Munich rector says music teachers may no longer touchmain
Bernd Redmann, successor to the disgraced Siegfried Mauser as head of the Munich Academy of Music, has given a rare interview to Van magazine, acknowledging that the institution’s reputation has been damaged by Mauser’s sexual abuses and the forthcoming trial of another professor on charges of rape.
Redmann says that among the reforms he has instituted are a ban on physical contact by singing teachers and a prohibition on teaching in private rooms, behind closed doors.
These are good, progressive measures. But we still need to know why the upper echelons of German music covered up for Mauser for so many years when, as Redmann admits, people knew what was going on behind his closed door.