The poster for the concert.
Welcome message by Prof. Giuseppe Ugazio, Co-Director DAS in Philanthropy, UNIGE.
Welcome message by Mr. Michel Reymond, Vice-president Universal Peace Federation, Switzerland.
Opening remarks by Mr. Heinrich Handschin, President, Universal Peace Federation, Switzerland.
Message from H.E. Ambassador Mxolisi Nkosi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations in Geneva and Other International Organizations in Switzerland.
Message from Rev. Dr. Jerry Pillay, General Secretary, World Council of Churches (WCC).
Dr. Bozena Schmid-Adamczyk, President "Musica Pro Pace", presents the pianist.
Performance by Maestro Nikolay Khozyainov.
Approximately 150 people attended the concert at the University of Geneva.
The concert took place in the Auditorium Charles Rouiller of the University of Geneva.
Maestro Nikolay Khozyainov is applauded at the end of the concert.
Maestro Nikolay Khozyainov with the speakers and organizers.

Geneva, Switzerland – To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela, UPF-Switzerland organized a concert at the University of Geneva on December 8, 2023. A Foundation active in interfaith work in Geneva and the university co-sponsored the event.

Distinguished guests from South Africa included Rev. Jerry Pillay, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, and Amb. Mxolisi Nkosi, South African Ambassador to the UN in Geneva. After thanking UPF Vice President Michel Reymond for initiating the event, they each gave a profound testimony about "Madiba," the hero of their country who, after serving 27 years in prison, was elected president and led South Africa beyond apartheid. 

Nearly 200 people enjoyed the virtuosity of Nikolay Khozyainov, a renowned Russian pianist, who gave a spirited performance of works by Rachmaninov, Chopin and Sibelius, as well as his own compositions. Following standing ovations, the "titan" returned to the stage three times to improvise tunes with breathtaking ardor and ease. The concert was followed by a buffet offered by a generous Ambassador of Peace.

For more information on the pianist, see his website at:, where you can subscribe to his mailing list, and his YouTube channel at:

Photos: Kenneth Lam and Michel Reymond.

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