18 February 2021
By Ellie Palmer
This year's festival will be the 66th in its history, and will take place in Gstaad from 16 July - 4 September, with London as its theme
Georgian superstar Khatia Buniatishvili will be one of the stars of the festival; She is set to dazzle audiences in a concert of Tchaikovsky’s mighty ‘Piano Concerto No. 1’.
Buniatishvili appeared on the cover of issue 67 of Pianist back in 2012.
Khatia Buniatishvili will appear at the 2021 edition of the Gstaad Menuhin Festival. ©Gavin Evans
Hélène Grimaud will feature in two concerts, in a performance of Mozart’s 20th Piano Concerto and in a recital of Debussy, Erik Satie, Chopin and others.
Elsewhere, Bertrand Chamayou will perform in a glittering evening of Mendelssohn and Schubert with Isabelle Faust and Sol Gabetta; and Fazil Say will collide with Patricia Kopatchinskaja for a spellbinding performance encompassing the works of Brahms, Schubert and Janáček.
Late jazz pianist Chick Corea, who sadly passed away earlier this month, was set to perform and celebrate his 80th birthday at the festival.
You can find out the full festival line-up here.
The safety of visitors is the festival's top priority, and the festival has put a comprehensive protection plan in place. There'll be contact tracing at all the concerts; guaranteed reduced seating capacities; and flexibility of ticket return.
Main image: ©Melanie Uhkoetter