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 –

Email: gstaadnymf@gmail.com.


Twitter: Caroline Murat, Artistic Director @gstaadnymf

Facebook: Caroline Murat

Official website of the festival: http://www.nymf.ch

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: https://vimeo.com/131285770

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

E: gstaadnymf@gmail.com

Website: http://www.nymf.ch

Short video: www.https://vimeo.com/13091405

Day-by-day programme – Friday 26 December 2014 – Sunday 4 January 2015


The 9th edition – Friday 26 December 2014 – Sunday 4 January 2015 – Ten evenings of receptions, introductions, concerts and elegant dinners in the presence of exceptional, international artists. Concert tickets from Gstaad Tourist Office and online.

FRIDAY 26 December 2014

Grand Hotel Park Gstaad Concert Series: “VOCE!”

17h45 – Jodlerklub Lauenen – wonderful opening ! Thank you –

18h00 – Salon Montgomery – Cocktails
18h30 – Celebrating Richard Strauss – Swiss Premier of “Enoch Arden”


Francesco Nicolosi, piano, Laetitia Noyon, narration (in English)
20h00 – Russian Opera Arias – Olga Semenova, mezzosoprano, Caroline Haffner, piano.

Tickets: Sfr 40.- for all concerts & cocktails

21h00 – “Romanticism in the Courts of Europe” – Gonzague Saint Bris Festival Partners ‘Club of Leaders’ Dinner


SATURDAY 27 December 2014

Grand Hotel Park Gstaad Concert Series: “VOCE!”
17h30 – Cocktails and introduction to the life of Richard Strauss (in French) with Gonzague Saint Bris.


18h00 – The Music of Richard Strauss – Anna Kasyan, soprano, Michele Lariviere, récitante

Caroline Haffner, piano.

Tickets: Sfr 30.-

Temple de Château d’Oex

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19h30 –  Trio Tromano – Music by Strauss, Traditional.


SUNDAY 28 December 2014

StNiklaus Kapelle, Gstaad Promenade “Spanish favourites”- “Cellissimo”


18h00 – Oscar Alabau, cello, Pau Figueres, guitar,



Cristina Otero Ruiz-Herrera

Cristina Otero Ruiz-Herrera, castagnettes.

19h30 – Salon Montgomery, Grand Hotel Park Gstaad – Cocktails and Book signing ‘Danse’ by Eugenia Grandchamp des Raux.

Tickets: Sfr 30.-


MONDAY 29 December 2014

17h00 — Salon Montgomery – Grand Hotel Park Gstaad

Swiss Premier 

Documentary Film in Russian. “L’amitié des Titans”: Rostropovitch – Shostakovitch.

Grand Hotel Park Gstaad Concert Series:



French TV sports and classic music presenter Nelson Monfort, introduces – in French and English – some gems about the short life of one of his favourite composers – Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) German pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period.

Trio “Cellissimo”
18h00 – Trio –


Nikita Borisov-Glebskiy, violin,


François Salque, cello,

Natalia s

Natalia Morozova, piano.

Music by Ravel, Mendelssohn and Schumann.

– followed by Cocktail reception with the artists.

Tickets: Sfr 30.-


TUESDAY 30 December 2014

Grand Hotel Park Gstaad Concert Series: “Cellissimo” & “Pianoforte”

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18h00 – Cello and Piano – Peter Schmidt, cello • Katia Michel piano

Music by Beethoven and Brahms.

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19h15 – Four hands Piano – Natalia Morozova, Vitaly Yunitsky, piano
Music by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rachmaninoff.

Tickets for both concerts: Sfr30.-


WEDNESDAY 31 December 2014

St Josefkirche, Gstaad Promenade
Free concert on New Year’s Eve – “VOCE!”
19h30 – Bach Concerto and Cantata in association with the Glenn Gould Foundation


Beatrice Villiger, soprano,

François Altermath, orgue,

Joachim Forlani, clarinette.


THURSDAY 1 January 2015

Eglise de Rougemont – New Year’s Day concert: “VOCE!”

Coro Schola San Rocco

18h00 – Coro Schola San Rocco,


Myrto Bocolini, soprano

Silvio Celeghin, piano.

Music by Mendelssohn, della Vecchia & Poulenc.

Tickets Sfr25.- and Sfr 40.-


FRIDAY 2 January 2015

Saanen Landhaus – “Commedia dell arte” –


“VOCE!” 18h00 – Cocktails –

Opera buffa – Pergolesi “La serva padrona”


Marina Bartoli, soprano, Matteo Ferrara, baryton, Ana Marcato, mime Jean-Christophe Leclere, clavecin.

Tickets: Sfr 30.-


SATURDAY 3 January 2015

Lauenenkirche – “Pianoforte”

18h00 – François Dumont, piano,

Music by Bach, Debussy & Chopin


19h15 – Anna Ulaieva, piano,

Music by Chopin, Schubert-Liszt, Tchaikovsky-Pletney.

Tickets both recitals: Sfr 30.-

20h15 – Hotel Wildhorn, Lauenen –
Romantic Dinner & Poetry, Isabelle von Siebenthal & Hans Schenker.


SUNDAY 4 January 2015 –

Eglise de Rougemont – Mid day concert – “Pianoforte”
in association with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in the presence of HE the Ambassador –

Zofia Grzelak

12h00 – Zofia Grzelak, piano.

Music by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff.

Tickets Sfr25.- and Sfr 40.-

E: gstaadnymf@gmail.com • www.gstaadnymf.com

Click here for the festival schedule pdf: NEWYEAR-SUMMARY

More information and full 52 page print programme : http://www.nymf.ch

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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

The New Year Music Festival in Gstaad, Association Altezze e Musica
Spittelweg 12
3782 Lauenen

Artistic Director Princess Caroline Murat (Caroline Haffner). http://www.carolinehaffner.co.uk


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.

(http://www.annakasyan.com). Laureate of the Concours International de Bel Canto (http://www.concoursinternationaldebelcantovincenzobellini.com).

“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

Natalia s

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 (gstaadnymf@gmail.com 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: http://www.nymf.ch

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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 : gstaadnymf@gmail.com

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

Artistic Director Princess Caroline Murat (Caroline Haffner). http://www.carolinehaffner.co.uk

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):