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

Eirik Birkeland

Eirik Birkeland

Former Rector, Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo, Norway

Vice-Presidents

Elisabeth Gutjahr

Elisabeth Gutjahr

Rector, Mozarteum University Salzburg, Austria

Deborah Kelleher

Deborah Kelleher

Director, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin, Ireland

Secretary General

Harrie van den Elsen

Harrie van den Elsen

Principal, Prince Claus Conservatoire, Groningen, The Netherlands

Council members

Jeffrey Sharkey

Jeffrey Sharkey

Principal, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Ivana Perković

Ivana Perković

Professor, Department of Musicology, Faculty of Music, University of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia

Kathleen Coessens

Kathleen Coessens

Director of the Music Department, Conservatoire royal de Liège, Liège, Belgium

Ingeborg Radok Žádná

Ingeborg Radok Žádná

Rector of the Prague Academy of Performing Arts, Czech Republic

Claire Michon

Claire Michon

International Relations Coordinator, Pôle Aliénor Poitiers-Tours, France

Lucia Di Cecca

Lucia Di Cecca

International Relations Coordinator, Conservatorio di Musica “L. Refice”, Frosinone, Italy

Zdzisław Łapinski

Zdzisław Łapinski

Head of the Cello and Double Bass Department, The Academy of Music in Krakow, Krakow, Poland

Rico Gubler

Rico Gubler

President, Musikhochschule Lübeck, Lübeck, Germany

Bernard Lanskey

Bernard Lanskey

Co-opted Representative of AEC Associate Members
Director & Professor, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore, Singapore

Miranda Harmer

Miranda Harmer

Co-opted Representative of the Student WG and Network
Student, Leeds College of Music, UK

Eline Accoe

Eline Accoe

Co-opted Representative of the Student WG and Network
Student, Luca School of Arts, Belgium

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.
A commemorative text celebrating the lives and achievements of Ian can be accessed by clicking on his name.

Honorary Secretary General

George Caird, Principal Birmingham Conservatoire, UK