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First swiss projection 
25  Nov 2016 - 7 PM 

Salle Soutter, Tour RTS, Quai Ansermet

In the presence of filmmaker and producer Daniel Kutschinski 

The Geneva International Music Competition, for its 71st edition, has the huge pleasure to present 4, a cinema documentary about one of the world’s most famous string quartet of its generation, the Quatuor Ébène.

The film embarks viewers on the quartet’s tour of Italy, gradually drawing them into the ambivalent interactions that have come to characterize the four musicians’ long-standing relationship. Bolzano, Perugia, Florence and Siena, Salzburg and Berlin, form the involuntary backdrop to a piece about relationships and the antagonism between ambition and reality.

Rather than focusing on the stage performances of the award-winning french string quartet, 4 takes us behind the scenes to observe the musical and human processes usually hidden from the eyes of the concert audience: the string quartet’s struggle with scores and interpretational details, with colleague-friends – and with themselves.  

As a result, the documentary offers not only an intimate approach and a unique testimony of the conflicting desires, sufferings and joys of music making, but also an interpersonal story of a quartet rich in exquisite intuition and subject to bizarre misunderstandings that challenge our thinking.

As a new independent cinema documentary, the film 4 has been produced by Daniel Kutschinski, prolific filmmaker born in 1966 in Munich, Germany.

94’ - in french/english/german -  subtitles available in german and english 

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The 71st Geneva International Music Competition "Voice & String Quartet" will take place from November 18th - December 5th 2016. Tickets for all competition sessions are available on this website!

> Go to the online ticket service
> See the competition programme


The 71st Geneva International Music Competition will offer Voice & String quartet. It will take place from 18 November - 5 December 2016. All the competition rounds are open to the public.

Full programme and tickets

The 71st Geneva International Music Competition is offering Voice and String Quartet and will take place from 18 November - 5 December 2016.

Results of the preselection round : 


The 72nd Geneva Competition will be offering a Composition Prize.

Subject of the competition : work for clarinette & orchestra
Application deadline : 4 May 2017

Information about 2017 composition prize

Last year, we celebrated the Geneva Competition's 75th Anniversary ; this year we're celebrating its 70th edition! To celebrate these events, two special publications :

A book on the history of the competition.
"Une Certaine Idée de la Musique - Le Concours de Genève : 1939-2914" written by Marie Duchêne Thégarid

Written by music historian Marie Duchêne Thégarid, it gives a thorough account of the birth and life of the Geneva Competition. Beautifully illustrated, it covers every aspect of the competition, narrating this human and artistic adventure and describing how the Geneva Competition fits into a cultural landscape affected by history’s turmoil. Sponsored by the Research Fund of the HES-so, published by Slatkine

> Purchase the book (CHF 44.-) 

A CD boxed set of historical recordings.
"Concours de Genève : 75 Years of Musical Discoveries", Claves Records

Radio Télévision Suisse has been a faithful partner of the Geneva Competition from the beginning : hundreds of recordings can now testify to the many young artists in a variety of disciplines who took part in the competition and went on to become international stars. We chose forty recordings from over the years featuring different instruments. Awarded as the « Coup de Coeur Breguet » Prize 2014. Published by Claves, in partnership with the RTS.

> Purchase the boxed set of CDs (CHF 45.-)