Verbier Festival announces 2023 line-up... with plenty of pianist stars involved

06 February 2023
By Ellie Palmer
The Swiss-based festival, which will take place from 14-30 July, is celebrating its 30th year in 2023



The much-loved Verbier Festival has announced its 2023 line-up as it prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

For three decades, the festival – situated in one of the world's most beautiful ski resorts – has entertained hundreds and thousands of music lovers with performances from top stars as well as up-and-coming stars.

2023 is no different, with a hugely attractive line-up announced.

Yuja Wang returns for another year at Verbier. She will be a part of the opening ceremony, playing Rachmaninov in celebration of his 150th anniversary, and conducted by Zubin Mehta – 30 years on from when he conducted at the very first Verbier Festival.

American pianist Emmanuel Ax has the pleasure of accompanying the great cellist Yo-Yo Ma for his debut Verbier performance alongside violinist Leonidas Kavakos on 16 July for an evening of Beethoven chamber music.

Evgeny Kissin is another huge star announced in the line-up. He will accompany the great American soprano Renée Fleming for a performance of Schubert, Liszt, Rachmaninov and Duparc on 28 July.

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Three members of the much-loved Kanneh-Mason family will travel to Verbier together: Isata (piano), Braimah (violin), and Sheku (cello). A chamber music concert not to be missed on 28 July in the Church of Verbier.

There are plenty of other huge pianists set to feature at this year's festival including Yefim Bronfman, Mao Fujita, Richard Goode, Maria João Pires, Mikhaïl Pletnev, Danii Trifonov, and Brad Mehldau.

From left to right: Pianists Yuja Wang, Emmanuel Ax, Isata Kanneh-Mason and Daniil Trifonov

This year, the Verbier Festival Academy will continue to be one of the core segments of the festival. In addition to the main-stage orchestral concerts, the festival will also feature six ‘Academy Presents’ performances, giving audiences the opportunity to hear the next generation of talented soloists and chamber ensembles in concert. Together with singers from the Academy’s Atelier Lyrique programme, the VFJO will present a concert performance of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with its Music Director James Gaffigan on 30 July. 

More details are still to be announced by Verbier, but the initial line-up is looking tantalising to say the least.

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