• 27 - 30 SEPT 2021

We deeply thank all jury members for their help and support. The Jury will hand-pick all conference sessions, project pitches and showcases to be presented at Classical:NEXT, from submissions made by the community at large.


For the 2016 edition, we are pleased to announce that the Classical:NEXT Jury is, in alphabetical order:

Katherine Carleton (Canada) – Executive Director, Orchestras Canada

In 10 years as Executive Director of Orchestras Canada, Katherine Carleton has led a renewed commitment to research, expansion of the membership, strengthening of dual language service delivery, and enhanced partnerships with colleague organizations. Katherine has worked as a clarinetist, teacher, granting officer, and orchestra manager. She has a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the University of Toronto, and a Master's in Management from Montreal’s McGill University (where her thesis topic was orchestral happiness).

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Ginny Cooper (UK) – Classical Label Manager, Proper Music Group

Having studied music at university, Ginny has worked for 25 years in the classical music industry and is currently offering consultation services for Proper Music Distribution in London. She has held the position of Vice Chair of the BPI Classical Committee for many years in the UK and has previously worked for EMI and Chandos Records. Ginny has spent the last 10 years working in classical music distribution.

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Elena Park (US) – Supervising Producer, Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series

Elena Park has worked as producer, curator, writer, and communications executive. She is Supervising Producer of the Met’s HD series, seen in 70 countries, and Executive Producer of its radio broadcasts. As Director/Curator of National Sawdust+ in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, she creates talks with artists and thinkers as well as concerts curated by visionary writers and directors. Elena has written extensively about the arts and produced award-winning programs for WNYC Radio. She is developing podcasts featuring artists and Silicon Valley leaders. (Photo: H. Rothman)

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Neil Wallace (Scotland, UK/The Netherlands) – programme director, de doelen

Neil Wallace is Scottish and is the 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 CEO of Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre and deputy director of Glasgow 1990, the city’s Cultural Capital of Europe programme. Wallace opened and programmed Cardiff’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, Wallace 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)

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Steven Walter (Germany) – Founder and artistic & managing director, PODIUM Festival Esslingen

Steven Walter is a cultural entrepreneur and cellist currently based in Berlin and Stuttgart, Germany.

Born in 1986 and raised near Stuttgart, Steven was early to discover his passion for classical music. He started playing the cello at age 8 and soon began performing with various ensembles. After graduating, Steven studied the cello in Oslo and Detmold. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician at many venues in Europe and throughout Scandinavia. He is a member of several project orchestras. Together in a trio with Magnus Boye Hansen and Mathias Susaas Halvorsen he performs “Dunkelkonzerte”, concerts in total darkness, in many countries.

Additionally to his performance career, Steven is an engaged cultural entrepreneur and manager. He has founded and currently is artistic & managing director of the PODIUM Festival Esslingen (Germany), an innovative European chamber music festival. Furthermore, he is regular writer and lecturer on topics related to concert design and management. In recognition of his work as an innovative music promoter he has received a prestigious ECHO Klassik Award in 2010 and nomination to Cultural Manager of the Year 2011. Steven is currently also fellow at “Akademie Musiktheater heute”, a program for innovation in music theatre by the Deutsche Bank Stiftung.

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Special NEXT:Tech Jury Member

Katariina Nyberg (Finland) – Digital producer, Sibelius 150th Anniversary

Katariina Nyberg is an arts manager from Helsinki who specialises in digital transformation of cultural organisations with a love of classical music. She holds a master's degree in cross-disciplinary engineering. Currently Katariina is overseeing the digital visibility of the 150th anniversary of Jean Sibelius in 2015. (Photo: Touko Hujanen)

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