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 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 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
Member of the Foundation Council since 1983, retired as an active member in January, 2019.
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
Member of the Foundation Council since 1996
Andreas Schober is the son of Ebba Schober, née Kleinwächter, a niece of Gertrud Hindemith, and of Karl-Herbert Schober, who was a founding member of the Foundation Council. Andreas Schober lives in Hannover and is active there in an executive function in the financial services sector.
Member of the Foundation Council since 2013
The violist Tabea Zimmermann is one of the most renowned and beloved musicians of our time. Her charismatic personality, her profound musical understanding and her natural playing are appreciated in equal measure by her listeners and musical partners. As a soloist, she regularly works with the world's most important orchestras. Since 2002 the Arcanto Quartet, of which she is a co-founder, has been forming a focal point of her work in the field of chamber music. Following professorships at the Music Academy in Saarbrücken and at the Frankfurt Academy of Music, Tabea Zimmermann has been Professor at the «Hanns Eisler» Academy of Music in Berlin since October 2002.
Tabea Zimmermann has been frequently honoured for her artistic activities, both in Germany and abroad; her awards include the Frankfurt Music Prize, the Hessian Cultural Prize, the Rheingau Music Prize, the International Prize of the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and the Paul Hindemith Prize of the City of Hanau. Since Autumn 2011, Tabea Zimmermann has been serving as Ambassador of the Federal Children's Hospice Foundation.
The indefatigable enthusiasm with which she imparts her understanding of the works and her love of music to her audience has always applied to the works of Paul Hindemith as well. During the Hindemith commemoration year 2013, she will be playing works of this composer on various programmes. She is currently preparing a complete recording of all the sonatas and concertos for the CD label myrios classics.
Prof. Christian Höppner
Member of the Foundation Council since January, 2018.