Born in Ankara in 1945, Metin Arditi is a writer, businessman and music lover. He left Turkey at the age of seven when he was admitted into boarding school in Lausanne. After studying physics and then Nuclear Engineering at the Polytechnic School of Lausanne, he went on to study business management at Stanford University in the United States.
Upon returning to Geneva, he founded a real estate investment company and later, in 1988, he created the Arditi Foundation that provides financial support to creative students in Geneva and Lausanne. In the same spirit, he becomes in 1996 the president of the Foundation of the l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, in order to encourage young talents.
Metin Arditi created in 2009 the Foundation ‘Instruments for Peace’, with the support of the Palestinian poet Elias Sanbar. The Foundation works to promote musical education for Israeli and Palestinian Youth. He is also involved in numerous cultural institutions of the city of Geneva.