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Eleanor Hope,

University Council

  • Mirabellplatz 1
  • 5020 Salzburg

Eleanor Hope was born in South Africa and grew up there.  After studying languages and business administration in London, she worked in advertising, marketing and public relations. In 1975 she was appointed as personal assistant to Yehudi Menuhin and not long afterwards took over his general management.  In 1980 he entrusted her with the organization of his festival in Gstaad in Switzerland, a position she retained until he left in 1996.  From 1981 to 1992 she was the managing director of the Anglo-Swiss Artists Agency in London with over 100 artists and orchestras on its books and she was actively involved in concert organisation, event management and international orchestra tours.  She was the artistic director of the Bath Mozart Festival in England from 1992 to 1994.  She was on the advisory committee of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival and the Vilnius Festival in Lithuania. After the sudden death of Lord Menuhin in 1999 she became the chairperson of the Yehudi Menuhin Memorial Trust. In the same year she was requested to take up the post of artistic director of the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad for three years.
For many years Eleanor Hope worked as a consultant for IMG Artists, an international artists agency with offices in London, Paris and New York.  Her duties included programming the classical, light entertainment and dance subscription series of the Jahrhunderthalle Frankfurt in 2000 and 2001; she was involved in a study for the Basle Symphony Orchestra commissioned by the city of Basle, and she worked together with the internationally renowned acoustics office ARTEC on the planning of the National Music Forum Wrocław and its four concert halls.
Eleanor Hope is vice president of the European umbrella organisation of artists agencies AEAA, is a lecturer on career management, a member of the jury of the International Johannes Brahms Competition, the Gradus ad Parnussum Competition, Zhuhai International Mozart Violin Competition and of the Rising Star Award of Casinos Austria at the Vienna University of Music. She is  general manager of the violinists Vadim Repin and Jan Mráček as well as the conductors James Judd and Sascha Goetzel, and has arranged foreign tours for orchestras such as the Slovenian Philharmonic, the  Vienna Classical Players, the Vienna Concert Association and choirs such as the Salzburg Bach Choir, the Vienna Singverein, the Vienna Singakademie, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome, and the George Enescu Choir, Bucharest. She was a consultant to the Gstaad winter festival Les Sommets Musicaux, and from 1979 to 1999 a board member of the London International String Quartet Competition. Current projects include a guest performance by the Slovenian Philharmonic in Beijing and a tour by the Polish National Opera with six performances of Aida and Eugene Onegin in the United Arab Emirates.
Eleanor Hope is married to the singer Professor Benno Schollum who teaches at the University of Music and Performing Art in Vienna.  She has two sons from her first marriage, Jasper Hope, artistic director and managing director of the new Dubai Opera House, and Daniel Hope, internationally renowned violinist, music director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and artistic director of the concert series in the Frauenkirche in Dresden.  Together with her husband she recently founded the association Helping Hand for India in Pörtschach on the Wörthersee in Carinthia which supports a major school project for orphans, supervised by the priest of Pörtschach Joseph Thamby Mula in his Indian home Andhra Pradesh.