Generously supported by Madame Aline Foriel-Destezet
András Schiff, one of the most respected pianists alive, has always been selective in his repertoire and uninterested in cultivating the image of a superstar soloist, content to let his art speak for him. He has graciously shared his rigor and attention to detail for years with the Verbier Festival. The daring and innovative Quatuor Ébène, founded in 1999—“a string quartet that can easily morph into a jazz band” (The New York Times)—has been part of the festival for more than half its life, first at the hallowed training grounds of the Verbier Academy in 2007 and then on the main program since 2010!
Tonight, discover the virtuoso pianist and renowned conductor taking on both roles at the same time in a concerto by Bach and another by Beethoven, two of his specialties. Schiff also performs the effervescent Third Piano Concerto by Bartók, his compatriot; and as a conductor, he brings one of Haydn's 106 symphonies to life with the VFCO! The Quatuor Ébène, on the other hand, demonstrates their chamber music bona fides with two pillars of the repertoire: Haydn's "Emperor" Quartet and Mozart's C Minor String Quintet. Schiff joins forces with the fabulous foursome in Schumann's exquisite and passionate Quintet, demonstrating the remarkable alchemy between the two acts. Closing the program are beloved favorites by Dvořák and Rossini transcribed for two- and four-handed piano, performed by a dream team of piano stars!
Photo © Lucien Grandjean