Member of the Foundation Council since 1985, 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 advisory boards of music festivals, the International Beethoven Competition Bonn, the German Music Instrument Fund, the German Music Information Centre as well as the Jürgen Ponto Foundation.
Andreas Eckhardt is a recipient of the Federal Cross of Merit, 1st Class, of the Federal Republic of Germany.