a. Development of the legacy of Terezín composers, Gustav Mahler and other authors, especially by live interpretation and all other forms, such as competitions, conferences, awards, research, publications, seminars, workshops, theatre, art activities.
b. Promotion of the art of music, in particular the organization of the EVERLASTING HOPE festival and all accompanying activities. Promotion of artistically valuable music, European classical music and European cultural values.
c. Support for young artists, beginning musicians and young people interested in culture, support for the access of disadvantaged people in society to cultural values.
Ing. Jiří Polák
Founder of the Everlasting Hope festival, founder and current member of the executive board of the Institute of Terezín Composers http://terezincomposersinstitute.com/. He has been a long-term partner at Deloitte and an adviser to several ministers of the Government of the Czech Republic, and advises on management, especially in the area of new technologies and changes in company ownership.
His family was hit hard by the Holocaust. He is the son of the historian Erik Polák, who went through the Terezín ghetto as a teenage boy. During the communist era, Erik Polák worked in the labor professions, in the 1990s he returned to his historical work in the Terezín Museum. He is the author of the book Tři Kapitoly (Three Chapters) (Prague, 2006). The Terezín Initiative Prize awarded as part of a literary competition for young people organized annually by the Terezín Memorial bears his name.
Dr. Martina Jankovská
The co-founder of the Everlasting Hope Festival has been a member of the board of the Everlasting Hope Endowment Fund since 2020. She is a lawyer and she has been running her own law firm ExIure since 2014. She previously worked with international law firms in Brno and Prague. She is the author of professional publications and has popularized the law.
Ing. Michal Stachník
Since 2015, he has been the CEO of Cisco Systems for the Czech Republic and since 2016 also for the Slovakia. He has more than 25 years of experience in the IT business. In 2019, he was also elected a member of the board of the American Chamber of Commerce. He studied computer science at the Brno University of Technology.
The renowned German conductor and clarinettist has been the chief conductor of the Prague State Opera since 2019.
He began his musical career as an excellent solo clarinettist, working as the first clarinettist of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic.
In the past, he was the Music Director of the Halle Opera, the Norwegian National Opera and the German Rhine-Palatinate State Philharmonic. Under his leadership the philharmonic won many awards, including the ECHO Award for Best Orchestra in 2015 for recording B. A. Zimmermann's work, and in the 2016/17 season they were nominated for the German Association of Music Publishers Deutsche Musikverlegerverband for the best concert program of the season.
As a conductor, he has collaborated with many leading European orchestras and philharmonic orchestras.