• 14 - 17 MAY 2024

Innovation Award Shortlist 2017



This is the shortlist for the Classical:NEXT 2017 Innovation Award. These nominees were named and voted for by the Nominating Committee from the longlist. You can see the full 30-strong longlist here.

The winner of the award will be determined by an online vote open to the entire Classical:NEXT community, i.e. the almost 3,000 delegates who have registered for any of our editions, from 2012 to 2017, and who are linked via the online networking platform C:N NET. You can also register for a C:N NET-only account. The winner of the Classical:NEXT 2017 Innovation Award will then be announced on site at the closing ceremony of Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam on 20 May 2017.

Voting is now closed!

The projects in the shortlist that are looking for your votes are:


Cuarteto Q-Arte, by Valeria CastroPhoto: Valeria Castro

Cuarteto Q-Arte (Colombia)

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Q-Arte, a string quartet focused on Latin American music, has become one of the most interesting and innovative chamber music ensembles in Colombia, as well as one of South America’s musical ambassadors to the world.



CutCommon (Australia)

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CutCommon is an online publication dedicated to young classical musicians. It aims to expose new talent, create a sense of community and educate its 10,000 monthly readers about life in the arts industry.



TSO Visual Listening Guides

Hannah Chan-Hartley's TSO Visual Listening Guides (Canada)

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Created by musicologist Dr Hannah Chan-Hartley for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the TSO Visual Listening Guide is a new way to discover symphonic masterworks in a visually engaging and comprehensible manner, regardless of one’s musical background.


Ilan Volkov, by Simon ButterworthPhoto: Simon Butterworth

Ilan Volkov's Tectonics (UK)

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Ilan Volkov is the electricity powering 'new music'. Since 2012, his Tectonics festivals in Reykjavik and Glasgow have been exemplars of vibrant and diverse programming, reflecting his omnivorous interests in experimental classical, free improvisation, electronica, folk, world music, new hip-hop...Since 2014, Tectonics has expanded in Adelaide, Oslo, New York, Tel Aviv, London, Krakow and Athens.


Molyvos International Music Festival, by akriviadis.grPhoto: akriviadis.gr

Molyvos International Music Festival (Greece)

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A newly-born festival that combines breath-taking locations with extraordinary musicians, spreads music through the entire village involving the local community and visitors, and is becoming an important development vehicle for the island of Lesbos.



NEUE MEISTER-Label (Germany)

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In 2016, Edel/Berlin Classics launched the label Neue Meister. The label is dedicated to the new generation of classical composers. So far, the label has released eight albums, by Tamar Halperin, Sven Helbig, Federico Albanese, Christian Jost, Johannes Motschmann, Nigel Kennedy and Arash Safaian. In addition to these releases, four label nights have been held in Berlin and Hamburg. To be continued in 2017…


PODIUM Festival Esslingen, by Leonard HigiPhoto: Leonard Higi

PODIUM Festival Esslingen (Germany)

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PODIUM Esslingen is an incubator of new formats and processes for presenting classical and contemporary music. Run by a diverse, international network of young people, PODIUM has been pioneering new concert designs, interdisciplinary work and innovative outreach since 2009.


Relevant Tones

Relevant Tones: In the Field on 98.7 WFMT Chicago (USA)

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In the Field is a recurring segment on Relevant Tones, the world’s only weekly syndicated contemporary music radio programme, in which host Seth Boustead travels the globe to showcase interviews and music by a diverse range of composers.


Stephen Malinowski

Stephen Malinowski (USA)

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Stephen Malinowski is a pioneer in music visualisations and arguably one of the most important and impactful classical music access and education innovators in the digital age. His YouTube channel with score-based classical music animations created on Malinowski's own Music Animation Machine (MAM) software and then hand-designed by Malinowski has received over 150 million views and around 100,000 comments.


The Buskaid Soweto String Academy of Performance and Teaching, by Graham de LacyPhoto: Graham de Lacy

The Buskaid Soweto String Academy of Performance and Teaching (South Africa)

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Since 1997, Buskaid has offered high-quality string tuition to young people from disadvantaged circumstances in Soweto. Its job-creation programme has enabled a number of them to develop careers as performers and teachers.