Hanns Christian Stekel is the founder and director of the Johann Sebastian Bach Music School in Vienna (JSBM). He also holds a teaching position at the Institute for Music Pedagogical Research, Music Didactics and Elementary Music Making (IMP) at the mdw – University of Music Performing Arts Vienna. Hanns Stekel is also the initiator of the POP Academy Vienna and the YAI (Young Artists Institute).
His busy international and networking activities and engagements include the founding of the JSBM in Utsunomiya, Japan (2008) and in Hong Kong (2010), international youth projects with the Young Masters in South America (Chile, Uruguay), Japan, China (World Expo) and the USA. He gives guest lectures in Germany, Japan and the USA and has written numerous publications on the subject of music schools, school design, gifted education, education and ethics.
As a doctor of theology, he is a member of the education commission of the Protestant Church and author of essays on religious education and church history.
For the development of international music educational relations he founded the organization IMEN (International Music Education Network) and is its president.
In 2006 he was named “Teacher of the Year” 2006 by the Federal Ministry of Education/Bank Austria, in 2010 he was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art by the Federal President.
„All children have the right for an equal and an appropriate music education.“
(Motto of the JSBM Hongkong)