Managing Directors


Frank Reich (since 1990)

first piano lessons with Inge Wiechmann. Studies under Naoyuki Taneda at the University of Music Karlsruhe (Germany). Postgraduate studies at the University of Music Cologne (Germany) and under Helena Costa in Porto/Portugal. 1. Prize at the National German Competition "Jugend musiziert" in 1980. Scholar of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation). Teaching: 1986-1993 Ettlingen School of Music, 1993-2015 Badisches Konservatorium Karlsruhe (since 1995 head of keyboard dept.), 2011-2013 Suwon-University Seoul/South Korea, 2014 Minzu-University of Beijing/P. R. China and Shenzhen Arts School, Shenzhen/P. R. China, since 2014 Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music, Bangkok/Thailand and since 2016 Sungshin Women's University, Seoul/Rep. Korea. 1998-2012 board member, vice-president and president of the European Union of Music Competition for Youth (EMCY). Managing Director of the Ettlingen Competition since 1990.


Norbert Karle (1988)

Studies at the University of Music Karlsruhe (Germany) in the subjects piano, music theory, voice and conducting. Postgraduate studies in musicology at the University of Heidelberg. Collaboration at the edition of the complete liturgical works of court music director Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer. Working as privat tutor and regular performances with his Ettlingen Chamber Ensemble. Since 1979 teacher for piano and music theory at Ettlingen School of Music and head of the department of piano and music theory. Since 1982 vice director of the Ettlingen School of Music. Cultivating close contacts with Ettlingen twin cities Epernay (France) and Gatchina (Russia). After extensive preparation he became Managing Director of the first Ettlingen Competition in 1988. Norbert Karle passed away in April 2010.