Chief Executive of the AEC.
Stefan has been actively involved in AEC since 2007. Before taking on the position as its Chief Executive, he took part in several EU-funded pilot projects on Quality Enhancement in Music Higher Education. He is responsible for running the AEC's current Creative Europe project "Strengthening Music in Society" (SMS).
Stefan Gies has been the Chief Executive of the AEC since September 2015. His work focuses on networking with other organisations active in the fields of music, art and higher education at European and international level, as well as on lobbying the European organisations. The key topics he is currently working on include: campaigning for the recognition of the specific features of artistic education; ensuring the long-term preservation of adequate framework conditions to maintain a musical life and cultural offers; promotion of musical education at all levels and according to diverse needs; establishing artistic research and facilitating cross-border mobility. Stefan was originates from southwestern Germany. He studied viola, composition, musicology and music education at the Musikhochschule Freiburg, but also performed in the fields of rock and jazz music. He worked as a classroom and instrumental teacher and got his doctorate degree in music pedagogy. He can look back on an academic career spanning more than 30 years as a scholar, professor of music education at German Higher Music Education institutions. He has been the principal at Dresden Musikhochschule from 2003 to 2010.