Dreadful news: Festival founder commits suicide, aged 41

Dreadful news: Festival founder commits suicide, aged 41


norman lebrecht

July 07, 2014

We regret to report the death of Thierry Scherz, founder and artistic director of the Sommets Musicaux in Gstaad, Switzerland, and a popular figure in the internatioal music business.

His family have announced that Thierry took his life in Vienna, ‘in a moment of depression’.

The funeral is Thursday, in Gstaad.



  • Eleanor Hope says:

    A brilliant mind, a wonderful personality, and the genius who succeeded in running a beautiful chamber music series in Gstaad, Saanen and Rougemont in winter for ten years. An excellent record producer, a supporter of young musicians, one of the most creative people I ever met.

  • Benjamin Yusupov says:

    Very sad news. I agree with every word that Eleanor Hope said.
    RIP, we will miss you Thierry.

  • Kai Adomeit says:

    I’ll miss him – he was such a brillant person!!

  • Jennifer Larmore says:

    Thierry was such a wonderful man! When I went to Gstaad to sing, he welcomed me in the most sensitive, respectful and warm way. We stayed in touch afterwards. I am so saddened by this news. I will never forget him.