Daniel Hope to Head Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy

By David Salazar

Daniel Hope has been named the new Intendant and Artistic Director of the Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy.

He assumes his new position on Nov. 1, 2025, taking over for Christoph Müler, who departs at the end of the 2025 festival after four years in the position.

Hope is the music director of the Zürich Chamber Orchestra and New Century Chamber Orchestra as well as the Artistic Director of the Frauenkirche Dresden and President of the Beethoven House in Bonn.

“I am delighted to have been offered this wonderful opportunity to shape the future together with the festival team,” Hope said in an official press statement. “The Gstaad Menuhin Festival was the starting point of my relationship with music: it was here that I had my first ever encounter with classical music as a small child. It was also where I was allowed to turn the pages for the festival artists from the age of 11, and when I finally made my official debut at the festival in August 1992, Yehudi Menuhin himself was sitting in the audience. To summarize: Gstaad is so much a part of my musical DNA that it doesn’t matter where I am in the world. Music and the Bernese Oberland – for me, this is the perfect symbiosis.

“I am thrilled that we have been able to appoint Daniel Hope as Christoph Müller’s successor,” added Aldo Kropf, Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Appointment Committee. “He brings with him a worldwide network and the necessary experience for this demanding role, which will be a great asset for the festival and the Gstaad Saanenland region. His close connection to our festival, its founder Yehudi Menuhin, and to the Saanenland will also be extremely valuable for us.”