Sir John Eliot Gardiner becomes president of the Leipzig Bach Archive
17 July 2013

Sir John Eliot Gardiner has been named as the first ever president of the Bach Archive Foundation in Leipzig. His tenure will begin from 1st January 2013.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner named president of the Bach Archive, Leipzig
(photo: Bach-Archiv Leipzig / Gert Mothes)

In this newly created role, Sir John Eliot will bring his expertise on the composer through his writings and research:

"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,’ said Gardiner. ‘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."

Earlier this year, Sir John Eliot conducted a nine-hour Bach marathon in London, and his book on Bach "Music in the Castle of Heaven", will be released in October by Penguin.

The Bach Archive Leipzig is an internationally revered centre of Bach research, made up of libraries, research facilities and a museum. It is located in the B
osehaus complex at St Thomas Square, opposite the church where Johann Sebastian Bach served as cantor for 27 years.