Philanthropic Partners

Essential support
our partners
By making donations of CHF 10,000 and more directly to the Fondation du Verbier Festival, Philanthropic Partners show their affinity to artistic, education and engagement programmes of the Festival and have access to its senior decision makers.

philanthropic partners vs the friends

The Association of Friends of the Verbier Festival is an essential pillar of support to the Festival. Donors looking for a true membership experience with a sense of ownership in their association and its direction may wish to make their donations directly to The Friends. The Association  welcomes donations starting at CHF 200.  There are number of attractive membership benefits offered to Friends members and administered by the Association’s friendly team. The Friends is a separate legal entity from the Fondation du Verbier Festival and its members are acknowledged in dedicated Friends listings, separate from the Foundation’s Philanthropic Partner acknowledgments.

Philanthropic Partners may not be looking for the same membership experience, but wish to have a closer access to the direct offerings of the Festival and the Festival’s senior decision makers. These donors may choose for their gifts to be used where the Festival most needs support or may direct their donations to the programmes that mean most to them. They receive personal bespoke service from the Festival’s Protocol Team.

chairman’s circle

The Chairman’s Circle is a group of valued supporters who are passionate about the Verbier Festival’s mission of building a community of exchange between great masters and young artists from all around the world. Its members make an annual contribution of CHF 100,000  for a minimum of three years. Members are invited to reflect on the Verbier Festival and its future with Foundation Board President, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Festival Founder & Director, Martin T:son Engstroem, and Valery Gergiev, Music Director of the Verbier Festival Orchestra. These gifts may be directed to support a specific Verbier Festival programme.

Chairman’s Circle Members 2020/2021

Madame Aline Foriel-Destezet

Walter Kielholz

Caroline & François Reyl

Viktor Vekselberg

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directed gifts

Philanthropic partners may choose to make a general donation, allowing the Festival to use funds where they are needed most, or may direct their gifts to specific artistic, education or cultural engagement programming.

Mainstage Artistic Programming

The Festival’s Mainstage is a richly filled programme of events that provides a showcase for the world’s established and rising stars.


The Academy is the Festival’s musical laboratory—where future talents are discovered and nurtured. It has become a career launchpad for many of today’s most sought-after musicians. Philanthropic partners may choose to support entire or partial programme components or show their support by providing scholarships for the more than 220 students who come to Verbier each summer.

  • Verbier Festival Orchestra (VFO)
  • Conducting
  • Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra (VFJO)
  • Soloists & Ensembles
  • Atelier Lyrique
Cultural Engagement

Unlimited is the Festival’s incubator for cultural engagement, stimulating curiosity for arts and culture with free and accessible programming—eclectic performances, talks, including the Verbier Festival Philanthropy Forum, and music-based activities—that reach out to diverse communities in the local and regional communities of Verbier and the Commune of Val de Bagnes.

Through Unlimited’s VF Kids programme, the Festival has made a long-term commitment of exposing music and culture to children, through engaging and fun in-classroom projects, such as its popular Storytellers programme, and during the Festival each summer.


For questions and information about how to make your gift, please contact

Marina Gross
Manager, Major Donors
T +41 (0)76 681 70 12