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Œuvres Suisses


Listen to recordings and discover scores, detailed information on the involved composers and orchestras as well as on new works.


The aim of «œuvres suisses» is to promote the work of Swiss composers and to consolidate the international presence of Swiss orchestras.

Eleven Swiss orchestras commissioned at least three new works from Swiss composers between 2014 and 2016. This resulted in a comprehensive repertoire of new orchestral works under the label «œuvres suisses». The eleven participating orchestras were themselves responsible for financing the commissions and the world premières. In return, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia provided the orchestras with financial contributions to their international touring activities and to their music communication and mediation projects.

During the three years of the project, 29 composers wrote 34 orchestral works, and 41 orchestra tours were realised in Europe, Asia, Africa and North and South America.

The «œuvres suisses» project is a joint initiative by the Association of Swiss Professional Orchestras (orchester.ch) and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, and was realised in a partnership with the Swiss Radio and Television Corporation (SRG SSR), which recorded the world premières of all 34 works.

(Photo © Federal Studio / Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne)

  • Dieter Ammann
  • Oscar Bianchi
  • Caroline Charrière
  • Jean-Luc Darbellay
  • Jacques Demierre
  • Richard Dubugnon
  • Paul Giger
  • Edu Haubensak
  • David Philip Hefti
  • Martin Jaggi
  • Michael Jarrell
  • Rudolf Kelterborn
  • Thomas Kessler
  • Ezko Kikoutchi
  • Cécile Marti
  • Jost Meier
  • Matthias Mueller
  • Fabian Müller
  • Isabel Mundry
  • Katharina Rosenberger
  • Urs Peter Schneider
  • Daniel Schnyder
  • Bettina Skrzypczak
  • Iris Szeghy
  • Nadir Vassena
  • Martin Wettstein
  • Helena Winkelman
  • Julien-François Zbinden
  • Alfons Karl Zwicker
  • Berner Symphonieorchester
  • Luzerner Sinfonieorchester
  • Musikkollegium Winterthur
  • Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
  • Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Orchestra della Svizzera italiana
  • Sinfonieorchester Basel
  • Sinfonie Orchester Biel Solothurn
  • Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen
  • Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich
  • Zürcher Kammerorchester

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The application portal myprohelvetia will be updated from 1.1.-7.1.2024. Due to these changes, open applications must be finalized and submitted via the current online portal (myprohelvetia.ch) by the latest 23:59 on 31 December 2023. Until this date, the deadlines and criteria outlined in the current guidelines and calls for applications apply. New applications can be created and submitted in the application portal as of 8 January 2024.