Swiss Cheese Stories

The Verbier Festival is dear to our hearts. Not only is it where medici.tv first got its start over a decade ago (how far we’ve come from that first summer producing the livestreams in an RV!), but it’s also an opportunity to reconnect with some of our favorite stars.

Each year, we try to lean into the open, summer camp-like atmosphere to show you a different side of the artists you love because there’s so much more to these musicians than what you see on stage. After all, can you really say you know someone if you don’t know which composer they’d like to have dinner with? or what their signature dance move is? We took matters in hand and asked twelve Verbier headliners a set of hard-hitting questions…

We’ll be updating this page as we publish new interviews throughout the week. Make sure to check back in regularly!


Swiss Cheese Stories #1: Daniil Trifonov

We may have been following Daniil Trifonov for years now, but the masterful pianist continues to surprise us time and again. At Verbier this summer, he gave us a cerebral and captivating recital of twentieth-century works that left audiences speechless. He also shared a memory of an early performance for which he found himself dressed a bit strangely…


Swiss Cheese Stories #2: Marc Bouchkov

You may remember violinist Marc Bouchkov from his prize-winning turn at the XVI Tchaikovsky Competition this past June. We were thrilled to be able to work with him again so soon after his big win! For his first Verbier performance, he joined forces with another Tchaikovsky Competition alum, Dmitri Masleev. He also managed to take some time to tell us about the wind instrument he would have loved to play, if he hadn’t become a violinist…


Swiss Cheese Stories #3: Jakub Józef Orliński

You likely already know that Jakub Józef Orliński is a countertenor. You may even also know that he moonlights as a breakdancer and worked as a model to finance his singing studies. But that’s far from the full story. When we caught up with the multi-talented multi-hyphenate after his stunning recital in the Verbier Church, we learned that the list of activities he masters is actually even longer than we thought…


Swiss Cheese Stories #4: George Li

Verbier Festival Academy alumnus George Li graced our screens as a festival headliner twice this summer: once in a solo recital, and once as part of a duo with cellist Sheku-Kanneh Mason. Truth be told, he actually gave us three performances, if you count the dance moves he showed off in the interview below…


Swiss Cheese Stories #5: Sheku Kanneh-Mason

What a thrill to work with Sheku Kanneh-Mason for the first time this summer! We streamed the young cellist in recital with George Li–a slightly more intimate performance than his turn serenading millions at the Royal Wedding last spring. Here, he namechecks some of the musicians that make up his personal soundtrack. You’ll see, he’s in a bit of a Mozart phase at the moment…



Stay tuned, there are more Swiss Cheese Stories to come! Check back in throughout the week. In the meantime, catch the 2019 Verbier Festival, streaming now on medici.tv >

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