Conductor and musicologist Alois Koch, who was born in 1945 in Lucerne, directed the Lucerne Music Academy from 1987 to 2000 and was appointed Dean of the newly established Lucerne Conservatory of Music (known today as the Lucerne School of Music) in 2001. Under his directorship, it has developed into one of the leading educational institutions for both instrumental and vocal studies, as well as sacred music, music education, and jazz. While he was dean (until 2008) he made a special point to establish a cooperative relationship with LUCERNE FESTIVAL, which further enhanced the School of Music’s national and international reputation. Alongside his career in Lucerne, Alois Koch was Kapellmeister of the Berlin Cathedral from 1991 to 1998, performing regularly with the St. Hedwig’s Cathedral Choir in the Philharmonie, the Konzerthaus, and the Berlin Cathedral; he maintains his ties with the city as a guest conductor. Alois Koch teaches in Lucerne, Bern, and Zurich.