Menuhin Festival

Menuhin Festival

Mid-July through early September
The fashionable resort town of Gstaad, Switzerland, is the setting for an annual summer music festival founded in 1956 by the world-renowned violinist Yehudi Menuhin (b. 1916). Menuhin's name and status have attracted internationally known soloists, orchestras, and chamber music groups to the festival—among them the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Music Ensemble of the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and the Zurich Collegium Musicum. Students from the Menuhin School in London and the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad are also invited to perform at least one concert each season. Menuhin's sister, Hepzibah, and son, Jeremy, have performed as soloists at the festival.
Although the emphasis is usually on chamber music and solo recitals, large orchestral pieces are occasionally performed as well. Chamber music concerts are given in the cone-roofed chapel at Saanen.
CONTACTS:
Menuhin Festival Gstaad
Postfach 65
Gstaad, 3780 Switzerland
41-33-748-8338; fax: 41-33-748-8339
www.menuhinfestivalgstaad.ch
SOURCES:
MusFestEurBrit-1980, p. 143
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