A new generation of stellar soloists with Europe’s top chamber orchestra
“[Rachel Cheung] Silken tone, subtle sense of color, and stunningly imaginative” Musical America
“[Rachel Cheung] A poet, but also a dramatist” Dallas News
“[Gautier Capuçon] Calmly charismatic… Conveying direction and life in small details” The Boston Globe
“[Gautier Capuçon] A young star in the cello firmament” Gramophone
Much-loved works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Saint-Saëns played by the renowned Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra together with two of the most sought-after soloists of their generation – the Hong Kong pianist Rachel Cheung and the French cellist Gautier Capuçon.
Mozart’s light-hearted “Haffner” Symphony and Schubert’s Fifth Symphony are favourites of Switzerland’s Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, resident at the Verbier Festival since its foundation in 2005. The orchestra’s superb reputation has attracted leading conductors and led to worldwide tours; since 2007 its music director has been Gábor Takács-Nagy, winner of both the Liszt Prize and Pizzicato Magazine’s Excellencia Prize. Takács-Nagy is also Music Director of the Manchester Camerata and Principal Guest Conductor of the Budapest Festival Orchestra.
Finalist and Audience Award winner at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2017, local pianist Rachel Cheung has gained recognition from the international music elite. A prodigy and prize-winner at many world-ranking music competitions, Cheung’s performance style has been critically acclaimed as both poetic and charismatic. Cheung performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 4, a piece premiered by the composer himself in 1808, and described as “the most admirable, singular, artistic and complex Beethoven concerto ever”.
Recognised early on as a future international star, Gautier Capuçon has affirmed his artistry with numerous international competition and recording awards, including Victoires de la Musique and multiple ECHO Klassik Awards. He plays the Camille Saint-Saëns concerto, hailed by Shostakovich and Rachmaninov as the greatest of all the concerti in the cello repertoire.
Symphony No 35 in D major, K385, “Haffner”
Piano Concerto No 4 in G Major, Op 58
Rachel Cheung piano
Cello Concerto No 1 in A minor, Op 33
Gautier Capuçon cello
Symphony No 5 in B-flat major, D485