The Institute for Education and Culture (IfBK) has two areas of focus. One area of specialization is the comprehensive management of classical music artists and the other is developing continuing education concepts for people of all ages and backgrounds. Our collaboration with the University of Bremen and the RWTH Aachen and our many years of practical experience in both areas form the basis for integrating psychology in our work. The objective is to maintain an interdisciplinary approach in combining art, music, literature and science while keeping individuals and their personal development in the forefront.
The Artists Management portfolio of the IfBK provides classical music artists with a full range of services. In addition to the standard tasks of an agency – such as acquiring performance opportunities and public relations –, we utilize our research and experience to prepare our artists psychologically for the high demands of their profession. This includes aspects such as establishing one’s own identity as a prerequisite for a career as an artist, giving advice and ongoing support in individual and career development through personal talks, as well as identifying and clarifying market opportunities with the help of social science methodology.
The IfBK takes its role seriously as a supportive, explicitly non-profit oriented artists management for exceptional young talents. We help them enter the network of musical activity in Germany and other European countries. To this end, we cooperate with lead-ing international competitions and Music Academies in Germany, Great Britain, the USA and also with various agencies in Europe and Asia.
Our young artists include winners of international competitions such as the Argentinian flutist Cecilia María Muñoz and the Japanese violinist Shion Minami (prize winner of the International Joseph Joachim Violin Competition 2015). Among our established artists are such prominent figures as the conductor Shao-Chia Lü or the pianists Ana-Marija Markovina and Jean-François Heisser. Our particular strength lies in two instruments – violin and piano – and in our internationally active conductors.