The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations

Accademia d'Archi - Orchestre à l'Ecole

Based in the Trois Chênes region of French-speaking Switzerland, Accademia d’Archi has been a private music school specialized in bowed string instruments since 1998. With support from the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, the school launched it first school orchestra in 2012.

School orchestras pass the test

Following the successful production of two children’s operas and a concert featuring French songs, Accademia d’Archi has expanded its children's programs using the Venezuelan method El Sistema. Known in France as “orchestres à l’école”, beginners are taught how to play musical instruments together.

The program is a multi partner initiative between the Département d’Instruction Publique (DIP), public schools, the Accademia d’Archi, Wilsdorf Foundation and the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations. It brings music to children through their personal experience, stimulating their curiosity and giving them renewed confidence both at school and in daily life.

The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations renew their support to the school orchestra program in French-speaking Switzerland

The first orchestra has been created in Geneva in 2012. Since then, three new classes were opened: 2 in September 2013 and another one in September 2014, bringing the total number of orchestra led by the Accademia d’Archi to 4.


At the beginning of each two-year edition, children try violins, violas, cellos and double basses before choosing the instrument they will learn to play.

Students and teachers meet twice a week over the course of the 2-school years for instrumental lessons conducted by two professional musicians and a qualified music instructor. Together, they participate to musical weekends during which they improve their technical and musical skills.

Students give public performance at school, at Accademia d’Archi and at a Geneva public place during the summer music festival.
Thanks to this initiative that fosters group cohesion, the children develop respect, creativity, self-esteem, mind focusing, patience, a sense of community and accountability. It fully supports the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations’ commitment to make music as accessible as possible.



On 14 September 2012, the twenty students of class 7p at the Bois des Arts school in Thonex near Geneva, along with their three music teachers, reunited for a very special ceremony.