Dear Musicians,

After introducing the “Neeme Järvi Prize” in the last edition of our Gstaad Conducting Academy and choosing 3 winners (François López-Ferrer, Toby Thatcher and Nuno Coehlo), we will be able to welcome another orchestra into our circle on the occasion of our 3rd Conducting Academy next year, along with the 3 current partner orchestras (Basel, Winterthur), which will invite one of the laureates in the following season: the Berner Symphonieorchester.
First, however, students will work hard during the 3rd Conducting Academy:  For 3 weeks, Neeme Järvi, Kristjan Järvi, Leonid Grin and, as a guest lecturer, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, will teach some 15 conducting students, who will have the opportunity to work with the professional Gstaad Festival Orchestra for about 5 hours every day. Such a large-scale offer to young conductors is unique in Europe!

At the Gstaad Academy we offer the complete range of master courses addressed to young professionals, as well as all the 'play@' courses which are aimed at amateur players of all ages.

Professional students can choose from a selection of customised master courses with opportunities of high-profile performance, while enjoying the platform of a leading international music festival which not only offers master courses but stages top-quality concerts on a daily basis. We are especially happy to be able to welcome the renowned and popular violin pedagogue Ana Chumachenco at the Gstaad Academy in August 2016. Having been a professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich for years, she shaped students such as Julia Fischer, Arabella Steinbacher or Lisa Batiashvili to become world-class soloists. In a way, for Ana Chumachenco this also means that a circle is complete: when she came to Europe from Argentina over 40 years ago, her first stop was Gstaad, where she played music with her life partner Oscar Lysy, together with his brother Antonio Lysy and Yehudi Menuhin. For decades after that, Alberto Lysy headed the IMMA (International Menuhin Music Academy) and the Camerata Lysy, to which Ana Chumachenco has remained connected. Many students at that time also had the chance to study with Ana Chumachenco. For us, Ana Chumachenco’s “return home” is a nice step in the development of our relatively young Gstaad String Academy.


Ambitious amateurs can count on an altogether joyful experience of practical music-making as well as experiencing spectacular concert performances.

The courses are directed by highly regarded musicians who have taken time off from their professional commitments for the sake of passing on their knowledge.

People's experiences at the Menuhin Festival are also unique in being coloured by the magical environment of Switzerland's Saanenland countryside, one of the most beautiful Alpine foothill regions to be found anywhere in the world.

We would like the Gstaad Academy to remain linked in spirit to the founder of the Gstaad Festival, Yehudi Menuhin, whose friends and guests at Gstaad for 40 years included not only established artists like Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears and Maurice Gendron but also Menuhin's own students and young musicians of exceptionally promising talent.


Looking forward to the event with eager anticipation
Christoph Müller,

Christoph Müller