Mozart Concert – 8 November 2014 – Victoria Hall

The United Nations Orchestra will unite with the Choir of the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid for an exceptional Mozart concert on Saturday, November 8th 2014 at 8pm at Victoria Hall, conducted by Antoine Marguier. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Bilifou Association, which provides medical assistance in Yatenga province, Burkina Faso.

On the programme:

  • Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23
         Audrey Vigoureux, piano

  • Great Mass in C minor
         Jennifer Kressmann, soprano
         Marion Grange, soprano
         Jérémie Schütz, tenor
         Mkhanyiseli Mlombi, bass
         Choir of the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid

Tickets are available:
Online at the Billeterie de Geneve
By phone: 0800 418 418 / +41 22 418 3618
Maison des Arts du Grütli
Arcade d’information municipale
Genève – Tourisme
Cité Séniors
CAGI/Cultural Kiosk at the UNOG

Prices range from CHF 20-80.

New Honorary President of the Orchestra

Martine Coppens, Antoine MarguierA warm welcome to Mr Michael Møller, Director General ad interim of the United Nations Office in Geneva, as Honorary President of the United Nations Orchestra, pictured here with Martine Coppens, President and co-founder and Antoine Marguier, Artistic Director and co-founder of the Orchestra.

This is a precious support for the Orchestra and it’s a joy to have him join us!

60th Anniversary Celebration – 19 Sep – CERN

CERN is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year! To mark the occasion, the Orchestra will accompany the soloist Maestro Matteo Fedeli, who, under the patronage of the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations, will perform on a Stradivarius violin under the baton of conductor Antoine Marguier.

The programme for the concert comprises:
Jacques Offenbach, Orpheus in the Underworld Overture
Franz von Suppé, Poet and Peasant Overture
Camille Saint-Saëns, Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso for solo violin and orchestra
Georges Bizet, Carmen Suite no. 1
Franz Lehár, Gold and Silver Waltz
Gioachino Rossini, William Tell Overture

The concert takes place at the Tent outside the CERN Globe on September 19th, 2014 at 6:30pm, with doors opening at 6pm. You must register in advance for your free tickets to gain access to the CERN campus. You are encouraged to use public transportation as there are no parking facilities. For more information, please visit

Last concerts:

Fête de la Musique 2014 – 22 June – Victoria Hall

Our concert for the Fête de la Musique 2014 has been confirmed for June 22nd at 3pm in Victoria Hall. This free concert is very popular so make sure you arrive with plenty of time, as seating is on a first come, first served basis.

This year’s festive programme includes:
Jacques Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld Overture
Franz von Suppé: Poet and Peasant Overture
Georges Bizet: Carmen Suite n°1
Gioachino Rossini: William Tell Overture
Franz Lehar: Gold and Silver Waltz
Johann Strauss: The Blue Danube Waltz

50th Anniversary of UNCTAD – 16 June – Palais des Nations

In honour of the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, we will be performing at the Palais des Nations, Hall XIV on Monday, June 16th 2014 at 7pm. The concert is open to the public, but advance registration is required as seating is limited.

Spring Concert 2014 – 21 March – Victoria Hall

For the Spring Concert, conductor Antoine Marguier chose an ambitious program, including the demanding Dvorak Symphony n°6, with its very strong and varied character influenced by Brahms and the Slavic tradition alike. The public responded enthusiastically to the high calibre performance, thanks to the huge investments from the talented musicians and the conductor.

The William Tell Overture by Rossini, played with panache, even sparked public participation in the encore.

The immensely talented pianist Elisso Bolkvadze made an indelible impression on the audience with her technical strength and expressiveness in her interpretation of Saint-Saëns’ Concerto n°2.

Before the concert, remarks were made by Mr. Michael Møller, Acting Director General of the UN in Geneva, Mr. Shalva Tsiskarashvili, the Permanent Representative of Georgia to the United Nations and other international organizations, and the very dynamic President of the orchestra, Martine Coppens.

The proceeds from this concert will support the Biliki Society. The Orchestra’s contribution will help support day care centres and homes in Georgia which provide educational, psychological and social services to vulnerable children.

Photos from this concert

Happy New Year!

Best wishes for the New Year from the UN Orchestra
Best wishes for the new year, from all the musicians of the United Nations Orchestra.

Verdi Gala

United Nations Orchestra Gala Verdi
The Verdi Gala took place on Saturday, November 30th 2013 at 8pm in Geneva’s Victoria Hall. The orchestra accompanied the soprano Savika Cornu Zozor and baritone Julien Dumarcey in a program featuring three wonderful Verdi operas: La Traviata, Rigoletto and La Forza del Destino.

The proceeds from this concert supported the association PVA-Geneva and its activities in Cameroon, to mark World Aids Day on December 1st.

Fête de la Musique

The United Nations Orchestra played a programme of lively, uplifting classics for the 2013 Fête de la Musique in the Victoria Hall on Sunday 23 June at 3.30 pm.

This free concert featured young virtuoso violinist Alexandra Conunova-Dumortier and well-known and festive works of the classical repertoire:

Verdi: Overture “La forza del destino”
Saint-Saëns: Introduction et rondo capricioso for violin and orchestra
Tchaikovsky: Waltz of the Flowers from “The Nutcracker”
Suppe: Light Cavalry Overture
Mascagni: Intermezzo from “Cavaliera rusticana”
J. Strauss: Fledermaus overture
Sarasate: Carmen fantasy for violin and orchestra

Spring Concert 2013

The United Nations Orchestra had the honour of accompanying the young French virtuoso violinist Solenne Païdassi, winner of the First Grand Prix Violin at the Long-Thibaud Competition in 2010. The orchestra performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, followed by the 5th Symphony, one of the most resonant symphonic works of our time.

This concert was dedicated to Graines de Paix, a Swiss NGO that is committed to education for peace in West Africa. Founded in 2005, Graines de Paix pursues a mission of peace education to children, youth and adults. 420 trainers and 33.600 teachers will be trained in 3 years, 1.5 million Ivorian children will benefit from this program. Today, 80,000 children are already involved.

All funds raised at this concert were donated to Graines de Paix.

50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty

Celebrating half a century of friendship and cooperation between France and Germany.
Palais des Nations, Geneva, Tuesday, 22 January 2013, 6:30pm
Pictures of this concert

About the Orchestra

Under the artistic direction of an internationally renowned conductor, the United Nations Orchestra brings together some sixty talented and enthusiastic musicians, the majority of whom are international civil servants at the United Nations Office and specialized agencies based in Geneva, joined by musicians from the area…

The Orchestra’s Conductor

Antoine Marguier began his career under the baton of Claudio Abbado, as a solo clarinet player of the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester. For seventeen years, he was a member of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (OSR), having been taken on at the age of 22 by one of his future mentors, Armin Jordan…

New musicians…

The Orchestra is always open to new musicians. Are you a musician who is interested in joining the Orchestra? Then please contact us!

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