Robert Dunand Prize


Robert Dunand Prize

About Robert Dunand

Robert Dunand, a Swiss musician born on March 20, 1928, in Carouge, Switzerland, joined the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in 1948 as a percussionist. At the same time, he took on the responsibility for opera broadcasts at Radio-Geneva. During this period, he also led music criticism at the Courrier de Genève. In 1948, Dunand founded and directed the Orchestra of Musical Youth, which he later transformed into the Orchestra of the Collegium Academicum of Geneva in 1958. This ensemble eventually became known as the Chamber Orchestra of Geneva. In 1988, Robert Dunand was appointed president of the International Federation of Musical Competitions. In honor of Robert Dunand the Villars Music Academy have dedicated their music competition in his name.

Robert Dunand Prize 2024 Concert

August 16, 2024 at 7:30 pm at the Villars Palace Theater

Come and attend the Robert Dunand Prize finale on Friday August 16 at 7.30pm at the Villars Palace Theatre. The Robert Dunand Prize is a competition exclusively for the laureates of the Villars Music Academy. The winner will be offered the opportunity to record a video to launch his or her international music career. While listening to this exceptional competition, you'll play an active role, as the audience will be invited to vote for their favorite candidate. You can meet the artists and jury members after the concert.

Balik Farm Prize 2023 Concert

August 18, 2023 at 7:30 pm at the Villars Palace Theater

The final of the 1st Balik Farm Prize competition took place on Friday, August 18th at 7:30 pm in the Villars Palace Theater. The Balik Farm Prize is a competition exclusively for the laureates of the Villars Music Academy. This year, the jury was composed of prestigious figures including Peter G. Rebeiz, Chairman and CEO of Caviar House Airport Premium and President of Balik Farm Switzerland, violinist Kolja Blacher, violist Antoine Tamestit, cellist Gary Hoffman and board member of the Villars Institute Foundation Richard McDonald. Whilst listening to this exceptional competition, the audience were also given an active role by voting for their preferred candidate.

Balik Farm Prize 2023 Winner

We are thrilled to announce violinist Aoi Saito as the winner of the 2023 Balik Farm Prize. Aoi now has the opportunity to record a CD and a video, generously sponsored by Caviar House & Prunier, to help launch her international music career. Raised in Tokyo, Aoi began playing violin at the age of 5 at the Toho Gakuen Music School. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at the Tokyo University of the Arts with honors and is currently studying for her Master’s degree at the Berlin University of the Arts.

Aoi Saito, Violin