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.

Prof. Christian Höppner

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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Musicians can sing or play in the ensembles of the German Music Council, the Federal Youth Orchestra, the Federal Jazz Orchestra and the Federal Youth Choir, and take part in competitions. With four other projects in the area of promotion, the German Music Council supports young, highly talented musicians, conductors, composers and interpreters of contemporary music as well as pop musicians on their way to a professional musical life and builds a bridge between musicians, organizers and the public. In addition, the German Music Information Center (miz) offers a central information point on all topics of musical life.



The German Music Council is the sponsor of the competitions for children and young people: Jugend musiziert and Jugend jazzt, the competitions for professional musicians: the German Music Competition, the German Conducting Award (formerly the German Conducting Prize) and the German Choral Conducting Award, as well as the competitions for amateur musicians: theGerman Choir Competition and the German Orchestra Competition.

The German Music Council (Deutscher Musikrat e. V.) is the mouthpiece and initiator of music policy issues for its members.

The numerous advantages of a membership in the German Music Council e.V. compiled for you.

Under the menu item MEDIA you will find our press page with all the latest news, our press page with the press contacts and the publications.

Promoting young musicians in the ensemblesof the German Music Council also includes performing on stage in front of an audience. The project leaders are happy to accept requests for engagements. The German Music Competition concert promotion program arranges approximately 200 concerts a year for concert organizers and concert series.

Music educators will find concepts and working materials for music lessons at the Podium Gegenwart's educational projects. Current developments in music policy and studies can be found in the "Music Education" section, as well as specialist articles on this topic at the German Music Information Center.

With the German Music Information Center, the German Music Council offers a central information point on all topics of musical life.