Classical:NEXT Innovation Award

2016 Innovation Award winners with the Classical:NEXT and de Doelen teams, by Eric van Nieuwland2016 Innovation Award winners with the Classical:NEXT and de Doelen teams. Photo by Eric van Nieuwland.

Voting now closed! The winner of the 2017 Innovation Award will be announced at the Classical:NEXT Closing on 20 May.

The Classical:NEXT Innovation Award was a new initiative to the 2015 edition, designed to place the spotlight on forward-thinking activities taking place around the world. The new award is complementary to already existing industry awards, The goal of this honorary prize is to raise awareness about innovative activities going on all over the world. The composition of the Nominating Committee (see below) is intended to inform classical music professionals about worthwhile experiments and approaches taking place beyond their own respective national scenes or from locations which receive much publicity.

"This award aims to give international recognition to the people who are doing the most to push things forward with daring yet intelligent, effective and successful “out-of-the-box” thinking, planning and action. I firmly believe the time has come to add such a distinction to the list of already existing awards. As with Classical:NEXT itself, the Innovation Award is a global, democratic, community effort"

Jennifer Dautermann, Classical:NEXT Director

2017 Award

Following the system introduced for the 2016 Award, the Classical:NEXT 2017 Innovation Award will use a three-tiered selection process: the Nominating Committee – our most international yet – will each nominate innovative and boundary-pushing projects from around the world to create the longlist. This will be released in the coming weeks. Together, the committee will vote the longlist down to the shortlist, which will then be opened to the global Classical:NEXT professional community to vote for the winners via C:N NET. The winner will be revealed and the award presented at the Classical:NEXT 2017 Closing, which will take place at de Doelen on 20 May 2017.


Previous Awards

At Classical:NEXT 2015, Lucerne Festival's Ark Nova and the Southbank Centre's The Rest is Noise Festival were the recipients of the first-ever Classical:NEXT Innovation Award. Classical:NEXT 2016 then saw the presentation of the Innovation Award to Ensemble Resonanz from Germany. Ensemble Resonanz and their project Urban String bring a club atmosphere to classical music, and often feature guest soloists, DJs and electronic musicians.

For lots more information on these previous Innovation Awards, including full lists of the nominees and nominators, see the links above.