Youth Music Contest - Discover Young Talents
Music is a Passion
The Swiss Youth Music Contest was founded in 1975 by Gerd Albrecht, chief-conductor of the Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich at the time. In the categories of classical music and jazz/rock/pop, various contests are conducted all over Switzerland. The winners of the regional contests are then invited to the finals.
Winning an award is an important record of achievement for a future student of music and a professional musician. Furthermore, it is an indicator of a young person’s potential and capability. Former award winners often pursue careers as soloist and chamber musicians or become part of great national and international orchestras.
International DimensionThe Swiss Youth Music Contest is today’s only annual national contest that offers the opportunity of a peaceful contest to over 1,000 music lovers between the age of 8 and 22.
Outstanding first award winners receive the chance to perform on the big stages, to participate in international contests and compete with other talents from all over Europe, and even from all over the world.
Crossing BordersThe contest plays a crucial role in integrating adolescents with a foreign background. Playing music in a group brings them together with Swiss musicians of the same age. Besides the common experience of producing beautiful music, they also make one step in the direction of a society that lives in harmony. The contest shows parallels to analogous sports events, providing an important exchange platform to young people. The participants receive the chance to meet other young people who share similar interests and skills, which helps them getting to grasp with their own personality.
Funding of Regional Contests 2012 to 2017The Hirschmann Foundation supports regional contests from 2012 to 2017 in cooperation with other sponsors.
PartnerThe Hirschmann Foundtion's partner is the Swiss Youth Music Contest Foundation, Zurich.
The Hirschmann Foundation has committed itself with a yearly fund of CHF 50'000 for a six-year period (2012 to 2017).
2008 - 2017 in cooperation with Swissuniversities, Kammer Fachhochschulen
2008 - 2016 in cooperation with the Swiss Conference of Vocational School Directors (SDK - CSD)
2012 - 2017 in cooperation with Swiss Youth Music Contest Foundation
2013 - 2018 in cooperation with Die Chance - Foundation for Professional Practice in Eastern Switzerland and Verein Lernwerk
2010 - 2017 in cooperation with Swisscontact
2014 - 2017 in cooperation with ETH Zürich, Konjunkturforschungsstelle KOF
2014 - 2017 in cooperation with Gehirn- und Trauma-Stiftung Chur and Universitätsspital Zürich
2016 - 2018 in cooperation with the association foraus
2016 - 2018 in cooperation with the Henry Doubleday Research Association / Garden Organic
2016 - 2018 in cooperation with Paul Scherrer Institute PSI and novatlantis ¦ Sustainability in the ETH Domain
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