Arts and culture

Female conductor leads Lucerne Festival Academy orchestra

Supporting innovation in arts

Roche supports groundbreaking contemporary art, cultural projects and activities that explore the parallels between innovation in art and in science. The focus is on music, while also supporting the visual arts and architecture. We cultivate and foster intensive interactions with contemporary music and art as a means to express our commitment to innovation characterized by excellence, distinctiveness and passion.

Roche Commissions and Roche Young Commissions

Launched in 2003, Roche Commissions is a unique collaboration between Roche, the Lucerne Festival and the Lucerne Festival Academy. We biannually commission a new musical work from a renowned contemporary composer, on the recommendation of the artistic directors of our partner institution. The composer interacts with several leading Roche scientists and after two years the commissioned work is premiered at the Lucerne Festival in summer.

Roche Young Commissions is a further expression of this partnership. The programme, launched in 2013, extends the Lucerne Festival Academy’s innovative Composer Project. It gives two young composers under the age of 30 the opportunity to write orchestral works. The composers are paired with two young Roche scientists for intensive interactions, and after two years the commissioned works are premiered at the Lucerne Festival in summer.

Both Roche Commissions and Young Commissions occur on alternating years. The outstanding works of music produced by composers commissioned by Roche are an enduring expression of our commitment to innovation, both in science and in the arts.

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Roche Continents

Roche Continents is a project grown from Roche’s partnership with the Salzburg Festival, the world’s largest and most prestigious festival of music and drama, where the company sponsors Salzburg contemporary, a series of concerts featuring the works of contemporary composers. Roche Continents is aimed at top-talented, arts and science students from European institutions. Since 2007, each year 100 students experience a unique journey exploring sources of inspiration at the intersection of science and art, as well as the creative processes that drive innovation.

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Museum Tinguely – a cultural commitment of Roche

The Museum Tinguely was inaugurated in 1996 as a gift to the city of Basel, Roche’s home city, to mark the centenary of Roche’s founding. Niki de Saint Phalle, widow of Swiss sculptor Jean Tinguely, supported the project by donating over 50 machine-sculptures and a considerable number of drawings and documents from the artist’s estate to a specially established Roche Centenary Foundation. Roche built the museum, contributed works from its own holdings and provided funding for additions to the museum’s collections. The museum’s operating costs and the costs of maintaining the adjacent Solitude Park have been funded entirely and exclusively by Roche since 1996. Innovation, quality and sustainability are as central to the museum’s mission as they are to Roche’s. Roche sees the museum as a continuation of its longstanding commitment to contemporary music and the arts. Additionally, Roche sponsors the monthly Roche’n’Jazz series at the museum.

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