Friedemann Hellwig, born 1938 in Lübeck, is a maître luthier and worked for more than twenty years as a conservator of musical instruments at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nuremberg (1963 through 1986). During that time he also served for six years as a Chairman of the Internal Committee of Musical Instrument Museums and Collections (CIMCIM) within the International Council of Museums (ICOM). After a short interlude as the head of the conservation department of Rheinisches Museumsamt Brauweiler he was appointed Professor of Wooden Objects Conservation at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne (Technische Hochschule Köln) in 1988. He retired in 2003.
What has become important to the pensioneer? Making music! Nepal and the Himalaya! But there is more:
During the last ten years of my professional life the work excursions to Auschwitz have become a centre point of thinking. In Hamburg too, there is work waiting on the more recent years of German history, amongst others in the frame of the Society for research into the history of Jews in Blankenese, the part of Hamburg we live in (Verein zur Erforschung der Geschichte der Juden in Blankenese).
I enjoy working in the editorial board of the journal of the German conservators' society (VDR) which gives me the chance of staying in contact with my former occupation.
The most recent project is the new edition of Günther Hellwig's book on "Joachim Tielke. Ein Hamburger Lauten- und Violenmacher der Barockzeit". The new book ("Joachim Tielke. Kunstvolle Musikinstrumente des Barock"), elaborated together with my wife, has appeared in 2011.
Collaboration in Kunst & Krempel, a series of Bavarian Broadcasting services not unlike the British Antiques Roadshow, is a special pleasure in that it let me meet with Bernhard von Tucher and Martin Kares once a year. A new team has taken over since 2009: Eszter Fontana, Martin Kares, Klaus Martius, all three colleages and friends for many years.
In autumn 2013 I have joined the "Friends of No. 5 Elbe", I look forward to be an active crew member form time to time.
Finally, I have been elected a member of the board of the International Dietrich Buxtehunde Society, headed by Ton Koopman.