Gstaad – New Year Music Festival – and 2019


Dis donc …. well that was fun. Hope everyone enjoyed the music as much as we did. Plans underway to celebrate significant musical anniversaries for the 14th edition starting the end of December but in the meantime, do come to our events through the year in Venice (Carnival), London (18 June) and Lauenen for the Friends Party in August when we shall give more details of the progammes.

For now, thanks to all the wonderful musicians who joined us this year –

and our sponsors –

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

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Les Napoleoniens dans la Grande Guerre:

Here is the link to Princess Caroline’s family during the Great War – so significant also for Debussy –

Des Napoléoniens dans la Grande Guerre –


13th edition Gstaad New Year Music Festival


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


13th New Year Music Festival in Gstaad –

PROGRAMME 2018 / 2019 – Friday 28.12.2018 – Sunday 6.01.2019

Friday 28 December 2018 – 5.00 & 6:30 pm – The Beauties of Bach Part I

St Niklaus Kapelle, Gstaad Promenade

Paul Gulda, harpsichord – presents (5.00 pm) and plays (6.30 pm)

The Well-Tempered Clavier, BWV 846–893 • 48 Preludes and Fugues


Saturday 29 December 2018 –  6:30 pm – 


Edwin Crossley-Mercer, bass-baritone, Michel Dalberto, piano

Tribute to the baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky (1962-2017)

Schubert “Die Winterreise” D911, Op 89 – 24 songs for voice & piano

Pre-concert conference at the Hotel Wildhorn Lauenen (5.00 pm) with Christine Mondon

14.Lauenen Church - audience copy

Sunday 30 December 20185.00 pmConcert d’amis du festival 


Park Gstaad, Wispilenstrasse 29, 3780 Gstaad

Sherniyaz Mussakhan, violin, Erica Piccotti, cello, Emily Hoile, harp, Zofia Neugebauer, flute

Rosemary Forbes-Butler, soprano, Caroline Haffner, piano

Debussy: Clair de lune, piano solo • Syrinx, flute solo • Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, transcription pour flute et harpe • Reverie, piano solo • La Sonate pour violon et piano • Cello Sonata.

Allegro Vivo-Intermède, fantasque et léger-Finale, très animé • Ariettes oubliées pour soprano et piano: I – C’est l’extase langoureuse II – Il pleut dans mon coeur IV – Chevaux de bois • Nuit d’étoiles, mélodie pour soprano et piano


Tuesday 1 January 2019 – 5 pm – Traditional New Year’s Day free concert



Eglise de Rougemont

Christoph Croisé, cello – Prix Jeune Soliste des Médias Francophones Publics 2019
Grand Prize at the Berliner International Music Competition September 2018.
Gold medal at the International Manhattan Music Competition, June 2018

Otto Antikainen, violin – Winner of the Gstaad New Year Music Festival Prize, Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition Geneva 2018

Alexander Panfilov, piano

Anton Arensky, Piano Trio No.1, Op.32 • Edvard Grieg, Violin Sonata No.3 in C minor, Op.45 • Brahms, Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99


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

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« DEVOTION – Bach à voix basse »

Contralto et Direction

Leon KOSAVIC – Baryton

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 »

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

Berliner Barok Solisten

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:

Landhaus Saanen

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

Recitals for Debussy – and Chopin 2018

Caroline is playing a series of recitals marking the centenary of French composer Claude Debussy (1862-1918) and her landmark interpretations of Chopin: Live recital in London:


With Clair de lune (“Moonlight” from his Suite bergamasque, 1890–1905) and “L’isle joyeuse” central to the programme, Caroline will introduce the music and the composer’s ideas developed through his short but highly significant life of music which ended in exile from his native Paris in March 1918.

Caroline is playing her Debussy recital in Paris and Rome in November. Information on all dates from her office:


Live audio recording, “L’isle joyeuse” – Caroline Haffner, Paris:


Caroline in Gstaad at New Year

Caroline will be playing two concerts at the 12th edition of the Gstaad New Year Music Festival on Friday 29 and Sunday 31 December 2017:



and with baritone Stephen Lancaster at mid day on Sunday 31 December 2017 at Saanen Landhaus Theatre for the Friends of the Festival concert:  “Le Menu des Melodies”



Contact: • tel: +41 (0)77 474 1527

Outline programme of the festival 27.12.2017 to 08.01.2018 – with masterclasses  Simple 2-page pdf to download or view: Gstaad New Year Festival

Piano recitals


Caroline’s recitals continued into December with performances in Paris and Zurich in December.  The photo is from Caroline’s recital at St Martins in the Fields which was followed by concerts in Greece, Italy and Spain. Preparations are ongoing for the 12th edition of her New Year Music Festival in Gstaad which starts on Wednesday 27 December 2017 and continues to Monday 8 January 2018 (GSTAAD.NY.FESTIVAL)

Caroline’s recital in Madrid:


Please contact her office for information.

Her music includes:

Chopin  – Nocturne No.1 opus 48.

Chopin – Ballades No. 1, 2, 3 & 4.

Liszt – Années de pèlerinage – Italie – Venezia e Napoli

Debussy – L’Ile Joyeuse & Clair de Lune

Live recording London Liszt –


Tel: 0044 75 319 57584

67 rue de Provence, 75009 Paris 

The 12th New Year Music Festival in Gstaad

Illyria Pfyffer, 2-4 Route des Molards, CH- 1281 Russin Genève
T. +41 79 217 15 63, F. +41 22 970 00 84