Year of Election: 2001
Dr. Eckert has been serving the ISCM as a legal counsel for 30 years. By electing him Honorary member, the general assembly 2001 wishes to honour the great value of his work for ISCM. See also In Memoriam ISCM Honorary Member Franz Eckert (1931-2017).
Born in Lower Austria, on November 14, 1931, Eckert studied law in Vienna and from 1961 worked as a commercial lawyer in Baden. In addition to being an internationally reputed lawyer, he was a musician, a social activist, a deacon of the Roman Catholic Church serving at the Klein-Mariazell Basilica, and a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. He worked as a lawyer in a family business which was one of Austria’s most prominent law firms. He also participated in the negotiation of the Treaty of Lisbon for the European Union and was the former European Commissioner in the General Secretariat of the Austrian Bishops’ Conference. In addition to his work for the ISCM, Eckert worked on behalf of many other musical organizations including Jeunesse Musicales, the Austrian Section of the ISCM, and the Alban Berg Foundation for which he served on the board of directors.