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