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Ton Koopman appointed president of the Leipzig Bach Archive Foundation


Ton Koopman is the new President of the Leipzig Bach Archive Foundation. In accepting this position, the Dutch harpsichordist, organist, composer and musicologist is taking on the role of an internationally respected ambassador for Bach research in Leipzig. Koopman succeeds John Eliot Gardiner, who exercised the function of President of the Foundation from 2014 to 2018. 

At a meeting of the Foundation Council chaired by the Lord Mayor of the City of Leipzig Burkhard Jung, Ton Koopman was chosen to be the new President of the Leipzig Bach Archive Foundation on 13 May 2019. In this function, the Dutch Bach specialist will become part of the three-strong Foundation management board with immediate effect, the other members being the Leipzig Bach Archive Director, Bach scholar Prof. Dr. Peter Wollny, and its CEO, Franziska Grimm.

Ton Koopman’s deep, scholarly knowledge of the life and work of Bach make him predestined for the role of Foundation President, as does his outstanding career as a musician. 

The Leipzig Bach Archive is a musical centre of excellence based in the city where Johann Sebastian Bach spent most of his life. Its purpose is to research into the life, work and influence of the composer and the extensive Bach family of musicians down the ages, and to preserve and propagate Bach’s legacy.