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The Bär-Kaelin Foundation was initiated in 1993 by Ilse and Hans J. Bär-Kaelin with the intention of supporting charitable interests in general, but with an emphasis on music and culture.

In 2011 the Foundation was transformed to the Bär-Kaelin Fund integrated in the Zürcher-Festspielstiftung. The fund is further annually sponsoring the Zurich Festival Price.

Peter von Matt awarded Zurich Festival Price 2017.

Sophie Hunger awarded Zurich Festival Price 2016.

The award ceremony will took place on the 25h of June 2016 at the Schauspielhaus, Pfauen.