Evgeny Kissin performs Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, opus 21, accompanied by the Verbier Festival Orchestra, at the Verbier Festival, Charles Dutoit conducting, on July 26, 2009. The concerts take place in the heart of the Swiss Alps.
The Verbier Festival Orchestra, the site says
is one of the world's leading training ensembles and it has been universally recognised for its dynamism and its passionate performances. It gives its members - all aged between 18 and 29 - the unique opportunity to learn and to develop and to network in a professional environment. Each year, around 1,000 candidates from all over world apply to become members of the orchestra. Those musicians who are selected receive intensive orchestral coaching from principals of the MET Opera Orchestra, New York. At the end of this period of coaching, the Verbier Festival Orchestra performs six concerts under the baton of its Music Director Charles Dutoit as well as other distinguished and sought-after conductors. Members of the Verbier Festival Orchestra also offer daily late evening chamber music concerts during the Festival. The orchestra, which was created in 2000, was the brainchild of Martin Engstroem and the Swiss bank UBS; James Levine was its original Music Director and is now its Conductor Laureate.