25th Verbier Festival : an anniversary at the top
For 18 days, 59 concerts and 103 masterclasses have been given in the mainstage programme, as well as more than 100 events in the VF Unlimited programme.
For this excellent anniversary edition, the Verbier Festival received up to 5,000 people per day in 2018. They attended concerts at the Salle des Combins (74.4%) and the Église (76.5%), representing 38,000 tickets allocated - which represents an increase by 16% as compared to last year. More than 25,500 people went to the different Academy and VF Unlimited events, split into 4 themed categories – Playground, Talks & Docs, Philanthropy Forum and After Dark - in more than 17 unusual places in the resort. In total, more than 63,500 festival goers experienced this anniversary edition, including 200 accredited journalists from 16 countries. Faithful to its core values, the Verbier Festival enabled 196 young musicians to play in one of the three Orchestras - 96 musicians of 23 nationalities in the Verbier Festival Orchestra, 43 musicians in the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and 57 musicians aged 15 to 18 in the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra.
A few remarkable events : the opening concert conducted by Valery Gergiev, new VFO Music Director, who also conducted Adriana Lecouvreur, the outstanding 25th anniversary gala concert with nearly 4 hours of music and more than 40 artists on stage, and the closing concert under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda with pianist Yuja Wang. These great soloists performed in the different venues; Evgeny Kissin, András Schiff, Lucas Debargue, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Daniel Lozakovich as well as Sir Simon Rattle and François López-Ferrer who made their much acclaimed debuts in the Verbier Festival. The Neva Foundation organized its traditional chess tournament with famous people such as Gergiev, Pletnev, Maisky, and Repin, as well as anonymous ones against champion Vladimir Kramnik. An exceptional book both in French and in English will trace the history of the Festival and will be published in November 2018 by Editions Noir sur Blanc.