Career development programme

what does geneva offer its prize-winners?

Two years of concerts and engagements…

In 2003, thanks to the support of the Loterie Romande, the Geneva Competition initiated an ambitious career development programme, which has allowed close to fifty prize-winners to benefit from more than 600 concerts (recitals, orchestra and chamber music), thus broadening their repertoire, with special emphasis on contemporary music. This programme, which was developed by the concert agency ProMusica Genève, also provides laureates with personalized coaching.

Recordings, concert tours…

Over the years, new measures have been added to the career development programme, in great part thanks to the financial support of the Geneva Competition’s main partner, Montres Breguet SA, who has enabled the production of a CD recording, as well as an international concert tour.

But also tools to organize one’s career.

Although the main objective is to allow prize-winners of the Geneva Competition to familiarize themselves with the stage, these concerts are also a great opportunity to explore other facets of being a musician. Thus, as of 2017, we hope to put into place different encounters and workshops with professionals of the music world, addressing questions such as personal marketing, career management, musicians’ health and administration. 

With the support of Loterie Romande
The programme is developped and managed by ProMusica Genève


The Geneva International Music Competition has established partnership with servera festivals, concert seasons, venues and orchestras: 

Arts & Lettres, Vevey · Association AMA Genève · Collegium Musicum Basel · Concerts Bach de Lutry · Concerts d’été de Saint-Germain, Genève · Davos Festival Young Artists in Concerts · Festival de Bellerive · Festival des Haudères · Sion Festival · Festival du Jura · Festival Amadeus, Meinier · Grand Théâtre de Genève · Institut National Genevois · Menuhin Gstaad Festival · Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad · Musikkollegium Winterthur · Musique en été, concerts de la Ville de Genève · Orchestre de Chambre de Genève · Orchestre de la Suisse Romande · Orpheum Musikfesttage, Zürich · Pour l’Art-Le Lutrin, Pully · RTS – Espace 2 · Rezital – Tonhalle, Zürich · Sinfonietta de Lausanne · Sinfonie Orchester Camerata Schweiz · Société des Concerts de Fribourg · Stadtorchester Thun · Swiss Chamber Concerts, Bâle, Genève, Lugano & Zurich · Temps & Musique, Genève · Théâtre Benno Besson, Yverdon-les-Bains · Victoria Hall – Art Musical de la Ville de Genève Luna Classics, Nyon · Association Frédéric Chopin, Lyon · Bonlieu Scène Nationale & les concerts des Amis du Château d’Annecy · Festival Cordes en Balade, Ardèche · Festival de Divonne-les-Bains · Festival de l’Épau · Festival de l’Orangerie de Sceaux · Festival de Radio-France & Montpellier · Festival du Périgord Noir · Festival International de Piano de la Roque d’Anthéron · Festival & Académie d’Aix-en-Provence · Festival Les Solistes aux Serres d’Auteuil · Festival Quatuor à Saint-Roch, Paris · Jeunes Talents, Paris · Les Classiques du Prieuré, Le Bourget du Lac · Les Nuits Romantiques du Bourget, Aix-les-Bains · Les Pianissimes, Paris · MIDEM, Cannes · Musée d’Orsay, Paris · Salle Gaveau, Paris · BASF Junge Pianisten Concert Series, Ludwigshafen Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt · Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern · Gewandhaus Leipzig · Harenberg City Center (HCC), Dortmund · Hochbegabtenzentrum, Weimar · SWR Frankfurt · Schwetzingen Festspiele · Verein der Musikfreunde, Kiel · Winners & Masters, Gasteig Münich · Festival Lago Maggiore Musica · Gioventù Musicale d’Italia · Riva Del Garda Festival · Odense Symfoniorkester · Båstad Festival · Festival Chopin de Varsovie · Festival Chopin de Marienbad Ambassadors’ series, Prague · Budapest Autumn Festival International Musical Olympus Festival St-Petersburg · Sofia Music Weeks · Liu Promotion (Chine, Taiwan, Asie du Sud Est) TV Man Union, Japan · Festival Internacional Encuentros, Argentine.

Breguet supports young talents

In addition to its official partnership with the Geneva Competition, in 2002, Montres Breguet wished to provide specific encouragement to certain young talented musicians, whose performances during the competition were particularly moving and captivating.

This is how the “Coup de Coeur Breguet Prize” came into being; a generous and prestigious initiative that gives its young winners the opportunity to record a CD with orchestra. Since the beginning of this partnership, ten recordings have already been produced; next year’s recording will be dedicated to one of the finalists of the string quartet competition.

This excellent initiative, which profits not only the young laureates, but also the Competition itself, must be saluted as one of the principal assets of the Geneva Competition.

Discover the last Coup de Coeur Breguet recording with Adriana Ferreira

In 2003, thanks to the Friends Association of the Geneva Competition, we were able to initiate our first “laureates concert”, which was held in Geneva during the Spring following the competition. After several local editions, the concert was exported to different cities, and was soon to become a European tour. Having developed well beyond the European borders, it now constitutes one of the most important means of promoting the Competition internationally.

The Laureates Tour is organized and produced by the Geneva Competition, in collaboration with local partners based in the different cities and countries of the tour. This allows the Competition to present its prize-winners through original concert programmes, which consistently include contemporary music.

In 2017 and 2018, several tours are scheduled: a string quartet tour in Latin America, the United States and Europe, and a voice tour that will take place in Asia, following the 2017 Laureates Festival, which will be dedicated to voice and opera.  

Next international tour: 

November 2016
Breguet Geneva Competition International Tour
Honggi Kim
Pallavi Mahidhara
Chloe Ji-Yeong Mun

4 Nov. : Shanghai
8 Nov. : Singapore
10 Nov. : Tokyo
13 Nov. : Seoul

Every second year, alongside the Composition Prize, the Geneva Competition hosts its own festival, inviting former prize-winners back to perform during one week of concerts.

The first edition was launched in 2013 and presented a dozen laureates, including world-famous pianists Martha Argerich (1st Prize in 1957) and Nelson Goerner (1st Prize in 1990), as well as flutist Silvia Careddu (1st Prize in 2001) and percussionist Aiyun Huang (1st Prize in 2002).

In 2015, no less than 27 former prize-winners (including 5 quartets and 17 pianists!) gathered in Geneva for a week of concerts in the city’s main venues: Victoria Hall, BFM, Conservatory and Studio Ernest Ansermet. The 2017 edition will be dedicated to voice and will offer a series of concerts, seeking to display lyrical art in all its forms.