The Foundation

The Sion Violin Music Foundation (SVM) is the result of the reunification of the Tibor Varga Music Academy, the Sion Festival and the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition in Sion, Valais. Founded in 1962, 1964 and 1967 respectively by Hungarian violinist Tibor Varga, these three sub-organizations have had varying levels of success until recently. At the dawn of the 2000s, the Academy and the Festival separated while the Competition was undergoing a sorry fate: only two competitions occurred until 2013, which was the year of the first “reunified” edition.

In May 2017 the three organizations were reunited under the name “Sion Violin Music Foundation”. The three sub-organizations each remain professionally and artistically independent, while often finding opportunities to collaborate.