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. 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
Hans Konrad Rahn / 1933 – 2009


Rahn Kulturfonds was founded by Ana Patricia Rahn Erden, the daughter of Hans Konrad Rahn, in 2004. Since then, the Rahn Music Prize has been held every two years, alternating between piano and string instruments. The winners receive prestigious prizes and are given the opportunity to demonstrate their talent at the prize winner’s concert in the Great Hall of Tonhalle Zurich, where they are accompanied by a renowned orchestra. The live recording of the concert will be made available to the prize-winners as a streaming link. In the year following the competition, the prize winners will again be given a platform to present their musical development in the Rahn concerts “Continuo” and “Più“.

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

Since 2011, Rahn Kulturfonds also provides scholarships and loans instruments to outstanding young musicians.

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


Board Rahn Kulturfonds

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.


Rahn Kulturfonds
Anna Staiger
Dörflistrasse 120
8050 Zürich
T: +41 44 253 64 00

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