Founded by Swedish expatriate Martin T. Son Engström in 1994, it has attracted international soloists such as Piotr Anderszewski, Leif Ove Andsnes, Martha Argerich, Lera Auerbach, Emanuel Ax, Hilary Hahn, Leonidas Kavakos, Evgeny Kissin, Lang Lang, Mischa Maisky, Lawrence Power, Thomas Quasthoff, Julian Rachlin, Anoushka Shankar, Bryn Terfel, Daniil Trifonov, Yuja Wang, Khatia Buniatishvili, Andras Schiff, and Julian Lloyd Webber.
The Verbier Festival is also nurturing young musicians with its Academy and three orchestras: the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra (formerly known as the Verbier Festival Music Camp Orchestra).
Activities of the Fest'Off, including jazz concerts and special walks in the environs of Verbier, are also available to the public for free during the 17 days of the festival.
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