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.

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 following prizewinners have performed as soloists at the Art Dialog Festival:
2017: Benedek Horváth, 1. Preis Rahn Musikpreis 2016 für Klavier
2018: Chiara Opalio, 1. Preis Rahn Musikpreis 2016 für Klavier
2019: Chiara Opalio (1. Preis Rahn Musikpreis 2016 für Klavier) und Eoin Ducrot (3. Preis Violine, Rahn Musikpreis 2018 für Streicher)
2020: Jérémie Conus, 3. Preis Rahn Musikpreis 2020 für Klavier

Orchester vom See
Ulrich Stüssi, founder and director of the Orchester vom See, will organize the Golden Festival for the first time in August 2020. This is a three-day open-air festival on Lake Zurich, which aims to promote young musicians in orchestral playing and as soloists. Among others, six prize winners and scholarship holders of the Rahn Kulturfonds will appear.

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
Sebastian Braun: guerilla-action of 30. March 2019 in The Residency, Zurich
Leonel Matis Quinta: guerilla-action of 20. June 2019 at Zoo Zurich
Larisa Baghdasaryan: guerilla-action of 2. July 2019 at Zurich Main Station
Pavla Flámova: guerilla-action of 31. October 2019 at Herren Coiffeur West, Zurich

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

Next concerts

Saturday, 14. November 2020, 11 am.

Thursday, 25. March 2021, 7.30 pm.
ZKO-Haus, Zurich

News & Announcements


The winner of the first call of the competition MY PROJECT is Sherniyaz Mussakhan with the
Online Festival Dialoge. Congratulations!

Rahn Scholarships – Next audition 15 November 2021

Since 2011 Rahn Kulturfonds has awarded more than 100 monetary scholarships since 2011 and lends instruments, also in the form of scholarships, to outstanding young musicians. Admission criteria Students who have been enrolled at a Swiss music academy for at least two...

IV. Rahn Concert Più

The IV. Rahn Concert Più will take place on 6 November 2021 at 11:00am at Klubsaal Kaufleuten Zurich.

Please find the livestream of the III. Rahn Concert Più here:

Trailer Rahn Musikpreis 2020 for piano

Recorded on January 17, 2020 at ZKO-Haus by Marcel Babazadeh, Atelier Klang & Raum.

Rahn Prize winners’ Concert 2020 for piano

The Rahn Prizewinner Concert 2020 for piano had to be cancelled due to the Corona pandemic.

Rahn Prizewinner Concert 2020 for piano

Due to the regulations of the Federal Office of Public Health in connection with the Corona pandemic, the prize winners' concert 2020 for piano had to be cancelled.

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 reviews

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....