John E. Gardiner
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On January 1, 2014, Sir John Eliot Gardiner will become President of the Bach Archive Foundation in Leipzig. 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. The Foundation’s press release says: « 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. »

Furthermore, on the same date, Peter Wollny will succeed 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.


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