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66th Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy

About the Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy

What began with 2 concerts in the church in Saanen in 1957 with Yehudi Menuhin, the violinist of the century, has become one of the largest music festivals in Switzerland: the Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy. Artistic director Christoph Müller has led the festival into the 21st century with great success, combining tradition and innovation, international stars and rising young talents, chamber music and symphonic music in well-balanced proportions. The sixty-odd concerts are held in Saanenland’s, Pays-d'Enhaut and Obersimmental's beautiful, historical churches noted for their outstanding acoustics as well as in the elegant Festival Tent in Gstaad.  A high-flying academic offer completes the picture.

We were expecting it in 2020, but 2022 will be the year! About sixty outstanding concerts to celebrate the Italian masters of Baroque Vienna and the famous operettas of Franz Lehár, the brilliant symphonies of Mozart and Haydn and the avant-garde impulses of Mahler and Schönberg, and – perhaps most of all – the endless facets of the genius Beethoven … whose birthday in 2020, in the end, was a brilliant pretext to treat ourselves to some of the most beautiful pages in the history of music!

In 2022, Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy features a four-concert “carte blanche” for clarinettist Andreas Ottensamer, concerts with countertenor Philippe Jaroussky (in Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” with Christina Pluhar‘s L‘Arpeggiata), clarinettist Sabine Meyer (in a “Mozart Night” with Giovanni Antonini and the Kammerorchester Basel), violinists Daniel Hope (conducting “his” Zürcher Kammerorchester), Bomsori Kim and Daniel Lozakovich (in Beethoven’s “Triple Concerto” with Edgar Moreau and Sergei Babayan), pianists Daniil Trifonov, Jan Lisiecki (in Beethoven’s “Emperor Concerto”), Sir András Schiff and Grigory Sokolov, the actor Klaus Maria Brandauer (who will offer readings on Beethoven with pianist Sebastian Knauer), tenors Jonas Kaufmann (headlining a concert version of “Fidelio”) and Juan Diego Flórez (back with the young musicians of his magnificent “Sinfonía por el Perú” project), an exceptional “Magic Flute” conducted by Christophe Rousset, great symphonic evenings conducted by Vasily Petrenko, Jaap van Zweden and Alain Altinoglu, or the “Missa solemnis” conducted twice by René Jacobs to open the Festival. 

Why visit the festival?

Experience international stars of classical music in the picturesque churches of Saanenland, as well as symphonic concerts on the stage of the Festival Tent in Gstaad.

Dress code

Visitors are expected to appreciate the character of the festival and to reflect it in their attire. In order to respect the dignity of the churches, visitors should avoid shorts and sandals.

What to visit nearby?

The Destination Gstaad is an excellent starting point for many excursions to sights in the immediate vicinity. Click here to explore a few recommended sights worth visiting, that can be conveniently visited by car or train within one or two hours. 

How to get there?

The Destination Gstaad is located in the south-west of Switzerland right on the border to the French-speaking part of the country. The Destination is easily accessed by rail or car from the regions around Lake Thun and Lake Geneva and the Gruyere region. Direct connections to the European high-speed rail network and all international airports in Switzerland guarantee a time-saving and pleasant journey.

Travel by air

Via Zurich-Kloten: From Zurich-Kloten Airport, Gstaad can be reached in approximately 2.5 hours by car and 3:15 hours by rail.
Via Geneva-Cointrin: From Geneva-Cointrin, Gstaad can be reached in 2 hours by car and 3 hours by rail.

Swiss Travel System

Straight from Paris, Milano, Hamburg & Co. right to the heart of the Alpine nation – comfortably and several times daily. Most international trains offer dining cars or a bistro, power outlets and newspaper service. Thus, the visitor’s holidays in Switzerland begin in a perfectly relaxed manner.

Public transport in the Destination Gstaad

The Destination Gstaad benefits from an extensive public transport network, both within the region itself and beyond. The main mode of transport is the "MOB" (Montreux-Oberland Bernois) railway and a number of post bus routes. The MOB links up the villages of Château-d'Oex, Rougemont, Saanen, Gstaad, Schönried, Saanenmöser and Zweisimmen.

At the concerts in the Gstaad Festival Tent, bar and smaller catering is operating before and after the concerts. If you wish to have dinner before or after a concert, a reservation is suggested. 

Gastronomic Gstaad is everything you could wish for: hearty and delicious, delectably creative, genuinely regional or international. Visitors can choose from over 100 restaurants – from the finest gourmet restaurants to traditional raclette lodges. Nature offers the best backdrop for enjoying local specialties with a fantastic view. Places to relax, oversized fondue pots and barbecue areas are partly accessible all year round and turn a simple meal into an experience. 

The Destination Gstaad has over 40 hotels to satisfy every requirement and need, from all-out rest and relaxation hotels with spa facilities, hiking and golf hotels and specialist family hotels. 

The Destination Gstaad caters for every taste with several hundred holiday apartments and chalets. All of them are certified and approved in accordance with Swiss Tourist Association criteria.