Fonds Jacques Cerf

Funding for new compositions
Contemporary classical music

The “Fonds Jacques Cerf” was established in 2020 by FONDATION SUISA thanks to private funds, on the initiative of Mrs Colette Cerf and in accordance with the wishes of her late husband Jacques Cerf, musician and classical music composer from the canton of Vaud (1932-2019).

The mission of the “Fonds Jacques Cerf” is to provide financial support for

  • composition and/or performance projects of Swiss works in the field of contemporary classical music as well as
  • projects aimed at world premieres and concerts of works by young Swiss composers.

Call for projects 2024 for new compositions
– Contemporary classical music

The call for projects closed on 15 January 2024.

We would like to thank all the candidates for their participation and will inform them about the further process in due course.

FONDATION SUISA, in collaboration with the HEMU – Haute École de Musique VD VS FR – and the Sinfonietta de Lausanne, is launching a call for projects for new contemporary classical music compositions.

This call for projects is aimed at talented young musicians graduating from a Swiss music academy, with the aim of promoting and supporting these alumni’s first steps in their professional musical life.

The selection process takes place in two phases:

  • First phase: Pre-selection of up to 10 applications
    Firstly, a jury will make a pre-selection on the basis of existing works. The shortlisted candidates will each receive an amount of CHF 1,000 for their candidature.
    ➭ Submission deadline expired on 15 January 2024

  • Second phase: Final selection of a instrumental work
    Subsequently, the selected composers will be invited to submit a instrumental work, one of which will be chosen to be performed by the two orchestras (Sinfonietta de Lausanne + Orchestre de l’HEMU). This work will be honoured with a prize of CHF 10,000.
    Submission deadline: 30 August 2024

The selection panel for the “Fonds Jacques Cerf” competition consists of the following persons:

  • Laurent Mettraux (president, composer)
  • Guillaume Bourgogne (lecturer at HEMU, conductor)
  • Benedikt Hayoz (vice-director and lecturer HEMU Fribourg, composer, conductor)
  • Kevin Juillerat (Sinfonietta Lausanne, composer, saxophonist)
  • Ezko Kikoutchi (organist, composer)
  • Helena Winkelman (freelance composer, violonist)

A partnership between: