patrons - sponsors - partners 2021-2022
We thank our funding authorities, sponsors and partners for their generous support.
The Geneva Association of the Friends of the OSR was founded in 1935, at a time when the young orchestra was wrestling with financial difficulties and fighting for its survival. Ernest Ansermet, founder of the OSR, spared no effort in gathering all the support needed to ensure the long-term future of the orchestra. Raising awareness amongst the broadest possible audience through the creation of an Association of Friends was one such initiative.
Over the decades, the Association has sustained itself and grown. Today it represents a family of nearly 3,000 music lovers who strive to resolutely support the advantage of having an internationally renowned orchestra resident in Geneva.
What is the purpose of the Association?
SUPPORT THE OSR
Thanks to the activities of its members, and particularly its patrons, the Friends significantly support the OSR and it’s outreach. The creation of an instrument fund, financed by membership fees and donations, will ensure the continued enhancement of the orchestra’s sound through acquisition of high-quality stringed instruments across the coming years.
Aside from the financial aspect, members express their appreciation and gratitude to OSR’s musicians by joining the Friends.
CREATE & MAINTAIN AWARENESS OF THE OSR
Members of the AOSR work to reinforce the attachment that Geneva music lovers have to their symphony orchestra by inviting different organisations to private rehearsals, arranging numerous events such as the unmissable New Year’s concert, and setting up exclusive tours which allow patrons to follow the OSR abroad.
Special attention is given to raising awareness amongst younger generations and encouraging their loyalty in conjunction with programmes offered by the OSR.
What does the Association offer?
Each membership category offers a range of exclusive benefits: access to general rehearsals for subscription concerts, advance purchase of subscriptions and concert tickets, conferences, visits to iconic music venues, invitations to events, and much more.
Above all, the Association offers listeners the chance to actively participate in supporting the orchestra and all its musical delights throughout the year.
The essential contribution of the Loterie Romande
Tonight, the magic of sound; tomorrow, a change of scene with a theatrical performance. In parallel, a solution found to allow a medical research programme to continue; assistance provided to the elderly; participation in the protection of the environment; and a contribution to the survival of a museum.
There are many examples of projects that have come about thanks to the support of Loterie Romande.
Since its foundation in 1937, Loterie Romande has never failed in its mission: to distribute all of its profits - amounting to more than 220 million francs per year - to institutions of public interest. These represent some 3,000 beneficiaries across the Romandy region, with nearly 600,000 francs distributed every day in favour of the community.
The Leenaards Foundation is delighted to renew its support for the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande for the 2021-22 season.
A beacon of sound and emotion, the OSR continues to open up many paths to the public in order to renew - with strength and conviviality - the links altered by the pandemic.
The Leenaards Foundation is committed to stimulating the creative dynamic in the Lake Geneva region. It supports initiatives in the fields of culture, age & society and science.
Driven and inspired by a passion for Arts, and more particularly for classical music and opera, Mrs. Aline Foriel-Destezet wishes to offer, through her patronage, the production of magnificent concerts, operas and ballets.
It is a great pleasure for her to contribute both financially and artistically to the programming of these wonderful events, the reason why being a Donor comes very naturally to her.
Passionate and driven by the spirit of philanthropy, Mrs. Aline Foriel-Destezet has been supporting numerous artists for several years in remarkable concerts, operas and ballets.
According to Mrs. Aline Foriel-Destezet, philanthropy is an essential actor for musical creation.
The Fondation Philanthropique Famille Sandoz is committed to support projects or institutions contributing to the development of society in Switzerland and abroad. The domains covered are culture, as well as education, social activities, health, protection of the environment and humanitarian aid.
It is an honour for the Fondation Philanthropique Famille Sandoz to support the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and to contribute to the splendour of this important cultural institution known on national and international level. More than ever in this sanitary crisis, it is essential to support arts and culture.
The Fondation Philanthropique Famille Sandoz wishes the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande a season 2021-22 full of success and is pleased with the gatherings of artists and public around meaningful and emotionally rich music.
Created in 2009, the Fondation Francis & Marie-France Minkoff is a philanthropic family foundation active in various fields, including education, scientific research and social and humanitarian action, as well as committing a significant part of its activities to culture, and classical music in particular.
As such, the Foundation especially supports the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, an orchestra with which the Minkoff family maintains links going back almost to its founding a century ago by Ernest Ansermet.
From the outset, the fame of the OSR and its illustrious conductor quickly spread beyond Swiss borders, leading them to become “extraordinary ambassadors” of our region; remaining an essential player in French-Swiss symphony and opera today. True to its history, the orchestra does everything it can to uphold its standing and remain at the highest level. To help the orchestra, the Foundation provides friendly, benevolent support.
The Foundation wishes to thank Maestro Jonathan Nott, Music and Artistic Director, for sharing his passion and talent with us and giving us some very beautiful musical performances, and Mr Olivier Hari for his four years as President. We welcome the new President, Mrs Charlotte de Senarclens, with whom we are looking forward to working, and thank also Mr Steve Roger, General Manager, as well as the whole management team. Finally, we remain grateful to the musicians, for always giving the best of themselves and aiming for excellence in offering high quality concerts to the public.
The Pictet Group Foundation is pleased to support the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, which skilfully blends modernity with respect for tradition, both values that are dear to us.
Our firm has always been keen to contribute to the development of cultural institutions recognised in Geneva and abroad for the quality of their services and their creativity.
The Partners of the Pictet Group wish the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande a highly successful new season with evenings full of emotion for all.
The RTS has worked closely with the OSR since 1929. Over the course of time and technological progress, first radio and then television have told the story of the OSR and contributed to building its audio-visual heritage. In the 21st century, digital media has enriched the offerings of television and radio. The RTS is increasing its ‘à la carte’ offers: the RTSCulture and PlayRTS platforms provide a mobile public service that meets all expectations. During the pandemic, the historic partnership between the RTS and OSR was strengthened through joint projects which allowed music enthusiasts to experience exceptional concerts on radio and TV, as well as through an abundant digital offering.
For as long as concerts remain a central, inalienable experience in the lives of music lovers and musicians, the RTS wishes the OSR and its audiences a beautiful concert season, both in the theatre and on all RTS platforms.
Alexandre Barrelet, Radio Télévision Suisse
Photo credits: RTS/Jay Louvion
Espace 2 is the RTS radio channel principally dedicated to classical music. As such, it is at the heart of the public service broadcasters' relationship with the classical music scene in French-speaking Switzerland, and with the OSR in particular.
The evening concert programme entitled "Plein Jeu" (Wednesdays at 8 pm) on Espace 2 hosts the main concerts given by the OSR throughout the season. Furthermore, the OSR's recordings permeate the entire programme schedule, particularly in the afternoon "Tour de Suisse Romande", every day at 1.30 pm.
Through its exchanges with more than 60 public service media within the framework of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Espace 2 also enables the OSR to be heard regularly throughout Europe.
Credit Suisse and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande have been longstanding partners since 1991.
Our enduring relationship is reflected in the strength of our partnership that is characterized by mutual trust and respect as well as the pursuit of performance excellence. Since 1918, the OSR has enjoyed an outstanding reputation both in Switzerland and internationally thanks to its innovative approach to concert broadcasts, recordings, and tours.
Credit Suisse and the OSR are committed to the future of classical music. They attach the same importance to promoting classical music and training the next generation. The Credit Suisse Foundation supports the Swiss Youth Music Competition and awards the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award and the Prix Credit Suisse des Jeunes Solistes in alternate years with partner organizations.
Credit Suisse has been involved in culture and sport in French-speaking Switzerland for more than 100 years; this regional commitment is demonstrated by the sustainability of its partnerships, such as with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Fondation de l'Hermitage in Lausanne, the Omega European Masters in Crans Montana, and CHI Geneva.
More information on our commitment is available at: www.credit-suisse.com/sponsoring
SIG is fully involved in the life of the city and the region. It supports a number of social, humanitarian, sports and cultural activities.
One way that SIG expresses its role and public service mission is by showing its proximity to the people of Geneva beyond its usual services.
Since the 2001-2002 season, SIG has supported the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, which shares emotional, masterful performances in Geneva and around the world on tour. Our partnership with the OSR is part of our desire to promote classical music to a wide audience and participate in the dynamic energy of Geneva in line with our vocation as a corporate citizen.
Art has no boundaries. It can be contemplated, listened to, touched, and experienced by all in as many ways as there are works. It does not differentiate by age, personality, or social environment, but rather the sensitivity and emotions of every individual.
The lyrical arts, wonderfully promoted by the OSR for over 100 years, are widely appreciated by our communities.
JTI's support of the OSR is most meaningful when our employees volunteer to accompany groups of the elderly, people with disabilities, or those who are not usually fortunate enough to have access to the concert halls or the Orchestra's performances, thus sharing a moment of warmth.
Far from being a utopia, access to art and culture for all is a sincere objective for JTI. We value classical music and are committed to the social inclusion of all communities.
We wish the OSR a wonderful 2021-22 season and may its audience continue to sing!
m3 GROUPE invests all its expertise and creativity in building Geneva’s influence. Its many areas of activity – from real estate, hotels, and restaurants, health and services – share a common ambition: to offer first-rate services, always respecting the values of excellence embodied by its President and Founder, Abdallah Chatila.
The OSR is a globally recognised establishment and an integral part of Geneva’s cultural landscape. Its values of openness and universalism are perfectly aligned with the m3 GROUPE’s principles and vision, making m3’s commitment to the OSR a source of great pride.
This collaboration was initiated with the support of m3 GROUPE for the outdoor concerts held at Genève-Plage in August 2020. Just like the group, this innovative series of concerts was intended to be creative and suit everyone's tastes while showcasing key spaces in Geneva, creating a warm, friendly atmosphere.
Trafigura Foundation works to open up equal opportunities for vulnerable populations and people living at the margin of society in Switzerland and around the world.
Equal opportunities belong not only to the socio-economic sector, but also to the cultural and artistic domain. OSR’s "itinerant roulotte" project convinced us for its originality, relevance and for its alignment with our philosophy: to make new horizons accessible for people normally excluded from concert halls for economic, social, cultural, health and disability issues.
We strongly believe that the universal language of music can contribute to the personal fulfilment and life enrichment of everyone, notwithstanding one’s origin and social conditions, and help build a sense of belonging to the Swiss Romandie’s community.
The SGMG, an association under Swiss law, was founded in January 2009.
Now with more than 140 members, it has continued to develop its activities in line with its principal goal, to promote the work of Gustav Mahler.
Since it was founded, our society has contributed to organising numerous concerts and has arranged lectures, presentations, and film screenings of works by Gustav Mahler.
Equally keen to reach out to young people, in collaboration with the Geneva Haute école de musique, the SGMG runs the biennial Gustav Mahler Competition, which is open to young singers and pianists coming to the end of their studies. The SGMG is very happy to contribute to the influence of the OSR with its Mahler performances!
Chairman of the Société Gustav Mahler de Genève
More than 100,000 companies and 1 million private customers have confidence in Allianz Switzerland’s comprehensive protection at every stage of their life and development.
With a volume of almost CHF 3.6 billion in premiums, Allianz Suisse is one of the largest providers of insurance and pension solutions in the country. With some 3,600 employees, it has achieved above-average growth for years, relying on dynamic client guidance, innovative products and high-quality advice.
Its dense, varied network of distribution channels guarantees Allianz Suisse a presence throughout the country and closeness to its clients. Whatever their needs and whether they are in Switzerland, neighbouring countries or around the world, Allianz Suisse and the Allianz group offer optimal solutions, with a focus on ensuring that policyholders can fully rely on its services when the time comes.
The commitment of Allianz Suisse as a partner and insurer of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is a tradition of excellence. For several years now, the OSRs concerts have provided an opportunity to spend a few pleasant hours in the company of clients in a relaxed atmosphere
Banque Cantonale de Genève (BCGE) has played a vital role in supporting and boosting the regional economy since 1816. It provides a full range of banking services to private and corporate clients. Thanks to its solid roots in a canton with a strong international influence, BCGE is able to offer a diversified range of services: day-to-day banking, private banking, asset management, pension planning, financing (mortgages; loans to companies and public authorities; import/export), a trading room, financial engineering, corporate finance and global commodity finance. BCGE is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and offers diversification, innovation and transparency. There are more than 800 BCGE Group employees in 21 branches in Geneva, as well as in Lausanne, Zurich, Basel, Lyon, Annecy, Paris, Dubai and Hong Kong. BCGE sponsors local charities and events in a targeted manner. As such, it is pleased to support the OSR as a co-sponsor.
Opening its doors in 1879, the Grand Théâtre de Genève is the operatic institution of Geneva.
The leading stage in Switzerland thanks to its technical capacities, the Grand Théâtre hosts opera, ballet and concert performances. Since September 2019, its managing director Aviel Cahn has been building a reputation of artistic excellence and avant-garde by inviting creators from other disciplines in contemporary art and cinema.
The Théâtre’s new management has strengthened the artistic collaboration with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, an honoured musical partner since its foundation in 1918. With eight productions each season, at least one of which is conducted by artistic and musical director Jonathan Nott, the Grand Théâtre and OSR anchor their quality cultural dialogue in a concrete and lasting manner. Through this partnership, the OSR’s identity and repertoire of excellence – especially in French music – are particularly enhanced and appreciated.
The Haute école de musique de Genève (Geneva HEM) and its Neuchâtel branch were created in 2009. The school originated from the professional sections of two older institutions: the Conservatoire de musique de Genève and the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze. The HEM covers a historical and stylistic field ranging from medieval music to contemporary production, without forgetting music from outside Europe. It attracts more than 600 students from five continents, taught by around a hundred professors and highly qualified speakers in the arts and academia.
Firmly integrated in the region’s cultural landscape, the Geneva HEM is an artistic and educational community of international renown. It collaborates with the OSR by organising joint orchestral academies and offering a joint training programme: the DAS (Diploma of Advanced Studies) in Orchestral Practice, which aims to deepen and broaden the skills of students in their orchestral practice. Both institutions are part of the Cité de la Musique project, a vast campus which will bring the two together under one roof and allow new synergies to unfold.
Founded in 1939, the Geneva International Music Competition is one of the world’s leading international music competitions. It aims to discover, promote, and support young talented artists, giving them the necessary tools to launch an international career.
Now more than three quarters of a century old, the Geneva International Music Competition has revealed nearly 800 artists, with prestigious names including Georg Solti, Martha Argerich, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Victoria de los Angeles, Maurizio Pollini, Friedrich Gulda, Maurice André, José van Dam, Christian Zacharias, Emmanuel Pahud and Nelson Goerner.
Among the forty instruments that have been under the spotlight since it was founded, the Geneva International Music Competition has alternated a few key disciplines: piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, cello, viola, string quartet, vocals, percussion and composition.
An artistic partner of the Geneva International Music Competition since its inception, each year the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande accompanies candidates at the Finals at Victoria Hall.
2021 - Cello & Oboe
2022 - Piano & Composition
2023 - Flute & Quartet
2024 - Voice & Composition
Founded in 1942 by violinist Victor Desarzens, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra has become one of the most sought-after chamber orchestras in Europe.
After six years under the artistic supervision of the American conductor Joshua Weilerstein, the famous French violinist Renaud Capuçon becomes the artistic director of the orchestra as from September 2021.
Made up of around forty instrumentalists, the OCL is a resident of the Salle Métropole and embraces a vast repertoire, from early Baroque to contemporary compositions.
PENTATONE is a classical music label that supports authentic artistic expression, working with internationally renowned artists. PENTATONE's reputation for excellence is supported by a diverse catalogue, ranging from the traditional to the unusual and unexpected, driven by an ambition to innovate in classical music. PENTATONE continues to push its limits to release high quality recordings of artistic value, earning the label the Gramophone (2019) and ICMA (2020) Label of the Year awards.
The PENTATONE catalogue includes performances by conductors such as Marek Janowski, Vladimir Jurowski, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Jakub Hrusa, Sir Neville Marriner, Yakov Kreizberg, Lawrence Foster, Philippe Herreweghe, Michele Mariotti, Kazuki Yamada, Simon Rattle, Paavo Järvi, Kent Nagano and Andrew Manze; artists like Alisa Weilerstein, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Magdalena Kozena, Piotr Beczala, Arabella Steinbacher, Julia Fischer, Inon Barnatan, Denis Kozhukhin, Thomas Adés, Martin Helmchen, Francesco Piemontesi, Mari Kodama, Johannes Moser, Matt Haimovitz, Anna Lucia Richter, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Melody Moore, Lisa Delan, Alice Coote, Elisabeth Kulman, Julie Fuchs, Michael Fabiano, Thomas Hampson, Nikolai Schukoff, Christian Elsner and Lester Lynch; and orchestras such as Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Lucerne Festival Strings, Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestre National de Lille, Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
MEZZO, the international reference for classical music, jazz and dance on television, is now broadcast in more than 80 countries to 60 million subscribers, and is available on two complementary channels:
Mezzo, an invitation to explore the repertoire – New prodigies, the stars of today and legends of the past, in all repertoires and formats.
Mezzo Live HD, the ultimate concert hall – Mezzo Live HD invites you to the finest of concert halls; opera and ballet houses, festivals and more.
With 40 live shows each year filmed exclusively in HD, Mezzo Live HD brings you the best of the international music scene.
Mezzo has been a proud partner of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande for many years, regularly broadcasting orchestra concerts live from the Victoria Hall in Geneva, as well as footage from the orchestra’s prestigious archives.
Our collaboration with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande began in 2011 when Steve Roger asked me to help prepare for the OSR’s first Russian tour. The discovery of the important place that the Russian repertoire holds in the OSR’s history, along with our regular contact, sharing of ideas and walks in Saint-Petersburg at -27°C, not to mention experiencing the traffic jams in Moscow… All this built friendship and trust. We have never separated since!
Coming from a Russian musical background and being a great lover of classical music, I am very proud of Nasha Gazeta's partnership with the OSR and am in awe of the inventiveness and professionalism of its musicians and management. It is clearly a winning team. Happy musical season to all of us!
Founder and Editor of Nasha Gazeta