone on to join leading orchestras around the world, including Berlin, Israel, New York and Vienna Philharmonics, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Tonhalle Orchester Zürich.


Meet the 99 musicians selected for the Verbier Festival Orchestra in 2024.

programme dates

includes arrival and departure dates


2 July – 5 August 2024


1 July – 4 August 2025

how to apply

Applications to our 2024 programmes have now closed. Applications for the 2025 edition of the VFO will open in early October 2024.

Please read the guidelines at the following link before sending any questions to the Verbier Festival Team.


repertoire 2024

The VFO performs six concerts during the 2024 Verbier Festival. Repertoire highlights include:

Symphonies No. 3 and No. 5

Fontane di Roma
Feste Romane
Pini di Roma

Don Quixote Op. 35

The Nutcracker Op. 71 (Act II)

coaches 2024

In preparation for work with the orchestra’s distinguished guest conductors, VFO musicians receive intensive coaching from players from the world’s top orchestras.

Petri Sakari preparatory conductor
Conductor, former artistic director, Turku Phliharmonic Orchestra

Liviu Prunaru violin
Concertmaster, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Kirill Terentiev violin
Concertmaster, Staatsorchester Rheinische

Désirée Elsevier viola
Ancienne Membre, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Dora Figueroa cello
Associate principal Cello, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Maren Reck double bass
Principal Bass, Malmö Symphony Orchestra

Dieter Flury flute
Former Principal Flute, Wiener Philharmoniker

Nathan Hughes oboe
Principal Oboe, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra 

Philippe Berrod clarinet
Principal Clarinet, Orchestre de Paris

Lola Descours bassoon
Principal Bassoon, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Stefan de Leval Jezierski horn
Former High Horn, Berliner Philharmoniker

Gábor Tarkövi trumpet
Former Principal Trumpet, Berliner Philharmoniker

Filipe Alves trombone
Principal Trombone, Staatskapelle Berlin

Sarah Verrue harp
Principal Harp, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich

Fedor Khandrikov percussion
Timpanist, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra

Christoph Bacher Alexander Technique
Coach, Barenboim-Said Akademie