Verbier Festival

VFO: Mentors

Valery Gergiev, Music Director

Mentorship with Valery Gergiev generously supported by:
An Anonymous Donor

Arguably the most distinguished conductor in the world, Valery Gergiev is a champion of discovering and nurturing new musical talent. He is a vivid representative of the St Petersburg conducting school and a former pupil of the legendary Professor Ilya Musin. In 1988 Maestro Gergiev was appointed Music Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, and in 1996 became its Artistic and General Director. Under his direction, the Mariinsky Theatre has become a major theatre and concert complex, without par anywhere in the world. Despite a schedule that would daunt even the busiest politician, Maestro Gergiev has been a regular visitor to the Verbier Festival and, last year, was appointed Music Director of the Verbier Festival Orchestra.

Guest Conductors 2020

Christoph Eschenbach
Pablo Heras-Casado
Antonio Pappano
Gianandrea Noseda

Coaches 2020

In preparation for work with their formidable maestro and other distinguished conductors, VFO musicians receive two weeks of intensive coaching from musicians of New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

Derrick Inouye conductor
Caterina Szepes violin
Nancy Wu violin
Désirée Elsevier viola
Dorothea Figueroa cello
Leigh Mesh double bass
Chelsea Knox flute
Nathan Hughes oboe
Jessica Phillips clarinet
William Short bassoon
Joseph Anderer horn
David Langlitz brass
Rob Knopper percussion
Emmanuel Ceysson harp