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We offer you, in exclusivity, the opportunity to attend the “III Concert for the Understanding of Civilizations and Human Rights”, that will take place at Palais des Nations, in Geneva, on the 10th of December.
As official partners of this charity gala, we offer you the fantastic opportunity to enjoy the concert in support of human rights, conducted by none other than the great Daniel Barenboim.
The concert is going to take place at the United Nations’ Palais des Nations, right under Miquel Barceló’s famous cupola, one of the most spectacular expressions of contemporary art.
After the concert, the gala will continue with a charity dinner, prepared by renowned Peruvian chef James Berckemeyer, of “Cosme”, in Lima, one of the most well known gastronomic points in Lima.
Only through Trovel it is possible to secure invitations for this event, whose previous, and first edition, saw the participation of the likes of Diego Florez, considered the best tenor in the World, and Joan Roca, of El Celler de Can Roca, consistently rated as the best restaurant in the World. In 2015 Daniel Barenboim was the master of ceremonies and the chef James was in charge of the menu.
For this event we have selected some of the best hotels in Geneva: the Four Seasons Hotel de Bergues and the Mandarin Oriental.
The event will take place the 10th December from 5pm at the United Nations Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland.
100 years since the start of WWI, 75 years since the start of WWII, 70 years since the creation of the United Nations and 5 years since the inauguration of the Human Rights and Civilization Alliance Hall at Palais des Nations.
It sounded like the right time to propose to the United Nations’ General Director in Geneva the celebration of a high profile event at Room XX of the Palais des Nations.
The result of this initiative was the celebration of the “Concert for Peace and Human Rights”, on the International Human Rights Day, 10th December 2014.
In 2007, Spain undertook the commitment to completely renovate Room XX at the Palais des Nations. That room was subsequently renamed as the “Room of Human Rights and the Alliance of Civilizations”. Along with the renovation works, Spain donated to the United Nations the magnificent art works that decorate the cupola that covers this hall.
This artwork was none other than “Proyecto Orgánico” a truly unique piece by renowned artist Miquel Barceló, completed in part, with the support of the ONUART Foundation.
The Human Rights Hall at Palais des Nations was inaugurated on 18th November 2008 by HMs the King and Queen of Spain and the UN’s Secretary General, in the presence of the Spanish Prime Minister, the President of the Swiss Confederation and the Prime Minister of Turkey.
Four months later, in March 2009, it was used for the first time on the occasion of a Human Rights Council meeting.
The Human Rights Hall is the most modern meeting room within the United Nations’ facilities, it is equipped with the latest technologies in the fields of conferencing, interpretation and translation and telecommunications. It can sit up to 742 people and it is the seat of the United Nations Human Rights Council as well as being a venue for other UN meetings and activities.
Artist Miquel Barceló wished to represent, in this work, the vastness and movement of the sea. A sea that gets transformed with every subtle change of light or the position from where spectators contemplate it.
The aim was to blend serenity and movement and generate a diversity of perceptions, that, ultimately confer a constructive, optimist feeling. This diversity of perceptions or points of view represent, according to artist Miquel Barceló, the nuances of multilateral negotiation and dialogue processes. They are a reminder that not everyone sees things, or global affairs, from the same perspective.
Daniel Barenboim was born in Buenos Aires in 1942. He started his musical and piano studies at the age of five at his mother’s behest. While he spent part of his childhood in Argentina, he emigrated with his family to Israel in 1952. At age eight he gave his first concert, “Concert for Piano Number 23 in La Major” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
While Barenboim is renowned for this interpretations of Mozart’s works, he has often stated that his favorite is Beethoven, whose complete collection of sonatas for piano has been recorded by him. Throughout his career, Barenboim has been influenced by Arthur Rubinstein, Adolf Busch, Edwin Fischer and Wilhelm Furtwangler. He also attended the courses of Igor Markevich in Salzburg and those of Nadia Boulanger, in Paris. He also studied harmony and composition techniques with the latter.
Barenboim’s career has been progressing uninterruptedly since the 1950s. In 1954 he started his regular recordings and in the 1960s he recorded Beethoven’s and Mozart’s concerts for piano as well as works by Brahms. All of this while he was a pianist and a conductor at the English Chamber Orchestra.
In 1967, after many years as both pianist and conductor, he became the conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra. He also deployed quite an intense activity in the field of chamber music, together with his wife, Jaqueline du Pré, as well as with Gregor Piatigorsky and Pinchas Zukerman.
Barenboim was also the titular master at the Orchestra of Paris and directed, for many years, the Chicago Simphonic Orchestra, with which he completed numerous recordings, among them the rare “Concerts for Bandoeon” (a type of concertina popular from Argentina and Uruguay), by Astor Piazzolla.
This year Daniel Barenboim will play the piano together with the West & Eastern Divan Orchestra.
The first edition took place on the 10th of December 2014, with performances by Diego Florez, considered the best tenor in the World, together with Egyptian soprano Fatma Said, South African soprano Pretty Yende and Russian bass Sergey Artamonov.
Spanish pianist-conductor Pablo Mielgo directed an orchestra formed by 50 of the best musicians in the System of Youth Orchestras, an initiative that supports young musicians from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The dinner gala was prepared by chef Joan Roca from Celler de Can Roca, considered the best restaurant in the World for three years (2012, 2013 and 2015).
The second edition was celebrated on the 31st of October 2015 and counted on Daniel Barenboim’s presence. He is cofounder of the West & Eastern Divan Orchestra and directed them during this second edition. This band gathers musicians from Israel and Palestine to promote reflection and understanding between the two communities while performing music.
The dinner gala, on this occasion, was lead by the Peruvian chef James Berckemeyer.
Here’s a sneak peak of 2014’s concert:
A new generation of chefs is taking Peruvian cuisine to the very top. Most of them have professionally grown outside of the country, but have never forgotten their culinary roots and the ingredients that make Peruvian cuisine so rich.
Gastón Acurio is possibly the leader of this generation that boasts quite a few names in the international gastronomic scene: Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, Rafael Osterling, Coque Ossio or Rafael Piqueras.
The result of this effervescence is that in 2015 three Peruvian chefs have placed their restaurants among the top 50 in the World.
Chef James Berckemeyer, after studying haute cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu, was trained at Astrid & Gaston, the restaurant by Gaston Acurio and led by Virgilio Martinez. In his eagerness to learn from the best, he also went through El Celler de Can Roca by Joan Roca as well as Arzak by Juan Mari Arzak.
As he says: "I'm a bit of everything and try not to stay in the same. I'm taking ideas from what I see in other places and that I apply in my work perfectly to create a dish."
He is in charge of Cosme, a restaurant that has become a gastronomic site in Lima. This place draws attention not only for the quality of its dishes and cocktails but for its design and decoration: the roof of the premises is made out of almost four thousand plastic bottles; and on one wall you can find more than 13,000 badges.
Cosme's logo is a vulture, this malignant Liman bird that Berckemeyer and his partners want to protect and give voice to. "The vulture is a recycler: it does not hurt anyone and it keeps our ecosystem," James says while explaining that the original idea of the decoration and design was the work of Juan Lengua, the disappeared restaurateur who was his partner in this project for comfort food.
In Celler de Can Roca he learned to use vacuum cooking, foams and air. As a cook, he focuses on sustainability and the use of seasonal products.
The menu is coming soon.
Four Season Geneva
The Hotel des Bergues Geneva has been the first hotel in the city and the landmark since 1834. It is located in front of Leman Lake, in the heart of Geneva. From the hotel, you can enjoy the privileged and magnificent views of the lake.
The hotel has two restaurants, one specialised in fine Italian cuisine, with a great selection of Italian, French and Swiss wines.
While the second restaurant offers Japanese fusion cuisine and is located on its rooftop, which has a magnificent 360-degree view of the city of Geneva.
The Montblanc Spa boasts a wide range of treatments to choose from.
With high ceilings and partial views to the lake, the city or the hotel's garden. The living room has an LCD flat screen TV, DVD player and safe.
- King or Queen Size Bed
- 2 adults
- Partial views of the lake, the garden or the city
- Dimensions: 25-35 m2
Cozy and comfortable, the room is fitted with a chimney, a Nespresso coffee machine and an ergonomic leather chair. The bathroom is spacious and includes a dressing table and a big rain shower with a private hammam.
- King Size bed
- 2 adults
- Partial views of the lake, the garden or the city
- Dimensions: 45-50 m2
Mandarin Oriental Geneva
It is located in a quiet area, with views to the lakes and mountains and just a few minutes from the city center.
The elegant rooms offer views to the garden or the river and provide comfort and luxury.
The wide gastronomic offer goes from Indian to Swiss and French cuisine, elaborated with seasonal and local products. One of the restaurants has been awarded with a Michelin star.
The hotel has a 24 h gym, beauty salon and offers hairdresser service.
This elegant design is combined with facilities, having a big living room with huge windows. You will find a Nespresso coffee machine, desktop, pillow menu, high resolution LCD television and high tech audio system. The bathroom has a bath and shower that are independent from one another.
- King, Queen or Twin size
- 2-3 adults
- Views to the garden or Rhone River
- Dimensions: 25-35 m2
This spacious room has a cozy atmosphere, fitted with high resolution LCD television, internet broadband connection and high tech audio system. The bathroom is decorated with Italian marble and has a bath and shower that are independent of one another.
- Queen Size Bed
- 2 adults
- Views to the garden
- Dimensions: 64 m2
Photos from Hotel Four Seasons and Hotel Mandarin Oriental