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

Rahn Kulturfonds

In 1976, Hans Konrad Rahn set up the Rahn Musikpreis as a competition for young students at Swiss music academies and conservatoires. In the early years, the prize winners were given the opportunity of a solo performance at the Zurich University of the Arts and later at the Church of St. Peter.

Hans Konrad Rahn

1933 - 2009

In 2004, Ana Patricia Rahn Erden, daughter of Hans Konrad Rahn, founded the Rahn Kulturfonds. Since then it has organized the Rahn Musikpreis competition, which takes place every two years, alternately for piano and for string instruments. The prize winners receive a substantial financial award and the opportunity to showcase their talent in a solo appearance at the Rahn Preisträgerkonzert in the grand hall of the Tonhalle in Zurich (in 2018 for the first time at the Tonhalle Maag), accompanied by a renowned orchestra. The recording of the concert will be provided to the soloists as streaming link. With the Rahn Concert Continuo and the Rahn Concert Più, taking place in the year after the Rahn Preisträgerkonzert, the Rahn Kulturfonds provides the prize winners and selected scholarship holders with a further opportunity to perform.

Moreover, during the four years after receiving the award, the Rahn Kulturfonds arranges for the prize winners to appear in other prestigious concert series. The Rahn Kulturfonds finances the fee for each of these performances.

Since 2011, the Rahn Kulturfonds provides scholarships once a year and loans instruments to outstanding young musicians.

The Rahn Kulturfonds is funded by a generous annual contribution from RAHN AG. RAHN AG is a third-generation family-owned company.


The Board of Trustees of the Rahn Kulturfonds (from left to right): Markus L. Meyer, Johannes G. Leuthold, Ana P. Rahn Erden, Pierre Jaccoud and Allegra Sosso with secretary Katharina Kurtz (back right).

The Board of Trustees of the Rahn Kulturfonds meets twice a year. It deals with applications from institutions that aim to engage Rahn Kulturfonds prize winners and scholarship holders. It provides scholarships and loans instruments to outstanding students at Swiss academies of music and conservatoires.

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...