Zermatt Festival Academy 2021
The Zermatt Festival Academy will take place in 2021 from the 4th until the 19th September and is aimed at exceptional young music students with a strong passion for both orchestral and chamber music. The isolated mountain village and the stunning beauty of nature provide the perfect backdrop for two intensive weeks of master classes, rehearsals, concerts… and, of course, a lot of hiking! The selected students will get the chance to work with members of the Berlin Philharmonic as well as leading soloists and conductors.
The village of Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn offers peace and relaxation in one of the most beautiful places in the world. This unique atmosphere, in the middle of a breath-taking natural landscape, enchanted Pablo Casals who regularly spent his summer holidays here in the 1950s and 60s. Together with Franz Seiler, General Manager of the Seiler Hotels Zermatt at that time, Casals founded the Zermatt summer concerts and master classes, to which he invited almost all of the famous musicians of his day as chamber music partners and teachers.
This tradition in Zermatt was revived in 2005 with the creation of the Zermatt Music Festival. Chamber music and orchestral concerts are performed by the Scharoun Ensemble and other soloists of the Berliner Philharmoniker in the beautiful Riffelalp Kapelle located at 2’222 meters above sea level, as well as at other locations in Zermatt.
Each year, highly gifted students are invited to take part in the Zermatt Festival Academy where they take lessons with members of the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin and perform alongside them in the Zermatt Festival Orchestra. Working intensively with these members of the Berliner Philharmoniker provides a unique educational experience at the highest possible level. After successfully participating in their first year of the academy, students have the opportunity to return for a second edition. By renewing this experience, they can continue to build on what they learnt the previous year.
This year, Zermatt Festival Academy 2021 students will have the opportunity to perform in the run-up to the Zermatt Festival by accompanying the finalists of the Clara Haskil Piano Competition under the direction of Stanley Dodds in Vevey (1st–4th September 2021). Participation in this special project would be desirable but is not a requirement (see CLARA HASKIL COMPETITION appendix on page 4).
- Application Deadline Date: March 31, 2021