The Orpheum Foundation for the Advancement of Young Soloists was created in Zurich on 21 February 1990 by entrepreneurs with an awareness of culture, under the leadership of Dr. Hans Heinrich Coninx. Financial provision for the foundation was from the start structured on a purely private-sector basis. The motive for creating the foundation was the realisation that, even after winning a competition, it is extremely hard for young, highly talented musicians to gain entry into international musical life by their own efforts. It is at this point that the Orpheum Foundation steps in, by making it possible for the budding soloists to perform concerts with prominent orchestras and conductors. Against this background, the first festival took place in Bad Ragaz in 1991. Since 1994 a festival under the name International Orpheum Music Festival for the Advancement of Young Soloists has taken place in Zurich every two years, and since 2002 with a concert in Basel. Between these events, various follow-up promotional activities are carried out in Switzerland and abroad. (Wikipedia, Creativ Commons)
As a young musician I was invited by the foundation to perform Camille Saint-Saëns‘ second piano concerto with the Tonhalle Orchestra directed by David Zinman.
The cultural magazine “DU” honors the Foundation with a special edition in summer 2015. I was invited to an interview: