The Verbier Festival announces a new annual learning initiative for 2013, its 20th anniversary season: the Verbier Festival Music Camp. This three-week-programme for young musicians aged 15 to 17 will be led by British conductor Daniel Harding.

The Verbier Festival leads the way by investing in a new learning initiative: the Verbier Festival Music Camp. It complements the festival’s existing learning programmes – the Verbier Festival Academy (created in 1994) and the Verbier Festival Orchestras (created in 2000) – which have set unmatched standards of excellence, creativity and innovation in music education worldwide.

“Nurturing outstanding talent has been part of the Festival’s DNA since I started it nineteen years ago, and the Music Camp reaffirms our commitment to discovering and developing exceptional young musicians” says Martin Engstroem, founder and general director of the Verbier Festival.

The new three-week Music Camp will bring together sixty of the world’s most talented instrumentalists, aged between 15 and 17 years, to form an orchestra. During their stay in Verbier the young musicians will participate in an intense programme of coaching, private lessons, chamber music and orchestral rehearsals. Mentoring will be delivered by former musicians of the Verbier Festival Orchestra who have since become members of top international orchestras. Participants will also enjoy social time off, taking full advantage of the concerts of the Verbier Festival and the many leisure activities offered in the stunning surroundings of the Swiss Alps.

“Through the Music Camp, young people will experience a way of making music which is important, inspiring but also a lot of fun”, says Martin Engstroem. “At that age, music can easily drop out of their priorities. If we get it right, the project should be a life-changing experience which will encourage many of its musicians to follow a path in music”.

The originality of the summer camp lies not only in the creative combination of music and leisure, but also in the Verbier Festival’s ability to draw on talent which has grown in its learning programmes to teach the next generation. Martin Engstroem: “We believe that the future of classical music lies not only in the knowledge and passion handed down from the old to the young, but also in the dynamism and exchange within the new musical generation itself”.

The Verbier Festival is proud to have the enthusiastic leadership of British conductor Daniel Harding as Music Director of the Music Camp. “I am looking forward to leading this brilliant new project and to work with this new group of young musicians. I just hope it will be as inspiring for them as it will be for me!”, says this Verbier Festival regular, who is also Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.

The application process for the first Music Camp opens on 1st October 2012.

For further information and FAQ’s on the Music Camp, please click on the following link.


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