"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...”

More information:
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

- "KNS Classical" Price – CD digital publishing and release

- 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

Contest Rules


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.





Musikinsel Rheinau
Klosterinsel 12
CH-8462 Rheinau


Jury Members

Klaidi Sahatci
Professor at the University of Music in Lugano. First Concertmaster of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich
Orfeo Mandozzi
Professor at the Zurich university of the arts, at the Conservatory of Winterthur and a guest professor at the Conservatory of Tianjin China
Matthias Arter
Professor at the Bern University of the Arts. Solo oboist of the Basel Chamber Orchestra
Irina Pak
Founder of Association "More Then Classic". First Violin in the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich.
Member of the "Foundation Petersburg"
Gerard Gahnassia
Founder of „Association Francilienne d'Expression Musicale“
Tamara Kordzadze
President of Association “Unite Classics”. Her piano Class at Zurich Conservatory counts more then 37 prizewinners of international Competitions
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Application for Registration

Registration Fee


CHF 80.00 for each level and instrument

Bank account:

Unite Classics

Zürcher Kantonalbank

Postfach, 8010 Zürich

Clearing-Nr. 700

IBAN: CH50 0070 0110 0067 6555 8

Account number: 1100-6765.558


Application deadline


29th October 2018


Partner and Support

Administrative Information in Switzerland


Association Unite Classics

Brandstrasse 33

8952 Schlieren/Zurich


Tel.: + 41 76 529 25 76

Administrative Information in France:


Headquarters: 7, Offenbach street - 93250 VILLEMOMBLE

Tel. / Fax: + 33 1 48 55 93 50



President and Artistic Director: Gerard GAHNASSIA

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