From 22nd of July till 7th of August, this Swiss resort of Verbier will once again become the most magical place to be in Europe. Whether you’re here for the breathtaking landscape, the friendly locals or the ambience of utmost tranquillity that surrounds the country you can also attend one of the most respected and best festivals in Switzerland. At Verbier Music Festival there is something for everyone, combined by the very charismatic founder and executive director Martin T:son Engstroem.
Known as the father of the Verbier Music Festival, Engstroem was passionate about music since an early age. He held his first festival in the mountains in 1994 and since its initial success young artists, great conductors and legendary soloists have performed with what might be the next generation’s biggest talent still to be discovered.
Martin T:son Engstroem Founder and Executive Director
Only at this festival will you be able to attend concerts in a multitude of genres, with performances in different locations, such as in the ‘Salle des Combins’ or the ‘hameau’. It’s not only the location and its surroundings that make this festival so unique: nowhere else in the world can young and talented musicians mix so easily with internationally respected and confirmed artists; music lovers can attend their rehearsals or follow all the young artists in the Academy and Junior Orchestra.
View on the stage in the Salle des Combins © Aline Paley
This year’s program will entice through its large offerings, which include orchestral and chamber music, with soloists such as Daniil Trifonov, the 25 year-old Russian pianist, along with Yuya Wang, a Chinese pianist. Also on offer is opera-in-concert such as Bizet’s Carmen, and a Spanish themed evening with the legendary Gipsy Kings and wonderful jazz singer Diane Reeves.
Yuja Wang © AlinePaley
Throughout the 17 days you can choose over 60 different concerts and Martin T:son Engstroem and his team will make sure that your visit to the Music Festival on the top of the mountains will remain unforgettable and unique. www.verbierfestival.com