The Verbier Festival has revealed its 2024 programme, spanning 18 days from 18 July to 4 August. The Festival is set in the heart of the Swiss Alps each summer, and brings together some of the biggest stars in classical music alongside young emerging talent from around the world. The Festival opens on 18 July with a piano recital by Olivier Cavé, a Swiss-Italian pianist from Martigny.

The line-up of conductors and soloists this year includes Angélique Kidjo, Klaus Mäkelä, Antonio Pappano, Simon Rattle, András Schiff, Golda Schultz, Abel Selaocoe, Yuja Wang and many more.

Highlights
The Verbier Festival Orchestra (VFO) perform Mahler’s Symphonies Nos 3 and 5 with Simon Rattle [19 July] and Klaus Mäkelä [1 August], followed by performances led by Vasily Petrenko [22 July] and Antonio Pappano [26 July]. Lahav Shani conducts the VFO with soloists Michael Barenboim, Alisa Weilerstein and Alexandre Kantorow [29 July]The Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra (VFCO) , conducted by Gabor Takács-Nagy, present a concert performance of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with a cast including Peter Mattei, Golda Schultz, Tommaso Barea, Anna El-Khashem and Rebecca Wallroth [20 July], before they embark on a special evening dedicated to Beethoven with three conductors, Simon Rattle, Klaus Mäkelä and Lahav Shani, where they will perform the Triple Concerto [23 July]. The VFCO are then conducted by Tarmo Peltokoski [25 July], Antonio Pappano [28 July], Daniel Harding [31 July] and again with Takács-Nagy [3 August].
James Gaffigan conducts the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra (VFJO) with young Georgian pianist Tsotne Zedginidze [21 July] and violinist Josef Špaček [28 July], culminating in a performance of Verdi’s Falstaff with soloists from the Verbier Festival Academy’s Atelier Lyrique programme [4 August].


The piano holds a prominent place in the programme with a plethora of renowned artists. Taking to the stage this summer will be Joaquin Achucarro, Olivier Cavé, Lucas Debargue, Alexandra Dovgan, David Fray, Mao Fujita, Kirill Gerstein, Alexandre Kantorow, Evgeny Kissin, Yuncham Lim, Bruce Liu, Nikolaï Lugansky, Mikhail Pletnev, András Schiff, Dmitry Shishkin, Nobuyuki Tsujii, Yuja Wang, and Tsotne Zedginidze
For the last thirty years the Festival has been a platform for leading soloists to join together and perform chamber music together. This year sees collaborations between soloists across trios, quintets and more, featuring soloists such as Timothy Ridout, Alisa Weilerstein, Alexandra Dovgan, Daniel Lozakovich, Leonidas Kavakos, Mischa Maisky, András Schiff and many more.Verbier Festival regulars, the Quatuor Ébène, return for two recitals, one with Lahav Shani [30 July] and [2 August]. Mischa Maisky performs a recital with his daughter Lily Maisky and son Sascha Maisky [3 August].

A number of duo recitals also take place at the Église throughout the Festival, including Yamen Saadi and Julien Quentin [25 July], Leonidas Kavakos and Mao Fujita [28 July], Bomsori Kim and Julien Quentin [29 July], Avi Avital and Ksenija Sidorova [30 July], Michael Barenboim and Julien Quentin [31 July], Daniel Lozakovich and David Fray [31 July], Edgar Moreau and Jérémie Moreau [1 August] and Augustin Dumay and Julien Quentin [2 August].

The Festival offers a range of performances outside of the classical realm, including a special jazz concert with Thomas Quasthoff to celebrate his 50 years on the stage, where he’ll perform with saxophonist Magnus Lindgren, trombonist Shawn Grocott, guitarist Wolfgang Meyer, double bassist Dieter Ilg, percussionist Wolfgang Haffner, and pianist Simon Oslender [27 July]. Five-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo performs a concert that combines French and African songs, and will be accompanied by pianist Maki Namekawa and the Appassionato Orchestra conducted by Mathieu Herzog [24 July].

Making their debuts at the Festival this year include South African cellist and singer Abel Selaocoe [1 August] and the Noa/Gil Dor duo who will perform 12 short instrumental pieces by Bach to which singer Noa will sing her own original lyrics [20 July].

The Verbier Festival Academy masterclasses run throughout the Festival and are open for the public to attend with a free ticket. Masterclasses are led by leading soloists including Pamela Frank, András Schiff,Golda Shultz, Gabor Takács-Nagy, Alisa Weilerstein and more.

Tickets

Tickets for the Festival are on sale now for the Friends of the Verbier Festival and will be available for the general public from 29 January. Tickets are required for access to the free masterclasses which have limited availability. 

The Festival is offering a “Flex Pack” ticket option this year, which provides a 10% discount on the purchase of 7-9 tickets, and 15% discount on 10 or more tickets. Free exchanges are subject to availability.


An Under 30 rate is available at CHF 30 and there is a “Bagnard” special rate for residents of the Val de Bagnes municipality.

For more information, please visit the official website: verbierfestival.com