Charles Dutoit conducts a concert version of Salome on the opening night, followed by Elektra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, two of Strauss’s masterpieces.
The piano takes pride of place this year with a dozen iconic artists, such as Sergei Babayan, Yefim Bronfman, Barry Douglas, Vladimir Feltsman, Richard Goode, Evgeny Kissin, Nikolaï Lugansky, Mikhaïl Pletnev, András Schiff, Grigory Sokolov, Daniil Trifonov and Yuja Wang. Rising stars are also present, namely Lucas Debargue, George Li and the Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi.
The Verbier Festival welcomes top violinists, such as Joshua Bell, Renaud Capuçon, Janine Jansen, Leonidas Kavakos and Vadim Repin.
These artists are also performing in hitherto untried ensembles for the Unprecedented Encounters.
This year, the Verbier Festival invites three young conductors to perform at the Salle des Combins: Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Lahav Shani and Joshua Weilerstein.
The programme features other promising musicians: Pablo Ferrandez, Ji Liu, Daniel Lozakovich (16 years old), Edgar Moreau, and Dan Zhu.
The Verbier Festival Orchestra performs Mahler’s Symphony no. 9 under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda, and A Hero’s Life conducted by Antonio Pappano, who returns to Verbier after a 19-year absence.
Several special events also intersperse the Festival, such as the Moscow Soloist’s anniversary and Leonidas Kavakos’s carte blanche performances. The programme features Pink Martini with China Forbes, Thomas Quasthoff with his jazz trio and the Cuban jazz pianist Chucho Valdés and his Quintet.
This is Charles Dutoit’s last year as the Verbier Festival Orchestra’s Music Director. The Verbier Festival thanks him for the high standard of his work throughout the years.
Innovations for all
The Verbier Festival attracts a wider public by offering 12’000 tickets at CHF 50.- or less to music lovers, a young person’s pass for under 16 or under 26 year olds, a weekend pass and an extensive programme of free and educational activities.
A shuttle service is available after the concerts between Verbier and Martigny train station to facilitate travel for festivalgoers.
A new visual identity allows us to share the Verbier experience with as many people as possible: meetings between artists, between generations, between artists and audiences, in an exceptional natural setting.
Information and full programm on the official website of Verbier Festival