THE GOLDEN KEYS
"The Golden Keys" Competition and Masterclasses
For Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Wind Instruments and Harp
Saturday 10th, Sunday 11th November, 2018
Music Island Rheinau, Switzerland
Collaboration Project between "Unite Classics" and
"French Organization of Musical Expression"
Founded in 1992 by concert pianist Gerard Gahnassia. The AFEM (Association Francilienne d'Expression Musicale) organizes each year the contest “The Golden Keys” in several countries such as France, Bulgaria, Israel, Morocco, but also Polynesia, New Caledonia, Réunion, Guadeloupe and Martinique.
This event brings together candidates from conservatories, music schools and private courses, divided into several levels.It is in a real atmosphere of conviviality and seriousness that the tests take place, and all the teachers and parents of students regularly support this contest.
The best winner of each level will receive the "Clé d'Or" trophy.
Silver and bronze medals are also awarded to the 2nd and 3rd preze winners and all other candidates receive a diploma.
Message from the founder:
“I have participated in numerous competitions since I was very young, I wanted to share with the new generation this emotion born from the desire to surpass oneself, the magic of the stage which sometimes allows to refine yourself and also this need to situate in musically while always keeping in mind the motto of Pierre de Coubertin:
The important thing is not to win, but to participate...”
Levels and Program choice
Level 1 : up to 7 years : 1 or 2 pieces up to 2 minutes
Level 2 : up to 9 years : 1 or 2 pieces up to 4 minutes
Level 3 : up to 12 years : 1 or 2 pieces up to 6 minutes
Level 4 : up to 15 years : 2 or 3 pieces up to 8 minutes
Level 5 : up to 18 years : 2 or 3 pieces up to 10 minutes
Level 6 : up to 25 years : 2 or 3 pieces up to 15 minutes
Level 7 : up to 30 years : 2 or more pieces of different style up to 20 minutes
Candidates may apply in two or more level as well
The Jury may decide to hear all or select part of the program
The first of each level will receive the Golden Key Trophy
The second of each level will receive the Silver Medal
The third of each level will receive the Bronze Medal
All candidates will receive a certificate
Special Prizes from Unite Classics
- Twice 500,- CHF for the best participants in Level 2, 3, and 4
- CHF 500 voucher for "Music Hug"
- VIP invitation to Hamburg to visit the Steinway manufactory
- “Prize for Virtuosity”
- “The best teacher”
- “The best Swiss Participant”
- “Best performer of Swiss Composer”
- Scholarships for Masterclasses
- Concert opportunities
1. The competition is open to all without age limits
2. The jury of eminent personalities from the musical world may renounce to attribute a price if the level is not good enough.
3. The results will be given after the end of each level.
4. All events will be public.
Professor at the University of Music in Lugano. First Concertmaster of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich
Professor at the Zurich university of the arts, at the Conservatory of Winterthur and a guest professor at the Conservatory of Tianjin China
Professor at the Bern University of the Arts. Solo oboist of the Basel Chamber Orchestra
Founder of Association "More Then Classic". First Violin in the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich.
Member of the "Foundation Petersburg"
Application for Registration
CHF 80.00 for each level and instrument
Postfach, 8010 Zürich
IBAN: CH50 0070 0110 0067 6555 8
Account number: 1100-6765.558
SWIFT (BIC): ZKBKCHZZ80A
29th October 2018
Partner and Support
Administrative Information in Switzerland
Association Unite Classics
Tel.: + 41 76 529 25 76
Administrative Information in France:
A.F.E.M. ORGANIZATION - CONTEST THE GOLDEN KEY
Headquarters: 7, Offenbach street - 93250 VILLEMOMBLE
Tel. / Fax: + 33 1 48 55 93 50
President and Artistic Director: Gerard GAHNASSIA