The Secretary General is the highest governing official of the German Music Council (e.V.). He / she manages the business of the association and is responsible in particular for the areas of music policy and public relations.
is Secretary General of the German Music Council, of which he was a member or Vice President of the Executive Committee from 2000 to 2004. He is also President of the German Cultural Council, whose work he already shaped as Vice President from 2003 to 2013 and as President from 2013 to 2019. During his time on the board of the German Cultural Council, he served for six years in the German UNESCO Commission, ten years on the Broadcasting Council of Deutsche Welle, and 15 years as Chairman of the Media Advisory Board of RTL. Since 1986, he has taught violoncello at the Berlin University of the Arts.
Prof. Christian Höppner is spokesperson for the music section of the German Cultural Council, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Carl Bechstein Foundation, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Fondation Hindemith, the Frankfurt Music Prize, the German Musical Instrument Prize, the Young European Award, and the Federal Academy for Musical Youth Education in Trossingen. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the German Ensemble Academy, Ambassador for the Initiative 50Plus association, Vice Chairman of Initiative Hören and the "Jugend musiziert" federal competitions, jury member for "Musik gewinnt", Honorary President of the Landesmusikrat Berlin, Honorary Chairman of Jugend musiziert Berlin, Honorary Member of the Deutscher Tonkünstlerverband LV Berlin, and Past President of Rotary Berlin-Spree. He is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Camarata Musica antiqua in Brazil. In 2001, he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by President Johannes Rau for his commitment to Berlin's musical life. In 2016, he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class by Federal President Joachim Gauck for his national and international commitment to the development and cultivation of musical life at all levels of society.
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