19 July – 4 August 2013
The Verbier Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary!
During the 17 days of the Verbier Festival, which usually takes place in the second half of July, approximately sixty classical concerts (up to 4 concerts a day!) are organised in the two main venues: the Salle des Combins (1790 seats) and the Church of Verbier (600 seats). Concerts range from intimate recitals and chamber music concerts to grand-scale symphonic concerts, opera performances and world music events.
In the twenty years of its existence, the Verbier Festival has become a major draw for the world's top musicians and artists such as Evgeny Kissin, Maxim Vengerov, Mischa Maisky, Hélène Grimaud, the Capuçon brothers, Martha Argerich and Leonidas Kavakos count among its regulars. It has also become an international centre for music education and talent development thanks to the Verbier Festival Academy, the Verbier Festival Orchestras and the freshly created Verbier Festival Music Camp.
The Verbier Festival offers its public an intense and rich musical experience. Through a whole range of free activities it allows people of all ages to receive different and original insights into classical music: the public is invited to attend public master classes and concerts by the Verbier Festival Academy, jazz concerts, jam sessions and "musical walks" as part of Verbier Festival Fest'Off, open rehearsals by the Verbier Festival Orchestras, as well as conferences, workshops, and pre-concert talks organised by the Verbier Festival Discovery programme.
Verbier is a large village located in south-western Switzerland, in the canton of Valais. It is renowned as one of Switzerland's major ski resorts. The closest train stations are Martigny and Le Châble. It is a two hour drive from Geneva and a three and a half hour drive from Zürich.