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School Executive

Sarah Wedl-Wilson - Rector

  • grew up in London in a family of musicians, and studied languages (French and German) at the Emmanuel College at Cambridge University
  • received instruction in piano and violin beginning at the age of five, was awarded a number of national prizes with her string quartet, and has served as a concertmaster with various amateur orchestras in London, Cambridge und Salzburg
  • 1996/97, funds manager of the Kölner Philharmonie
  • 1997 and 2000, artistic director at Schloss Elmau between
  • managing director for the Camerata Salzburg and the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, where she worked side-by-side with René Jacobs for nearly 10 years in association with leading baroque orchestras, also collaborating with the Staatsoper Unter den Linden
  • 2009 cultural consulting firm Wilson Arts Projects advised festivals and cultural institutions
  • 2014-18, vice rector for external relations and interim president, at the Mozarteum Salzburg
  • 2015 chairperson of the supervisory board at the Salzburg Easter Festival
  • 2018, senior advisor at Arts Executive Search, a headhunting enterprise specializing in the cultural sector
  • president of the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin since October 1, 2019

Hans-Joachim Völz - Chancellor

  • Born in Görlitz
  • Studied political science and law at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
  • Subsequent internship with the Born Higher Regional Court in Celle; completion of 2nd State Examination in Law
  • 1994: became a public employee with the Federal State of Berlin at the Senate Administration for Finances, District Office of Köpenick; the Senate Administration for Health and Social Affairs; as well as the Senate Administration of the Interior
  • Since 1995: trainee instructor
  • Since June 2004: Chancellor of the Hanns Eisler Music School Berlin
  • Since 2005: spokesperson for the Kanzlerkonferenz der deutschen Musikhochschulen (Chancellor conference of German music academies); since 2012: Vice Chairman
  • Since 2018: Chair of the spokespersons of the Kanzlerkonferenz der deutschen Musikhochschulen

Prof. Andrea Tober - Vicerector and Officer for Digital Transformation

  • Born 1972 in Herford, Germany
  • Music teaching studies for high school majoring in Flute at Folkwang Hochschule Essen with Josef Pichler and at the University of Music and Drama Hanover with Prof. Erdmuthe Boehr, as well as teaching in German studies at the Universities of Essen and Hanover
  • Subsequent studies in instrumental pedagogy at the University of Music and Drama Hanover followed by a practical year at Cologne College and High School
  • Teaching at music schools in Springe and Bonn, at general schools in Bergisch Gladbach, at the Abtei-Gymnasium Brauweiler and the Bonhoeffer-Gymnasium Hilden, as well as a teaching assignment on “Concert Pedagogy in the School Context” at Cologne University of Music
  • Artistic activities in various choirs and orchestras, as chamber musician (salon music), member of the SAITENVERQUERT ensemble and Kapital69 band, as well as participation in interdisciplinary projects with literature, acting and pantomime
  • Volunteer member of the committee of the Association of School Musicians in North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Active in cultural management at the International Summer Academy for Chamber Music in Lower Saxony and the Hannoversche Gesellschaft für Neue Musik e.V., as well as at Biennale Neue Musik Hanover, Schreyahner Herbst Festival Lüchow-Dannenberg, Lower Saxony, and Romanischer Sommer Festival Cologne
  • Organization of the concert series PhilharmonieVeedel and Tripclubbing for the KölnMusik GmbH, management of Thürmchen Ensemble für Neue Musik and JungeBläserPhilharmonie North Rhine-Westphalia commissioned by the State Association of Music Schools in North Rhine-Westphalia, cooperation in management at Institut für Neue Musik at Cologne University of Music
  • Contributor for children and youth projects, particularly on music education with the KölnMusik GmbH/Cologne Philharmonic
  • Since 2012, Head of Education Department at Berliner Philharmoniker and Professor for “Self-management and Music Education” at Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin

Prof. Stephan Forck - Representative for artistic profile development and the promotion of young talent

  • Born in Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany
  • Training since 1977 at “Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach” Music College Berlin
  • From 1983 to 1987, cello studies at Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin with Prof. Schwab and Prof. Feltz, 1989 at Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music with the LaSalle Quartet, 1995 private studies with Prof. Greenhouse
  • Since 1986, worldwide concerts including with the 1985 self-founded Vogler Quartett
  • Numerous radio, television and CD productions with RCA, Sony, Nimbus, Hännsler Classic and CPO
  • Grammy nomination for the CD “Paris Days Berlin Nights – Die Kunst des Chansons. Vogler Quartett meets Ute Lemper”
  • 2015 30th anniversary of Vogler Quartett
  • Since 1999, Professor for Cello at Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin, from 2007 to 2012, Professor for Chamber Music at University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart

Prof. Dr. Stefan Drees - Ombudsman for Good Scientific Practice, including (re)accreditation procedures

  • Studies in instrumental pedagogy at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, 1992: certification as a music teacher in violin
  • 1997 PhD with "summa cum laude," topic: "Architecture and Fragment: Studies in the Late Compositions of Luigi Nono"
  • 1998–2003: research associate with the research project "Musik in Emigration 1933-1945: the East Coast of the US" at the Folkwang Hochschule
  • Beginning in 1998: lecturer in musicology at the Folkwang Hochschule
  • 2009: Habilitation at the Rostock University of Music and Drama on the topic "Speaking Instruments: on the History of the Instrumental Recitative"
  • Beginning in 2009: visiting professorships at the institutes of musicology at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, the Philipps-Universität Marburg, Gießen University, Heidelberg University, guest professorship at the Berlin University of the Arts
  • Additional teaching activities at Vienna University and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
  • Member, editorial boards, Neue Zeitschrift für Musik and Tonkunst
  • Cofounder and coeditor of the review Seiltanz
  • Special awards from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation for book projects on the composer Olga Neuwirth, on bodily concepts in music after 1950, and on Hans-Joachim Hespos
  • Since 2016: professor of musicology at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin
  • Research foci: 20th and 21st century music, music and media, music theater, performance, sound studies and sound art, history of violin music

Michaela Engelbrecht - Executive Officer

Planning, Strategy, Control
Executive Officer (Ref-HL)

Angela Pridat - Secretary Rector

Sybille Kersting - Secretary Chancellor