• NEXT EDITION
  • 16-19 MAY 2018
  • ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

We deeply thank all jury members for their help and support. For the 2015 edition, the Classical:NEXT jury was, in alphabetical order (click on the photographs to enlarge):



etienne abelin / musician and creative entrepreneur

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Etienne Abelin is a Swiss musician and serial creative entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of classYcal (a start-up dedicated to innovations in classical music including the Ynight club nights), the Apples & Olives Indie Classical Festival Zurich and the Swiss El Sistema-inspired initiative Superar Suisse and is the musical co-director of Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra. He is also responsible for the live performances of the Music Animation Machine. Abelin is a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and was the principal second violin in the Orchestra Mozart Bologna, both orchestras founded and directed by the late Claudio Abbado. (Photo: Gil Selinger)

Etienne Abelin | Apples & Olives Festival | Ynight

 

heloisa Fischer / founder and director, VivaMusica!

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Entrepreneur, journalist and radio presenter. Heloisa has been a relevant player in the Brazilian classical music scene since 1993, both informing audiences and connecting professionals. Her main focus of work now is on innovation. From September 2014 on, VivaMusica!'s website, social media and radio show will exclusively cover initiatives that reach new audiences for classical music in Brazil and abroad. She will continue to edit the monthly concert listings guide for Rio de Janeiro, Agenda VivaMusica! (circulation 20,000), targeted at traditional venues and traditional audiences. (Photo: Leo Aversa)

Heloisa Fischer | VivaMusica!

 

Dr. Rainer Kahleyss / editor and distributor

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Trained in economics, Mr. Kahleyss studied music, music ethnology and communication in Berlin, earning his doctorate. In 1984, Rainer Kahleyss has worked as an editor and in distribution of Bote & Bock, Berlin and has been head of the Baerenreiter company >Vereinigte Schallplatten-vertriebs GmbH Disco-Center< as well as the Neuwerk music shop. Since 1996 Mr. Kahleyss runs his own production and distribution company Klassik Center Kassel. Dr. Rainer Kahleyss is also a co-founder and chairman of CLASS, the Association of Classical Independents in Germany e.V.

www.class-germany.de

 

Neil Wallace / programme director de doelen

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Neil Wallace is Scottish and is Programme Director of the Doelen Concert Hall in Rotterdam, and Artistic Director of Haarlem’s International Choral Biennale. Before moving to the Netherlands he was Chief Executive of Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre and Deputy Director of Glasgow 1990, the city’s Cultural Capital of Europe programme. He opened and programmed the city’s ground breaking Tramway venue. He created Offshore Cultural Projects, before being appointed Director of the municipal concert hall and theatre in Haarlem. In 2007, he co-designed a Masters Degree in Music Programming for the ArtEZ Conservatory, holding the post of Associate Professor until 2013. He is married to the Dutch-American composer Vanessa Lann. (Photo: Frank Hanswijk)

www.dedoelen.nl

 

jane williams / arts manager and consultant

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Jane Williams is a British arts manager and consultant, and has held senior management positions with the English National Opera, the London Sinfonietta and publisher Music Sales. She has significant experience in contemporary classical music and has worked closely with many of today's leading composers. Her current projects include the Reflective Conservatoire Conference 2015 'Creativity and Changing Cultures' for the Research Department of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London; and the Guildhall School/London Symphony Orchestra Masters programme 'Orchestral Artistry' launched in 2013.

Jane is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Trustee of Orchestras Live and a member of Spitalfields Music's programme advisory group. (Photo: Sarah Hickson)


 

Jury members 2014

Thiago Cury / Label Manager And Composer

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Thiago Cury is at home in a multitude of sectors, from live and education to recorded and publishing: The Brazilian arts manager, musical producer and studied composition, he has been developing sound creations for cinema, theater, opera, dance, performance and art exhibitions since 1993, collaborating with Coffin Joe, Jorge Bodansky and Teatro da Vertigem amongst others. His music has been played at festivals like Festival Música Nova and Encompor amongst others and has won prizes, e.g. Concurso Nascente/USP, and been awarded at Festival Internacional de Cinema de Brasília, Festival de Teatro de Americana. In 2005 Thiago Cury founded ÁguaForte, a record label and publishing company, where he develops special projects in music, producing concerts, recording CDs and LPs, and publishing scores. In 2010 Thiago Cury worked as the Director of the Music Center of Funarte (Brazilian national foundation for the arts). In 2013 he created the Strange Music Festival in São Paulo

ÁguaForte | thiagocury.com | strangemusicfestival.com

 

Dr. Rainer Kahleyss / editor and distributor

Trained in economics, Mr. Kahleyss studied music, music ethnology and communication in Berlin, earning his doctorate. In 1984, Rainer Kahleyss has worked as an editor and in distribution of Bote & Bock, Berlin and has been head of the Baerenreiter company >Vereinigte Schallplatten-vertriebs GmbH Disco-Center< as well as the Neuwerk music shop. Since 1996 Mr. Kahleyss runs his own production and distribution company Klassik Center Kassel. Dr. Rainer Kahleyss is also a co-founder and chairman of CLASS, the Association of Classical Independents in Germany e.V.

www.class-germany.de

 

Dean Kustra / ORchestra Manager And Producerdeankustra-web_150

Having pursued music studies in Toronto and at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Canadian Dean Kustra today is the Managing Director of Orchester Wiener Akademie and Musikkonzept Veranstaltungsservice GmbH, with which he produces classical music-based concert and theatre projects, seeking new ways of combining artistic disciplines, eras and genres in Vienna and abroad. Dean Kustra’s recent projects include a series of stage pieces with actor John Malkovich (The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer, The Giacomo Variations and Call Me God) and cooperations with former pop-star David Sylvian, the Théâtre National du Luxembourg amongst others. Under Kustra’s management Orchester Wiener Akademie has achieved a greater international profile and is increasingly engaged in new recording and theatre projects, while breaking new ground in the performance of music on period instruments. The orchestra performs an annual subscription series in Vienna presented by the Musikverein and tours regularly to major festivals and venues throughout Europe and North and South America.

Orchester Wiener Akademie
Musikkonzept production company

 

Gale Mahood / Artistic Planning Professional

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A British-born American, Gale Mahood recently relocated to Berlin following six years as Director of Planning and Orchestra Management at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra where she was responsible for programming, recording, and domestic and international touring. She served 10 years in management positions at the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in North Carolina. Mahood was instrumental in commissioning several premières for the Charlotte Symphony including Daniel Thomas Davis’ …And yet they abide, which received a 2006 BMI Student Composer Award, and Deus ex machina, a piano concerto by Michael Daugherty which won the 2011 Grammy for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. Mahood holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and theatre arts from Indiana University, with additional studies in theatre and public policy at the University of Miami and University of North Carolina – Charlotte. In 2000, she participated in the American Symphony Orchestra League’s Seminar in Artistic Excellence at the Aspen Festival and School, receiving tutelage in season planning from some of America’s top orchestra executives. In 2012, she participated in the 33rd Residential Short Course of Britain's highly-respected Clore Leadership Programme.



 

sarah Osborn / Music Publishers Associationsarah_osborn_1_low_res_150

Sarah Osborn has worked as a music publisher throughout her professional career with a focus on managing and developing the careers of composers. Her introduction to this fascinating area of the music industry came from Faber Music where she worked with Thomas Adès and George Benjamin amongst others. She later moved to Schott Music where over the course of eight years she rose to become Head of Contemporary Music with responsibility for the worldwide promotion of a roster of composers including Richard Ayres, Gavin Bryars and Alexander Goehr. She also managed the UK representation of many distinguished composers including Henze, Dutilleux and Penderecki.
A music graduate from Goldsmiths College (University of London), since 2012 she has been General Manager of the Music Publishers Association (MPA) where her remit covers cross-industry liaison, education and public affairs. Of particular interest to her is the need to ensure there are frameworks in place which allow contemporary music to flourish - whether by way of commissions, of performance and recording opportunities or by ensuring the necessary legal framework is in place to support copyright.

Music Publishers Association



Jury members 2013

Lilian Genn / Music Education and

Body Awareness Trainer

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Lilian Genn has been engaged as a music educator with various commissioned music theatres and workshop projects at the Konzerthaus and the Musikverein in Vienna, the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Bregenzer Festspiele et. al. on a conceptional as well as performing level. She holds a diploma in music composition and was a stipendiary of the Körber Foundation's 1st Master Class on Music Education. Trained in movement pedagogy, Lilian Genn also is a specialist in body awareness training for both orchestras and individual musicians as well as a university lecturer at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität.

 

Dr. Rainer Kahleyss / editor and distributor

Trained in economics, Mr. Kahleyss studied music, music ethnology and communication in Berlin, earning his doctorate. In 1984, Rainer Kahleyss has worked as an editor and in distribution of Bote & Bock, Berlin and has been head of the Baerenreiter company >Vereinigte Schallplatten-vertriebs GmbH Disco-Center< as well as the Neuwerk music shop. Since 1996 Mr. Kahleyss runs his own production and distribution company Klassik Center Kassel. Dr. Rainer Kahleyss is also a co-founder and chairman of CLASS, the Association of Classical Independents in Germany e.V.

www.class-germany.de

 

Beth Morrison / Creative Producer

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Creative Producer Beth Morrison’s deep commitment to empowering composers and artists in the creation of new work led her to found Beth Morrison Projects, a production company that has gone on to premiere over 24 music-theatre and opera-theatre works in New York City and around the globe. With her extensive history in the development of new opera and music-theatre, The Wall Street Journal recently said, “Ms. Morrison may be immortalized one day as a 21st-century Diaghilev, known for her ability to assemble memorable collaborations among artists… a vital link in the music-industry food chain.” In addition, Ms. Morrison served as Administrative Director for Boston University Tanglewood Institute and as Producer for New York City Opera’s VOX: Contemporary American Opera Lab and held a three-year founding tenure with the Yale Institute for Music Theatre. Ms. Morrison holds a Bachelor of Music from Boston University School of Music, a Master of Music from Arizona State University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Theater Management/Producing from Yale School of Drama.

www.bethmorrisonprojects.org

 

Uffe savery / CEO Copenhagen Phil,

Radio Moderator and performing artist

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In 1988 Uffe Savery and Morten Friis founded the percussion group Safri Duo. They have performed with symphony orchestras and solo recitals in prestigiouse concert halls such as Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Het Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonie, and Lincoln Center. Uffe has brought his talents as a creative cultural entrepreneur into leading a symphony orchestra - he has been CEO of the Copenhagen Phil since 2010. He also moderates his own radio show "Savery Synes" ("Savery Likes") on "Radio Klassik" and is a member of VL-10 (Danish Management Society, a network for Danish top executives). (Photo: Stine Thomas Larsen)

www.copenhagenphil.dk

 

sophie schrickeR / Artistic Director

and Classical correspondent

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Sophie Schricker studied romanic philology in Freiburg, Berlin and Paris. Her professional activities span from editing, translating and lectoring to dramaturgy and management in the classical music sphere. She is the classical correspondent for the Bureau Export (French Music Export Office) in Berlin, head of Impuls neue Musik (German-French Fund for Contemporary Musik) and worked as Artistic Director with festivals such as "Shared Sounds" (2008-2010) in Berlin's Radialsystem V and "chor@berlin" (2011). Sophie Schricker is the manager of the Vokalakademie Berlin, as well as a member of the music jury of the Contemporary Arts Alliance. (CAA)

www.french-music.org / www.impulsneuemusik.com

www.vokalakademie-berlin.de

 

peter wiegold / Composer, conductor and

director

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Peter Wiegold is a leading innovator in British music working across cultures collaborating with musicians from Asia and Africa. His own ensemble 'notes inégales' combine scores with improvisation and play regularly at their 'club inégales' in London. As Head of Music Research at Brunel University he directs the think tank for new music-making 'Institute of Composing', and the 'Brunel Institute for Contemporary Middle-Eastern Music'. Wiegold's compositions include "He is armoured without" for the BBC Proms and "The End of the Line", an opera at Manchester Piccadilly Railway station. In 2008, Wiegold was appointed ‘Artist-in-Association’ with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. He has conducted as renowned ensembles as the Composers Ensemble, the London Sinfonietta and the Symphony Nova Scotia.

www.wiegold.co.uk / www.clubinegales.com