Zermatt Music Festival & Academy

About us

2nd – 17th SEPTEMBER 2023

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 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 Pfarrkirche St. Mauritius and the 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 2023 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 Gábor Takács-Nagy in Vevey (30.8. – 2.9.2023). Participation in this special project would be desirable but is not a requirement.