We often think of conductors as artistic directors for music festivals, but there are international concert pianists who play that role as well. For instance Arnaldo Cohen (Portland Piano International) and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (the Lofoton Piano Festival in Norway) come to mind. For Vail, it’s Anne-Marie McDermott.
An internationally acclaimed concert pianist and recording artist celebrated for the rare combination of virtuoso technique and sheer exuberance she brings to every performance, McDermott joined the festival as artistic director in 2011.
Bravo! Vail Music Festival audiences quickly saw the result, as the festival has gone from strength to strength under her leadership, consistently drawing world-class artists to the Vail Valley each summer and cementing its reputation as one of the world’s great classical music festivals.
“Anne-Marie has been a guiding force for Bravo! Vail for years and a defining factor in the festival’s continuing success,” said Bravo! Vail Chairman Dan Godec. “We are fortunate to have an artist of the highest caliber as a partner for our performers and a guide and interpreter to the world of classical music for our audiences. Today, we are pleased to recognize this ongoing contribution with a new contract for Anne-Marie and look forward to many more great seasons together.”