Unite Classics connects talent with orchestras, classical music with modern art, artists with sponsors, musical virtuosity with the heart of the audience, art with stylish commerce and Switzerland with the entire world. Through innovative funding and inspiring projects, we want to return classic music to its modern age and appeal to a new, wider audience.
About Unite Classics
Unite Classics promotes classical music in general as a universal language, which is understood in diverse cultural circles. This art form of communication is simultaneously a bridge from Switzerland to other people and cultures to inspire each other and to promote peaceful coexistence and cooperation in this world.
Multidisciplinary support, promotion, and encouragement are provided, especially for young musicians who are characterized by a special talent.
Young talent education/schooling is used to promote talent, professional attitudes, and professional career opportunities of young artists in the field of classical music. Music students exchange with different institutions, and documentation and dissemination of the artistic creation of children and young, highly regarded musicians are promoted.
Unite Classics organizes and conducts various programs, activities, and cooperation projects with companies to inspire a wider and younger audience for classical music. Cooperation, exchange of experiences, and projects with music colleges/schools as well as national and international institutions that pursue similar objectives are supported.
Unite Classics cultivates and promotes all efforts that are in the interests of music research. It serves as a forum for scientific contact and the exchange of research results, which also makes them known to a broader public.
Promotion of young professionals, jurors, and lecturers for competitions is provided. Promotion of specific publications of printed materials, pictures, and sound carriers of all kinds is also supported.
Founders & Board Members
Tamara Kordzadze, PRESIDENT
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Ralf Kostgeld, VICE PRESIDENT
Critics have praised Tamara’s "effortless technique," "fetching temperament" and "unusual ability to communicate in a unique way with her audience."
The Georgian pianist Tamara Kordzadze was introduced to the piano at an early age and her extraordinary talent had been already recognized while she was still very young. From a very early age, live concerts broadcast on TV and radio, as well as numerous appearances in newspapers, made Tamara Kordzadze famous not only in Georgia, but also throughout Europe. Since the age of six, she has been giving annual concerts - both as a recitalist and as a soloist - with various orchestras and has performed in concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Grand Teatre del Liceu, Tonhalle Zurich, Paleis Het Loo and in many European countries, the USA, Asia, Russia and Georgia. She currently lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland.
Tamara has been distinguished and has won prizes - including 1st prizes - at numerous national and international piano competitions. She was also awarded as "the best performer of a classical sonata" in Greece, "the best performer of a Debussy prelude" in Portugal, "the special critics prize" in Italy, "Nicati-de Luze prise" as well as at the "Landolt Competition" in Switzerland. Moreover, she has received several prestigious scholarships: an honorary prize awarded annually to talented young Georgians by the President of Georgia, Eduard Shevardnadze; The Stanislav Neuhaus Foundation, and the charity program "New Names" in Moscow.
Tamara Kordzadze currently lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland. Her piano Class at Zürich Conservatory counts more then 53 prizewinners of international Competitions. In addition, Tamara Kordzadze endows others with her diversified experiences as a Solo Pianist, as well as in chamber music master by teaching at variety of master classes. Furthermore, she is a jury member at several international competitions.
Apart from her activities as a pianist, Tamara Kordzadze is also founder and president of Vivace – an association that promotes and supports musically talented children and adults in Georgia. Additionally, she was co-founder, board member, and head of international relationships of the association Youth Classics from 2009 to 2014. Leading two associations, successfully working on over 50 international projects, and helping over 300 young musicians gave Tamara Kordzadze substantial experience and ultimately led to the Unite Classics Association in order to make classical music accessible to a wider, new audience with innovative projects.
Ralf Kostgeld started his career at the School of Visual Arts St. Gallen/Switzerland in Communication Arts and Graphic Design before the postgraduate of his professional education in New York and San Francisco – Film and Multi-Media Arts.
The Member of the Art Director's Club Switzerland worked in several leading Advertising Agencies in Switzerland and the USA. He was Creative Director at Publics Zurich over 7 years and being coresponsible for the agency's creative and economical Nr. 1 success before he founded his own business and worked for Saatchi&Saatchi and Interbrand. After he was Global Head of Brand Creation for IWC Schaffhausen/Richemont international, he started his own Communication- and Creative Business Agency Zelebrand International in 2019. Ralf Kostgeld is also part of the Advisory Board of Margaris Ventures and takes care of the brand globally. The entrepreneur Spiros Margaris is ranked global No.1 Fintech, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain Influencer by Onalytica.
Ralf Kostgeld was selected to represent Switzerland's creative scene and invited to film his vision about 100 years of Art. His short film "Chez toi" for the 100 Birthday of the “Kunsthaus Zurich”, is exhibited in the leading Museum of Art in Switzerland. The classical music lover is Guest Lecturer in branding at the University of St. Gallen (HSG), at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHDK), and jury member at numerous national and international advertising festivals.
Over 190 national and international Awards has Ralf Kostgeld won, including several gold awards, such as the Gold World Medal at the New York Festivals for the UN/United Nations. And just recently the Gold Award with his team of the World Luxury Award 2018. The music in his cinematic works always plays a very important role. (For example IWC Schaffhausen 150 years anniversary film)