When she talks about music, her eyes instantly sparkle with a mischievous gleam. From Deep Purple to Bob Dylan, not forgetting Prince and Miles Davis, Michaela Maiterth has been orchestrating the legends who have made up the history of the Montreux Jazz Festival (MJF) over the last 30 years.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I like it when it works! You have to pay attention to a lot of details to make a concert happen...
How do you go about it?
The MJF is still a human-scale event, so we concentrate on the people, the care taken in organising and welcoming the artists, their teams and the audience.
And do you take the time to enjoy the concerts?
Of course I do! And after all these years, I'm still regularly surprised. The MJF has a very special ability to create moments of true grace.
Michaela Maiterth has adopted Montreux as her homeland. She evokes the beauty of the region with the same intensity as her love of music. Between the lake, the mountains and the beauty of the landscape, she admits to a soft spot for a stroll along the quays and the remarkable work of the town's gardeners.