For five consecutive seasons, medici.tv has been the place for classical music lovers around the world to enjoy the spectacular array of top artists who perform at the Verbier Festival, which this summer takes place July 15 – 31. As Martin T:son Engstroem, the festival's founder and executive director, says: "Verbier is a tiny Swiss mountain village, far from any big towns, but we can connect with the global internet community and share our wonderful programs with a worldwide audience. People have followed our concerts from some mind-boggling places. Hats off to medici!" Beginning July 15, medici.tv will again stream concerts from Verbier, with more than 20 live events from the 18th annual festival, featuring a who's who in classical music: Martha Argerich, Joshua Bell, Valery Gergiev, Yuja Wang, Bryn Terfel, Angelika Kirchschlager, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Vadim Repin, Nelson Freire, Renaud Capuçon, Thomas Quasthoff, Khatia Buniatishvili, David Garrett and many more, plus the Verbier Festival Orchestra under music director Charles Dutoit and such ensembles as Béjart Ballet Lausanne.
medici.tv Founder and CEO Hervé Boissière comments: "Martin T:son Engstroem is a magician, because he always invents. He is a kind of ‘world premiere’ man, all the time – when he invites the best musicians to play together without any routine, when he invites us to extend his festival to the world in 2007, before all the others. It's a real honor to be partners again. We share the same values: excellence, loyalty. Being together with Verbier for his fifth edition is so exciting."
The freshly redesigned medici.tv has reaped acclaim as one of the web's leading classical music experiences. A column by editor-in-chief James Jolly in the June issue of Gramophone magazine details the medici.tv experience at length, marveling over the "treasures aplenty" on the site. The medici.tv app for iPads, iPhones and other digital devices – available for free at the Apple app store – was recently named one of the top five apps for classical music by WQXR, the classical music station of New York City.
For complete programs and additional information about the 2011 Verbier Festival visit www.verbierfestival.com.