Press Room broadcasts live from Verbier: July 19 – Aug 4

Since its inception five years ago, has been on location at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland to make the great music-making there available to music lovers around the world whenever and through whatever device they like – by home computer, iPad, iPhone, Android, Samsung connected TV and Blu-rays. Once again, will be there to relay Verbier this summer, with the festival running from July 19 to August 4. Verbier coverage will include 28 events broadcast live, including a July 25 concert of Verdi and Wagner conducted by Valery Gergiev and featuring ever-stunning soprano Anna Netrebko and superstar bass-baritone Bryn Terfel

Also live from will be Verbier’s 20th anniversary night on July 28, including multiple generations of stars from viola icon Yuri Bashmet to piano dynamo Yuja Wang; and the festival-capping concert on August 4 starring violinist Janine Jansen and conducted by Kent Nagano.

Other highlights on from this summer’s Verbier Festival include music director Charles Dutoit leading the Verbier Festival Orchestra, in July 21-22 concerts featuring Beethoven piano concertos with the likes of Yevgeny Sudbin and Elisabeth Leonskaja. The starry duo of violinist Lisa Batiashvili and pianist Khatia Buniatishvili performs Schubert and Franck on July 22. Young classical guitar superstar Miloš Karadaglić – “a bright new voice,” according to The Economist, and named Young Artist of the Year in 2011 by Gramophone – plays a solo recital on July 24. Russian piano icon Evgeny Kissin ranges from Haydn and Beethoven to Schubert and Liszt on July 26, while new Russian piano wunderkind Daniil Trifonov plays Chopin, Liszt and Scriabin on July 28. Gianandrea Noseda conducts rising-star soloists along with the Verbier Festival Orchestra & Chorus in Verdi’s Requiem on August 1, and the prize-winning Quatuor Ebène – which The New York Times has described as “a classical string quartet that can easily morph into a jazz band” – performs on August 2.

Go to for the complete lineup of webcasts from the Verbier Festival.


Verbier Live via Samsung TV App

For the first time, will webcast events live from the Verbier Festival via the Samsung TV application. The schedule will feature three live concerts from the festival’s first weekend, three during the second week and two on the final weekend.



Critical praise grows for with each passing month. The Toronto Star called the site “a seismic shift in the world of classical music,” and the Baltimore Sun said: “This is an amazing site for lovers of classical music.” According to Alex Ross’s blog, The Rest Is Noise, “The hits keep coming at”  Offering “treasures aplenty” was how Gramophone editor-in-chief James Jolly put it, naming as one of the web’s best classical experiences.

Since its official launch in May 2008, has gained international recognition, bringing together a community of 150,000 music and arts lovers from 182 countries – who have watched over 20 million videos to date. In addition to offering live concert hall events that music lovers can experience on their computers and entertainment systems, now offers a free application (available at the Apple App Store and for the Android) that makes it possible to experience world-class artistry on iPads, iPhones and the Android. Consumers of Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-rays can now access the application – worldwide in 170 countries since March 1, 2013 on the 2011, 2012 and 2013 models and on all future models.

In addition to webcasts of more than 100 live concerts each year, has partnered with the world’s top artists and music institutions to offer subscriptions that give music lovers the opportunity to watch more than 1,200 video-on-demand programs. They include concerts, operas, recitals, documentaries, masterclasses, artist portraits and archival material by such legendary musicians as Maria Callas, Glenn Gould, Yehudi Menuhin, David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Arthur Rubinstein, Georg Solti and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

More must-see opera productions have been added to the library, including George Benjamin’s Written on Skin – described by Le Monde as “the best opera of the past 20 years” – and Verdi’s La Traviata starring Mireille Delunsch and directed by Peter Mussbach, both stagings from Aix-en-Provence. Other must-see items in the library include archival footage of Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan and Vladimir Horowitz, alongside master classes by Alfred Brendel and James Conlon. 

Verbier Festival on 

 July 19 to Aug 4

Verbier Festival

Verbier, Switzerland

25 concerts broadcast live, including Valery Gergiev conducting Verdi and Wagner (July 25); 20th-anniversary night with Yuja Wang and Yuri Bashmet, among many others (July 28); finale with Janine Jansen and Kent Nagano (Aug 4)

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