The Rahn Kulturfonds was founded to promote and award outstanding students of swiss music conservatoires and academies.

Our Partners

The following organizers are partners of Rahn Kulturfonds. For sustainability reasons we offer our prize winners further considerable performances.

The international chamber music festival on Bellinzona Castle was founded in 2005. Since then established musicians perform next to young ones. Since 2007 Montebello festival also organizes Master classes to point up the commitment to young talents.

Art Dialog Festival
The Association ArtDialog provides a platform for well-known national and international artists and promotes young talent around the world. The goal of the Festival ArtDialog is to provide a shared platform for well-known music ensembles of classical music and national and international talents. The second priority is to create a synergy of music and art, especially visual art of national and international painters and photographers, the oenology of award-winning wines from the Bielersee-region and new ballet, the art of dance.
The pianist Chiara Opalio, 1. prize winner Rahn Musikpreis 2016 has been engaged as soloist at ArtDialog Festival 2018.

Luzerner Sinfonie Orchester
The Lucerne Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is known as the oldest orchestra in Switzerland today. What started out as the city’s music society with some two dozen amateur players has since grown into a remarkable ensemble of around seventy seasoned professionals, led by a young and ambitious conductor, all eager to tackle even the most challenging works of the repertoire. By now the orchestra has built a reputation far beyond the Lucerne region, be it through exquisite CD recordings, guest appearances or tours in Europe and abroad.

Zuger Kammerensemble
The Zuger Kammerensemble has been playing in the canton of Zug and it’s surroundings since 1981. What started small has since grown into an excellent chamber ensemble, which has long since its ancestral place in the cultural life of Zug and enriched it accordingly.

Neues Orchester Basel
Das Neue Orchester Basel (NOB) was founded in 1982 and has played over 400 concerts in Basel and Northern Switzerland.
The orchestra has engaged the violinist Vladyslava Luchenko,  1. prize winner Rahn Musikpreis 2010 several times as concert master as well as soloist in the season 2016/2017.
The NOB has accompanied the pianists Chiara Opalio and Benedek Horváth, 1. prize winners Rahn Musikpreis 2016 at the Rahn Preisträgerkonzert 2016.

#guerillaclassics drags classical music out of the concert halls and spread it right among the people – be it on a tram stop in the city centre or on a raft on the lake. The project aims to share the magic of classical music with a broad audience. With their «musical attacks» #guerillaclassics wants to make people come together, encourage them to pause for a moment, and create surprising experiences in their daily routine.
Past guerilla-actions with Rahn prize winners or scholarship holders:
Fabian Ziegler: guerilla-actions of 14.04.2018 and 25.8.2017 in Zurich
Sherniyaz Mussakhan: guerilla-action of 19. February 2019 in Zurich
Alfredo Ferre Martínez: guerilla-action of 19. February 2019 in Zurich

Other partners
Freunde von San Luzi
Swiss International Club
Kammerorchester der Kirchgemeinde Witikon
Musik an der ETH
Heinrich Gebert Kulturstiftung Appenzell

Next concerts

Rahn Concert Più
2. November 2019

Rahn Preisträgerkonzert
30. March 2020

News & Announcements

Rahn Musikpreis 2020 for piano

The competition 2020 for piano will take place at ZKO-Haus in Zurich from Wednesday, January 15 until Friday, January 17, 2020. Further information >  

Rahn Concert Continuo 2019

On 8 March 2019 the VI Rahn Concert Continuo took place in the large concert hall of the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste. Impressions of the concert and press reviews can be found here: Impressions Press...

Rahn Concert Continuo

The VI Rahn Concert Continuo takes place for the first time in the large concert hall of the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK). Prize winners and selected scholarship holders of the Rahn Kulturfonds will perform works by F. Schubert, N. Paganini, H. Wolf, O....

Rahn concert Più – Impressions

Rahn Kulturfonds has organized its first ever Rahn Concert PIÙ. The concert is aimed at music lovers of all ages and took place on November 10, 2018 at Kaufleuten Festsaal in Zurich. Winners of the Rahn Musikpreis and scholarship holders played pieces by H....

Christmas concert

On 29 November 2018, five prizewinners and scholarship holders are performing in Zurich. The concert is organized by Swiss International Club, a partner of the Rahn Kulturfonds....

Rahn Concert Più

Rahn Kulturfonds organizes its first ever Rahn Concert PIÙ. Winners of the Rahn Musikpreis and scholarship holders will perform at the Kaufleuten Festsaal in Zurich. The concert is aimed at music lovers of all ages. Children of all ages are very welcome. A play corner...

Rahn Scholarship – Audition 2018

Rahn Kulturfonds awards scholarships worth between 4,000 and 7,000 Swiss francs since 2011 and also loans instruments to outstanding music students. The next audition takes place on September 3, 2018 in Zurich. Conditions and application... Closing date is August 23,...

Live Recording Rahn Prize Winner Concert 2018

The live-recording of the Rahn Preisträgerkonzert for strings 2018 at Tonhalle Maag is online! The recordings are made by Marcel Babazadeh, Atelier Klang und Raum in Zurich. More...