Advisory Board

Theres BüchelhoferTheres Büchelhofer
is an experienced manager in the field of culture. As mother of three, she appreciated and actively promoted the positive influences derived from art and especially music on the development of children. Throughout her professional life, she gained competence in organising cultural events. In Bavaria, Theres leads an “Art Circle” which is comprised of painting, architecture, literature and music, classical as well as contemporary. Participating members attend lectures, group discussions and tours. Organised travel throughout Europe to exhibitions and concerts are  an integral part of her Art Circle.

»Within my personal comprehensive experience and artistic involvement, I have met many young people and children and have seen the effects of the arts in their lives. This is why I feel so attracted by the ideas and goals of kids4kids World Foundation. Consequently I’ve  joined the team – at the end of the day, results make the difference.«

Dr. Eike Grunert
is attorney-at-law in the Munich office of the international law firm Gibson Dunn.  He advises corporations in the areas of Mergers & Acquisitions, Compliance (in particular prevention of corruption), as well as Commercial and Corporate Law.  His clients include multinational DAX-listed corporations, investment banks, private equity investors, and industrial enterprises from the US and Europe. Alongside his professional occupation as a lawyer, Dr. Grunert supports the artists’ initiative “Ensemble for contemporary period performances così facciamo” as its managing partner. In particular, he engages as producer for its baroque opera productions made for Cuvilliés-Theater Munich as well as Europe-wide guest performances throughout Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Luxembourg.

» kids4kids World Foundation supports young talents by inspiring them through a joint musical theatre production. At the same time, the promoted children learn to take social responsibility and through their action help other children whose infancy has been less happy, with music being the connecting element.  I am happy to support this outstanding private social venture, which is even more important and valuable in times of shortage of public funds for music, development of fine arts, and social responsibility.«

Dr. Kristin Krumpholz
has years of experience working as an Internist in hospitals and in Third World Countries. She is mother to  three small children and is very active in charity work. She has her own Children’s Foundation and is on the Board of other Foundations. Music is an important force in her life.

»I find the combination of developing the musical abilities of talented children concurrently, helping children in need, an especially fascinating combination. This partnership guides all of us in finding new pathways of growth and healing. Music is a blissful and universally binding force. Projects like kids4kids which help disadvantaged children are those close to my heart.«

Prof. Dr. Siegfried Mauser
was born in Straubing in Bavaria in 1954. He attended the Conservatory of Music, Munich, and studied piano with Rosi Schmid and Alfons Kontarsky. He furthered his studies in Music, Philosophy and Art History in Munich and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on Expressionism in  Music Theater of the Viennese School. Dr. Mauser has been Professor for Music and Piano in Munich and Würzburg. He was Professor of Music History in Salzburg, Mozarteum, and grounded their Institute for Music Interpretation. Prof. Dr. Mauser received a stipend from the city of Munich and received the Bavarian Culture Prize. In 1990 he became a member of the Bavarian Academy of Art and since 2003 he is director of its music department. He is Professor of Music Science and leads the department of Historical Music Science. In 2004 he became the Rector of the Music Conservatory, Munich. Prof. Dr. Mauser is known for his research in Music Analysis, Music Aesthetic and Music History of the 18-20 Century. He is known internationally as soloist and in chamber music having performed in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Vienna, London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Washington. Prof. Dr. Mauser can be heard on many recordings including the music of Debussy, Wolfgang Rihm, Wilhelm Killmayer, Paul Hindemith, Karl Amadeus Hartmann and Alexander Zemlinsky.

»In times of global challenges it is of special significance to connect the aspirations and objectives of performing arts to an awareness of ethic and social responsibility. In this light, the concept of kids4kids is a shining example in combining musical sponsorship with social engagement. And not the least to have art to set the sign of our time. Like everyone involved in this project, it is a great joy for me to be able to contribute to changing the shape of our future through young people and their musical talents.«

Monika Nöcker-RribaupierreDr. Monika Nöcker-Ribeaupierre
is a music therapist and conductor. She worked for three years in the theater before coincidence led her to music therapy. She has worked and researched in Neonatology for 20 years. She has worked with music therapy in the intensive station for premature babies at the University Clinic in Munich. Concurrently, she built and ran the Music Therapy Training Center for Professionals at the Free Music Center, Munich, of which she is also a Member of the Board. In addition, Dr. Noecker-Ribeaupierre is member of the academic advisory Board of Music Therapists Newspaper, member of the German Association of Premature Babies, on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Music and Medicine and Vice President of the International Society for Music in Medicine ISMM.

»The vision of k4k is brilliant and wonderful: to lead children to music, helping them develop their artistic potential, their compassion for others and their social responsibility. Kids4kids helps children in a difficult life situation to better their lives through the healing power of music with the support of a professional Music Therapist. They learn to listen, respond to others, be thoughtful and tolerant.They develop self-confidence, creativity, motivation and finally, JOY. I am grateful that we can create this beneficial project together.«

Dr. Christiane Rathenow
is a private  Orthodontist in Gauting, near Munich. Through her corrective medical work, Dr. Rathenow ‘touches’ the lives of children of many different social tiers on a daily basis. She and her team accompany the children’s journey,  sharing their growth and change often over a period of years. Every day they experience the wonder, the miracle of ‘children’ and learn themselves the deep respect and attention that accompanies each unique individual. Dr. Rathenow is a music lover and enjoys the many different facettes of music, especially its power to touch the heart and soul.

»For me, music is the deepest connection to the universal power. Through kids4kids World, children connect to other children through music.  I am convinced that through this special kind of giving, there is  a very special receiving. Through this mutual connection, the children create a web of security, trust, and create new memories and a positive future for all. Everyone of us can be a part of this web.«

Dr. Hans Martin Schmid
is a lawyer and accountant specialising in tax law and is partner in the Munich office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.  He is member of the practicing group „International Tax“ und „Real Estate“ lawyers and counsels in all areas of national and  international tax law. Dr. Schmid’s clients include large public and private organisations, Corporations, Investment Banks, Insurance Companies, Private Equity & Real Estate Fonds as well as Foundations.

»In my profession, I work regularly with charity organisations. They are a very necessary part of our society and our world. I was convinced and excited about the idea of the kids4kids World Foundation from its inception and am proud to have helped it through its creation and be an integral part of the practical aspects of running of it.«