Concours de Genève marks 75th anniversary

The 69th Concours de Genève will take place this month, celebrating the competition’s 75th anniversary.

The focus on this year’s contest is piano and flute, seeing almost 100 candidates from around the world compete in Geneva from 16 November to 5 December.

The jury presidents are Pascal Rogé (piano) and Emily Beynon (flute).

The flute final (concerto with orchestra) will take place on 1 December with the Geneva Chamber Orchestra. Piano finalists will have to perform two final rounds: the first one on 30 November (Mozart concertos) and the second on 2 December (concerto with orchestra) with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

The Concours de Genève also offers a series of educational activities around the competition. The Young Audience Prize, organised in partnership with Médecins sans Frontières, gives school children the opportunity to shape their own opinion in the context of an international music competition.

A three-day masterclass given by Pascal Rogé will be offered in collaboration with the Lausanne and Geneva Music Academies.

For the first time, the Concours de Genève will also be collaborating with the University of Geneva’s department of musicology, whose students will be giving a series of public interviews.

Founded in 1939, the Concours de Genève aims to promote and support young artists.

Photo: Kwang Ho Cho, winner of the 2013 Concours de Genève Composition Prize © Anne-Laure Lechat