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To mark the event's 20th anniversary, the Davos Festival and Credit Suisse present the premiere of a new composition by Nadir Vassena

Credit Suisse facilitates 2005 composition commission to Swiss composerCredit Suisse has facilitated this year's Davos composition commission to Nadir Vassena. The work will debut on August 3, 2005 at the 20th Davos Festival, held from July 30 to August 13 of this year. This will be the 20th year the festival has presented "young artists in concert," and the 20th time Credit Suisse has acted as the main sponsor of the festival.

In its sponsorship of the arts, Credit Suisse places particular emphasis on the promotion of young musicians. In terms of the company's strategic sponsorship of culture, the Credit Suisse composition commission, awarded each year in Davos, is the logical complement to the two other awards given to Swiss and international soloists as part of the Lucerne Festival: the Credit Suisse Group Artist Award and the Prix Credit Suisse Jeunes Solistes. The three music prizes are a model of comprehensive promotion of young talent. Besides the prize money, each award includes important performing opportunities, a valuable boost for young artists.

On the 20th anniversary of the Davos Festival, the Festival and Credit Suisse are presenting a commissioned work by the Ticino composer Nadir Vassena, born in 1970. Included in a program of works by Debussy, his composition "due luoghi nascosti" will premiere on August 3, 2005 in the Davos Congress Center. Nadir Vassena studied composition under Bruno Zanolini in Milan and Johannes Schöllhorn in Freiburg. Since 2004 he has been a member of the governing board of the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana (CSI), and organizes the contemporary music festival "tage für neue musik zürich" with Mats Scheidegger.