Gstaad Festival Programme

PROGRAMME OUTLINE – 10th anniversary edition of
the New Year Music Festival in Gstaad –
Saturday 26.12.2015 – Saturday 9.1.2016
Sous le Haut Patronage de SAS le Prince Souverain Albert II de Monaco

Programme as single page pdf – please click GSTAAD-CAROLINE-DAYS

SATURDAY 26 December 2015 – Opening evening of the festival – Grand Hotel Park Gstaad (GHPG)

17.30 – On the ice rink – Gstaad young champions –

In the Gardens – Jodlerklub Lauenen –

Salon Montgomery – Cocktail de bienvenue & interview with Yves Prin, composer – Michele Larivière, musicologist:

WORLD PREMIER – Yves Prin’s “HAFFNER TRIO” sur des thèmes de Mozart
Caroline Haffner, piano • Trio du New Year Music Festival plus duet for clarinette and cello.

SUNDAY 27 December 2015 – “Musical Fireworks” – Château d’Oex

19.30 – Concert at the Church as part of the “Orgues des Temple” celebrations: Coro San Rocco di Vicenza.

Gstaad Yacht Club – with Yves Marre & Marc van Peteghem’s ‘WATEVER,’ the French NGO for innovative and sustainable, floating solutions: GALA CELEBRATION “10/16” Musical interludes & dinner (by reservation for Friends of the Festival) from 20.30 – “Lyrical Guitar Solo” – Emmanuel Rossfelder, guitar

MONDAY 28 December 2015 – Lauenen Church – Brahms “Die schöne Magelone”

17.30 – Cocktails at the GHPG with presentation on Brahms “Die schöne Magelone” by Michele Larivière 19.00 – Marthe Keller, récitante (in German) with Edwin Crossley-Mercier, baritone, Caroline Haffner, piano.

TUESDAY 29 December 2015 – Grand Hotel Park Gstaad – Salon Montgomery
17.30 – Cocktails followed by concerts: “Fleet of Flute” Antonio Arias, Marta Femenia, flutes
18.45 – Pierre Réach, piano “Goldberg Variations” in association with the Glenn Gould Foundation.

WEDNESDAY 30 December 2015 – Grand Hotel Park Gstaad – Salon Montgomery 17.30 – Cocktails, followed by presentation – Agathe Amzallag
18.15 -“Broadway” Stephen Lancaster, baritone, Laetitia Noyon, narrator (in English)

THURSDAY 31 December 2015 – St. Josefkirche Gstaad – “Music of Mozart”
19.30 – Beatrice Villiger, soprano, Joachim Florlani, clarinet, Valentina Rebaudo, clarinet, Sébastien Gex, horn.

FRIDAY 1 January 2016 – Traditional new year’s day concert – Rougemont Church
17.00 – “Sacred music” Christmas programme – Choeur Novantiqua de Sion. Reception at the Salle Communale.

SATURDAY 2 January 2016 – Gstaad Bahnhof & Saanen Landhaus

19.15 – Gstaad Bahnhof Popup concert – Daniela Heiderich, harp & cornemuse
20.00 – Saanen Landhaus “Spanish Music and Dance” Cristina Otero Ruiz Herrera ensemble. Cocktails.

SUNDAY 3 January 2016 – Rougemont Church – Beethoven

17.00 – “Cellissimo – Beethoven” – Alain Meunier, cello with Anne le Bozec, piano 18.00 – “Beethoven” – Ilan Rogoff, piano.

MONDAY 4 January 2016 – Salon Montgomery, Grand Hotel Park Gstaad – “Cellissimo”
17.30 – Christophe Croisé, winner of the Brahms International Competition 2015 with Oxana Shevchenko, piano.

TUESDAY 5 January 2016 – Grand Hotel Park Gstaad in association with the “Maria Callas Competition for Voice & Piano” 17.30 – “Passion” Evangelos Sarafianos, piano. Music by Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin.
Cocktail reception –
19.00 – “Hommage to Maria Callas” – Anna Kasyan, soprano – with the support of the “Friends of La Scala.”

WEDNESDAY 6 January 2016 – Gstaad Yacht Club – with Yves Marre & Marc van Peteghem’s ‘WATEVER,’ the French NGO for innovative and sustainable, floating solutions: Cultural Presentation – Clotilde Coureau, Princesse de Venise, récitante.

THURSDAY 7 January 2016 – Salon Montgomery, Grand Hotel Park Gstaad

17.30 – Cocktails followed by “Pianissimo” The music of George Gershwin – François-Joel Thiollier, piano

FRIDAY 8 January 2016 – Saanen Landhaus – “From Bach to Beyrouth”

18.30 – Recital – Paul Gulda, harpsichord, Marouan Abado, Oud.

SATURDAY 9 January 2016 – Rougemont Church – Gala de clôture –
“Concert des Concours internationaux”

17.00 – Lauréats des Concours Internationaux de piano:

Krzysztof Ksiazek – the International Chopin Competition under the Patronage of the Embassy of Poland;

Julian Trevelyan, piano – avec le soutien des Amis du Concours Long -Thibault;

Mikhail Sporov, piano – laureat, Geneva International Music Competition
with the New Year Music Festival Chamber Orchestra.

Artistic Director Princess Caroline Murat –

Tickets: Sfr 25 – Sfr 50.- available at the entrance to the concert (30 minutes before the start) from Gstaad Tourism and online from the festival office (

Festival office: • Tel: +41 (0)77 474 15 27

World Premier at the New Year Music Festival

Opening Night in Gstaad – Saturday 26 December 2015

On the opening night of the 10th anniversary edition of the New Year Music Festival in Gstaad, the world premier of Yves Prin’s “HAFFNER TRIO” will be performed by French pianist Caroline Haffner and the New Year Music Festival Trio.

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A recipient of the Prix Florent-Schmitt de l’Académie des Beaux-Arts, Yves Prin has his own dramatic language – a special lyrical vision of music. A pianist and conductor, he was in charge of coordination for contemporary music and music theater for Radio France, producer at Radio France for the contemporary music concert series and acting producer of Radio France’s Festival “Présences” he now dedicates himself to his own music. His catalogue includes forty works including five concertos and 41 melodies. A longtime collaborator with Caroline Haffner (, Yves Prin has regularly attended the New Year Music Festival in Gstaad.

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The full programme for the festival will be out next week.

Information from the festival office – E: or call/text +41 (0)77 474 1527


Gstaad pre-programme announced over lunch in Lauenen

Thank you to all the Friends of the Festival who came to Lauenen on Wednesday. We were delighted to see you.

If you have any comments about the programme or ideas of ways to contribute then please let us know.

As you all know, we are open to new contacts, ideas and suggestions for ways to make the festival stronger – and even more open and welcoming to new partners and supporters. The music will sound all the better for it come December.

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Artistic Director: Princess Caroline Murat


A summer in Lauenen – with plans for pre-festival events

Summer is in the air but planning is also underway for the 10th anniversary edition of the New Year Music Festival in Gstaad.  “Friends of the Festival” have been invited to the lunch in Lauenen on Wednesday 26 August.

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Artists are engaged and pre-festival events organized.

We will also be marking an exceptional new step forward for the New Year Music Festival in Gstaad (26.12.2015 – 9.1.2016) with a new piece of music composed especially for the festival which will be premiered in Gstaad this year.

Celebrations will be in high voice with enchanting international opera talents – two returning artists and one making her debut at the festival.

Continuing the vocal range we will have two choirs – one returning and one new to the festival.

Friends from my world of piano will be taking their place with fine young talents as well as international maestros playing innovative and unique programmes.

The performances will not just be musical but also move across to the world of words and poetry.

Our venues – from our base at the Grand Hotel Park Gstaad – will take the music and performance out of concert halls and to the community with another of our popular concerts at the train station.

We will mark the end of the year with the traditional new year’s eve free concert at St. Josef Church and start 2016 with an early evening concert in Rougemont Church.

Orthodox Christmas will be celebrated with artists from eastern Europe.

For news, please keep up to date with my Facebook page or via Twitter.

For Friends of the Festival information please contact the festival office –



Twitter: Caroline Murat, Artistic Director @gstaadnymf

Facebook: Caroline Murat

Official website of the festival:

Naples, May 2015 – Recital Palazzo Reale

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As part of the celebrations for the 200th anniversary of her ancestors, King Gioacchino and Queen Carolina of Naples, Princess Caroline Murat played a recital in the Court Theatre of the Palazzo Reale in Naples on Monday 18 May 2015 under the patronage of HE the Ambassador of France to Italy, and official organizations in Naples.

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Two minute video from the recital:

10th edition New Year Music Festival in Gstaad – news

Plans are already in hand for the celebratory, 10th edition of the New Year Music Festival in Gstaad to start on Saturday 26 December 2015 and continue until Saturday 9 January 2016.

We look forward to sharing plans with friends and colleagues in the coming months.

Thanks again to all performing artists, audiences, guests and sponsors for making the 9th edition such an enjoyable event.


Caroline & Team New Year Music Festival in Gstaad


Tel/text: 077 474 1527



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