Zermatt Music Festival & Academy

About us


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 breathtaking natural landscape, enchanted Pablo Casals who regularly spent his summer holidays here in the 1950’s and 60’s. Together with Franz Seiler, General Manager of the Seiler Hotels Zermatt during that time, he 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 lecturers.

This tradition in Zermatt was revived in 2005 with the establishment 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 the sea level as well as at other locations in Zermatt.

These highly qualified students benefit from the support of the Berlin Scharoun Ensemble with whom they form the Zermatt Festival Orchestra.

The supervision of students by members of the Berlin Philharmonic, who are experienced chamber and orchestral musicians, is an encouragement at the highest level. After successfully fulfilling the conditions for their participation in the first year of their presence in Zermatt, academics have the opportunity to return for a second edition. By renewing this experience, they perpetuate the valuable learning they received the previous year.