Mr Michael Møller, Director General 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.

Tentative Schedule 2017 / 2018

  • March 5, 2017: Bern Opening concert of the celebration of 15th anniversary of Switzerland’s adhesion to the UN
  • Between March and May 2017: 7 concerts in Switzerland (cities to be determined) to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Switzerland ‘s entry to the United Nations
  • March 25, 2017: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Charity concert
  • June 2017: Victoria Hall, Geneva, World Music Day
  • July 1, 2017: Brighton (UK) Dome for UNICEF
  • September 10, 2017: Victoria Hall, Geneva, closing concert of the 15th anniversary of Switzerland’s adhesion to the UN
  • November 18, 2017: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Charity Concert
  • March 17, 2018: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Charity Concert
  • June 3 or June 9, 2018: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Charity Concert 

The United Nations Orchestra: 70 Musicians Performing for Peace

The United Nations Orchestra was created with the intention of using symphonic music to support humanitarian efforts, and to broaden the audience for classical music. The Orchestra gives 6 to 8 concerts per season.

Antoine Marguier, Artistic Director & Co-Founder, brings his 20 number of years as professional conductor to achieve highest standards of musical excellence.

In March 2016, the Orchestra celebrated 5 years of its gift of music since its inaugural concert of March 20th 2011 at the Théâtre du Léman, with the theme “Music for Peace”.

To date, it has given over 30 concerts in 5 years, with CHF 170’000 raised for 10 charities.

Born of the personal commitment of its two co-founders and musicians, all volunteers, the Orchestra has become a symbol of sharing and intercultural awareness, embodying the spirit of the United Nations and its values.

A Partner of Geneva International

The Orchestra contributes to Geneva’s international reputation. It is mostly comprised of 70 talented non-professional musicians who work at the UN and other Geneva based international organizations. All are motivated and united by the desire to strive for excellence in music and to defend the values of the UN and international Geneva.

It has represented International Geneva at many official events, including at CERN, UNCTAD, UNHCR, UNICEF, the bicentenary of the entrance to Geneva to the Confederation, and has also performed in Zurich and Madrid.

Renowned soloists appearing with the Orchestra at Victoria Hall, have included Khatia Buniatishvili, Alessandra Conunova and Camille & Julie Berthollet.

Mr. Michael Møller, Director General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, is the Honorary President.

2016/17 – A Rich Season

The UN Orchestra will give on October 2nd a farewell concert in the presence of Ban Ki-moon at Victoria Hall.

The Orchestra will go that same October to South Korea, to give a series of concerts “Music for Peace”, organised in partnership with the World Federation of United Nations Associations.

It will return on November 26th at Geneva Victoria Hall for a new charity concert.

From March until September 2017, we will perform in 7 different Swiss cities on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of its the entry of Switzerland into the United Nations and, in July, the Orchestra will perform in the UK.

Given concerts

  • 20 March 2011, Geneva, Théâtre du Léman
    Official opening
    Event entirely funded by benefactor John Shaw, Fondation Joie des Arts
    6.000 CHF collected in favour of the victims of the tsunami in Japan
  • 19 June 2011: Geneva, Cour de l’Hôtel de Ville
  • 15 December 2011: Geneva, Palais des Nations, Assembly Hall
    Welcoming concert for Mr. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Director General of the United Nations Office at Geneva
  • 16 March 2012: Geneva, Victoria Hall
    Concert de Printemps
    17.000 CHF collected in favour of the project Education pour Tous in Sierra Leone
  • 27 March 2012: Geneva, Saint-­‐Pierre Cathedral
    Closing of 6th Francophone Conference on HIV/AIDS
  • 24 June 2012: Geneva, Victoria Hall
  • 17 November 2012: Geneva, Victoria Hall
    UNICEF gala charity concert organized by the Foundation La Joie des arts
    50.000 CHF collected in favour of UNICEF
  • 22 January 2013: Geneva, Palais des Nations, Assembly Hall
    Official celebration of 50th anniversary of Elysée Treaty between France and Germany.
  • 11 March 2013: Geneva, Hotel Kempinsky – Montblanc | Unicef – Gala Signature for good
  • 14 March 2013: Divonne les Bains, Esplanade du Lac, with Solène Païdassi, violin
  • 20 March 2013: Victoria Hall, Geneva Concert de Printemps with Solène Païdassi, violin
    18.000 CHF collected in favour of NGO “Grains of Peace
  • 12 April 2013: Zurich, Hotel Hyatt, Montblanc | Unicef – Gala Signature for good
  • 23 June 2013: Geneva, Victoria Hall – Fête de la Musique with Alexandra Conunova-Dumortier, violin
  • 30 November 2013: Geneva, Victoria Hall – Charity gala concert- Verdi bicentenary, in favour of PVA Genève
  • 30 November 2013: Verdi Bicentenary gala concert, Victoria Hall, Geneva
    CHF 11,526 collected in favour of the NGO “PVA Genève” and to mark World AIDS Day
  • 21 March 2014, Spring Concert, Victoria Hall, Geneva
    CHF 5,000 in favour of the Society Biliki, Georgia
  • 16 June 2014: 50th anniversary of UNCTAD, Palais des Nations, Geneva
  • 22 June 2014: Summer Concert for the Fête de la Musique, Victoria Hall, Geneva
  • 19 September 2014: 60th anniversary of CERN, Meyrin
  • 8 November 2014, with the choir of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Victoria Hall, Geneva
  • 15 November 2014: Auditorio Nacional, Madrid, Spain, with the choir of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • 1 March 2015: Bicentenary Celebration of the Entry of Geneva in the Confédération Helvétique (GE200), Victoria Hall, Geneva
  • 4 March 2015: Bicentenary Celebration of the Entry of Geneva in the Confédération Helvétique (GE200), Palais des Nations, Geneva
  • 13 June 2015: United Nations 70th Birthday, official concert, Victoria Hall, Geneva
  • 20 June 2015: Summer Concert for the Fête de la Musique, Victoria Hall, Geneva
  • 28 November 2015: Esplanade-du-Lac, Divonne-les-Bains, France, Soloist : Camille Thomas, cello
  • 29 November 2015: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Soloist : Camille Thomas, cello
  • 13 March 2016 : Victoria Hall, Geneva, Spring concert 5th anniversary of the Orchestra – Charity concert
  • 28 May 2016 : Esplanade du Lac, Divonne-les-Bains
  • 18 June 2016: Summer Concert for the Fête de la Musique, Victoria Hall, Geneva

An Evening of Cinema Music

Our next concert will feature a programme of memorable film music under the baton of conductor Antoine Marguier. The Orchestra will perform music scores from films that have marked the history of cinema : “Titanic”, “James Bond”, “Harry... read more

Celebrate the Orchestra’s 5th anniversary

We’re having our 5th anniversary this year, and will mark the occasion with a concert featuring a remarkable duo: the talented young sisters Julie &Camille Berthollet, who will perform Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin and Cello. Camille won last year... read more

A concert at the heart of Romanticism

An evening not to be missed: a meeting between two giants of Romanticism, one German – Schumann, the other Russian – Tchaikovsky, featuring the young and talented Franco-Belgian cellist Camille Thomas. Considered one of the finest cellists of her... read more

Fête de la Musique 2015

Join us for Geneva’s Fête de la Musique, on Saturday, 20 June at 8pm in Victoria Hall, to hear Dvořák’s sublime Symphony No 9 “From the New World”, directed by Antoine Marguier. Seating is first-come, first-served, so consider arriving early to... read more

Khatia Buniatishvili for Syrian refugees / UN70

The United Nations Orchestra invites you to celebrate the 70th anniversary of United Nations with a unique concert on Saturday, 13 June 2015 at 8pm in Geneva’s Victoria Hall, with the exceptional participation of the brilliant Khatia Buniatishvili on piano.... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

Verdi Gala

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... read more

Fête de la Musique 2013

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

Concerts de Printemps: Tchaikovsky

20 March 2013, 8pm, Victoria Hall, Geneva 14 March 2013, 8:30pm, L’Esplanade du Lac, Divonne-les-Bains   Tickets: Divonne-les-Bains Tél.: + 33 4 50 99 00 75 Geneva: Maison des arts du Grütli Arcade d’information municipale Cité... read more

24 June 2012 – Victoria Hall Geneva

After the great success of its first participation at the Fête de la Musique in 2011 and in follow-up to its fantastic concert on 16 March last year at Victoria Hall, the United Nations Orchestra is delighted to invite you to a new performance on Sunday, 24 June at... read more