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

Rahn Musikpreis 2018 for strings

In 1976 the competition Rahn Musikpreis was initiated in order to promote students of Swiss music academies and conservatories. The competition takes place every two years, alternating between string instruments and piano, and is organised by Rahn Kulturfonds.

The competition 2018 for violin, viola, violoncello and double bass took place at ZKO-Haus in Zurich from Tuesday, January 16th until Friday, January 19th, 2018.



Stefan Wagner, Violin
Hannes Bärtschi, Viola
Ivan Monighetti, Violoncello
Frank Sanderell, Double bass

Prize Winners


Vasyl Zatsikha, 1. Prize
Sherniyaz Mussakhan, 2. Prize
Eoin Ducrot, 3. Prize
Amelia Mirella Maszonska, 3. Prize


Natanael Ferreira Dos Santos, 3. Prize
Manuel Nägeli, 3. Prize


Salauat Karibayev, 1. Prize
Minji Kim, 2. Prize
Constantin Macherel, 2. Prize
Francesco Stefanelli, 3. Prize


Zhixiong Liu, 1. Prize
Irene Sanz Centeno, 3. Prize


The money award was distributed as follows:

1st prize: CHF 12’000.-
2nd prize: CHF 8’000.-
3rd prize: CHF 4’000.-

The prize winners received a certificate.

The prize also includes the following:

  • Prize winner’s concert: the winners of a first prize appeared as soloist, accompanied by the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 at Tonhalle Maag Zurich. The concert was conducted by Patrick Hahn.
  • Rahn Kulturfonds provided a professional sound and video live record of the concert to all winners via Streaming Link.
  • Rahn Kulturfonds will arrange further concert performances for the prize winners during four years after receiving the award.

Rahn Kulturfonds is in regular contact with several other concert promoters and this offers the winners further chances for a stage performance.

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