An ode to youth

  07.01.2022 Arts & Culture

From 28 January to 5 February 2022, 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.

The festival’s organisers are more thrilled than ever to be able to see their audience in the flesh again for their 2022 festival, which will once again feature an outstanding, original and varied programme. This will include a number of concerts rescheduled after having to be cancelled last year, but the major concerts will involve new and hitherto unseen lineups, to delight the festival’s devotees and new followers alike.

This year is a very special one for the artistic director of the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, as it also marks his appointment as chief conductor and artistic director of the Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne. It is entirely natural, therefore, that Renaud Capuçon should have chosen to open the festival with the Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne. Capuçon has once again devised his programme with the aim of building bridges between new generations and established musicians of renown. Wolfgang Rihm, who has become a major figure in the world of contemporary music thanks to the quality and richness of his catalogue of almost four hundred works, will be the composer in residence for the week of the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad.

The violin, and the promotion of young talent, will be a particular focus for the duration of the festival, with recitals every afternoon in the chapel of Gstaad, where the young violinists, all in contention for the Prix Thierry Scherz and the Prix André Hoffmann – which could not be awarded in 2021 – look forward to welcoming audiences for their concerts. Saanen church will be filled with the sounds of works by Chevalier Saint-Georges, Mendelssohn, Pärt, Serksnyte, Miliūnaitė-Bliūdžiuvienė, Žlabys, Kissin, Pelēcis, Piazzolla, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Donnizetti, Verdi, Puccini, Gounod, Massenet, Vivaldi, Handel, Marais and Rebel, performed by a host of star musicians. They will see to it that that the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad are a musical event not to be missed at the beginning of 2022.

The festival will feature a total of 19 concerts from 28 January to 5 February 2022. The Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad are one of the few festivals in Switzerland whose concerts take place exclusively in churches – to the delight of music-lovers who particularly value the unique magic and intimate atmosphere of this event.



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