The European Choral Association – Europa Cantat is governed by a Board of 13 under the Presidency of Gábor Móczár (Hungary) which receives the support of different commissions and committees (such as the Music Commission and the Youth Committee) as well as the Regional centres and the Staff.



ECA-EC President

He organized the first International Monteverdi Choir Festival in 1996 with the Budapest Monteverdi Choir. In 2003 he joined KÓTA and nowadays he is the co-President.

Gábor worked on the EUROPA CANTAT XIX Festival in Pécs as head of Organising Committee and also as Managing Director. He is member of the IFCM Board representing ECA-EC.






Carlo Pavese1st vice-president

Carlo Pavese is a musician from Torino, where he studied piano, composition and conducting. After his graduation, he served as assistant conductor under G. Graden in Stockholm from 1998 to 2001. Today, he conducts the youth choir Coro G and the association of Piccoli Cantori di Torino (a children choir, a youth choir and a music school with more than 300 children, partner in the European cooperation project „Voix d’enfants/espace scénique“).





Jan Schumacher

2nd vice-president and chair of the Music Commission

Currently he works as professor for choral conducting at the church music university in Rotenburg and is new elected music director of the Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main, where he conducts choir and orchestra of the universtiy. During the last years he has conducted many concerts and led workshops in Germany, whole Europe and abroad.






Daphne Wassink

3rd vice-president

General Assembly 2013 PecsDaphne has always been really active in the international choral and music scene. In the artistic commission of the Nederlands “Studenten Kamerkoor” since 2008 and Board member and treasurer in 2010 and 2011, Daphne also joined the EMC Board from 2004 to 2010, leading the working group Youth. She also was member oft he ECA-EC Youth Committee, executive board member of the IMC and treasurer and President of the Would Youth Choir.







Koenraad De Meulder


Since 1992 he works as general manager for Koor&Stem vtw, the national organisation for vocal music and choirs in Flanders. Koenraad De Meulder is an active member f the Hearts in Harmony network of the ECA-EC and he is one of the founding members of the project “A voice of our memory“. Furthermore, he is an active member of several policy-making bodies of the Flemish Community and the amateur arts sector.





Burak Onur Erdem

Burak is a choral conductor from Istanbul. Since 2010, he has been working as researcher in ITU Center for Advanced Studies in Music. He formed the choral ensemble Rezonans that performes throughut Turkey and abroad and in 2012, he founded the Choral Culture Association to create innovative projects for the Turkish choral music scene. He was also selected as the principle conductor of the Istanbul European Choir in 2013.





Martí Ferrer

He is the conductor of the Escolania de Sant Feliu de Girona, manager of several choirs and choral organizations and co-funder of Ficta (music publisher company) and Notes in Cloud (developer of solutions for digial scores distribution).

Martí is a board members of Moviment Coral Català and director of the Mediterranean Office for Choral siniging. He is also the adviser on Choral Music and Live of the Catalan Ministry of Culture and board member of the Euro-Arab Youh Music Center in Cyprus.





Reijo Kekkonen

After his graduation from the Sibelius Academy in 1991 as Magister of Music (music education), he was  a professional singer in 35 choirs and ensembles altogether and conductor of school and youth choirs.

He works for SULASOL, the Finnish Amateur Musician’s Association, and he is member of the board and ExCom of Musica International.





Victoria Liedbergius

Victoria has studied singing at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels and the Hochschule für Music und Tanz in Köln. She has been a singer in the Wourld Youth Choir and chair of the ECA-EC Youth Committee between 2006 and 2012.

She is the administrative director of Ung i Kor, the Norwegian Children and Youth Choir Organisation, and the Norwegian National Youth Choir.




Loti Piris Niño

Loti has been the President of the choir „Le Madrigal du Brabant“ and since March 2013, has been a member of the Board of FCWB – A Coeur Joie. Since 2009, she has actively been working as a volunteer for MUSIC FUND, an organizatin that works to create a synergy between culture, especially music and development cooperation. She has been working at the European Commission since 22 years.





Patrick Secchiari

A native of the Bernese Oberland, the choral conductor has been leading for over ten years to acclaimed choral concerts in Berne. He is also chief expert for the Swiss Choral Festival, board member of the SFEC, the swiss federation of Europa Cantat.





Kaie Tanner

Kaie has participated in different courses, conducted several choirs and has been music teacher in Tallinn Kaarli Kindergarten and Musamari Music School. From 2001 to 2003, she worked as a member in the Legislative Commission of Estonian Cultural Ministry.

She is Estonian representative in the co-operation group of Nordic-Baltic Choir Festival since 2000, and is organiser of Tallinn International Choir Fesivals, summer seminars for Estonian choral conductors, and other choral events in Estonia.





Jean-Claude Wilkens

He studied music and mathematic at the Liège Royal Conservatory in Belgium and later at the Luxembourg Conservatory. His teaching career in secondary schools was diverted to that of cultural management, first as director in “Jeunesses Musicales” and then as General Secretary in the International Federation for Choral Music. He is currently Manager of the French National Choral Organisation and its publishing house „A Cœur Joie“.