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“I found that the Expo worked particularly well. It gave me a look into different countries, continents as well as organisations and the current work each of them are occupied with. The expo was for me the best place to meet people and learn about their current directions and projects by having in-depth and broad conversations.”

– Tang Tee Khoon, Arts Presenter & Concert Violinist, Singapore

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Classical:NEXT is the global networking and exchange hub dedicated exclusively to classical and art music, for all professionals – artists, managers, presenters, orchestras, labels, educators, press, media, publishers and more.

Classical:NEXT consists of an interactive conference, project pitches, showcase concerts, expo, innovation award and networking.

By taking part in Classical:NEXT, you join over 1,000 professionals from more than 45 countries worldwide.

We help the global scene optimise what this art form is and can be, as well as how it is presented, disseminated and received. We believe in planting seeds for postive change: Change for audiences, for society and for the professional art music ecosystem. We strive to unite all professionals who identify with classical and art music, providing them with a place to meet and connect, do business, brainstorm, create and be inspired.

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A Unique Music Meeting

Last edition: Classical:NEXT 2022 in Hannover

900

Professionals

550

Companies

121

Speakers

320

Artists

What?

Classical:NEXT is made up of four main components: Showcases, Conference, the Expo and networking.

In the Showcases, artists and productions are presented in a series of short concerts offering artistic directors, concert bookers, journalists and more a unique opportunity to gain an overview of artistic activity within a short space of time.

The Conference offers presentations, seminars, discussions, one-to-one and roundtable mentoring and other formats to help delegates tackle burning issues and to keep up with changes, trends and innovations around the world. Within the Conference, you will also find Project Pitches: targeted, fast-moving opportunities for creators and those on the lookout for new creations, a “seek-and-find” for collaboration and inspiration.

The Expo exhibits the work of labels, publishers, agents, festivals, associations and others, and offers a meeting point for all delegates and serves as the main networking hub. Developing partnerships and forging relationships lies at the heart of Classical:NEXT and the global networking runs through each activity of the event. It’s the prime opportunity to connect, learn and share with colleagues near and far.

New to Classical:NEXT? We highly recommend you read this great primer for c:N newbies written by Frank J. Oteri.

Oder ein Bericht aus deutscher Sicht gefällig? – Philipp Krechlak schreibt über die ‘Musikkonferenz mit Weltblick’.

Why

“Classical:NEXT unites the global classical and art music community, creating a worldwide movement to explore potential paths forward into the future.” 

– Classical:NEXT mission statement

Classical:NEXT enables art music professionals from all sectors to work better together. A unified classical and art music scene increases relevance and effectiveness in both business and creative aspects and positive change within the professional scene, as well as society as a whole.

How

Over the course of four days, hundreds of delegates meet, discuss and learn about, as well as from, each other. In addition to being a networking event, Classical:NEXT has established itself as a key opportunity to promote and explore new talent, new creative ideas and future-oriented business practices.

95% of delegates would like to come again and would recommend Classical:NEXT to colleagues.

– Classical:NEXT Online Survey

Who

Classical:NEXT community members are cultural multipliers ranging from grass-roots DIYers to the most established companies and institutions, including Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera, Spotify, Universal, China National Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonics, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, etc.

Join now and connect with delegates from more than 700 companies.

Facts & Figures

Since our first edition in 2012, more than 5,000 professionals from all sectors have engaged with Classical:NEXT, making it the largest international gathering for art music innovators. The ten years anniversary edition took place in Hannover, 17 – 20 May 2022.

C:N Net

Classical:NEXT is not just an annual meeting: it is a year-round worldwide movement for all sectors and all approaches in art music. Stay connected and network via our online community and directory C:N NET. Keep in touch with contacts old and new.

The Jury

Hand-picking the most promising and innovative ideas for our programme, the 2024 Jury is made up of independent and international members who select the Showcases, Conferences and Project Pitches.

Toks Dada

UK | Head of Classical Music at Southbank Centre

Toks Dada is a Classical Music Curator, serving as the Head of Classical Music at Southbank since December 2020, and a Fellow of the International Society for the Performing Arts.

Asbjørn Keiding

DENMARK | director of Danske Ensembler, Orkestre og Operainstitutioner (DEOO)

Asbjørn Keiding boasts more than 20 years of experience in managing cultural organizations nationally and internationally. His expertise spans audience development, digitalization of classical music, music education programmers and EU projects.

Ulrike Köstinger

AUSTRIA | chief executive officer at Arts Consolidated (Operabase, CueTV)

Ulrike Köstinger has a strong performing arts industry background. She studied International Business Administration at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and Arts Management at the University of Zurich.

Jahangir Salimkhanov

AZERBAIJAN | cultural policy expert, arts manager, president of the administrative council of UNESCO IFPC

Jahangir Salimkhanov is an initiator, curator, facilitator, and promoter of projects in various cultural fields, including several multidisciplinary performance productions in the field of classical, traditional and contemporary music.

Katja Frei

GERMANY | director of education and outreach, Berliner Philharmoniker

Katja Frei has been the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Director of Education and Outreach since September 2020. She is responsible for expanding sustainable partnerships in educational, social, and digital fields, as well as developing music education programs for people of all ages in Germany and abroad.

Margaret S. Barrett

AUSTRALIA | professor and head, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance, Monash University

Margaret is Head of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance at Monash University. Prior to that she was Head of the School of Music at The University of Queensland (2008 – 2020). She has held positions as a Director of the Australian Music Centre, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and the Queensland Music Festival.

Jacob Greenberg

USA/GERMANY | artist, member of the International Contemporary Ensemble

Pianist and multi-keyboardist, Jacob Greenberg’s work as a soloist and chamber musician has received worldwide acclaim. He is a longtime member of the International Contemporary Ensemble, with whom he has performed throughout the Americas and Europe.

Matthew Lynch

UK | conductor

British/German conductor, Matthew Lynch, enjoys a busy international career. The 2022/23 season saw him make debuts with, among others, the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Hendrik Storme

BELGIUM | general and artistic director of ‘DE SINGEL’ International arts center in Antwerp

Hendrik Storme (1977) is a Belgian cultural manager originally from Ghent. Immediately after his studies in communication sciences and social work, he started his career in the Flemish classical music and cultural world. He gained his first work experience as a communications officer at the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen and Muziekcentrum De Bijloke.

Hanako Yamaguchi

USA | independent artistic producer and arts consultant, board member of ISPA

Hanako Yamaguchi is an independent artistic producer and arts consultant whose recent work includes producing FRAGMENTS, a special project with cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and consulting for the Celebrity Series of Boston, WQXR (New York’s classical music radio station), the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Little Island (NY).

The Team

Our Classical:NEXT team of 2022 | For Showcase enquiries please contact showcase@classicalnext.com.

Fabienne Krause

Managing Director

Paul Bräuer

Head of Communications

Hanna Etzold

Fellowships

Andrea Jung

Head of Showcases

Andreas Richter

Board member,
Communications and Conference

Capucine Valois

Head of Conference

Clemens Seeman

Board member,
Finances, Registration, Exhibitors

Karen Schriesheim

Partnerships and Advertisment

Karsten Witt

Board member,
Showcases

Luise Walther

Production,
Project Management

Nikolaus Rexroth

Board member,
Sponsorship and Fundraising

Raphael Reher

Project Pitches, Mentorings, Meet Ups, off C:N Presentations

Yan Dribinsky

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What is a Conference Session?

At the heart of the Classical:NEXT Conference are the jury-selected conference sessions featuring interactive formats such as mini-workshops, group discussions and debates as well as presentations and panels.

Meet Ups provide a place to form new alliances or deepen existing relationships: this semi-formal format provides a platform for established or emerging international networks to get together, brainstorm, develop ideas and connect with potential memebers or partners.

Ask all your burning questions, exchange ideas and get practical tips from our jury selected mentors, either in a 45-minute Roundtable sessions 45-minute Roundtable sessions in small groups.

Besides the jury-selected Conference programme our Off C:N Presentations offer delegates an additional space to present their projects, products or services.

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France
14 May, 2024
23:15
– 23:45
Erwan Keravec is a highland bagpiper, composer and improviser.
Singapore
15 May, 2024
00:15
– 00:45
b-l duo (bertram wee / lynette yeo) is on a mission to play the creepiest, craziest keyboard music they can get their hands on.
Finland
14 May, 2024
13:30
– 14:00
A fresh, experimental collective, who are constantly searching for new ways to perform early music. They have created their unique sound by daringly rearranging elements from medieval music and Finnish folk songs with improvisation and electronic soundscapes.
Cuba
15 May, 2024
23:15
– 23:45
The group’s sonic universe is at once crafted and expansive, and defies genre categorization
Czech Republic
15 May, 2024
17:00
– 17:30
Modern classical sextet vs robot playing real acoustic drums. Is it possible to make it work together?
Germany/Hungary/ Netherlands/Italy/Austria
15 May, 2024
22:00
– 22:30
Founded in 2019 on the principles of chaos in the arts, science, and philosophy, the Chaos String Quartet combines a highly refined ensemble culture and a fiery vitality with a passion for exploring experimental and improvisational approaches.
Brazil/USA
15 May, 2024
13:00
– 13:30
Representing Brazilian classical music in the prestigious “under 30” list of Forbes Brasil magazine Gabriele Leite is a young Brazilien who received her first formal musical studies as a little girl in a social project called Projeto Guri.
Northern Ireland
15 May, 2024
21:00
– 21:30
Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble is a world class group of musicians based in Belfast, For the past eleven years they have been catalysts in the city’s vibrant contemporary music scene, developing close collaborations with many composers.
Germany
14 May, 2024
18:00
– 22:00
Outdoor Van Project
Spain
14 May, 2024
21:00
– 21:30
Laura Farré Rozada is an award-winning pianist and mathematician, deemed a ‘Rising Star’ by BBC Music Magazine and a ‘New Talent’
UK
14 May, 2024
22:00
– 22:30
The quartet named themselves after the Hungarian composer György Ligeti (1923-2006), inspired by his kaleidoscopic musical outlook
Spain
16 May, 2024
20:45
– 21:15
I am a restless musician: a percussionist, composer and sound creator specialising in classical, contemporary and world music.
The Netherlands
15 May, 2024
12:00
– 12:30
Oorkaan presents her own ensemble, with four multi-talented, sparkling young musicians of international top level.
13 May, 2024
20:00
– 21:15
The project »Selam Opera!« takes the Komische Oper Berlin’s self-image as an “opera house for everyone”.
Iran/Canada
15 May, 2024
20:00
– 20:30
Quartet Diminished was established by Ehsan Sadigh in 2013. Quartet Diminished crafts musical moments that blend individual and collective contemporary perspectives, ranging from defined compositions to improvised phases drawing inspiration from diverse musical sources.
Germany
14 May, 2024
20:00
– 20:30
What happens when a pianist specialising in contemporary music meets three avant-garde musicians and they compose together in real time?
Belgium
14 May, 2024
14:30
– 15:00
A young Belgian harpist specialising in contemporary classical music.
13 May, 2024
20:00
– 21:15
Without sheet music – Without a conductor – Without chairs: Stegreif – The Improvising Symphony Orchestra.
13 May, 2024
20:00
– 21:15
The Third Orchestra emerged in 2019 when the Barbican Centre hosted its launch in a residency.
Australia
14 May, 2024
00:15
– 00:45
Musician, improviser, collaborator, singer, songwriter and principally an electric violin player
13 May, 2024
20:00
– 21:15
Zafraan stands for music that reflects today’s life, today’s society, and today’s reality in all its facets.

Around Classical:NEXT in Berlin

ALL TIMES IN CENTRAL EASTERN SUMMER TIME (CEST)

Fri, 10 May 2024

Time
Location
Artists
Programme
Ticket & Info
19:00
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Beat Furrer: Violetter Schnee
Ticket & Info
19:30
Komische Oper (Schillertheater)
W.A. Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro
Ticket & Info
20:00
Philharmonie Berlin
Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko, conductor
Bedřich Smetana: Má vlast (Mein Vaterland)
Ticket & Info
20:00
Konzerthaus Berlin
Academy of St. Martins in the Fields
Julia Fischer, violin and conductor
Works of Beethoven, Bartok and Schubert
Ticket & Info

Sat, 11 May 2024

Time
Location
Artists
Programme
Ticket & Info
19:00
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
W.A. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
Ticket & Info
19:30
Staatsballett Berlin (Tischlerei)
Next Generation
Ticket & Info
19:30
Komische Oper (Schillertheater)
Jerry Herman / Harvey Fierstein:
La Cage aux Folles
Ticket & Info
20:00
Philharmonie Berlin
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Andris Poga, conductor
Lili Boulanger: D’un soir triste
Henri Dutilleux: Tout un monde lointain
Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique
Ticket & Info

Sun, 12 May 2024

Time
Location
Artists
Programme
Ticket & Info
11:00
Bode-Museum (Gobelinsaal)
Members of Staatskapelle Berlin
Museum Concert VIII
Works of Gioachino Rossini
Ticket & Info
15:00
Staatsballett Berlin (Tischlerei)
Next Generation
Ticket & Info
16:00
Komische Oper (Schillertheater)
W.A. Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro
Ticket & Info
18:00
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
G. Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Ticket & Info
18:00
Pierre Boulez Saal
JACK Quartet
Carrot Revolution: works of Ruth Crawford Seeger, Morton Feldman, Gabriella Smith and more
Ticket & Info
19:00
Staatsballett Berlin (Tischlerei)
Next Generation
Ticket & Info
20:00
Konzerthaus Berlin
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Tarmo Peltokoski, conductor
Richard Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder
Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Sinfonie Nr. 10
Ticket & Info

Fri, 17 May 2024

Time
Location
Artists
Programme
Ticket & Info
as of 15:00
Musikbrauerei
1781 collective
Labyrinth performance (free for delegates)
Ticket & Info
19:00
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
W.A. Mozart: Don Giovanni
Ticket & Info
20:00
Philharmonie Berlin (Kammermusiksaal)
Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko, conductor
Works of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Jörg Widmann
Ticket & Info
20:00
Philharmonie Berlin
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Václav Luks, conductor
Louise Farrenc: Overtüre Nr. 1 e-Moll op. 23
Jan Václav Vorišek: Symphonie D-Dur op.23
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violinkonzert D-Dur
Ticket & Info

Sat, 18 May 2024

Time
Location
Artists
Programme
Ticket & Info
19:00
Philharmonie Berlin
Berliner Philharmoniker
François-Xavier Roth, conductor
Vito Žuraj and Anton Bruckner
Ticket & Info
19:30
Komische Oper (Schillertheater)
Jerry Herman / Harvey Fierstein:
La Cage aux Folles
Ticket & Info
20:00
Staatsballett Berlin
Ouverture
Ticket & Info

Sun, 19 May 2024

Time
Location
Artists
Programme
Ticket & Info
18:00
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
W.A. Mozart: Don Giovanni
Ticket & Info
18:00
Komische Oper (Schillertheater)
W.A. Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro
Ticket & Info
20:00
Philharmonie Berlin
Berliner Philharmoniker
François-Xavier Roth, conductor
Vito Žuraj and Anton Bruckner
Ticket & Info
20:00
Philharmonie Berlin (Kammermusiksaal)
Kammerakademie Potsdam Antonello Manacorda, conductor Kirill Gerstein, piano
Christoph Willibald Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Ouvertüre)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Konzert für Klavier und Orchester
Robert Schumann: Symphonie Nr. 3 Es-Dur
Ticket & Info

Why attend Classical:NEXT?

Benefits

Labels and Distributors

Meet distributors and discover artists and ideas.

Orchestras

Network and exchange with international colleagues.

Presenters

Debate relevant issues, connect to international colleagues and scout talent.

Tech & Start-ups

Connect with the entire art music ecosystem; find new clients and partners.

Conservatoires and Higher Ed

Conservatoires – connect with the rest of the music ecosystem!

Artists and Managers

Meet, connect, impress and get signed.

Media & Journalists

Get a thorough overview over the international art music scene in just a few days.

Publishers

Take home know-how and represent your composers.

Exhibitors

Be visible and connect in the most popular aspect of this international gathering.

Pricing

Smart

until 23 Feb

Per Person

330 €*

From 3rd Person

280 €*

Media Discount

240 €*

Early

until 22 Mar

Per Person

380 €*

From 3rd Person

320 €*

Media Discount

280 €*

Late

until 26 April

Per Person

420 €*

From 3rd Person

350 €*

Media Discount

310 €*

Walk-up

13-17 May

Per Person

450 €*

From 3rd Person

380 €*

Media Discount

330 €*

Student

100 €*

Expo Stand

2x2m

820 €*

Expo Stand

2x3m

950 €*

Pricing

Smart

until 23 Feb

Per Person

330 €*

From 3rd Person

280 €*

Media Discount

240 €*

Early

until 22 Mar

Per Person

380 €*

From 3rd Person

320 €*

Media Discount

280 €*

Late

until 26 April

Per Person

420 €*

From 3rd Person

350 €*

Media Discount

310 €*

Walk-up

13-17 May

Per Person

450 €*

From 3rd Person

380 €*

Media Discount

330 €*

Student

100 €*

Expo Stand

2x2m

820 €*

Expo Stand

2x3m

950 €*

Toks Dada (UK)

Head of Classical Music at Southbank Centre

Toks Dada is a Classical Music Curator, serving as the Head of Classical Music at Southbank since December 2020, and a Fellow of the International Society for the Performing Arts.

In 2010 Toks founded the music commissioning and producing company Sinfonia Newydd in Wales, providing a platform for established and emerging composers, including as part of cross-artform projects. From 2015 to 2020, Toks worked at Town Hall Symphony Hall, Birmingham, including as Classical Programme Manager, and was the Guest Curator for the 2022 edition of Wonderfeel – the Netherlands’ biggest outdoor classical music festival.

Toks has served as a Board Director, most notably at Welsh National Opera, and Sinfonia Cymru, and as an Advisor at PRS for Music Foundation. As an advocate for change, Toks has championed new approaches within classical music, presenting and writing about attracting new audiences and engaging young people.

Toks holds a Masters in Arts Management and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and in July 2020 was appointed an Honorary Associate of the College.

www.toksdada.com | www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Asbjørn Keiding (Denmark)

Director of Danske Ensembler, Orkestre og Operainstitutioner (DEOO)

Asbjørn Keiding is director of the business organisation Danske Ensembler, Orkestre og Operainstitutioner (DEOO) and boasts more than 20 years of experience in managing cultural organizations nationally and internationally. His expertise spans audience development, digitalization of classical music, music education programmers and EU projects. DEOO and Keiding are leaders in green transition, diversity, digitalization, and audience development in Denmark. With a unique background in leadership, classical music, and music education, Keiding brings a distinctive perspective to his work. He has also served on boards and state committees, enhancing his expertise in policy development. Keiding excels in organizational management, project creation, fundraising, and relationship-building with DEOO’s members, political stakeholders, and industry partners.

C:N NET profile | www.deoo.dk

Ulrike Köstinger (Austria)

Chief executive officer at Arts Consolidated (Operabase, CueTV)

Ulrike Köstinger has a strong performing arts industry background. She studied International Business Administration at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and Arts Management at the University of Zurich. Ulrike worked in the casting office, organizing the Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival, then moved to work at L’Oréal Austria as a product manager in their marketing department. She also worked at Teatro alla Scala, as an executive assistant to Alexander Pereira. Up until 2020, Ulrike was the Director of Cooperation & Development for the classical music video-streaming-platform takt1. Ulrike has been in the management team of Arts Consolidated (Operabase, CueTV) for two years in the position of Chief Content and Partnership Officer before becoming CEO in January 2023. Outside of Arts Consolidated, she voluntarily serves as the chairwoman of “Next Generation – Friends of the Salzburg Festival” and is a passionate marathoner.

C:N NET profile | Operabase

Jahangir Salimkhanov (Azerbaijan)

Cultural policy expert, arts manager, president of the administrative council of UNESCO IFPC

Jahangir Salimkhanov is an initiator, curator, facilitator, and promoter of projects in various cultural fields, including several multidisciplinary performance productions in the field of classical, traditional and contemporary music.

He is a lecturer, panelist, speaker and moderator at festivals, conferences and other cultural events in Azerbaijan and abroad – from Abu Dhabi to Vancouver and from Oslo to Bangkok. For nearly three decades, he has regularly taught courses on a variety of topics from contemporary music to cultural politics and creative processes. Recent notable publications include 6 of 50 essays in “Re-visiting Museums of Influence. Four Decades of Innovation and Public Quality in European Museums,” (Routledge, London & NY, 2020).

Jahangir has been jury member for the BUMA Prize in the Netherlands (2008 & 2009) as well as for the RPS Chamber Music Composition Award (2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011). He is an advisor to the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, a member of the European Parliament of Culture, a member of the Coordination Office of the Silk Roads Living Heritage Network, and a member of CPDN – Cultural Policy Designers Network.

Jahangir Salimkhanov

Katja Frei (Germany)

Director of education and outreach, Berliner Philharmoniker

Katja Frei has been the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Director of Education and Outreach since September 2020. She is responsible for expanding sustainable partnerships in educational, social, and digital fields, as well as developing music education programs for people of all ages in Germany and abroad. Prior to her current position, she led the education department of the Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna for five years, establishing a new branch within the seasonal programme with a focus on community music projects and the development of inclusion programs. From 2010 to 2015, she was part of the establishment of the Otto Group’s CSR music project “The Young ClassX”. Before this, she was an active orchestral musician in Germany, and holds a master’s degree in music management and music education as well as graduate diplomas in violin performance. Her activities as a conference speaker and lecturer have taken her to the U.S., Switzerland, Austria, and various universities in Germany.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Margaret S. Barrett (Australia)

Professor and head, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance, Monash University

Margaret is Head of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance at Monash University. Prior to that she was Head of the School of Music at The University of Queensland (2008 – 2020). She has held positions as a Director of the Australian Music Centre, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and the Queensland Music Festival. She has served as President of the International Society for Music Education (2012-2014), Chair of the World Alliance for Arts Education (2013-2015), Chair of the Asia-Pacific Symposium for Music Education Research (2009-2011), and National President of the Australian Society for Music Education (1999-2001). She has been awarded Fellowship of the Australian Society for Music (2012) and Honorary Life Membership of the International Society for Music Education (2022).

Her research investigates pedagogies of creativity, creative collaboration, ecological artistic citizenship, and expertise across the lifespan. This body of research has been supported by funding from the Australian Research Council, the British Council, and the Academy of Finland, and industry partners including the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Australian Children’s Music Foundation, Musica Viva Australia, and the Melbourne Recital Centre. She has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship (2018), elected Beaufort Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College University of Cambridge (2019), a Senior Research at IRCAM (2019), and an Albi Rosenthal Fellowship in Musicology at the Bodleian Library Oxford. She has published extensively in the field with most recent publications including The Oxford handbook of early learning and development in music (with Graham F. Welch, OUP 2023) and Music education, ecopolitical professionalism and public pedagogy: Towards systems transformation. (with Heidi M. Westerlund,Springer, 2023).

Margaret S. Barrett

Jacob Greenberg (USA/Germany)

Artist, member of the International Contemporary Ensemble

Pianist and multi-keyboardist, Jacob Greenberg’s work as a soloist and chamber musician has received worldwide acclaim. He is a longtime member of the International Contemporary Ensemble, with whom he has performed throughout the Americas and Europe. In his home base of Berlin, he directs Close Range, a teaching venue with diverse keyboards for canonical and modern repertoire. His touring concert series, Keyboard Play, spans centuries of music with period-specific and anachronistic instruments in a colorful historical dialogue. Recent highlights include concerts at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Boulez’s Sur Incises with the Seattle Symphony, and summer concerto appearances with the International Contemporary Ensemble at Lincoln Center and TIME:SPANS. His solo discs on New Focus Recordings include works from the Baroque to the present, with many new commissions. Mr. Greenberg is on the faculty of the Tanglewood Music Center, and has taught at Hunter College, The Juilliard School, and the State University of New York at Buffalo. His podcast, Intégrales, explores meaningful intersections of music and daily city life.

www.jacobgreenberg.net

Matthew Lynch (UK)

Conductor

British/German conductor, Matthew Lynch, enjoys a busy international career. The 2022/23 season saw him make debuts with, among others, the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

In the 2023/24 season he will be returning to London’s Southbank Centre to perform Beethoven’s Eroica with the Chineke! Orchestra and making debuts with, the Philharmonia, the London Mozart Players, Sinfonia Viva, and the French chamber orchestra, Le Balcon.

A keen advocate of contemporary classical music, Matthew is a regular collaborator of the composers Max Richter and Devonté Hynes and has performed their music with ensembles internationally. These collaborations continue into the next season, with concerts at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris and the London Coliseum.

In addition to symphonic and contemporary repertoire, Matthew is a regular conductor of opera, and in recent seasons has conducted new productions of La Bohème, Rusalka, and Don Giovanni in Dresden, and Treemonisha at London’s Grimeborn Festival. He also continues to play an active role in music education, working with a number of youth and training orchestras, including the London Schools’ Symphony Orchestra, the Southbank Sinfonia, and the Chineke! Junior Orchestra.

Matthew Lynch studied at Oxford University and the Hochschule für Musik, Dresden. He was a conducting fellow of the Aspen Music Festival and School with Robert Spano and a participated in the Tanglewood Conducting Seminar with Stefan Asbury.

www.matthewlynch.org

Hendrik Storme (Belgium)

General and artistic director of ‘DE SINGEL’ International arts center in Antwerp

Hendrik Storme (1977) is a Belgian cultural manager originally from Ghent. Immediately after his studies in communication sciences and social work, he started his career in the Flemish classical music and cultural world. He gained his first work experience as a communications officer at the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen and Muziekcentrum De Bijloke. In 2005, he co-founded the baroque orchestra B’Rock, which he managed until 2020. Under his artistic and general leadership, this Flemish baroque orchestra grew into a successful international period orchestra that has given concerts on prestigious stages in all corners of the world. The orchestra is distinguished by its broad repertoire and its many interdisciplinary collaborations with stage directors and choreographers. Between 2009 and 2020, Hendrik Storme also headed the Klara Festival (Festival of Flanders Brussels) as artistic director. During that period, the Klara Festival grew into a popular and indispensable player in Brussels in the field of classical music. His accessible and adventurous approach allowed the festival to attract a large and diverse audience. Since 2020 Hendrik Storme has been heading the international art center De Singel in Antwerp, one of the largest Flemish art institutions and also the only center in Belgium where music, theater, dance and architecture come together at the highest level.

C:N NET profile | desingel.be

Hanako Yamaguchi (USA)

Independent artistic producer and arts consultant, board member of ISPA

Hanako Yamaguchi is an independent artistic producer and arts consultant whose recent work includes producing FRAGMENTS, a special project with cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and consulting for the Celebrity Series of Boston, WQXR (New York’s classical music radio station), the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Little Island (NY).

Prior to that, she was Director of Music Programming at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, one of the key leaders in Lincoln Center’s evolution from a classical music promoter to a commissioner and producer of multidisciplinary presentations. Hanako was a co-founder of the White Light Festival, a driving force behind the revival of the Mostly Mozart Festival, and curator of the Great Performers concert series.

She is a board member of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) and has served as a juror for Concert Artists Guild, Oratorio Society of New York, Philadelphia Music Project, and Young Concert Artists.

Hanako Yamaguchi

Labels and Distributors

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Orchestras

Orchestras around the world share similar challenges which override the details of regional differences. With the future at stake, music professionals must orient themselves towards it. This is exactly what happens each year at Classical:NEXT – delegates take a hard look at the state of the industry to better prepare for the future collectively.

  • The Global Orchestra Network Meeting: compare best practice notes with international colleagues taking place in two parts – one open to all delegates, the other accessible only to orchestra staff
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Conservatoires & Higher Education


Education is crucial for the future of classical music. Collaborate with colleagues from various sectors—composers, orchestras, ensembles, opera, publishing, media, management, and journalism. Explore new alliances within the comprehensive Classical:NEXT program, specifically designed for education and outreach. It’s the prime international opportunity for music educators to connect and extend their reach across different facets of the field.

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Media & Journalists

Classical:NEXT is the one place where all relevant classical music labels, artists, and press representatives worldwide gather annually to discuss current issues and make business.

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