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Helmut Kirchmeyer

Helmut Franz Maria Kirchmeyer (born 1930 in Düsseldorf, Germany) is a German musicologist, philologist and historian as well as corresponding member of the Saxonian Academy of Sciences.

He taught musicology and musicological media studies at the University of Düsseldorf, musicological bibliography and history at the Institut für Fachbibliographie in Cologne, musicology at the RWTH Aachen University, at the Rheinische Musikschule in Cologne, and at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf. As a critic he worked for GEMA, edited the Instrumentenbau-Zeitschrift, developed programs for the Westdeutscher Rundfunk. He founded the Düsseldorf College of Music, he initiated and developed the record series “Wergo” on contemporary music, and “Ars Gregoriana”, containing the largest documentation of Gregorian chant.

For his works and dedication, Kirchmeyer has been awarded with the Richard-Wagner-Medal (1975), Germany’s Federal Cross of Merit (1985), Knight of the Papal Ordo Sancti Gregorii Magni (1995), Germany’s Federal Officer’s Cross of Merit (1998) and the German Federal Armed Forces Cross of Merit in Gold (2006).

In 2020, Kirchmeyer and his wife established the Kirchmeyer Family Foundation that consists of a collection of non-European instruments, about 200 exhibits from Africa, Asia and Australia, that over the course of several decades was put together by the Kirchmeyer family and is now on display at the Ausbildungsmusikkorps der Bundeswehr in Hilden.

Kirchmeyer is married to Eva Maria Berke. They have four children: Monika Franziska Adele, Dorothea Johanna Roswitha, Peter Ludwig Detlev, and Angelika Eva Maria, and five grandchildren: Jonas, Julius, Victor, Fabian, and Katharina.

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