Eleonore Büning

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Eleonore Büning, born in Frankfurt/Main, studied violin, piano, music, literature and theater at the Freie Universität Berlin. She received her doctorate on the early reception of Beethoven. Since the eighties she has worked as a freelance music critic for various newspapers (including Weltwoche, Taz, Rheinischer Merkur) and for radio (including SFB, SWR, SDR, WDR). Since 1994 she has been music editor in permanent employment, first in the feuilleton of the “Zeit”, then at the “Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung”, and since August 2017 freelance again. Book publications, among others, include: “Wie Beethoven auf den Sockel kam” (1992); “Streifzüge durch die Klassik mit Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau” (2005), “Sprechen wir über Beethoven” (2018). Eleonore has various teaching activities in Hamburg, Berlin, Heidelberg, among others. She has various adjudication duties (piano, violin, singing) including, but not limited to, being on the board of judges for Essen, Bonn, Bad Kissingen, Dresden, Berlin, Frankfurt and Zhuhai. Since 2011 Eleonore is chairwoman of the panel of judges of the “The German Record Critics’ Award”. She has received awards such as “Joseph-Roth-Prize” Klagenfurt and “Pro Musica Viva”, Mainz and since 2018 she has been an honorary member of the “German Music Council”.