Gstaad in elegance & music

Thank you to the musicians who came to Gstaad to perform the most wonderful programmes at the 13th edition of the New Year Music Festival in Gstaad.

Nathalie Stutzmann and her Orfeo 55 – who sang : « DEVOTION – Bach à voix basse »Nathalie STUTZMANN Contralto et Direction • Leon KOSAVIC – Baryton, ORFEO 55 : BWV 42 Sinfonia • BWV 170 Alt aria « Vergnügte Ruh » • BWV 133 Alt aria « Getrost ! » • BWV 56 Bass Cantata « Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen » • BWV 42 Bass aria « Jesus ist ein Schild » • BWV 35 Alt aria « Gott hat alles wohl gemacht » • BWV 106 Alt und Bass duo from cantata Actus tragicus • « In deine Hände, befehl’ ich meinen Geist » • BWV 82 Alt Cantata « Ich habe genug » Before a standing ovation and multiple encores



The extraordinary musician who is Edwin Crossley Mercer, with Michel d’Alberto on piano at Lauenen Church


The lovely and talented cellist Christoph Croise with Gstaad Festival Prizewinner at the Menuhin Geneva 2018 competition, Otto Antikainen, violin and Alexander Panfilov, piano – who return to play Beethoven in January 2020 at the 14th New Year Music Festival in Gstaad:


The legendary Russian pianist Viktoria Postnikova and Sasha Rozhdestvensky, violin at the Salon Montgomery in the ever-welcoming Park Gstaad:

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The exceptional young talents who took part in the voice and piano masterclasses with Maestri Jean-Philippe Courtis and Ilan Rogoff.

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Before the gala evening at the unique Gstaad Yacht Club –

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Thanks to everyone who made this festival possible: musicians, sponsors, partners, contributors, local organizers and institutions.

It is a delight to present music in such a setting.

Princess Caroline Murat, Artistic Director, The New Year Music Festival in Gstaad, Altezze e Musica, Spittelweg, Lauenen. 

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Club des Amis:

New Year Music in Gstaad – Sous le haut patronage de  

SAR la Princesse Marie Gabrielle de Savoie
Présidente d’Honneur du Club des Amis du Festival
SA la Princesse Caroline Murat
Fondatrice du Gstaad New Year Music Festival 
Jean-Sébastien Robine
Président du Club des Amis du Festival


Mme Aline Foriel-Destezet
M. Philippe Foriel-Destezet
HH Prince Mubarak Al-Sabbah
Mr & Mrs Forester Labrouche Cabeza de Vaca
Mme Catherine Pastor
M & Mme Patrice Feron
M. Paul Fichot
Mme Athena Fix
M. Antoine Turzi


Lady Monika Bacardi
Mrs Araceli Cagianut Baer
Maître Jacques Bonfils
Commune de Château-d’Oex
Commune de Rougemont
Maître Monique Desforges-Thierry
Mme Virginia Drabbe-Seemann
M Pierre Dreyfus
Mme Marie-Christine Dutheillet de Lamothe
Coumte & Comtesse Alain Fournier-Laroque de Saint Côme
Mme Birgit Gerlach
Mme Catherine Haccius
Jonathon E. Lyons Esq
Dr Michèle Mandallaz
Mme Catherine Mangin
M. & Mme Emilio Martelli
M. Louis Martin
M. & Mme Peter Merian
Andréas Nyffeler Esq
Prof. Xavier Oberson
M. Giovanni S. Rondanini
Mrs Lillyclaire Saran
Dr & Mme Christian Stucki
M & Mme Pierre Tari
Mme Françoise Villiger
Dr & Mme Francis Weber
Dr Urs Wirthmueller


Maître & Mrs Jack Andersson
M & Mme Nicolas Anouilh
Lady Danièle Bacardi
Mme Carole Bajac
Eric Benjamin Esq
Mrs Tatiana Blum
Mrs Herta Bourely
M & Mme Tristan Boyer de Bouillane
M Francois Chabanian
Mme Cristina Chenevière
Mme Selva Cigdem
Mme Alessia Clemente
Mme Marina Colas
Mme Diane de Cugnac
M Michael Degani
Mme Elisabeth Delerue
Comte & Comtesse Yves Donin de Rosière
M Jean-Pierre Durant des Aulnois
Mrs Regina Edelman
H.E. Ambassador & Mme Holger Eberle
Mme Raphaela Eliascou
M & Mme Maurizio Ferro
M Daniel Frachon
Mme Marta Gaya
Mme Josette Marianne Graas-El Hage
Jan Grevstad Esq
M. Beat Im Obersteg
M & Mme Nissim Israel
M Francisque Kater
M Georges Kiener
M Cyrille de Kostine
M Gilles Leraillé
Mme Evelyn Lévy
Mme Ljuba Manz-Lurje
Mme Maria Margaronis
M Heinz Marti
M Gustave-Alain Miesegaes
Signor Sergio Javier Nunez
Comte Hervé d’Oncieu de Chaffardon
Dr & Mme Jacques von Orelli
M & Mme Alexandre Orloff
Comte Thomas du Paty de Clam
Maître Brigitte Louise Pochon
M & Mme Christian Roger
Maître Rolf T. Schneider
Mme Homayra Sellier
Baron & Baroness Wenceslas de Traux de Wardin
M & Mme Hans-Ueli Tschanz
Mme Irmgard Wagner
M Werner Wenger-Gisin
Mme Jill Wolf
M Alexandre Zwahlen

The Club des Amis welcomes members to all events organized under the umbrella of the festival during 2019. For information, please contact the Club des Amis at email:

Association Altezze e Musica
Chalet Bäremutz
Spittelweg 12
CH-3782 Lauenen

Gstaad New Year Music Festival – News


The 13th edition of the festival welcomes returning artists Nathalie Stutzmann and Edwin Crossley Mercer and newcomers including the exceptional pianist Alexandros Kapelis who will play the integral Bach concerti for keyboard and strings.

Tickets for all concerts are available at the entrance to the concerts, by email from the festival office: or from the tourist offices in the region. Call us anytime in Gstaad on 077 474 1527 or in London +44 (0)75 319 575 84


Wednesday 2 January 2019 – 6:30 pm 

Eglise de Rougemont: Italian and French arias

Nino Machaidze, soprano

Natalia Morozova, piano

Thursday 3 January, 2019 – 6:30 pm – Tribute to Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

Park Gstaad, Wispilenstrasse 29, 3780 Gstaad

Sasha Rozhdestvensky, violin

Viktoria Postnikova, piano

Schubert, Duo in A major • Richard Strauss, Violin Sonata in E flat major

Friday 4 January 2019 – 6:30 pm – The Beauties of Bach Part II – Nathalie Stutzmann


Eglise de Rougemont

Bach in Contralto and Bass Voice!

Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor, contralto

Leon Kosavic, bass

Orfeo 55 Chamber orchestra

Including: Ich habe genug BWV 82 • Geist und Seele wird verwirret, BWV 35 & more

Nathalie Stutzmann singing Ich habe genug BWV 82

Saturday 5 January 2019

12 – mid day – Hotel Wildhorn, Lauenen – Conference & Brunch with Helena Matheopoulos “Prayers from Opera” in English.

3 pm – Kids’ concert at the Kennedy School in Saanen

6:00 pm  – The Beauties of Bach Part III


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Alexandros Kapelis, piano

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J.S. Bach – Integral of the concerti for keyboard and strings


Sunday, January 6, 2019 – 7:00 pm – Gstaad Yacht Club

Conference & Dinner

Helena Matheopoulos: “Queens, Kings and Emperors – plus the odd naughty Princess! – in Opera”

Plus Masterclasses – Sadly, Inva Mula is unwell but will be replaced for the masterclasses by Jean-Philippe Courtis. We thank Maestro Courtis – and look forward to welcoming Inva Mula back to the festival next year. 

Saanen and Chateau d’Oex – Voice with Jean-Philippe Courtis



and Piano with Ilan Rogoff –


Masterclass participants’ final concert Saanen Landhaus Theatre:

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Sunday 6 January 2019: Mid day for voice students, 6pm for piano students.

The “New Year Music Festival in Gstaad”

13th edition –  Thursday 27.12.2018 – Sunday 6.1.2019

A not-for-profit Altezze e Musica festival:

Artistic Director Princess Caroline Murat

E:  • tel: 077 474 1527 in Gstaad or +44 (0)75 319 575 84



Mid Summer Recitals


After Caroline’s recital in London at St Martins in the Fields her summer continues with family Gala in Paris and concerts in Greece – Corfu, Wednesday 23 August – and Italy. Please contact her office for information.

Her music includes:

Chopin  – Nocturne No.1 opus 48.

Chopin – Ballades No. 1, 2, 3 & 4.

Liszt – Venezia e Napoli

Debussy – L’Ile Joyeuse & Clair de Lune


Tel: 0044 75 319 57584

67 rue de Provence, 75009 Paris 

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Festival news


The concerts, receptions, meet-and-greet opportunities and other events during the thirteen days of the 11th edition of the New Year Music Festival in Gstaad, Rougemont, Chateau d’Oex and Saanen will begin during last week of December 2016.

Full details are now online on the festival website at

For any more information, please contact the Festival office on email or by text to +41 (0)77 474 1527.

We look forward to welcoming you in Gstaad again soon.

Very best wishes

Princess Caroline Murat, Artistic Director



Thank you Gstaad –

Thank you to everyone who helped to make the 10th anniversary edition of the New Year Music Festival in Gstaad such a success.


Over 14 days the festival presented innovative and original programmes – from the rarely-performed “Die schöne Magelone” with spoken texts by Marthe Keller, Liede sung by baritone Edwin Crossley Mercer and piano by Caroline Haffner –


to the first, international concert by Julian Trevelyan, 16-year-old winner of the 2015 Concours Long-Thibaud and Prix de SAS le Prince Albert II de Monaco – the high patron of the 10th edition the festival.


Dates are set and artists lined up for the 11th edition of the New Year Music Festival in Gstaad to start in December 2016.

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Keep in touch via the festival office over the coming months for news of musical events throughout the year involving festival artists.

The New Year Music Festival in Gstaad – a not-for-profit, Association Altezze e Musica Festival –




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


For a pdf of the programme please click on this link  GSTAADNYConcerts

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

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17.45 – in the Gardens of the Grand Hotel Park Gstaad – Jodlerklub Lauenen –



@ 18.15 – Salon Montgomery, Grand Hotel Park Gstaad – Cocktail de bienvenue & interview with Yves Prin, composer – Michele Larivière, musicologist (en francais):


19.00 – Salon Montgomery, Grand Hotel Park Gstaad –

WORLD PREMIERE: Yves Prin: FANTAISIE HAFFNER pour clarinette, violoncelle et piano. Commande du New Year Music Festival in Gstaad pour son 10e anniversaire.

Music by Schumann.

Trio du New Year Music Festival: Joachim Forlani, clarinet; Ruth Bonucelli, cello; Caroline Haffner, piano.


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

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

Gstaad Yacht Club – 20.00 – Sunday 27 December:


with Yves Marre & Marc van Peteghem’s ‘WATEVER,’ the French NGO for innovative and sustainable, floating solutions:


Musical interludes & dinner (by reservation directly with Gstaad Yacht Club)

from 20.30 – “Lyrical Guitar Solo” – Emmanuel Rossfelder, guitar


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



17.00 – Cocktails at the GHPG with presentation on Brahms “Die schöne Magelone” by Michele Larivière (en francais)

18.30 – Lauenenkirche – Marthe Keller, récitante (auf Deutsch)


Edwin Crossley-Mercer, baritone,

Caroline Haffner, piano.



TUESDAY 29 December 2015 – Grand Hotel Park Gstaad – Salon Montgomery

17.30 – Cocktails

18.00 – Concert – “Fleet of Flute” Antonio Arias, Marta Marta Femenía, flutes


18.45 – Pierre Réach, piano – Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” in association with the Glenn Gould Foundation (postponed to December 2015 due to illness).

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WEDNESDAY 30 December 2015 – Grand Hotel Park Gstaad – Salon Montgomery

17.30 – Cocktails, followed by presentation – Agathe Amzallag (en francais)

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18.00 -“Broadway” Stephen Lancaster, baritone, Laetitia Noyon, narrator (in English), Muriel Zeiter, piano.

Musicals, love and the show must go on! As seen by Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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

‘Verre d’amitié’ offered by the Festival. 

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FRIDAY 1 January 2016 – Traditional new year’s day concert – Rougemont Church

17.00 – “Sacred music” Christmas programme

Choeur Novantiqua de Sion.


Followed by reception at the Rougemont Village – Salle Communale.


SATURDAY 2 January 2016 – Saanen Landhaus & Gstaad Bahnhof

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17.30 – Cocktails

18.00 – “Spanish Music and Dance”

Cristina Otero Ruiz Herrera with Jose Miguel Román, piano.


Saturday 2 January 2016 Gstaad Bahnhof

19.30 – Gstaad Bahnhof – Free Popup concert –


“Musiques traditionnelles et anciennes de France et d’Allemagne” – Daniela Heiderich, harp & cornemuse.


SUNDAY 3 January 2016 – Rougemont Church


17.00 – “Cellissimo – Schubert and Brahms” – Alain Meunier, cello with Anne le Bozec, piano.


18.00 – “Beethoven Appassionata and Tempest Sonatas ” – Ilan Rogoff, piano.


MONDAY 4 January 2016 – Salon Montgomery, Grand Hotel Park Gstaad

17.30 – Cocktails

18.00 – “Cellissimo”

Christophe Croisé, winner of the Brahms International Competition 2015

with Alexander Panfilov, piano


TUESDAY 5 January 2016 – Grand Hotel Park Gstaad to benefit the “Maria Callas Competition for Voice & Piano”

17.00 – Cocktails.

17.30 – Concert “Passion” Evangelos Sarafianos, piano.

Music by Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin.

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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:

Words and Music – presented by Agathe Amzallag (en francais)

Clotilde Courau, Princesse de Venise, récitante, Daniela Heiderich, harp


Clotilde Courau‘s recent performances include “Piaf l’être intime,” at the Nouveau Théâtre de Châtellerault and “In the Shadow of Women,” Philippe Garrel’s 2015 film described as “Exquisite” by Variety. It will be shown at the Gold Coast International Film Festival the same day Clotilde Courau appears at the New Year Music Festival in Gstaad. @courauclotilde

Daniela Heiderich, harp



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


17.30 – Cocktails

18.00 – “Pianissimo” The music of George Gershwin – François-Joel Thiollier, piano.

François-Joël Thiollier is an internationally recognized French-American classical pianist. He was appointed an Officier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2003. and has been a jury member for the Concours de Genève International Music Competition. He has performed in more than 40 countries, and made many, well-received recordings, including the complete piano works of Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Ravel and Gershwin. 


FRIDAY 8 January 2016 – Grand Hotel Park Gstaad and Saanen Landhaus

17.00 – Cocktails and Concert – Michelle Bushkova, violin & piano

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19.00 – Saanen Landhaus – Concert – “From Bach to Beyrouth” Paul Gulda, harpsichord, Marwan Abado, Oud.



Marwan Abado is the best known ambassador of oriental music in Austria and one of those musicians who demonstrate that Austria is a land of music full of inspiration and interesting encounters.  Paul Gulda was born in Vienna and has ventured into diverse areas including music for Austrian theatre companies. He conceived and presented programmes combining music and literature, including a programme on Felix & Fanny Mendelssohn, Heinrich Heine and Bertolt Brecht.


SATURDAY 9 January 2016 – Rougemont Church –

Gala de clôture – “Pianissimo – Concert des Concours internationaux”

under the Patronage of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Switzerland with the support of the “Amis du Concours Long-Thibaud”

17.00 – Lauréats des Concours Internationaux de piano:

Krzysztof Ksiazek, piano – Laureat of the the 2015 International Chopin Competition, Poland;

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Julian Trevelyan, piano – winner of the 2015 Concours Long-Thibaud & Prix de SAS le Prince Albert II au Concours Long-Thibaud, France

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Mikhail Sporov, piano – laureat, Geneva International Music Competition.

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with the Young Eurasian Soloists Ensemble


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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