The society Friends of the International Menuhin Music Academy (IMMA) was founded in 1985. The society aims at financially supporting the Academy. Amongst many private donors the municipality of Saanen is an important partner. This year the society collected CHF 300'000.– to support the IMMA.
The friends are now looking to strengthen the collaboration with the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, in particular the String Academy. The master classes of the String Academy will take place again this summer. While students of the IMMA will take part, the master classes are also an opportunity to recruit new IMMA students.
Edwin Oehrli, founding member of the society, and Urs von Grünigen, member of the executive committee, will resign from their executive positions next year. They are looking for successors.