patrons - sponsors - partners 2022-2023
We thank our funding authorities, sponsors and partners for their generous support.
WHO ARE WE?
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 2,500 music lovers who strive to resolutely support the advantage of having an internationally renowned orchestra resident in Geneva.
WHAT ARE OUR GOALS?
Support the OSR
Thanks to the generosity of its members, in particular its sponsors & patrons, the Friends of the OSR provide significant support to the OSR and thus contribute to the development of its reputation. Thanks to an instrumental fund created in 2021, the Friends are helping to improve the sonority of the orchestra by gradually providing it with high-quality string instruments.
Beyond the financial aspect, the Friends of the OSR also express their gratitude and thanks to the musicians through their membership.
Generating and maintaining public interest in the OSR
By inviting members of various groups to private rehearsals, organising numerous events and concerts - including the unmissable New Year's Concert - and organising exclusive trips that allow patrons to accompany the OSR on its tours, the Friends of the OSR strengthen the attachment that Geneva's music lovers have to their symphony orchestra. Particular attention is paid to raising awareness and building loyalty among the younger generation, complementing the OSR's specific programmes.
WHAT DO WE OFFER?
Depending on the membership category chosen, the Association offers numerous exclusive advantages such as access to dress rehearsals for subscription concerts, advance purchase of subscriptions or concert tickets, conferences, visits to emblematic musical venues or invitations to various events.
Above all, it offers the satisfaction of being able to actively support an orchestra that provides a large variety of musical pleasures throughout the year.
The Friends website for further information and membership enquiries.
THE « AOSR » STAND
The Friends stand is located in the Victoria Hall. Members of the Committee are ready to greet you before the majority of OSR concerts
A word from the President, Sarra Perrin
After two years of upheaval due to the health situation, the committee of the Vaud Association of Friends of the OSR is back with new energy and great motivation: a brand new team has taken up the torch to make the music of the OSR flourish in the canton of Vaud and to take care of its members.
The concerts of the new 2022/2023 season will be moments of joy during which the public will forget the difficulties of everyday life.
The history of the OSR in the canton of Vaud
The OSR, founded by Ernest Ansermet in 1918, is the result of the desire to unite the musical forces that had previously been separated between Lausanne (Orchestre symphonique de la Ville de Lausanne) and Geneva (subscription concerts at the Grand-Théâtre). The financial crisis of the 1930s led to the creation of the Foundation, which has since brought together three forms of support: that of music lovers and patrons - "Friends of the OSR" with a Geneva group and a Vaud group -, that of the authorities - cities and cantons - and that of radio. This shows how important the OSR is to many people in the canton of Vaud, just as it is to music lovers in Neuchâtel, Valais and Fribourg, who like to come to Lausanne for concerts.
The Statutes of the Association founded in 1935
Article 2 stipulates: "The aim of the Association is to provide the OSR with moral and financial support, to give this ensemble the opportunity to play in Lausanne and in the canton of Vaud, to maintain and strengthen the relations it has with the authorities and institutions of Vaud, and to promote musical culture according to the tradition created by the outstanding personalities of the OSR.
The Loterie Romande is one of the main patrons, supporting the concerts given in Lausanne by paying a large amount of money annually to the Association des amis vaudois, which is transferred in full to the OSR Foundation. In addition, the canton of Vaud also supports the OSR with an amount paid directly to the Foundation. Of course, we are not forgetting the Association's precious members, sponsors, donors and patrons who actively contribute to the musical life of the Orchestra.
Why be a member of the Association?
The Association allows its members - whose number should increase this coming year - to meet for conferences related to the works presented by the orchestra. In addition, the possibility of attending rehearsals, subscribing to subscriptions and concerts a few days before the opening of the public subscription, and following the Orchestra in its international concerts are also offers proposed to its members. A monthly newsletter will increase interest in musical life in general and in the OSR in particular. Finally, special attention will be paid to young audiences to enable them to discover and enjoy the music magnificently performed by the OSR.
It is a privilege to be able to count on the OSR and its excellence in the Valais-Geneva region, and the Vaudois Friends are aware of their responsibility to offer the widest possible audience opportunities to hear its orchestra. Collaboration with both the Foundation and the Geneva Friends remains one of the keys to the future in terms of exchange of ideas, pooling of resources, projects and mutual support.
Members of the Committee
Ms Sarra Perrin
President and Treasurer
Dr Laurent D'Alvise
Mr. Antoine Reymond
Dr Laurent D'Alvise
Me Lorraine Ruf
Preludes and legal issues
Mr. Steve Roger
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 235 millions francs per year - to institutions of public interest. These represent some 3,000 beneficiaries across the Romandy region, more than 600,000 francs distributed every day in favour of the community.
Through her support of our institution for several seasons now, Aline Foriel-Destezet has enabled us to program exceptional subscription based concerts with conductors and soloists of the highest level, as well as the participation of select ensembles, as is the case next season with the Orchestre de Paris Berlioz Choir and the Zürcher Sing-Akademie for Beethoven.
In addition to her support of OSR productions, Aline Foriel-Destezet is also involved in ensuring access to culture for all and supports a new program set up by the OSR, which aims to welcome a new audience in the best conditions, for the next three seasons: Open House.
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 Mrs Charlotte de Senarclens, President, 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.
Even the greatest artists may need a helping hand at one point or another. This is even more so in conducting, where to successfully become a conductor defies all odds.
Fondation Caris aims to offer this helping hand to highly promising and motivated artists, so that their artistic aspirations can could come true.
The Foundation is delighted to collaborate with the OSR on the creation of the position of assistant conductor to provide a valuable opportunity for young aspiring conductors. We wish Ms. Ana María Patiño-Osorio, the first winner of this position, much success during the 2022-23 season.
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.
We are delighted to have the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande as a partner for the 2022-2023 season. Our support to arts and culture contributes to the splendour of this cultural institution known on national and international levels.
The Fondation Philanthropique Famille Sandoz wishes the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande a successful 2022-2023 season.
The Leenaards Foundation is delighted to renew its support to the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande for the 2022/2023 season.
As a torchbearer of sound and emotions, the OSR continues to find its way to different audiences with inventiveness, a spirit of openness and a deep will to share.
The Leenaards Foundation seeks to accompany changes in society by supporting projects and stimulating initiatives in the cultural, social and scientific fields.
The Pictet Group Foundation is pleased to support the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, which skilfully blends the contemporary with tradition, both values that are dear to us.
Our firm has always contributed to the development of cultural institutions in Geneva and abroad, recognised for the quality of their services and their creativity.
The Partners of the Pictet Group wish the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande a successful new season.
Fondation MKS has been committed to advancing future generations for over twenty years. With a presence in Switzerland, Lebanon, and the United States, it supports children in achieving their full learning potential. It is with great pleasure that the Foundation supports the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, which, as usual, offers both children and adults alike moments of virtuosity and musical excellence.
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
Because it provides inspiration for every generation, the Etrillard Foundation showcases the influence of our European cultural legacy on the contemporary world, by helping to safeguard outstanding sites, by encouraging knowledge transmission and by supporting cultural rediscovery, thereby fostering creative, bold initiatives to spark opportunities for emotion and sharing.
Among its donations, the Etrillard Foundation supports research programmes and events that contribute to the promotion of original musical writing from the Middle Ages to the present day. During the 2022-2023 season, the Etrillard Foundation is very pleased to be associated for the first time with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
The aid provided will contribute to supporting the Orchestra's chamber music programme through the organisation of six concerts to be held in the Franz Liszt Hall of the Geneva Conservatory of Music. The Etrillard Foundation is aware of the importance of the chamber music genre, both in terms of the listening skills it develops in musicians and in terms of its fundamental contribution to the history of music. It is committed to bringing the benefits of this music to today's audience.
Mme Brigitte Lescure
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. RTS is multiplying its digital offerings through the rtsculture.ch website and the Play RTS platform, in particular by updating its public service offering to meet the expectations of all. 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 of "Tournée 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 the ability to engage mind, body and soul. It can be contemplated, heard, touched, felt and experienced by all, in as many forms as there are works. It does not differentiate by age, background or socioeconomic environment, rather reaches sensitivity and emotions of every unique individual.
The lyrical arts, wonderfully performed by the OSR for over 100 years, are widely appreciated by our local communities.
JTI’s support of the OSR is most meaningful when our employees volunteer to accompany groups of elderly, people with disabilities, or those who are not usually fortunate enough to have access to the concert halls, thus sharing a moment of warmth.
Access to art and culture is a sincere objective for JTI. We promote classical music and are committed to supporting the inclusive access to all communities.
We wish the OSR a wonderful 2022-2023 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.
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.
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 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 section of three older institutions : the Conservatoire de musique de Genève, the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze and the Conservatoire de musique neuchâtelois. 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. Its students and professors collaborate with the OSR through numerous projects, notably 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.
Founded in 1939, Concours de Genève 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, Concours de Genève 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, Concours de Genève has alternated a few key disciplines: piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, cello, viola, string quartet, vocals, percussion and composition.
An artistic partner of the Concours de Genève since its inception, each year the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande accompanies candidates at the Finals at Victoria Hall.
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 became the artistic director of the orchestra in 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 95 countries to 65 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!
I very much appreciated the fact that the traditions of the OSR and the basics of its repertoire remained intact despite the current turmoil.
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
Fleuriot Fleurs is pleased to once again support the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande for the 2022-23 season.
Constantly evolving, attentive to new trends and techniques, without forgetting the great classics, we create exclusive creations with elegance for every moment of life: birth, marriage, declaration of love and friendship, thanks and last tribute...
Fleuriot strives to earn the trust of a loyal clientele. The service offered to the client is impeccable both in terms of confidentiality and advice. It is unique with home delivery in Geneva and its surroundings, even on Sundays.
Our main Corraterie store as well as our shops at Gare Cornavin, Genève Aéroport, Gare des Eaux-Vives, Manor Genève and Chavannes wish the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande a successful 2022-23 season and look forward to showcase the magic of flowers on stage, bringing together the public and the colorful poetry of plants and musical instruments.