2014-07-30 ClassicalNEXT 2015 in Rotterdam


Dear classical music innovators,

Having announced the dates already a month ago, we today proudly announce, that Classical:NEXT will be held at a new location as of next year. The fourth edition of Classical:NEXT will take place in:

Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 20-23 May 2015

We are convinced that taking this step promises the continuity we need to entertain Classical:NEXT as well as stay independent and plan future developments of the project along with our partners and the delegates. Read all about it below.

Sincerely yours,
The Classical:NEXT team


Classical:next 2015 takes place in rotterdam

View of Rotterdam
(photo: Luke Price)

The fourth edition of the international art music meeting Classical:NEXT will take place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Classical:NEXT entered a partnership with de Doelen concert hall in what is one of today’s most trending cultural hotspots worldwide. The new partnership offers prospects for the whole classical music scene, as Classical:NEXT director Jennifer Dautermann emphasizes:

“Classical:NEXT is the baby of the whole art music community – a toddler now, taking its first steps. As with any child, ours needs strong support to survive and thrive. We are so pleased to take the hand of De Doelen, an established art music institution with a long and distinguished track record. Together with our new partners, we are intending to form a long-term alliance whose stability and experience will benefit art music professionals all over the world.”

Gabriël Oostvogel, director of de Doelen, sees the partnership as an ideal next step for all sides:

“We are very proud to host Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam. De Doelen is strongly committed to new audiences for classical music in this young and dynamic city, and we are looking forward to collaborating with our international partners of Classical:NEXT to bring our shared mission to the next level. We are convinced that the Netherlands, and particularly Rotterdam, is the perfect place to present, shape and discuss what is new in the classical music scene today

CLASS, Association of Classical Independents in Germany and initiator of Classical:NEXT, are equally enthused as chairman Rainer Kahleyss points out:

“We are glad to hear that our Berlin partner Piranha Arts could establish a new and hopefully stable cooperation with De Doelen so that Classical:NEXT, meanwhile established as the most important annual meeting point for the world of classical music, will take place long term in this attractive city.”


New Links to networks of dutch classical music meeting and ISPA meeting

nieuwenhuizen_michael_2009_jeroen_dietz Michael Nieuwenhuizen
(photo: Jeroen Dietz)

The new alliance was coordinated by Michael Nieuwenhuizen, the former director of the Dutch Classical Music Meeting (DCMM), who after DCMM wrapped up in 2012 has become a Classical:NEXT advisor and will be the local project manager of Classical:NEXT 2015. Classical:NEXT will thus take on the legacy of the DCMM, which in four editions built up an expertise and a professionals network at a national and international level.

What is more, a whole set of new cooperations across the different sectors of classical music arise from the new setup. Not only will the Operadagen Rotterdam 2015 start during the last days of Classical:NEXT. Classical:NEXT will continue the recent cooperation with the International Society for Performing Arts (ISPA), who will hold their annual meeting in Malmö, Sweden, right after Classical:NEXT and whose CEO David Baile hosted the closing at the last Classical:NEXT edition.

In addition, the leading independent classical label and distributor Naxos will hold their annual meeting at a date following up Classical:NEXT.


rotterdam - Cultural Hotspot in the centre of important markets

de Doelen Roof Terrace
(photo: Rien van Rijthoven)

Based right in the centre between the important French, German and English speaking classical music markets, Rotterdam is easy to reach and offers around 4000 hotel beds in walking distance to the new Classical:NEXT main venue, De Doelen, in the harbour city’s centre. Besides being Europe’s biggest sea port, Rotterdam The Hague Airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (25 mintues by train) are intercontinental air hubs, which is crucial for delegates coming to Classical:NEXT from more than 40 countries from all over the world.

Recently the city has evolved from an insider tip to a hotspot known worldwide. This year, both Rough Guide and the New York Times featured Rotterdam as a city that you must visit, praising Rotterdam highly, not least for its architecture.

Rough Guides 'Top 10 Cities for 2014'

10th place in the New York Times list of '52 Places to Go in 2014'


de doelen - renowned concert hall and established congress centre

grote_zaal_by_tom_tosselaar_540de Doelen Grote Zaal
(photo: Tom Tosselaar)

De Doelen’s special appeal lies in its dual function as an international concert hall and conference centre which ideally fits the Classical:NEXT structure of an expo with conferences and nighttime showcase concerts. This is underscored by the building’s looks: the remarkable 1960’s functionalist architecture of the original concert hall contrasts beautifully with the conference centre’s more dynamic and modern design.

A concert venue that hosts 600 concerts a year, attracting 450.000 visitors, de Doelen is home to one of Europe’s finest orchestras, the Rotterdam Philharmonic (chief conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin). De Doelen plays a stimulating role in the Dutch classical music world by commissioning new works, inviting international artists in residence (f.i. Colin Currie, David Lang, Brett Dean, etc.), programming the best Dutch and international ensembles, and collaborating intensively with local, national and international partners.

De Doelen International Congress Centre is an established meeting place for cultural, corporate and knowledge-based events. The building and the team offers all the facilities and expertise of a state of the art congress venue.

Find out more about the main Classical:NEXT 2015 venue


Call for proposals going out soon

cn_2014_showcases_day_1_by__eric_van_nieuwland_205212_540Hiroaki Takenouchi, Classical:NEXT 2014 (photo: Eric van Nieuwland) 

Now that the location is set, all of us need to start working on the programme. The structure of the event will stay largely the same it has been at the successful editions in Munich and Vienna:

Classical:NEXT will again call all former as well as all possible new delegates to suggest their projects or their conference session ideas to a jury of international experts. Our call for proposals for conference sessions and showcase performances will go out within the next weeks. Information on hotels and travel possibilities as well as on the venues for Classical:NEXT will follow soon.

The online registration system will be open for discounted Smart Rate registrations later this year.

Photos and more material at our press section.


About Classical:NEXT

powerplant2_by_eric_van_nieuwland_204746_540Powerplant, Classical:NEXT 2014
(photo: Eric van Nieuwland)

Classical:NEXT is an international professionals’ forum for all sectors of the classical music industry. The networking event includes an expo and a conference, as well as showcase concerts and video screenings. Classical:NEXT, is initiated by CLASS - Association of Classical Independents in Germany eV (www.class-germany.de), and produced by Piranha Arts, who have been running the music fair WOMEX - the world music expo - annually since 1994.

Local partners of Classical:NEXT for 2015 are De Doelen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, with Michael Nieuwenhuizen, former director of the Dutch Classical Music Meeting, being the local project manager.

Facts and figures about the first three editions of Classical:NEXT:


Listen to some Classical:NEXT delegates' statements from 2014:

Delegates' statements recorded impromptu at Classical:NEXT 2014, video by Luca Jacob



Kind regards,

Your Classical:NEXT team