Bach Festival director
PROF. MYRIAM EICHBERGER
Studied the recorder at the University of Music in Karlsruhe. Received a scholarship from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange service) to study at the Schola Cantorum Basilensis (Switzerland) and the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague (Netherlands). She pursued an international career, giving concerts as a soloist with orchestras in musical centres, nationally and abroad. She performed at music festivals, in TV productions, like the ARD Artist’s Portrait: “Musical rambles – recorder virtuoso”, collaborated with the Goethe Institute on international tours and recorded at EMI-Electrola. Ambitius and Capriccio complete her artistic activities.
Since 1995, Myriam Eichberger lectures at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar. It has been part of her brief to lead projects in music of the 16th to 18th centuries and the 20th century. She has trained several winners of international competitions. She has also been very involved in setting up an infrastructure for Early Music. Within this context, she’s collaborated with the organisers of the “Festival of Early Music – Goldener Herbst” in Thuringia.
She’s been director of “Bach in Weimar” since its foundation and she manages the BACH BIENNALE WEIMAR, since 2008.
She lives in Weimar and Florence.
Acting Director, Mayor of Weimar (retired)
Dr. jur. Klaus Büttner
Prof. Bernhard Klapprott
Professor Martin Sturm
Treasurer Bach in Weimar e.V.
Bach and Weimar, a wonderful symbiosis that is now even more important to me personally.
My first encounter with Johann Sebastian Bach was as a child and teenager in my hometown of Leipzig, where he served as cantor of St. Thomas Church for many years until his death. It was there that I heard his music for the first time.
Another very special memory I have is of a dear colleague who, as a Bach lover, gave me the Christmas Oratorio on CD many years later quite unexpectedly with the words "The best at Christmas!".
And I also have many fond memories of Weimar directly. This place full of art and culture with its very own charm captivated me on my first visit. Countless visits later, were they professional or private, Weimar still fascinates me today. I was even baptised in 2019 in the Herderkirche in Weimar by Superintendent Henrich Herbst, a moment I will always carry in my heart.
When friends called me to join "Bach in Weimar", I didn't have to think twice.
I hope that I can give something of myself and my wonderful memories back with my commitment, to preserve the work of Bach in Weimar and to pass on to other people the joy I feel for music, culture and Weimar.