Members of the board of artistic advisers



Prof. Dr. Franz Patay

  • Austrian artistic and cultural manager
  • 2004-07: Coordinated and developed the Vienna Mozart Year 2006
  • 2007-14: Business manager and director of Kunst Haus, Vienna
  • 2000-today: Member of the International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, New York (responsible for Emmy Awards)


Christine Fischer

  • Musical intendant of the ‘Musik der Jahrhunderte’ series in Stuttgart.
  • Guided the contemporary music scene in Baden-Württemberg for over 30 years as a producer of music theatre and concert series, as manager of the Neue Vocalsolisten and as artistic director of the Eclat Festival.
  • Headed the ISCM World New Music Festival ‘Grenzenlos’ (2006) and Netzwerk Süd (2007-11).
  • Took over the direction of the ‘Zukunftsmusik’ festival (2010) and founded Netzwerk Neue Musik Baden-Württemberg (2011)



Dr. Gert Fischer

  • Studied history and English literature in Bonn and Bristol
  • Alderman of the city of Siegburg (1995–2007) and director of the Siegburg City Museum (1987–2007)
  • Alderman for education, culture and sport in the city of Mönchengladbach since 2007
  • Member of the cultural committee of the German Association of Cities and Towns and the North Rhine-Westphalian Association of Cities and Towns




Julia Gerlach

  • Studied musicology in Berlin and Paris
  • 2001-09: Freelance curator and producer of sound-art, experimental music theatre and contemporary music
  • 2009-12: Project coordinator at the Karlsruhe ZKM and co-curator with Peter Weibel of the ‘Sound Art’ exhibition at the ZKM Media Museum
  • 2012-today: Head of music and the ‘mikromusik’ festival of the Berlin Arts Programme, German Academic Exchange Service



Dr. Winrich Hopp

  • Studied music, later musicology and philosophy
  • 2002-06: Board member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Arts Foundation, among other things
  • 2006-today: Artistic director of the Berlin Music Festival, organised by the Berlin Festival in cooperation with the Berlin Philharmonic Foundation
  • 2011-today: Artistic director of the ‘musica viva’ series of Bavarian Radio
  • Full member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences


Christian Komorowski

  • Born in Bochum, musically active since childhood
  • Sang in the children’s choir of his local congregation, then served as organist there
  • Took a degree in church music in Essen, followed by a degree in law and economics in Bochum
  • 2006-today: Coordinator of semi-professional employees at Essen Theatre and Philharmonie.
  • 2013-today: Chairman of the state chapter of the German Association of Concert Choruses and jury member for amateur music subsidies in the North Rhine-Westphalian State Music Council






Viktor Schoner

  • Studied viola at the Hanns Eisler University of Music and musicology at the Humboldt University, Berlin
  • Co-founder with Titus Engel of the academy Musiktheater Heute, continued as an initiative of Deutsche Bank since 2001
  • Early 2001-today: Personal assistant to the intendant and dramaturgical employee at the Salzburg Festival
  • September 2018-today: Intendant of the Stuttgart State Opera



Prof. Mini Schulz

  • Double bass player, project manager of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and solo bassist inter alia in the Ludwigsburg Castle Festival Orchestra
  • Jazz and pop artist with such musicians as Laurie Anderson, Stephane Grapelli, Dino Saluzzi, Lou Reed, Steve Gadd, Lang Lang, Dee Dee Bridgwater, Helen Schneider and the David Gazarov Trio
  • 2006-today: Full professor of jazz and pop bass at Stuttgart University of Music
  • Artistic director of the jazz club BIX, the Ludwigsburg Scala and managing member of Jazzopen, Stuttgart



Prof. Dr. Barbara Stiller

  • Studied elementary music education and instrumental instruction at Hamburg University of Music with major in violin
  • Taught at the State Youth Music School, Hamburg, before becoming project manager of the Children’s Concerts Initiative of Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland, Weikersheim
  • 2002-today: Professor of elementary music education, instrumental instruction and music appreciation at Bremen University of the Arts
  • Freelance instructor for advanced training in extracurricular music appreciation and concert education



Christina Végh

  • May 2015-today: Director of the Kestner Society in Hanover
  • Studied art history in Zurich and Santa Cruz
  • 2000-2004: Curator of the Basel Kunsthalle
  • Curator of exhibitions on Monika Baer, John Baldessari, Christopher Williams and others
  • Networking and cultural policy activities: board member of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft der deutschen Kunstvereine (2008-12) as well as numerous committees, including guest examiner for the Wolfgang Hahn Prize (2017) and jury member for the Pro Helvetia Art Biennale (2015-18)


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