Friends

The objective of this Association is to help promote and maintain the quality and success of the Geneva Competition, in particular by:
  • organizing and financing the stay of the candidates
  • encouraging and establishing ties between the Geneva Competition and its Prize Winners.

The Friends Association is composed of an executive Board as well as a Welcome Committee. Its members are volunteers and its role is to organise the candidates' stay in Geneva during the Competition. During all competition rounds, the Welcome Committee takes care of all practical questions involving the candidates' stay (distribution of meal vouchers, transportation tickets, etc.).

Since 2013, the Association of Friends of the Geneva Competition is chaired by Mr Jean-Marc Meyer.

The Geneva Competition has evolved, the Friends too !

In 2013, the Geneva Competition reviewed its mode of functioning. Its different activities were spread out over periods of two years: the Instrumental Competition (2 disciplines a session), which took place on a yearly basis, will now be organized every second year (even years).

On years where there is no Music Competition (odd years), a Composition Prize will be organized. The Finals of the Composition Prize will take place in November or December, along with the “Laureates Festival” a series of concerts and other events inviting former laureates of the Geneva Competition. Our traditional “Laureates Concert” will also take place as one of the Festival’s concerts.

This new organization has direct consequences on the activities of the Friends of the Geneva Competition, and more specifically the host families, who will only be solicited every second year.

Why become a member ? 

By becoming a member of the Competition Friend's Association, you support young musicians from around the world who come to the Geneva Competition. Your contributions and donations fully pay their meals and transportation throughout the duration of their stay. In addition, you enjoy the many benefits!

How to become a member 

If you wish to become a member, you can fill out the on-line membership form.

Contact the Friends of the Competition : amis@concoursgeneve.ch

Types of membership and advantages:

Each member benefits from common advantages (in italics) as well as specific advantages, depending on the type of membership chosen.

Common advantages for all members:

  • Invitation to the press conference
  • Receive the general programme as « Avant-première »
  • Advance tickets for the Gala Concert (Victoria Hall) and the Laureates Concert
  • Reduced ticket prices to a selection of different concerts by other organisers (by email only)
  • Reduced tickets to all concerts staging former prizewinners (in Switzerland)
A. Friend membership - CHF 80.-

Common advantages +

  • 1 half-price ticket for the Composition Prize Final
  • 1 half-priced ticket for the Laureates’ Concert
  • 1 reduced price ticket for the Laureates’ Festival
B. Support membership - CHF 200.-

Common advantages +

  • Mention of your name, unless noted otherwise, in our general programme
  • 2 half-price tickets for the Composition Prize Final
  • 2 half-priced tickets for the Laureates’ Concert
  • 2 reduced tickets for the Laureates’ Festival
C. Benefactor membership - CHF 500.-

Common advantages +

  • Mention of your name, unless noted otherwise, in our general programme
  • Invitation to private concerts given by our prizewinners
  • 2 invitations for the Composition Prize Final
  • 2 half-priced tickets for the Laureates’ Concert
  • 2 reduced tickets for the Laureates’ Festival
  • 2 invitations to the receptions organised after the Composition Prize-giving ceremony and other events of the festival.
D. Donor membership - CHF 1000.- and more

Common advantages +

  • Mention of your name, unless noted otherwise, in our general programme
  • Invitation to private concerts given by our prizewinners
  • 2 invitations to the Composition Prize Final
  • 2 invitations to the Laureates’ Concert
  • 2 reduced tickets for the Laureates’ Festival
  • 2 invitations to the reception organized after the Composition Prize-giving ceremony as well as after other events during the Festival.
E. Sponsor membership - CHF 5’000.- and more

Common advantages +

  • Mention of your name, unless noted otherwise, in our general programme
  • Invitation to private concerts given by our prizewinners
  • 2 invitations to the Composition Prize Final
  • 2 invitations to the Laureates' Concert
  • 2 invitations to each event of the Laureates’ Festival.
  • 2 invitations to the reception organized after the Composition Prize-giving ceremony as well as after other events during the Festival.
F. Youth membership (- 25 years)

Common advantages +

  • 1 ticket half price for the Composition Prize Final
  • 1 ticket half price for the Laureates’ Concerts 
  • 1 ticket reduced price the Laureates’ Festival.


Membership cards are valid from 1 September 2015 - 30 August 2016. All payments received before the General Assembly 2016 will be recorded in the 2015-2016 accounting year, seeing as contributions are valid during one cultural year (September until August).

At the heart of an international music competition

The Geneva Competition is sometimes an essential stepping-stone for young artists. Many former laureates now leed successful international careers (Maurice André, Martha Argerich, Arturo Benedetti-Angeli, Victoria De Los Angles, Nelson Goerner, Heinz Holliger, Sir Georg Solti, José Van Dam, Christian Zacharias, Emmanuel Pahud or, more recently, Alexej Ogrintchouk, Quatuor Terpsycordes, Aiyun Huang, Annette Dasch, Wal Ran Seo, Louis Schwizgebel-Wang, Ryszard Groblewski, István Várdai or Lorenzo Soulès, amongst many others).

The Friends Association's main role is to welcome the candidates and take care of their needs during the whole length of their stay, throughout the various rounds of the competition. Thanks to the availability of our host-families and their generosity, we are in a position to offer free lodging to the candidates.

Are you a music-lover who wants to support a young musician in his/her early career? Join the Association and become one of this year's host-families ! Welcoming a young musician in your home is unique and rewarding experience. In 2016, the disciplines offered by the Geneva Competition are voice and string quartet. We will be looking for families to welcome more than 80 candidates from all around the world, so do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested!

How to become a host family 

We ask you to host your candidate between 7 and 17 days , depending on his/her results. The hosting begins the day of the candidates' registration (possibly the day before for candidates from abroad ) and continues as long as he/she remains in competition.

You need to make one single room available. All meals, except for breakfast, are taken outdoors and are offered by the Friends Association. Indeed, your candidate receives meal vouchers the day of his/her registration in Geneva, allowing him to eat lunch and dinner in partner restaurants. He/she also receives a Unireso public transportation ticket for the duration of the competition.

Advantages

Host families whose candidate effectively come to Geneva to participate in the competition are offered 2 invitations for Recitals 1 and 2, as well as 2 reduced rate tickets for the Semi-Finals and Finals (for each discipline).

Association of Friends of the Geneva Competition

President : Mr Jean-Marc Meyer
Vice-president : Ms Béatrice Wavre-Allanic
Treasurer : Ms Jessica Bach
Secretary : Ms Suzanne Schira
Coordinator : Ms Sandy Kasper

Address of the Competition office 

Bd Saint-Georges 34, CP 268
1211 Geneva 8 / Switzerland

Tel. +41 (0)22 328 62 08
Fax. : +41 (0)22 328 43 66
Email : amis@concoursgeneve.ch

Host families 

Contact : Ms Sandy Kasper
Tel : +41 (0)22 328 62 08
Email : amis@concoursgeneve.ch

Friends membership 

Contact : Ms Sandy Kasper
Tel : +41 (0)22 328 62 08
Email : amis@concoursgeneve.ch