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cité de la musique geneva

music for everyone

A wonderful opportunity for Geneva and its inhabitants, the Cité de la Musique will bring together the professional musicians of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (OSR) along with 500 students from the Haute école de musique (HEM) under one roof. A place of education, creativity and concerts, Cité de la Musique will allow everyone in Geneva to discover or rediscover the pleasure of music. La Cité will also provide a new space to meet with friends and relax, with its 2 restaurants, library and access to a new public park.


    “Music brings people together. It carries a message of peace. It is a universal language. Our children have fallen asleep to the sound of music. Music is a fundamental part of our internal make-up. What could be more natural than finally dedicating a space especially to music – a space which is open to all, with music playing in its different forms? A place that allows Geneva to stand out as one of the capitals of music! A place that allows the OSR, heritage of Geneva’s inhabitants, and the HEM which trains new generations of musicians, to flourish! Join us in supporting the Cité de la Musique!”

    Olivier Hari, President of the OSR Foundation


    Born from the desire to give as many people as possible access to music, as well as the urgent necessity to respond to the needs of both institutions, the Cité de la Musique will be an inspiring, open place where future challenges can be faced. In particular, it will include:

    • Work and rehearsal rooms for students

    • Places to meet with friends and relax (restaurant, cafeteria, library, etc.)

    • Concert hall with 1,580 seats

    • Large adjustable studio with 390 seats

    • 100-seat 'blackbox' dedicated to experimental and electroacoustic music


    "Making music more accessible and training the next generation of professional musicians"

    The construction of the Cité de la Musique will allow everyone living in Geneva to enjoy a one-hectare wooded park, currently the property of the United Nations and closed to the public. Everyone will have access this green lung, which will be completely redesigned for walking and relaxation. Visitors will also be able to see concerts at the Cité de la Musique, both live and on a giant screen.


    OSR Live

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    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony N°9 with choir for the finale of « Ode to Joy»

    Jonathan Nott


    Recorded on 11 June 2020 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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    Modest Mussorgsky

    Night on the Bare Mountain

    Jonathan Nott


    Recorded on 30 November 2018 at Victoria Hall, Geneva


    Covid-19 Information

    Following the anouncements by the conferation on 28th October, we are obliged to cancel our concerts for the month of November. 
    Please see our COVID-19 page for information on the cancelled concerts, and your options regarding refunds.

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    Cité de la Musique

    Free exhibitions and concerts

    Discover the Cité de la Musique project through a traveling exhibition that will be visible in different districts of Geneva from September 2020 to May 2021.

    The exhibition, organized in close collaboration with the City of Geneva, will be accompanied by concerts given by the students of the HEM and the musicians of the OSR.

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