Daniel Hope named Intendant and Artistic Director of Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy beginning November 1, 2025
Daniel Hope (photo: Inge Prader)(June 2024)

Daniel Hope, one of the world’s most sought-after violinists and musical personalities and Music Director of both the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and New Century Chamber Orchestra, will take over as the newly elected Intendant & Artistic Director of the Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy on November 1, 2025. He succeeds Christoph Müller, who will be leaving Gstaad at the end of the 2025 festival after 24 successful years at the helm. Following a multi-stage and extensive selection process, Hope – who has a long musical connection both to Gstaad and to Yehudi Menuhin – was elected unanimously by the Board of Directors of the Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy on the recommendation of the appointment committee.
 
In addition to his international performance career, since 2004 Hope has focused a good portion of his time on directing and curating music festivals and concert series, including at the Savannah Music Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and the Philharmonie Essen. He currently serves as Artistic Director of the Frauenkirche Dresden and President of the Beethoven House in Bonn. About the new appointment, Aldo Kropf, Chairman of the Board of Directors and the appointment committee, comments:“I am thrilled that we have been able to appoint Daniel Hope as Christoph Müller’s successor. He brings with him a worldwide network and the necessary experience for this demanding role, which will be a great asset for the festival and the Gstaad Saanenland region. His close connection to our festival, its founder Yehudi Menuhin, and to the Saanenland will also be extremely valuable for us.”Christoph Müller, who will be responsible for artistic direction until the end of the 2025 festival, adds:“Daniel Hope is a passionate and successful musician and music educator who will continue to develop the broad-based program and diversity of the current festival in his own visionary way, with concert formats reaching new audiences thanks to his many exciting and even interdisciplinary ideas. He is in every respect the ideal person to lead this festival – which means a great deal to me and to which I am indebted – into its eighth decade. I am delighted to be able to place the artistic responsibility of the festival into his hands.”Hope responds:“I am delighted to have been offered this wonderful opportunity to shape the future together with the festival team. The Gstaad Menuhin Festival was the starting point of my relationship with music: it was here that I had my first ever encounter with classical music as a small child. It was also where I was allowed to turn the pages for the festival artists from the age of 11, and when I finally made my official debut at the festival in August 1992, Yehudi Menuhin himself was sitting in the audience. To summarize: Gstaad is so much a part of my musical DNA that it doesn’t matter where I am in the world. Music and the Bernese Oberland – for me, this is the perfect symbiosis.”Hope has also long been a regular performer at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival – named after its founder, the American violinist and humanitarian, Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999) – and this season he will give concerts at the end of July in Saanen and Zweisimmen with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and his AIR Ensemble respectively. The programs are those featured on his two latest Deutsche Grammophon releases: “DANCE!” traces the history of Western dance from medieval times to the present day, and “Irish Roots” is a follow-up to the violinist’s 2022 PBS documentary, Celtic Dreams: Daniel Hope’s Hidden Irish History. He begins his directorship as the Gstaad Menuhin Festival prepares to celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2026. This month, along with his wife and two children, the violinist relocated from Berlin to Switzerland.