Sir John Eliot Gardiner (above) and PD Dr. Peter Wollny (below) to lead the Bach Archive Leipzig from 2014.
On January 1, 2014, Sir John Eliot Gardiner will become President of the Bach Archive Foundation. The function of Foundation president is a newly created one aimed at underscoring the internationally leading role of the Bach Archive and developing it further. Leipzig’s mayor Burkhard Jung succeeded in winning over one of the world’s leading interpreters of eighteenth-century music for this task during Bachfest Leipzig 2013 in the shape of Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Gardiner’s profound academic knowledge of the life and work of Bach make him predestined for the function of Foundation president and by extension an internationally respected ambassador of Bach research in Leipzig.
PD Dr. Peter Wollny will succeed Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Christoph Wolff in the post of director. Wolff (73) has been the director of the Bach Archive since 2001 and will be leaving the post for personal reasons at the end of 2013. Wollny, who completed his doctorate under Wolff’s supervision at Harvard University in 1993 and took up a professorship at Universität Leipzig in 2009, is regarded as a leading Bach scholar. As director of the Bach Archive, he will be setting new priorities for research, the library and museum, as well as the artistic orientation of events organised by the Bach Archive. The elections for the new leadership of the Bach Archive are set for October 2013.
As the managing director of the Bach Archive's now three-man Executive Board, Dr. Dettloff Schwerdtfeger will continue to assist the president and director in their work as their hierarchical equal. Following this expansion of the Executive Board, Schwerdtfeger will be taking up duties as the executive director of Bachfest Leipzig. The executive director chairs meetings of the Artistic Board which, as before, will be made up of the cantor of St. Thomas’ Prof. Georg Christoph Biller, the Bach Archive’s new director Dr. Peter Wollny and the executive director of Tonhalle Zürich Dr. Elmar Weingarten.