Verbier Festival Orchestra

The two Verbier Festival Orchestras are world leaders in orchestral training and are an essential element of the Verbier Festival’s success. From 2009, the Verbier Festival will ensure the future of these two pre-eminent ensembles of young musicians, thus creating its 6th Pôle d’excellence.

The Verbier Festival Orchestra provides a training ground for gifted young instrumentalists from all over the world to work with leading international conductors and soloists, to gain professional level experience, and to create a worldwide network of contacts. The reputation of the Orchestra for dynamism and passionate performance is such that the 2009 call for auditions attracted over 1000 applicants from all over the world. Once selected these young musicians have the unparalleled opportunity to work intensively in Verbier with coaches from New York's Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, under the patronage of Conductor Laureate James Levine. At the conclusion of this intensive training period the Verbier Festival Orchestra, conducted by their newly appointed Music Director Charles Dutoit, will open the 2009 Festival and will give a total of six concerts led by some of the greatest international conductors.

The Verbier Festival Orchestra reflects Martin T:son Engstroem’s original vision to make Verbier a summer workshop, both for the recognised professional guest artists at the Festival and also for developing artists – the future soloists taking part in the Verbier Festival Academy and the future orchestral musicians making up the Verbier Festival Orchestra.

A few figures

  • Since it was created in 2000, over 600 musicians have played in the Orchestra.
  • The Orchestra has played in more than 80 cities in 33 countries, in front of more than 300,000 people.
  • Nearly 60 nationalities are or have been represented in the Orchestra since its creation.

Made up of approximately one hundred young musicians aged 17 to 29, the Verbier Festival Orchestra offers a unique opportunity for talented young musicians to network and develop within a professional environment. This training orchestra has been recognised for its dynamism and its passionate performances. Its fame is such that auditions for the 2010 line-up attracted more than 1000 candidates from the four corners of the Earth. The selected young musicians have an exceptional opportunity to receive intensive orchestral coaching from members of New York City's Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, under the aegis of Conductor Laureate James Levine.

At the end of this intensive training session, under the baton of Music Director Charles Dutoit, the Verbier Festival Orchestra will perform at the opening of the 2010 Festival and will give a total of six concerts during the Verbier Festival, under the Direction of some of the greatest international conductors. Members of the Verbier Festival Orchestra also offer late evening chamber music concerts during the period of the Festival.

Upper right picture : © Mark Shapiro . Central picture : © 2010-2011 - Fondation du Festival et Académie de Verbier .

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