Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, Switzerland, 2018

Tour Dates: 20th March - 2rd April, 2018

The Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra (VFCO), which comprises alumni musicians from the Verbier Festival Orchestra, was founded in 2005.

Tour Dates
  • 20th March - 2rd April, 2018


Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra

The Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra (VFCO), which comprises alumni musicians from the Verbier Festival Orchestra, was founded in 2005. Its Music Director is Gábor Takács-Nagy. The Chamber Orchestra is the resident chamber orchestra at the Verbier Festival and performs 6 concerts during the Verbier Festival with works from the chamber orchestra repertoire. One of its first big projects was to perform and record Mozart's Violin Concertos with soloist/conductor Maxim Vengerov. A tour of 22 concerts followed in 2006 through Canada, USA and Europe.

The VFCO tours yearly and holds an annual residency during the Verbier Festival Week at Schloss Elmau, Germany. In early spring 2013, the VFCO toured for one week in China with the 8 seasons of both Piazzolla and Vivaldi, lead by Kirill Troussov, followed by a tour through Asia with Gábor Takács-Nagy and soloists Martin Fröst and Joshua Bell. In May 2014, the orchestra toured with David Garrett in Switzerland, Germany and Austria.

With Joshua Bell as director/soloist, the orchestra gave a 4-concert tour of Switzerland in October 2016, performing in Zurich, Geneva, Bern and La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Conductor: Gábor Takács-Nagy

Born in Budapest, Gábor Takács-Nagy began studying the violin at the age of eight. As a student of the Franz Liszt Academy, he won First Prize in 1979 in the Jeno Hubay Violin Competition and later pursued studies with Nathan Milstein.

From 1975 to 1992, he was founding member and leader of the acclaimed Takács Quartet performing with legendary artists, Lord Menuhin, Sir Georg Solti, Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovitch, and Paul Tortelier. In 1996 he founded the Takács Piano Trio and made world-premiere recordings of works of Hungarian composers Franz Liszt, Lászlo Lajtha and Sandor Veress. Gábor Takács-Nagy is considered one of today’s most authentic exponents of Hungarian music.

In 1998 he established the Mikrokosmos string quartet with compatriots Zoltan Tuska, Sandor Papp and Miklos Perényi, recording in 2008 the complete cycle of Bartok’s string Quartets for which they were awarded the « Excellencia »prize by Pizzicato Magazine. In 1982, he was awarded the Liszt Prize.

In 2002, following in a long-line of Hungarian musical tradition, Gábor Takács-Nagy turned to conducting. In 2006 he became the Music Director of the Weinberger Kammerorchestra and in August 2007, the Music Director of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra. A DVD of the performances of Beethoven’s 2nd piano concerto and Shostakovich’s concerto for piano, trumpet and strings with Martha Argerich, David Guerrier and the VFCO was released in June 2011. From 2010 until 2012 he was Music Director of the MAV Symphony Orchestra Budapest . Since September 2011 he is Music Director of Manchester Camerata, one of the UK’s leading chamber orchestras and in September 2012 became Principal Guest Conductor of the Budapest Festival Orchestra . In January 2013 he was nominated Principal Artistic Partner of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

Gábor Takács-Nagy is also a dedicated and highly sought-after chamber-music teacher. He is Professor of String Quartet at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva and International Chair in Chamber Music at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In June 2012 he was awarded honorary membership of the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Cellist: Gautier Capuçon

"It’s the rare performer who can bring such ease and refinement to this music, while still giving everything he plays a sense of dramatic urgency."

- San Francisco Chronicle

Gautier Capuçon is a true 21st century ambassador for the cello. Performing each season with many of the world’s foremost conductors and instrumentalists, he is also founder and leader of the ‘Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle’ at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris – based in the stunning new Auditorium designed by Frank Gehry. He is acclaimed internationally for his deeply expressive musicianship and exuberant virtuosity, as well as for the glorious sonority of his 1701 Matteo Goffriller cello. 

During 2016/17 he returns to such orchestras as the London Symphony and Philharmonia orchestras, Berliner Philharmoniker, Russian National Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Münchner Philharmoniker, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony – and is being reinvited for concerts in Japan, China and Korea. In recent seasons he has also performed with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, New York Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Sydney Symphony and Mariinsky orchestras, as well as with all of the major orchestras across France.

Gautier Capuçon continues to work regularly with conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Semyon Bychkov, Valery Gergiev, Gustavo Dudamel, Lionel Bringuier, Andris Nelsons, Christoph Eschenbach, Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Yannick Nézet-Séguin; and collaborates with contemporary composers including, amongst others, Lera Auerbach, Karol Beffa, Esteban Benzecry, Nicola Campogrande, Qigang Chen, Jerome Ducros, Henry Dutilleux, Thierry Escaich, Philippe Manoury, Bruno Mantovani, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wolfgang Rihm.

A regular recital and chamber musician, Capuçon appears annually in the major halls and festivals worldwide alongside artists such as Nicholas Angelich, Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Lisa Batiashvili, Frank Braley, Renaud Capuçon, Jérôme Ducros, Leonidas Kavakos, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Menahem Pressler, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and the Artemis and Ebène quartets. Forthcoming highlights include an extensive European recital tour of Beethoven Sonatas with Frank Braley, supporting the international release of an album featuring the same repertoire.

Capuçon records exclusively for Erato (Warner Classics) and has won multiple ECHO Klassik awards. Most recent releases include Shostakovich’s Cello Concertos with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev; and Schubert’s String Quintet with Quatuor Ebène. Prior to that he won plaudits for a recital disc of music by Schubert, Schumann, Debussy, Britten and Carter with Frank Braley, and Saint-Saëns’ First Cello Concerto and Muse et le poète with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Lionel Bringuier. He has also recorded chamber music with Martha Argerich, Nicholas Angelich, Renaud Capuçon and Gabriela Montero; and in 2013 Deutsche Grammophon released a DVD featuring Capuçon as soloist with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Gustavo Dudamel in a live performance of Haydn’s Cello Concerto No.1.

Born in Chambéry in 1981, Capuçon began playing the cello at the age of five. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris with Philippe Muller and Annie Cochet-Zakine, and later with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna. The winner of various first prizes in many leading international competitions, including the International André Navarra Prize, Capuçon was named ‘New Talent of the Year’ by Victoires de la Musique in 2001.

Violinist: Daniel Lozakovitj

Violinist Daniel Lozakovitj has been hailed as an "exceptional young musician" [Kronen Zeitung]. Born in Stockholm in 2001, Daniel began playing the violin in 2007 and made his concerto debut with the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and Vladimir Spivakov in 2010. Daniel has performed as a soloist throughout Europe with orchestras including the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Tchaikovsky Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, Stockholm Royal Court, Gävle Symphony, Brussels Chamber Orchestra, and Stockholm Sinfonietta. He has a love of chamber music and has enjoyed collaborations with Maxim Vengerov, Ivry Gitlis and Daniel Hope, the latter performing the Bartók duets with Daniel as part of ARTE's Arte Concert television programme. In April 2015, Daniel joined musicians of the Verbier Festival on tour on a special Hapag-Lloyd cruise, returning to the Festival in July 2015 for a chamber music concert with Martin Fröst and Julien Quentin.

Daniel has performed at many international music festivals, including the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, Carinthian Summer Music Festival in Austria, Musica Mundi in Belgium, Moscow Meets Friends, Copenhagen Summer Festival, the Yuri Bashmet International Festival in Minsk, the International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival in Baku, and the Sommets musicaux de Gstaad, where he will return in February 2016 to perform the Bach Concerto for Two Violins with Renaud Capuçon and the Lucerne Strings.

Recent highlights include: performances at Vienna Konzerthaus of Mozart's Violin Concerto K. 219 and Beethoven's Violin Concerto with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Stefan Vladar, Bach's Double Concerto with Ivry Gitlis, several concerts with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and the nationally-televised birthday concert for the Swedish Crown Princess. Daniel has also appeared on television and radio in Sweden, Israel, Russia, Denmark, Latvia, Moldova, and Austria.

In the 2015/16 season, Daniel will make his debuts with the Wermland Opera Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon with conductor Leonard Slatkin, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Vasily Petrenko, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande with Kazuki Yamada, Israel Philharmonic with Yaron Gottfried, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra with Okko Kamu, and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin with James Judd. He will perform the Bach Double Concerto with Shlomo Mintz and musicians from La Scala Milan at the Crans-Montana Classics New Year's Concert.

Daniel has been awarded numerous international prizes including both the 1st Prize and the "Grand Prix" at the 2012 EMCY international music competition, "Ohrid PEARLS", Macedonia; 1st Prize at the 2010 International Music Competition in Stockholm; 1st Prize at the 2010 "Bravo" International Violin Competition in Belgium; 1st Prize and the "Gulda Nutcracker" at the 12th Nutcracker International Television Contest for Young Musicians in Moscow, 2011; Winner of the 2012 Stockholm Solna Music Award; 2nd Prize at the "Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists", Austin, USA 2014. Daniel was also the youngest participant at the 2014 International Summer Academy of the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, winning three prestigious awards: the "Viennese Classics", "String Soloists", and "Best Interpretation of Sarasate Gypsy Airs" awards.

Daniel lives in Stockholm and studies with Professor Josef Rissin at the Karlsruhe University of Music. When not practising and performing, Daniel enjoys playing football and chess.

Pianist: George Li

Praised by the Washington Post for combining "staggering technical prowess, a sense of command and depth of expression," pianist George Li possesses brilliant virtuosity and effortless grace far beyond his years. He captured the Silver Medal at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition and was the recipient of the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Recent and upcoming concerto highlights include performances with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, Hamburg Philharmonic with Manfred Honeck, a tour of Asia with the London Symphony Orchestra and Giandrea Noseda, St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, Philharmonia Orchestra with Long Yu, Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Mälmo Symphony, Verbier Festival Orchestra, DSO Berlin, Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony, Sydney Symphony and Frankfurt Radio Symphony. He frequently appears with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, including performances at the Paris Philharmonie, Luxemburg Philharmonie, New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music, Graffenegg Festival and in various places throughout Russia.

Recital highlights include Carnegie Hall, Davies Hall in San Francisco, the Mariinsky Theatre, Munich's Gasteig, the Louvre, Seoul Arts Center, Tokyo's Asahi Hall and Musashino Hall, NCPA Beijing, Ravinia Festival, Lanaudiere Festival, Edinburgh Festival and Montreaux Festival.

An active chamber musician, George has performed chamber music with James Ehnes, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Benjamin Beilman, Kian Soltani, Pablo Ferrandez and Daniel Lozakovich.

George is an exclusive Warner recording artist, with his debut album releasing in October 2017 which was recorded live from the Mariinsky.

George Li gave his first public performance at Boston's Steinway Hall at the age of ten and in 2011, performed for President Obama at the White House in an evening honoring Chancellor Angela Merkel. Among George's many prizes, he was the First Prize winner of the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and a recipient of the 2012 Gilmore Young Artist Award. George is currently in the Harvard University / New England Conservatory joint program, studying with Wha Kyung Byun.

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