In its 62nd brilliant year, Switzerland's impressive Gstaad Menuhin Festival has been scheduled for July 13 through Sept. 1 at several popular area venues. This year's theme is Les Alpes, and more than 60 live concerts featuring classical music at its very finest have been lined up. From the youngest violin prodigy to the top stars in opera, this festival boasts the most famous soloists and ensembles to ever be brought together in the Swiss Alps. An incredible selection of related activities and events for every age group surround this immensely popular festival as well, and everyone is welcome to attend.
2018 Festival Highlights
There's something wonderful to experience during every day of this weeks-long festival, and these are just a very few of its best highlights.
- July 21: Bach's “Well-Tempered Clavichord” performed by Sir Andras Schiff
- July 27 and 29: Two Mozart Concertos performed by Rudolf Buchbinder and Sol Gabetta
- Aug. 3: “Variations Chopin” performed by Daniil Trifonov
- Aug. 10: Brahms' First Concerto performed by Helene Grimaud
- July 26: A Baroque Duo performed by Emoke Barath and Philippe Jaroussky
- Aug. 18: Wagner performed by Jonas Kaufmann along with the Gstaad Festival Orchestra under the direction of Jaap van Zweden
- Aug. 31: A Bel Canto Soiree performed by Juan Diego Florez and Olga Peretyatko
- July 13: Daniel Hope
- July 31: Janine Jansen
- Aug. 23: Frank Peter Zimmermann
Grand Symphonic Concerts
- Aug. 24-25: Under the direction of Valery Gergiev, the Mariinsky Orchestra St. Petersburg performs along with two soloists, Denis Matsuey and David Garrett
- Sept. 1: The Grand Finale, Brahms' Double Concerto performed by the Filarmonica della Scala Milano, Christoph Eschenbach, Sol Gabetta and Vilde Frang
Additional Festival Events
When you're not busy enjoying these incredible performances, you'll want to sample a few of this festival's other popular activities and events.
- Master Classes: This is your chance to learn a bit from your favorite music stars who are performing at the festival. Discover new tips and techniques that have helped these musicians make it to the very top of their field.
- Discovery Program: A fun introduction to classical music for children and teens, daily offerings include music lessons, sound and other hands-on workshops, special concerts and plenty of opportunities for fun learning experiences.
- Lectures: Come hear your idols speak about their path to the stage. Questions are almost always welcome at the end of each lecture.
Get Your Tickets
While a great many free concerts are available to the public during the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, other activities and events require a ticket for admission. Several different passes are available, and those lodging with us here at Exceptional Stays may request that our dedicated concierge team reserve your preferred passes when you make your reservations for one of our luxury vacation residences.