• 15-18 MAY 2019

2016 Nominating Committee

The award’s nominees for 2016 are selected by a committee of music journalists and experts from 17 countries from Colombia to Japan, who in their work focus on renewal and trends in classical music. The Nominating Committee is not fixed but can vary every year. These are its members for 2016, in alphabetical order:


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Etienne Abelin (Switzerland)

Industry Insider Education and Arts Presenting

C:N NET profile


Etienne Abelin is a musician and cultural entrepreneur with a passion for new directions in classical music. He is the founder of classYcal, a start-up that produces the Ynight club nights ("Best of 2013" Tagesanzeiger Zurich) and the Apples&Olives Indie Classical Festival Zurich. With the music visualization approach Music:Eyes, he has toured worldwide and held two TEDx talks/performances. With his ensemble bachSpace - Bach & Electronics, he gave his Concertgebouw Amsterdam debut in 2014 and with Nik Bärtsch's Mobile Extended, he recorded for ECM. A member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and from 2004 - 2011 principal second violin of the Orchestra Mozart Bologna, both founded by Claudio Abbado, he was also an Artist-in-Residence and music curator at the Festspielhaus St.Pölten, Austria. Etienne initiated Superar Suisse, a start-up that brings music to socially disadvantaged children and is helping to build the “Sistema Europe” network inspired by El Sistema Venezuela. He's a co-founder of the Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra (SEYO) which he conducted together with the Youth Orchestra of Caracas at La Scala Milano in the summer of 2015.


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Anu Ahola (Finland)


Anu Ahola studied at the University of Helsinki and the Universitá Ca’ Foscari in Venice, graduating with a Master's degree in music. Currently the editor in chief of the Finnish Music Quarterly (FMQ) magazine, she has long and varied experience in the field of classical and contemporary music. Alongside her work as a music journalist, she has managed the communications (including the editing of festival brochures) for many music festivals, acted as classical music product manager for EMI Finland, designed compilation albums, and worked at the Finnish Music Information Centre (Fimic). She is also well-versed in children's music and music education, and co-edited the first chronicle of children's music in Finland.



Lorena Jiménez Alonso (Spain)


Lorena Jiménez is a musicologist, classical critic and PR Manager. Her reviews and interviews have appeared in magazines such as Ritmo, Audioclásica, Pro Ópera and La Scena Musicale. She has a Degree in Musicology from the University of Oviedo and a Master’s in Arts Administration from the University of Dresden.


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Alex Ambrose (USA)

C:N NET profile

Alex Ambrose is the supervising producer for Q2 Music, WQXR’s online platform for discovery, curiosity and vibrant 21st-century music. Alex works with New York Public Radio staff to produce live webcasts; conceive and execute 24-hour marathons with local and international partners; and develop new shows, podcasts and hosts.



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Persis Bekkering (The Netherlands)

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Persis Bekkering (1987) is a freelance journalist and critic from Amsterdam in the field of literature and classical music. In her work on (contemporary) classical music, she aims to open the sometimes mystical music world to a wider audience. Her work appears mostly in Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant and Harper’s Bazaar.


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Heloisa Fischer (Brazil)

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Heloisa has been a reference in the Brazilian classical music sector since 1993. Entrepreneur, journalist, online media consultant. Founder of VivaMusica!. Presenter at CBN Radio. Member of the boards of São Paulo Symphony (consultative) and Sala Cecilia Meireles (programming). Her latest work-in-progress is the classical only DJ set Iconoclassica.


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Andrew Ford (Australia)


Andrew Ford is an Australian composer, writer and broadcaster, and a winner of awards in all three categories. His music has been played in more than 40 countries around the world, he has published eight books and, for the past 20 years, has presented The Music Show on ABC Radio National.

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Séverine Garnier (France)

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“Classical music is not a has-been”: this is Séverine Garnier’s motto. Webjournalist since 2001, she writes portraits, revues and interviews as a free-lancer for a national newspaper Le Parisien. She also gives lectures about modern music. In 2010 she creates her own blog.


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Kai-Michael Harting (Germany)

Industry Insider Education and Outreach

Kai-Michael Hartig trained as a classical pianist before going on to study arts management. He has worked in arts sponsorship, cultural politics and European cultural affairs. He is now head of the culture department at the Körber-Foundation in Hamburg where he has helped to develop new cultural an educational activities.



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Alexandra Ivanoff (Turkey)

Alexandra Ivanoff is an American arts journalist who lived for eight years in Istanbul, where she began her career as a music journalist. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music in NY and Yale University. In 2014, she relocated to Europe as an arts correspondent.



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Christian Kellersmann (Germany)

Industry Insider Recorded

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Christian Kellersmann, born 1960 - MA of musicology (University of Hamburg) - musician (played with „Die Zimmermänner“, „Doraus & Marinas“ and „Palais Schaumburg“), from 1990 - 2013 at Polygram/Universal Music (1990 - 94: product manager Jazz at Polydor - 1994-99: Director of Jazz at Motor Music and from 1999 GM/MD of Universal Music Classics and Jazz). Initiated the Yellow Lounge, the „Recomposed“-Series and signed artists like Francesco Tristano, Till Brönner, Max Raabe, Spark etc.. 2013-14: sabbatical year in Rio. Since 2014 „Director of Creative and Content“ at Edel:Kultur (MPS, Berlin Classics and the new label „Neue Meister“).


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Sunyoung Kim (South korea)


Sunyoung KIM is a journalist, an editor of Auditorium in Korea. Auditorium (GAEKSUK) is South Korea's premier monthly music and performing arts magazine which has been objectively recording the performing arts scene since its launch on 2 March 1984. She studied Semiotics, cultural content at university.


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Gerardo Kleinburg (Mexico)


Gerardo Kleinburg is a Méxican writer, music critic and artistic promoter. He has been General Director of México National Opera House as well as General Director of the Cervantino International Festival. He received the Salzburg Festival Music Critic Award. He is Associate Director of PROA (one of México’s leading companies for artistic promotion).




Mauricio Peña Cediel (Colombia)


Mauricio Pena is the director of the Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango’s recital hall in Bogotá, Colombia. Before dedicating himself fully to directing the hall, he blogged at Bogomusic, a blog dedicated to the classical music scene in Bogota which was positively reviewed by Revista Semana, Colombia’s main weekly magazine. He now writes in the blog sporadically.



Rudolph Tang (China)


Rudolph Tang has been covering classical music and opera since 1999. He was the Editor of Gramophone magazine Chinese edition from 2005-08 and a jury member of MIDEM Classical Awards in 2008, Head of Communication of the China Symphony Development Foundation and Alliance of Asia-Pacific Region Orchestra from 2008-2013. Based in Shanghai and Beijing, he is now pursuing a career in music criticism and journalism in China and globally.


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John Terauds (Canada)


John Terauds is one of Canada's most influential voices in classical music writing today. He is the founder and editor emeritus of MusicalToronto.org, a regular commentator on Radio-Canada as well as television, and a host of music-related artist talks. He is the former staff classical music critic at the Toronto Star, as well as being an active organist, choir director and music teacher.



Jan Topolski (Poland)


Music and film critic, born in 1982. In 2004 co-founded and is till now editor-in-chief of "Glissando", the only one Polish magazine on new music. Betwen 2007 and 2015 one of programmers on T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival. Edited books on Turkish cinema and American music and wrote Gérard Grisey's monography "Spectres and Times". Since 2015 in National Audiovisual Institute.


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Hartmut Welscher (Germany)

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Hartmut Welscher is editor-in-chief of VAN Magazine, a digital fanzine for classical music and its subculture. Hartmut studied anthropology, philosophy and Asian Studies in Berlin, Edinburgh and Seoul and holds a master’s degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. He worked as a consultant on international development cooperation projects in Southeast Asia and Africa for over ten years before founding VAN in 2013. Since its launch, the magazine has had a major impact, quickly establishing itself as a leading voice on the German classical music scene. In 2015, he was appointed lecturer in the Department of Cultural Studies at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg in Northern Germany.


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Akiko Yanagisawa (Japan)

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Akiko studied aesthetics and philosophy at Gakushuin University, Tokyo, and Arts Management at City University, London. She founded mu:arts, a creative producer of music and arts which has brought established and emerging musicians and artists from Japan to festivals and venues in over 25 countries. She is enthusiastic about creating cross-arts collaborations and contributes columns to national Japanese newspapers.


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