The Serge Rachmaninoff Foundation
The Serge Rachmaninoff Foundation was established in 2000 by the composer’s grandson, Alexander Rachmaninoff at “Villa Senar”, the composer’s house on the shores of the Lake Lucerne, Switzerland.
From 1993 Alexander Rachmaninoff was already actively promoting the music of his grandfather through the “Friends of Serge Rachmaninoff” association.
The first goal of the Foundation is to foster the appreciation of the music of Serge Rachmaninoff and to bring the whole of his oeuvre, including many little-known works – such as the First Symphony or Piano Sonata nr. 1 – to public attention. International music festivals and gala concerts, research and documentary projects were supported with the aim of promoting a new interest in the life and work of the composer. Over 100 events have been supported during these 20 years of activity, in association with major music institutions world-wide and most acclaimed conductors and soloists.
The Foundation is also supporting intensively the young generation of musicians through the attribution of annual scholarships.
Since the death of Alexander Rachmaninoff in 2012 the Serge Rachmaninoff Foundation has a new important duty: to preserve Senar as a cultural heritage of the humanity and a unique place dedicated to the memory of Serge Rachmaninoff.