Sir John Eliot Gardiner to lead the Bach Archive Leipzig

15th July 2013

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 Sir John Eliot - one of the world’s leading interpreters of eighteenth-century music - for this task during Bachfest Leipzig 2013. His 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.

On the announcement of the news on Friday, Sir John Eliot Gardiner commented: “It is a special honour for me to have been offered the post of President of the Bach Archive Leipzig by the Mayor of Leipzig. I am delighted to have the most prominent Bach expert by my side in the shape of Peter Wollny and thank my friend Christoph Wolff for the tremendous work that he has done for the Bach Archive. Underlying my work as a conductor and writer is the Bach research done in Leipzig. With the fine recent track record of the research team led by Peter Wollny and their sixth sense of knowing where to locate hitherto undetected source material, it is my strong belief that we can look forward over the next few years to exciting fresh evidence coming to light that will enrich our portrait of Bach and our understanding of his oeuvre and environment. It will be my privilege to support and encourage this research and to blast a trumpet internationally for the work and achievements of the Bach Archive in Leipzig.”