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, Saanen and Rougemont 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 and Saanen.

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Friday 26 December 2014

17.00 – Traditional Swiss Yodelling in the grounds of the Grand Hotel Park Gstaad with the Lauenen bei Gstaad Jodler Klub. 

Salon Montgomery, Grand Hotel Park Gstaad

Cocktail d’ouverture

17h45 – Celebrating Strauss:


Francesco Nicolosi, piano

Laetitia Noyon, narrator

Programme – Richard Strauss: Enoch Arden, Op. 38, TrV. 181
A melodrama for narrator and piano, written in 1897 to the words of the 1864 poem of the same name by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Fin 18.30


20h30 – Concert de Grands Airs d’Opéra Russe

Olga Semenova, mezzosoprano

Caroline Haffner, piano

Programme –

Tchaikovsky: Dimenticare così in fretta op 28
Rimsky-Korsakov: Il canto dell’allodola op 43
Tchaikovsky: Jeanne’s aria from the opera ‘The Maid of Orleans’
Rachmaninoff: Nel silenzio della notte misteriosa, op. 4
Tchaikovsky: Polina’s aria from the opera The Queen of Spades, Op. 68
Rachmaninoff: Non credere, amico mio, op.14
Richard Strauss: Zueignung’ op 10.


Saturday 27 December 2014

18h30 – Grand Hotel Park Gstaad – Celebrating Strauss –

Opera Evening with soprano Anna Kasyan

Cocktails & Introduction to the life of Richard Strauss ‘Le dernier des grands romantiques’

with Gonzague Saint Bris.

La Musique de Richard Strauss à la lumière de sa vie :


Anna Kasyan, soprano

Michele Lariviere, récitante

Caroline Haffner, piano

Oscar Alabau, cello.

( 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

Programme – Richard Strauss:
de l’opus 10
– Zueignung
– Die Nacht
de l’opus 27
– Morgen
de l’opus 10
– Allerseelen
des 4 derniers Lieder
– Im Abendrot


Sunday 28 December 2014

18h00 – St Niklaus Church, Gstaad Promenade

Grand succès espagnols :


Oscar Alabau, cello with Pau Figueres, guitar

Cristina Otero Ruiz-Herrera

Cristina Otero Ruiz-Herrera, castagnettes.

Programme –

JS Bach: Suite para cello solo n.2.
Guitarra Sola: la cançó del lladre (Trad. catalana, arr. Miquel Llobet)
El testament d’Amèlia (Trad. catalana, arr. Miquel Llobet)
Francesc Tàrrega: Recuerdos de la Alhambra, Adelita María, Lágrima,
Romance Anónimo
Toti Soler: Aiguamarina
Tárrega: Capricho Árabe
Guitarra + Castanyoles:
Albéniz: Asturias
Bizet: Habanera de Carmen
Schwertberger: Taberna Vieja
Toti Soler: Diego del Gastor
Paco de Lucía: Guajiras de Lucía
Cello + Guitarra + Castanyoles:
Manuel de Falla: Suite Popular Española.

and afterwards:

19h30 – Grand Hotel Park Gstaad – Cocktail & book signing ‘Danse’ by Eugenia Grandchamp des Raux.


Monday 29 December 2014

19h30 – Grand Hotel Park Gstaad



Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, violin


François Salque, violoncelle

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Natalia Morozova, piano

Music by Ravel, Mendelssohn, Schumann


Tuesday 30 December 2014

18h00 – Grand Hotel Park Gstaad

Piano and Cello Concert


Peter Schmidt, cello

Katia Michel, piano

Music by Beethoven and Brahms.


19h30 – Natalia Morozova and Vitaly Yunitsky, piano – Four Hands

Music by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Dvorak and Rachmaninoff.


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

in association with the Glenn Gould Foundation: Bach Concerto & Cantata


Traditional free concert at 19.30 for Gstaad at St Josef Church

Beatrice Villiger, soprano

Joachim Forlani, clarinette

François Altermath, orgue

Music by J S Bach:

Concerto en re mineur BWV 1052R

la Cantate de Johann Sebastian Bach Nr 51
Bach’s only church cantata scored for a solo soprano in five movements.


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

18h00 – Coro Schola San Rocco

Coro Schola San Rocco



Italian Opera Choral Concert


Myrto Bocolini, soprano – Winner of the Gstaad New Year Music Festival Prize at the 2014 Concours International de Belcanto Vincenzo Bellini

Silvio Celeghin, piano.

Programme –

Haydn: della Missa Solemnis en si bémol Majeur ”Harmonienmesse”

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Hymne, Hör mein Bitten

Wolfgango Dalle Vecchia: Angele Dei – pour choeur à 4 voix avec division, A Capella

Gloria ”d’après Beethoven”
In Honorem Santi M.M.Kolbe (1985)
pour choeur à 4 voix mixte et pianoforte

Poulenc: Gloria FP 177 pour soprano et choeur. Version pour pianoforte par Poulenc.
Gloria in Excelsis-Deo Laudamus Te-Qui sedes.


Friday 2 January 2015

18h30 – Saanen Landhaus

“Commedia dell arte”


Opera buffa: La serva padrona – Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710 – 1736) to a libretto by Gennaro Antonio Federico


La serva padrona –
Marina Bartoli, soprano

Matteo Ferrara, baryton

Ana Marcato, mime

Jean Christophe Leclere , clavecin


Saturday 3 January 2015


19h00 – Lauenen Church

Piano Evening

François Dumant, piano – Prix de la Révélation de la Critique Musicale Française, 2012


Prix de la Révélation de la Critique Musicale Française, 2012 titulaire du concours Reine Elisabeth à Bruxelles en 2007, du Concours Chopin de Varsovie en 2010 et en 2102, les Piano Masters de Montecarlo.

Bach: Concerto italien BWV 992
Debussy: Estampes (Pagodes, La soirée dans Grenade, Jardins sous la pluie)
Chopin: Ballade n.1, Barcarolle, Ballade n.4.


Sunday 4 January 2015 – Mid day piano recital at Rougemont Church

Sous le Haut Patronnage et en presence de SE l’Ambassadeur de Pologne à Bern:

Zofia Grzelak

Young talent – Zofia Grzelak, piano.


Scarlatti: Sonate C-Dur “Pastorale” K 513

Beethoven: Sonate C-Dur Op. 2 Nr. 3

Chopin: Mazurka Op. 17 Nr. 4 a-moll

Rachmaninoff: 2 Preludes Op. 23 Nr. 3 d-moll und Nr. 7 c-moll


Times are subject to change due to circumstances.

Tickets are priced from Sfr 25 to Sfr 50 and are available from the Festival office ( or tel/text: 077 474 1527), Gstaad and region tourist offices and on the day of the concert from 30 minutes before it starts.

Official website of the festival:

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Friends of the Festival – please click on this link for the Amis Letter 2014, from Princess Caroline Murat, Jean Sebastien and Claudia Robine, Gstaad

Contact & more information :

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

Artistic Director Princess Caroline Murat (Caroline Haffner).

Ahead of the festival in October, November and December, there are a series of concerts at festival partner Institut Le Rosey’s new Concert Hall in Rolle (between Morges and Nyon): 


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