Chaired by Mischa Kreiskott (Germany), radio host & editor, NDR Kultur
with Pascal Sticklies (Luxemburg), senior manager, Philharmonie Luxembourg
When the name Neo Classical first arose at the beginning of this decade, it was repeatedly rejected whenever used, especially by the musicians included under that label.The term established itself regardless, however, and audience interest in the music connected with it seems to be gaining momentum rapidly. Major labels have been climbing on the bandwagon, classical concert series and radio stations attempt to attract younger listeners by programming Neo Classical stars like Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds, Hauschka or Chilly Gonzales.
But how much is this millenial movement of mainly meditative music at all connected to classical music? Are the new "Young Piano Stars" such as the aforemetioned actually able to freshen up the traditional music world? What exactly is it that draws thousands of pop music aficionados to elegiac acoustic music? Once identified, can this be utilised for best-practice benefit for the next generation or the classical scene overall?
It's time to debate the opportunities and limits of Neo Classical and its sibling, Indie Classical!