KURT MASUR NAMED CHAIRMAN OF BEETHOVEN-HAUS BONN
Statement from Beethoven-Haus Bonn
On the 5th of July the General Meeting and the Board of Directors have voted for the conductor Kurt Masur as Chairman. He is the successor of the long-standing Chairman Dr. F. Wilhelm Christians who recently passed away. After the Societies' first Honorary President, the violinist Joseph Joachim, there is once again an internationally highly appreciated artist at the top of the Society that has been in existence for 115 years.
From Agence France-Presse - 8 July 2004
World-renowned conductor...Kurt Masur has been named chairman of the Beethoven House museum in Bonn following the death of its director, the institution said Tuesday [6 July].
Masur, who is music director of the Orchestre National de France in Paris and the former music director of the New York Philharmonic, was selected to succeed F. Wilhelm Christian at the helm of the 115-year-old association that runs the museum, Beethoven House said in a statement.
The Beethoven House in the former West German capital displays portraits, original manuscripts, instruments and items from the daily life of the composer owned by the association, which has the largest private Beethoven collection in the world.
Masur, 76, won fame as the head of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in the east German city of Leipzig from 1970 to 1996, and as one of the leaders of the popular East German protest movement that culminated in 1989 with the fall of the Berlin Wall.
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