The Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad 2023 will take place under the Artistic Direction of Renaud Capuçon.
From 27 January to 4 February 2023, music-lovers will gather in the chapel of Gstaad and the churches of Saanen and Rougemont. In the spirit of the Festival’s aims, which it has promoted since its inception in 2001, audiences at the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad will be able to hear outstanding young talent as well as internationally renowned virtuosos over the course of nine days.
Renaud Capuçon will be showcasing Mozart in three of the Festival’s flagship concerts scheduled in the church of Saanen, including the opening and closing concerts, with programmes including a Violin Concerto, two Piano Quartets, a Duo for violin and viola and the famous Overture to Don Giovanni. The Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad are delighted, in their 23rd year, to welcome Alexandre Kantorow, Lucie Horsch, Olga Paschenko, David Fray, Peter Mattei, Gérard Caussé, Nora Gubisch, Alain Altinoglu, the Camerata Salzburg, the International Menuhin Music Academy with Anastasia Kobekina and many more. For the first time, in the church of Rougemont, a concert for trumpet and organ will be given by David Guerrier and Kit Armstrong. Steven Isserlis will bring the festival to a close with a concert featuring the Orchestre Consuelo conducted by Victor Julien-Laferrière. We are happy to present, once again, the traditional musical story for children in a morning concert at the church of Saanen with Claire-Marue Le Guay and Élodie Fondacci.
The cello, and the promotion of young talent, will be a particular focus for the duration of the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad 2023, with recitals every afternoon in the chapel of Gstaad, where the young cellists, all in contention for the Prix Thierry Scherz and the Prix André Hoffmann, look forward to welcoming audiences for their concerts, which will take place at 4pm. What’s more, the festival’s closing concert in the church of Saanen will feature British cellist Steven Isserlis – who will also take on the role of mentor to the young cellists, with Haydn’s Concerto no.2 in D major.
Renaud Capuçon has once again devised his programme with the aim of building bridges between new generations and established musicians of renown. We are pleased to welcome Mexican composer Diana Syrse as our composer in residence for the duration of the festival. Her work for cello and piano Black Fire, written for the Festival, will receive its world premiere(s!) every afternoon at 4pm by the young musicians specially invited to the festival.