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:
Member of the Foundation Council since 1988, President of the Foundation Council since 1999
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.
Member of the Foundation Council since 1995, Vice President since 1999
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.
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.
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.
Member of the Foundation Council since 2013
Tabea Zimmermann, who refers to herself as a “musician with the instrument viola”, is one of the most popular and renowned musicians of our time. Through the award of the international Ernst von Siemens music prize in 2020, the residency at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra during the season 2019/2020 and the residency at the Berlin Philharmonic during the season 2020/2021, Tabea Zimmermann has received great recognition for her uncompromising commitment to quality. Both audiences and her musical partners value not only her profound musical knowledge and natural playing style but also her charismatic personality. She remains oriented to her chamber music-influenced ideals with her focus on cultural integrity, also in her work with orchestras.
Following professorships at the Musikhochschule Saarbrücken and the Frankfurt Hochschule für Musik, Tabea Zimmermann has been professor at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin since October 2002. Tabea Zimmermann has received numerous accolades in Germany and abroad for her artistic commitment, including the Frankfurt Musikpreis, the Hessian Kulturpreis, the Rheingau Musikpreis, the international prize from the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and the Paul-Hindemith-Preis from the city of Hanau. Her untiring enthusiasm communicated to audiences through her comprehension of works and her love of music has always been extended to include compositions by Paul Hindemith. She regularly incorporates his works into her great variety of programmes and has additionally released a complete recording of all sonatas and concertos under the CD label myrios classics.
Member of the Foundation Council since 1983, retired as an active member in January, 2019, honorary member since 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