Gstaad New Year Music Festival – 9th edition

The outline of the programme for the ninth edition of the festival is below.

Artistic Director, Princess Caroline Murat and her team look forward to welcoming you for more fine music and cultural encounters in the Swiss Alps in Gstaad, Lauenen, Rougemont and Chateau d’Oex from the opening night, Friday 26 December 2014 – until the mid day concert ten days later on Sunday 4 January 2015. Tickets are available online, by phone, on the door (30 minutes before the start of the concert) or from the tourist offices in Gstaad, Rougemont, Lauenen, Saanen and Chateau d’Oex.

Friday 26 December 2014

Grand Hotel Park Gstaad – Ice skating and introductory cocktails ahead of opera recital by Olga Semenova, soprano.

Saturday 27 December 2014

Grand Hotel Park Gstaad – Celebrating Strauss – Opera Evening with soprano Anna Kasyan ( Laureate of the Concours International de Bel Canto (

“I discovered a very beautiful voice, that of Anna Kasyan, who sings like an angel. Her performance, splendid and stunning, with great style and sublime pianissimos, marked by a deep interiorization as well as strong intensity of interpretation, remain unforgettable… As president of the Julien Gayarre Competition, I created a special prize carrying my name to express my recognition of her talent.”
Teresa Berganza

Sunday 28 December 2014

Concert in Gstaad with Oscar Alabau, cello and Pau Figueres, guitar.

Monday 29 December 2014

Concert in Lauenen – the Festival at Home – Violin recital.

Tuesday 30 December 2014

Festival artist Katia Michel returns to the festival with cellist Peter Schmidt. Music by Beethoven and Brahms

Wednesday 31 December 2014 – New Year’s Eve free concert in Gstaad

Traditional free concert at 19.30 for Gstaad at St Josef Church, Gstaad Promenade with third appearance at the festival of Swiss soprano Beatrice Villiger.

Thursday 1 January 2015 – New Year’s Day concert at Rougemont Church

Piano concert followed by reception in Rougemont for Festival Friends and guests.

Friday 2 January 2015

New Venue for the festival – Saanen Church

Early evening concert with festival artists.

Saturday 3 January 2015

Lauenen Church – concert with laureates from the Vinci Foundation.

Sunday 4 January 2015 – Festival Finish

Mid day piano concert in association with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland -

Young talent – Zofia Grzelak, piano.


Friends of the Festival events continue through the rest of the summer and autumn – next event in Venice, Tuesday 12 August – Auditions for the “Concours International de Bel-Canto Vincenzo Bellini.”

For information: tel/text: 077 474 1527

Official website of the festival:

Friends of the Festival – please click on this link friends letter jean sebastien President of the Friends of the Festival, Jean Sebastien Robine, Gstaad

Contact & more information :

The New Year Music Festival in Gstaad is an Interalp Music Festival,

Artistic Director Princess Caroline Murat (Caroline Haffner).

Review 8th – Preview 9th Gstaad New Year Music Festival

Thanks to everyone involved in the 8th edition of the festival

We look forward to welcoming Friends of the Festival to events in Gstaad and beyond during the year – and in the lead up to the 9th edition of the New Year Music Festival which will begin on Friday 26 December 2014 and continue until Saturday 3 January 2015.

Information by phone/text anytime : +44 75 319 575 84 

Festival Office: Chalet Bäremutz, 3782 Lauenen. 

8th edition programme page to print Gstaad-Festival

and to recap the programme from the last edition :

Friday 27 December 2013Opening day of the festival



The Monaco String Quartet Ensemble 2013 photo

Saturday 28 December 2013 – “Schubertiade” in Château d’Oex


19.30 – Eglise de Château d’Oex – Nelson Monfort – presentation on Schubert

Oscar Alabau, cello, Caroline Haffner, piano – Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata D.821.


Trio Talweg Schubert’s Piano Trio No. 2. (played in Kubrick’s film “Barry Lyndon”)

Sunday 29 December 2013 – Lauenen


Monday 30 December 2013 – Gstaad

St Niklaus chapel, Gstaad Promenade


Tuesday 31 December 2013 – Gstaad


12h30 – Salon de Musique Michel Sogny, Rougemont -

50ème commémoration de la disparition de Francis Poulenc -

par son élève Gabriel Tacchino et Gilbert San Pietro di Monte Rosso

19.30 – New year’s eve traditional Bach concert.

Closing concert of the Year of Lutoslawski Celebrations (1913-1994) , started by the festival in Rougemont Church in January:

Oscar 7cm photo

Oscar Alabau, cello.

Wednesday 1 January 2014 – Rougemont

Oxana Shevchenko, piano. Winner of the Scottish International Piano Competition 2010


Thursday 2 January 2014 – Rougemont and Gstaad

Two Pianos – Natalia Morozova and Vitaly Yunitskiy playing music from their new CD:





Marina Bartoli, soprano, Jean-Christophe Leclere, clavecin/harpsichord.

Friday 3 January 2014 – Lauenen


Heera Bae, soprano, Silvio Celghin, piano.

Trio Karmeliet
Jeong Heum Yeon, piano, Nicolas Alvarez, violon and Zéphyrin Rey-Bellet, violoncelle

Saturday 4 January 2014 – Festival finale at the Grand Hotel Park Gstaad

Concert with Manon Louis, harp and Loïc Schneider, flute

Manon website

schneider website


Pre-8th festival 2013 in Venice, Italy and by the sea in Monaco:

Wednesday 4 December 2013 – in association with the Monaco Yacht Club, SBM Monaco, Y.Co Yacht Services & The Friends of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte-Carlo. Reception and concert with the Monaco String Ensemble. (SOLD OUT)

Friday 13 December 2013 – Friends of the Festival evening in Venice – with the Monaco String Quartet Ensemble.

Before opening the festival at the Gstaad Yacht Club on 27 December 2013 :


Official website of the festival:

Friends of the Festival – please click on this link friends letter jean sebastien President of the Friends of the Festival, Jean Sebastien Robine, Gstaad

Contact & more information :

The New Year Music Festival in Gstaad is an Interalp Music Festival,

Artistic Director Princess Caroline Murat (Caroline Haffner). 

Gstaad New Year Music Festival programme announced in Venice


About the Festival

The outline programme for the 8th edition of the New Year Music Festival in Gstaad, Lauenen, Rougemont and Chateau d’Oex was announced in Venice at an evening hosted by the Venice Friends of the Festival (GSTAAD-VENICE-4)

The programme is an innovative mix of exceptional young talents and established, international artists.

Celebrations in exceptional venues

The festival will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Monaco’s tourist association, the SBM, in partnership with the Yacht Club of Monaco at the Gstaad Yacht Club (see video for a look inside). A quintet from the Monaco Philharmonic Orchestra will perform music by Verdi and Strauss.

Other concert venues include the churches of Gstaad – St Josef for the traditional free new year’s eve concert and St Niklaus chapel on the promenade, Lauenen, Rougemont and Chateau d’Oex. Russian celebrations will be marked with an exceptional orthodox choir. Last year’s concert at Gstaad railway station will be repeated due to popular demand.


Rougemont on new year’s day

The Naples Chamber Ensemble will be visiting the festival to play the new year’s day concert. They will be followed by the return of the piano-duo of Natalia Morozova and Vitaly Yunitsky playing music by Rachmaninoff and Tschaikovsky which they have recorded this month in Switzerland.

Short video (for iPod and iPhone -8MB)

To get an idea of the programme, then please watch the portable edition of the video which shows the Gstaad Yacht Club as well as the other festival venues.

Contact information

For all information about the festival which starts on Friday 27 December 2013 and continues until Saturday 4 January 2013, with 40 artists in eight venues in and around Gstaad please contact the office:


Tel: +41 (79) 745 19 85

Programme for 8th edition to be announced in May (27.12.13 – 4.1.2014)

The programme for the 8th edition of the festival will be announced in May.

At an evening organized by the Venice Friends of the New Year Music Festival, Caroline Murat, artistic director will introduce the themes, talents and events.

The evening welcomes Festival Friends, supporters, sponsors and their guests.

Opportunities for hosting evenings at the festival, introductions to the artists and local partners can also be discussed with the festival team who will be present.

For invitations, please contact the festival office :

+41 (0)79 745 19 85
International : + 44 (0)75 31 95 75 84

Artistic Director: Caroline Murat
New Year Music Festival website: Anthoni Noyon, SOFRACS (
Communication: Andreas Nyffeler
President “Friends of the New Year Music Festival in Gstaad” : Marie-Paule Michel
Organisation Friends of the Festival : Maître Jacques Bonfils

8th edition of the New Year Music Festival in Gstaad, Lauenen, Rougemont and Chateau d’Oex, Friday 27 December 2013 – Saturday 4 January 2014.

Twitter & Facebook :

The New Year Music Festival in Gstaad

Chers amis, dear friends, voici venue la fin de notre festival. Avec toute l’équipe je vous souhaite à nouveau une merveilleuse année 2013 que nous avons été heureux de commencer avec vous. Je tiens aussi à vous remercier d’avoir été présents tout au long de nos concerts, apportant ainsi à nos artistes- eux-mêmes si impliqués dans la réussite de ce bel évènement- votre précieux soutien ainsi que votre amitié.

Caroline Murat, artistic director

And looking ahead: 8th edition of the New Year Music Festival in Gstaad, Lauenen, Rougemont and Chateau d’Oex, Friday 27 December 2013 – Saturday 4 January 2014.

For information please contact the Festival office on :
+41 (0)79 745 19 85
+41 (0)77 474 15 27
International : + 44 (0)75 31 95 75 84
Twitter & Facebook :  – Gstaad New Year
Official website (SOFRACS-Anthoni Noyon) :

Introductory one minute video :

Gstaad New Year and Sistema Scotland

The brass section of the Big Noise. Photo credit : Frank de Pollo

The New Year Music Festival in Gstaad is offering tickets to all concerts and receptions for people who give musical instruments to Sistema Scotland.

The collaboration to benefit the Scottish project is part of the festival’s aim of encouraging music and musicians where ever possible.

“The festival is now in its seventh edition” said Princess Caroline Murat, the musician and artistic director who founded and continues to organize the annual event. “From the start our aim has been to encourage musicians, public and partners to mix in together and benefit from all aspects of music.”

Under her artist’s name of ‘Caroline Haffner’, the French pianist and princess has been a musician since her early childhood. She began to teach in her teens in her home town of Paris, France. Caroline continues to play concerts throughout the world – next week in Poland, then Italy.

“I have always enjoyed seeing other musicians develop new ideas, new abilities,” Caroline added. “To do this, we have to do what we can to involve as many people as possible in music. That is where the Sistema Scotland, which follows the ideas of community development, is so important. They are currently organized in a way which guarantees instruments donated will be given good homes and have beneficial effects.”

Sistema Scotland is “on a mission to transform lives through music” and develop orchestra centres known locally as “Big Noise” on the ground in Scotland. It is supported by musicians including violinist Nicola Benedetti and this summer hosted the original orchestra of the El Sistema project conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

Sistema Scotland Chairman Richard Holloway said the programme is having a huge social impact – not just in music. “Good behaviour, confidence, self-esteem and pride are on the rise” he said.

Sistema Scotland Director Nicola Killean added “We would love to hear from anyone with an instrument to donate, as we prepare to introduce woodwind, brass and percussion to our orchestra. If you have a trumpet, euphonium, tuba, trombone, horn, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon or percussion instrument in good condition. We promise to put them to good use.”

The New Year Music Festival in Gstaad, in the Swiss Alps will start on Thursday 27 December 2012 with a reception for “Festival Friends” which includes anyone who donates an instrument to Sistema Scotland at the Grand Hotel Park Gstaad. The festival continues for ten days with concerts and events in local churches and other venues. Donators of instruments are invited to all concerts and receptions. The festival ends on Sunday 6 January 2013. Information from the festival office (Twitter @gstaadnymf or email

Photo credit : Frank de Pollo

Seven weeks to the 7th edition of the Gstaad New Year festival

Artists lined up. Some coming back, some for the first time. New faces and new places. This blog is an extra way of making sure you are in touch and feel welcome to join us in the mountains – for a day, an evening or the whole event.

Just to give you an idea. We start in Lauenen at the beautiful church with the exceptional welcome of the Ehrensperger family on Thursday 27 December. Emmanuel Rossfelder, the French guitarist returns to play the opening concert.

One of the exceptional new faces is Dima Bawab, the soprano making a name for herself on the European concert and opera stage. Here’s an idea of her CV :

Dima is a Jordanian musician. She performed for the first time at the 2012 London Proms in John Eliot Gardiner’s production of .Debussy’s « Pelléas et Mélisande » in the role of Yniold.  This came shortly after singing the roles of Papagena and Pamina in Peter Brook’s production of Mozart’s Magic Flute.  Dima started her musical studies at the age of four with piano and classical ballet, at the National Music Conservatory / King Hussein Foundation, in Amman, Jordan. She went to Paris to study at the CNSM with Peggy Bouveret and began her stage career with concert and opera performances in Europe and the Middle East.  Dima is part of the Monteverdi Choir and the Orchestre Révolutionaire et Romantique, conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Dima has sung alongside renowned international singers June Anderson, Helen de Lavault, Nathalie Stutzmann and Anna Caterina Antonacci. Dima is co founder of “Aat” a network of young artists promoting freedom of expression through the arts.

Dima sings arias by Mozart in the church of Chateau d’Oex on Saturday 29 December 2012. Tickets from Chateau d’Oex Tourism or online from the festival office (

As ever, the Grand Hotel Park Gstaad’s Salon Montgomery is the festival home. The events of the first day of the festival – Thursday 27 December 2012 – start on the ice rink. French champion Alban Preaubert will perform a short programme on the small rink in the hotel gardens. Then indoors to enjoy a musical moment with some young Swiss musicians as part of the festival’s ongoing commitment to support local artists.

More news soon. We’re also on Twitter – @gstaadnymf – Gstaad New Year