Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy

It is one of the largest festivals for classical music in the country: the Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy. Everything began in 1957 with two concerts by violinist of the century Yehudi Menuhin in the church in Saanen.

The 67th edition of the Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy is dedicated to the theme of humility and marks the first year of the festival’s three-year cycle “Change” (2023 to 2025). The focus during the seven weeks of the festival will be on humility as a state of mind in music and in the context of our time, with the music of J.S. Bach playing an important role, both in the form of his own works and as a source of inspiration and role model.

Three concerts from the series “Music for the Planet” with ambassador Patricia Kopatchinskaja will focus on humans’ humility before nature and its changes. 

Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi, Artist in Residence 2023, will also perform a range of concerts. 

Conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla will accompany a week of the Gstaad Conducting Academy as well as conduct a programme of the Gstaad Festival Orchestra. 

Jaap van Zweden will conduct the performances of Mahler’s epochal 2nd Symphony, the "Resurrection Symphony",  and Shostakovich’s 9th Symphony. 

Guest orchestras include the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and ensembles such as the Choir of the Bayerischer Rundfunk München and the Gaechinger Cantorey.

A concert production of Puccini’s Tosca with soprano Sonya Yoncheva in the lead role will be realized in collaboration with the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.

Major debuts will be given by pianist Mitsuko Uchida, pianists Arthur & Lucas Jussen, and soprano Pretty Yende, among others. 

In addition to the approximately 60 concert events, there will once again be four academies, around ten academy concerts, and numerous children’s, youth, and amateur projects.

The impulses of the programme aim to encourage the audience to ponder and discuss the meaning of humility and to experience a sensitive, inspiring, pleasurable and enjoyable summer of music with the 67th Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy from 14 July to 2 September 2023.

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    3792 Saanen

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