YOUTH CLASSICS is sponsored by the association YOUTH CLASSICS.




Honorary President


Sounding Board

Michael Eidenbenz, Director Department Music, Zurich University of the Arts

Dr. Valentin Gloor, Director Lucerne School of Music

Thomas Grossenbacher,  Professor at the Zurich University of the Arts and Principal cellist in the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra

Daniel Knecht; Head of PreCollege Music at the Zurich University of the Arts

René Wolf, Marketing Consultant

Patronage Commitee

The following individuals are YOUTH CLASSICS patrons:

Paavo Järvi, music director of the Tonhalle orchestra Zurich

Christa Markwalder, member of the national council FDP

Ilona Schmiel, Director of the Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zürich

David Zinman, ​music director of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich from 1995-2014 and today honorary conductor of this orchestra


The following companies and foundations contribute financially to YOUTH CLASSICS:


Stiftung Binelli & Ehrsam

Max & Martha Dangel Stiftung

Stiftung Melinda Esterhàzy de Galantha

Carlo und Irene Fetzer-Stiftung

Franke Stiftung

Ernst Göhner Stiftung

Walter Haefner Stiftung



Stiftung Lyra

Swiss life Stiftung «Perspektiven»

Elisabeth Weber-Stiftung



Brunner Strub + Partner

Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG

DachPartner AG

Esslinger AG

Malergeschäft Rüegg

YOUTH CLASSICS would also like to thank following companies and institutions for their valuable support:

Gebr. Bachmann, Wetzikon

Marco Blessano, Fotograf

Budliger Treuhand AG

W.E. Hill and Sons

Zürcher Hochschule der Künste 


There are many ways to support YOUTH CLASSICS

The YOUTH CLASSICS association is reliant on financial support from third parties, as course fees are not sufficient to cover the costs of the Swiss International Music Academy. Every contribution is appreciated – there are  different ways to support the organisation. 

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Philip A. Draganov

President and Artistic Director

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Hermann Suren

Vice President, Finance and Cashier

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Marco Blessano

Member of the Board


Andreas Janke

Member of the Board


Dr. Andreas Weidmann

Communication and Marketing

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Ursula Suren

Managing Director


Anna Maria Ferluga

Deputy Managing Director, Administration

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Anna Draganov

Assistent to the Artistic Director


Remo Schällibaum