AEC Council

The AEC Council represents the members of the AEC. It consists of twelve representatives from member institutions in twelve different countries: the Executive Committee (President, Secretary General and two Vice-Presidents) and 9 regular Council members (including a co-opted representative of the AEC Associate Members). The AEC Members elect these representatives for 3-year terms of office during the Association’s annual General Assembly. Council and Executive Committee members may be elected for a maximum of two terms to the same position. The AEC Council meets 3-4 times a year.

The Council is entrusted with the Association’s administration including the administration of the Association’s funds and other properties. It is charged with upholding the mission and character of the Association, determining its strategic direction and overseeing its financial health and solvency. Council also decides upon the admission of active and associate members. The decisions of the Council and the General Assembly are implemented by the AEC Office, which is located in Brussels (Belgium).

President

Deborah Kelleher

Deborah Kelleher

 Director, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Ireland

 

Vice-Presidents

Elisabeth Gutjahr

Elisabeth Gutjahr

Rector, Mozarteum University Salzburg, Austria

Jeffrey Sharkey

Jeffrey Sharkey

Principal, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Scotland

 

 

 

Secretary General

Ivana Perković

Ivana Perković

Professor, University of the Arts Belgrade, Serbia

 

 

Council members

Abra Bush

Abra Bush

Bruno Pereira

Bruno Pereira

Professor, ESMAE Porto, Portugal

 

Claire Michon

Claire Michon

International Relations Coordinator, pôle Aliénor, France

 

Keld Hosbond

Keld Hosbond

Vice-Principal, Royal Academy of Music Aarhus, Denmark

 

 

Martin Prchal

Martin Prchal

Vice-Principal, Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Netherlands

 

Riccardo Ceni

Riccardo Ceni

Professor, Conservatorio di Milano, Italy

 

 

Bernard Laskey

Bernard Laskey

Director, Queensland Conservatorium, Australia

Rico Gubler

Rico Gubler

President, Lübeck Academy of Music, Germany

Honorary Presidents

Ian Horsbrugh, Former Principal Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, UK

Johannes Johansson,  Former Rector Royal College of Music, Stockholm, Sweden

The AEC is fortunate in the quality of the individuals who have served the Association as Presidents. The two most recent Presidents to complete a full double-term of office were made Honorary Presidents at the Congresses where they each stepped down – Ian Horsbrugh in 2004 and Johannes Johansson in 2010.

Sadly, both Ian and Johannes are no longer with us. Ian passed away on the 22nd July 2006 and Johannes on 30th May 2012. Their Honorary Presidencies stand in perpetuity as a symbol of the outstanding contributions they both made to the development of the AEC and of the enduring gratitude of the AEC membership for all their achievements while in office.

Honorary Secretary General

George Caird, Principal Birmingham Conservatoire, UK