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|ISPA Patrick Hayes Award Recipient - Maria Hansen|
ISPA Award Recipient
2020 Patrick Hayes Award Recipient
Maria Hansen is Executive Director of ELIA, the globally connected European network of Higher Arts Education. She was born and raised in Germany and holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa. Coming from a youth of music making, Maria has worked in the performing arts for more than 30 years. She was Fundraiser and later Executive Director of Opera Lyra Ottawa until 1995 when she moved to the Netherlands. For 11 years, Maria managed the Netherlands Bach Society, a baroque ensemble she toured internationally. In 2007, she became Managing Director of the Municipal Theater and Concert Hall Philharmonie in Haarlem. After 10 years in Haarlem, she made the move to ELIA and the international field of arts education. She has been a member of ISPA for more than 20 years and served ISPA as Board and Executive member and congress chair, including ISPA's June 2018 Congress in the European Capital of Culture Leeuwarden/Friesland. Maria is a member the Supervisory Board of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Board of Directors of the Gergiev Festival Rotterdam. Other board appointments include Oorkaan, the only music ensemble in The Netherlands dedicated exclusively to the creation of high quality staged concerts for young audiences. Maria chairs the Hogenbijl Foundation which awards two annual prizes in film making and classical music in the Netherlands. She is treasurer of the 4 May Concert Foundation, member of the Supervisory Board of Frommermann and a member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities.