The 75th edition honours Austria and facilitates access to classical music

Published on 3 March 2020

The 75th edition of Septembre Musical Montreux-Vevey festival will be held from September 22nd to 30th on the Swiss Riviera, in Switzerland. Austria will be the host country and its culture will be celebrated in many forms. The festival management has significantly lowered the price of concert tickets this year to make them accessible to as many people as possible.

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"Democratizing access to classical music, which is too often considered elitist, is the mission we have set ourselves for 2020. Faced with the popular craze for classical music, the 2019 edition has been a real revelation for us," says the director of the Septembre Musical Montreux-Vevey festival, Mischa Damev.
In 2019, the festival recorded a 50% increase in attendance compared to the previous edition, and young people bought three times as many concert tickets. "This is a wonderful momentum, which made us want to take another step in the direction of this enthusiastic audience," says Damev. In agreement with the authorities in Montreux and Vevey, the festival management has decided to significantly reduce the price of concert tickets this year, by an average of 20%, and to maintain the price of 10 francs for young people in all categories.

From 22nd to 30th September 2020, the 75th edition of Septembre Musical will have the pleasure of welcoming the best orchestras, conductors and soloists from its second country of honour, the cradle of classical music: Austria. Indeed, since 2019, the festival has put a country in the spotlight every year. The culture of this country is celebrated in many forms: its classical music, of course, with its orchestras, composers and soloists. But also its traditional music, its cuisine and its visual arts in the framework of the OFF festival*.

Austria's best artistic ensembles will be performing on the Vaud Riviera for nine days, including the Schloss Schönbrunn Orchester, the Haydn Philharmonic, the Wiener Symphoniker, the Vienna Boys Choir, the Camerata Salzburg and renowned soloists such as baritone Florian Boesch, tenor Rolando Villazón and pianist Rudolf Buchbinder.

Five prestigious venues will be invested: the Auditorium Stravinski in Montreux, the Chillon Castle, the Saint-Martin Temple in Vevey, Fairmont Le Montreux Palace and the Hôtel des Trois Couronnes in Vevey.

  • The programme of the OFF festival will be unveiled at the beginning of the summer.

A 74th edition dedicated to Russia crowned with success - THANK YOU !

Published on 14 February 2020
Mettant la Russie à l’honneur, la 74e édition du festival Septembre Musical a attiré 10'500 spectateurs, soit une progression de 50% par ...
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Honouring Russia, the 74th edition of the festival September Musical attracted 10,500 spectators, an increase of 50% compared to the previous edition. Four concerts were sold out and the number of student spectators tripled.

Mischa Damev, director of the September Musical festival: "I was very touched by the welcome and enthusiasm of the people of the region for my first September Musical. Some people praised the artistic quality of the eleven concerts and the show by calling me out in the street. I am happy to have brought Russian virtuosity to one of the most beautiful regions in the world, the Vaud Riviera.

Nearly 10,500 concert/show tickets were allocated for the 2019 edition, an increase of 50% compared to the previous year. Four concerts were sold out. An increasing proportion of tickets were purchased by young people, at the particularly attractive price of CHF 10.00, (all categories). Laurent Maire, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the September Musical Montreux-Vevey Foundation: "This year we tripled the number of tickets sold to young people, which is good news for us because we are committed to the access to culture for all".

Over thirty events were held as part of the Festival OFF and brought the streets of the region to life. And finally, a dinner in support of the festival brought together two of the world's greatest chefs, Franck Giovannini from the Hôtel de Ville de Crissier and Vladimir Mukhin from the White Rabbit in Moscow, for an exceptional evening.

The Septembre Musical Montreux-Vevey Foundation wishes to warmly thank its audience, but also its partners, as well as the Friends of the Festival for their support. Not to mention the volunteers and the entire festival team for their unfailing professionalism. And finally, on behalf of the entire team, we would like to warmly thank all those who made this festival possible.

Alexandra Conunova, our first "guest"

Published on 13 February 2020
Lauréate des concours Tchaïkovski de Moscou (2015) et Joachim de Hanovre (2012), Alexandra Conunova est l’un des grands talents émergents de ...
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Winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (2015) and the Joachim Competition in Hanover (2012), Alexandra Conunova is one of the great emerging talents of our time. Alexandra has established herself as a leading soloist and regularly performs with the world's leading orchestras all over the world.

Appointed "Master of Arts" by the President of the Republic of Moldova, her native country, she founded the charitable organization "ArtaVie" which aims to help disadvantaged families and children from her former school. She is fluent in seven languages and resides in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Alexandra will perform on Friday, September 6 with the Russian National Orchestra, conducted by Mikhail Pletnev, and the Glinka Choir, at the Stravinski Auditorium in Montreux. Back to the roots for Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto since it is here, on the shores of Lake Geneva, that the work was composed. It will be associated with Scriabin's Symphony No. 1, a beautiful work that deserves to be better known in concert halls.

"Reverse" the new sensation of the Russian circus

Published on 12 February 2020
A Moscou, c’est le show qui bouleverse les spectateurs. Entre cirque, hip-hop et acrobaties, « Reverse » met en scène une vingtaine de jeunes ...
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In Moscow, “Reverse” is the show that moves the audience. Between circus, hip-hop and acrobatics, it features about twenty young acrobats and dancers fighting against the world around them and against themselves. The show, for its only date in Switzerland, is co-produced by the Septembre Musical and the Saison culturelle de Montreux.

In this 70-minute show, no dialogue, just music perfectly adapted to the acrobatics of these outstanding dancers, discovered by the two directors Andrey Koltsov and Irina Drozhzhina. The show was also conceived in collaboration with Debra Brown who has choreographed several Cirque du Soleil productions such as "Alegria", "Saltimbanco" and "O" presented in a pool in Las Vegas. She has also collaborated with Madonna and Aerosmith on video clips and world tours. Her innovative work has been recognized in the United States and rewarded with the prestigious Emmy Awards. A know-how that can be found back in "Reverse". This intense and dynamic production reflects man's constant struggle with the outside world and within himself, a struggle illustrated through paintings punctuated by balancing feats symbolizing the spectrum of our emotions. Beyond this astonishing performance, "Reverse" delivers a philosophical message on human destiny.

"Reverse": Monday 9 September 2019, 20:00 at the Stravinski Auditorium, Montreux. Seated and numbered seats:
CHF 45.00/65.00/85.00/85.00/105.00 + single rate for children (-16 years) and students: CHF 10.00

74th edition of the Septembre Musical Festival under the sign of Russian culture

Published on 11 February 2020
Chère Madame, Cher Monsieur, C’est un grand honneur pour moi de vous présenter la programmation de la 74ème édition du Festival Septembre ...
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Dear Madam, Dear Sir,

It is a great honour for me to present to you the program of the 74th edition of the Septembre Musical festival, which will be held from September 1 to 9 on the Riviera, in Switzerland.

In 2019, the Septembre Musical festival opens a window on the very rich Russian culture, both traditional and modern. Confirmed artists are programmed, among the best in Russia, such as the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, conductor Valery Gergiev, the Russian National Orchestra or pianist Nikolai Lugansky. The festival also chose to highlight young prodigies, such as the Glinka Choir, and real geniuses, such as the participants in the Nutcracker project or the break-dancers of the Reverse show.

Culture is a wonderful tool for understanding others. We look forward to exploring several aspects of it, with you, from September 1 to 9, 2019.

Mischa Damev
Director of Septembre Musical festival

Mischa Damev succeeds Tobias Richter

Published on 10 February 2020
Il devient le nouveau Directeur du Septembre Musical Pour assurer la pérennité du festival et relever les nouveaux défis qui l’attendent, le ...
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He becomes the new Director of the Septembre Musical

To ensure the sustainability of the festival and to meet the new challenges ahead, the Foundation Board has appointed Mr Mischa Damev as Artistic Director. Born in Sofia in 1963 and of Franco-Bulgarian descent, Mischa Damev boasts a long international career as a concert pianist and conductor. He has conducted many prestigious ensembles in Switzerland and Europe. From 1990 to 1999, he was the Artistic Director of the Orpheum International Festival for Young Soloists in Zurich. Since 2007, he has been Head of Music at the Directorate of Cultural and Social Affairs of the Migros Cooperative Federation in Zurich and and Director of the Migros-Pour-Cent-Culturel-Classics. He will continue to hold this position alongside that of Artistic Director of the Septembre Musical Festival, which he will assume from Monday 10 September 2018.

Septembre Musical - A window on the world

Under Mischa Damev's leadership, the festival will undergo profound changes in the coming months, starting with its name. Now called "Septembre Musical - A Window on the World", the festival will highlight every year a country's cultural talents, be it in the field of music, dance or gastronomy: a sum of new experiences that the festival intends to offer its audience as from 2019 onwards. The first window opened by Mischa Damev for this 74th edition will offer a breathtaking view of Russia.

"With his solid international experience on both sides of the stage, both as an artist and artistic director, Mischa Damev’s appointment represents a promising continuation for the Septembre Musical Festival. It places the festival’s future in expert and experiences hands and gives it a new burst of energy. The Foundation Board is fully confident that Mr. Damev will be able to offer this essential event on the Swiss classical scene a well-deserved success. »

Laurent Maire
Chairman of the Septembre Musical Foundation Board

Offer a Festival of concerts

Share your passion for music by offering a gift voucher for the Septembre Musical. The new edition of the festival will take place from 1 to 9 September 2019. You can already consult the programme here

Gift vouchers are available for the amount of your choice. Please note that they are only valid for purchasing tickets in our online shop.