The Hindemith Foundation in Blonay is administered by a Foundation Council supplemented by additional members, and elects a President from amongst its members as executor of its resolutions. The Foundation Council determines all work and activities of the Foundation, administers its assets and decides upon the utilisation of revenues within the scope of the purpose of the Foundation.
The current Foundation Council is composed of the following members:
Prof. Tabea Zimmermann, Chair
Member of the Foundation Council since 2013, Chair since 2023
The viola player Tabea Zimmermann has received great recognition for her untiring efforts to promote her instrument and encourage the composition of new works to perform. In 2020, she was awarded the Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis, she had a residency at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra during the season 2019/2020 and at the Berlin Philharmonic during the season 2020/2021 and is currently artist in residence at the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. After professorships at the Hochschule für Musik Saar and the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main (HfMDK) alongside twenty years at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin, Tabea Zimmermann will return to the HfMDK in Frankfurt for the summer semester 2023. Tabea Zimmermann became a member of the Music Department at the Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste in the summer of 2022 and was appointed as President of the Foundation Council at the Fondation Hindemith on 1 January 2023.
François Margot, Vice President
Member of the Foundation Council since 1995, Vice President since 1999
Prof. Christian Höppner
Prof. Christian Höppner
Member of the Foundation Council since 2018
Prof. Christian Höppner is Secretary General of the German Music Council. In 2022, he was re-elected President of the Cultural Council for the term 2022-2025. He already shaped the work of the umbrella organisation of the federal cultural associations, in which the German Music Council forms the Music Section, from 2003-2013 as Vice President and from 2013-2019 as President. He has taught violoncello at the Berlin University of the Arts since 1986. In 2016, he received the Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class from Federal President Joachim Gauck for his commitment.
Prof. Dr. Laurenz Lütteken
Member of the Foundation Council since January 2022
Professor Dr Laurenz Lütteken, born in Essen in 1964, studied music, German and the history of art at the universities of Münster and Heidelberg. After being awarded a doctorate (1991) and his habilitation (1995), he taught at the universities of Heidelberg, Münster and Erlangen-Nürnberg. In 1996, he was appointed to the chair for musicology at the university of Marburg and since 2001 has been full professor for musicology at the iniversity of Zurich. He has received numerous awards (including the Heisenberg scholarship, the Dent Medal of the Royal Musical Associatiation and the international humanities prize from the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels [German Publishers and Booksellers Association]). He is additionally a full member of the Academia Europaea und correspondance member (honorary member) of the American Musicological Society. He is the author of numerous publications and the general editor of MGG Online.
Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Schober
Member of the Foundation Council since 1996
Andreas Schober is a son of Ebba Schober née Kleinwächter, a niece of Gertrud Hindemith, and Karl-Herbert Schober who was a founding member of the foundation board. Andreas Schober lives in Hannover and has held a number of honorary posts since the end of his professional career, including his function as chairman of the foundation Staatsoper Hannover.
Prof. Dr. Andreas Eckhardt
Member of the Foundation Council since 1988, President of the Foundation Council 1999-2022, since then Honorary Member.
Andreas Eckhardt was born in 1943 in Marienberg/Erzgebirge, Germany. He studied music pedagogy, musicology and history in Mainz and Vienna, and was a secondary school teacher in Mainz.
1971-1979 activity at Schott Music Publishers in Mainz and, at the same time, Federal Executive Director of the Union of German School Music Teachers. 1980-1998 Secretary General of the German Music Council in Bonn. 1998-2009 Director of the Beethoven House in Bonn. 1988-2005, moreover, instructor in the course of study Culture and Media Management at the Music Academy in Hamburg. Member of various juries and advisory boards of music festivals and foundations.
Andreas Eckhardt is a recipient of the Federal Cross of Merit, 1st Class, of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Dr. Andres Briner (†)
Member of the Foundation Council 1968-2003
President of the Foundation Council 1986-1998
Honorary member of the Foundation Council 2003-2014
Prof. Hans-Dieter Resch (†)
Member of the Foundation Council 1983-2018
Honorary member 2022.
1975-1995 Rector of the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main, 2003 Honorary Senator, Fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester (RCNM), conductor, composer