The artistic director Christoph Müller has led the festival into the 21st century with great success, combining tradition and innovation, international stars and rising young talents, chamber music and symphonic music in well-balanced proportions.
HUMILITY in music
Cycle “Change I” 2023 – 2025
The 67th edition of the Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy is dedicated to the theme of HUMILITY and marks the first phase of our 3-year cycle of change (2023 – 2025). The 7-week festival’s focus is on humility as a state of mind in music and in the context of our time, with the music of J.S. Bach playing a central role. His own works, as well as composers he has inspried over the years, will be featured. Three concerts in the “Music for the Planet” series with ambassador Patricia Kopatchinskaja will highlight man’s humility in the face of nature and its changes. Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi, Artist in Residence 2023, will also perform a range of concerts. Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla will accompany a week of the Gstaad Conducting Academy, as well as conduct a programme of the Gstaad Festival Orchestra. Jaap van Zweden will conduct performances of Mahler’s epoch-defining 2nd Symphony, the “Resurrection Symphony”, as well as Shostakovich’s 9th Symphony.
Guest orchestras include the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and ensembles such as the Choir of the Bavarian Radio Munich or the Gaechinger Cantorey. A concert production of Puccini’s Tosca with soprano Sonya Yoncheva in the title role is being performed in collaboration with the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. Major debuts will be given by pianist Mitsuko Uchida, pianists Arthur & Lucas Jussen and soprano Pretty Yende, and many others. In addition to the approximately 60 concerts, there will once again be four academies, around ten academy concerts and numerous children’s, youth and amateur projects to choose from.