Founded in 1994 by Martin T:son Engstroem, the Verbier Festival has a worldwide reputation for artistic excellence and is now considered one of Europe’s most important music gatherings. Every July, the greatest names in classical music circles gather for two weeks amongst the breathtaking landscape of the Swiss Alps, for an exceptional series of some 60 or more concerts, featuring choirs, orchestras and intimate recitals. In addition to showcasing world-renowned performers, promising new artists and talented young musicians from all over the world are invited to perform alongside their grand masters. In an opening concert worthy of the 25th Verbier Festival, celebrated Russian conductor, Valery Gergiev, will give his first performance as musical director of the Verbier Festival Orchestra on 19th July, and no doubt set the tone for what classical music lovers should expect in years to come, not least, fostering the next generation of young soloists and orchestra musicians.