• 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.

Showcase Jury

For the 2017 edition, the Classical:NEXT Jury is, in alphabetical order:

Juan Pablo Carreño (Colombia/France) – Composer

Educated in Colombia, the United States and France, Juan Pablo Carreño studied composition at the Javeriana University in Bogotá with Guillermo Gaviria and Harold Vásquez. Later on, he was a scholarship recipient at Florida International University where he also worked as a professor of composition and musical theory. In France, he studied composition with Gérard Pesson at the Paris national superior conservatory, where he graduated in 2010.

He was appointed resident in the Academy of France in Rome (Villa Medici) between 2011-13, and he was also selected in New York for the program ICELab, to work in 2012 with the International Contemporary Ensemble. In 2015 he premiered his first opera, La Digitale, a commission of the opera house of Marseille and the Ernst von Siemens Music Fondation.
Photo by Olivier Roller

C:N NET profile

Rainer Kahleyss (Germany) – Editor and Distributor

Rainer Kahleyss trained as an economist before going on to study for a doctorate in music ethnology and communication in Berlin. In 1984, he was appointed as an editor at music publisher Bote & Bock in Berlin. He has also previously worked for music publisher Bärenreiter and the Neuwerk music shop. Since 1996, Kahleyss has been running his own production and distribution company, Klassik Center Kassel. In the meantime he founded the company Klangfarben Kassel also selling high end equipment. He is also a co-founder and chairman of the Association of Classical Independents in Germany (CLASS).

C:N NET profile

Genevieve Lacey (Australia) – independent musician

Genevieve is a recorder virtuoso, serial collaborator and artistic director, with a significant recording catalogue and an international career as a soloist. She creates collaborative works for many mediums, and has premiered scores of works, written for her.

Genevieve’s repertoire spans ten centuries and she performs in contexts as diverse as playing concertos at the Proms, in communities in remote Australia, for the Queen at Westminster Abbey, at the Lindau Convention of Nobel Laureates, and for opening night of the London Jazz Festival. Genevieve is Chair of the Australian Music Centre, Artistic Director of Musica Viva’s FutureMakers, guest curator for Ngeringa Arts.
Photo by Monty Coles

C:N NET profile

Matthew Swann (UK) – Chief Executive Officer of City of London Sinfonia

Matthew Swann has been Chief Executive of City of London Sinfonia (CLS) since 2012, during which time the Orchestra has undergone a period of extraordinary growth, extending its education and wellbeing programme to more than 15,000 participants every year, developing its ground-breaking CLoSer series in East London club venues, and touring internationally to Mexico and Japan. Prior to CLS Matthew was Associate Producer for Classical Music at the Roundhouse, developing the Reverb Festival and the choral festival Voices Now, and remains Creative Director of Voices Now. He also held positions in Executive Search, recruiting leadership roles for international heritage and visual arts organisations.
Photo by James Berry


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 by Frank Hanswijk

C:N NET profile

Katherine Zeserson (US/UK) – Cultural Activist

Katherine Zeserson’s work focuses on strategy, practice and professional development in music and culture. She believes in the power of reflective artistic practice to inspire human development and build compassionate communities. From 2001 to 2015 she was Founding Director of Learning and Participation at Sage Gateshead, and in 2016 she became Programme Director for inspire-music, a Paul Hamlyn Foundation initiative stimulating professional learning in music education. Other key roles include Strategic Advisor to Music Generation Ireland, Chair of Sing Up Ltd. and a long-term advisory role supporting socially engaged youth music and arts programmes in São Paulo, Brazil. She is a singer with particular interests in improvised music and inclusive vocal practice.

C:N NET profile

Club Showcase Curators

For Classical:NEXT 2017, a new showcase format, Club Showcases, will take place, and these will be selected by the specialist curators:

Jennifer Dautermann (US/Germany) – Director, Classical:NEXT

Jennifer Dautermann majored in classical music performance with a minor in studio photography at the Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Michigan School of Music with parallel professional engagements at institutions such as the Michigan Opera Theater. In New York City, she concentrated on photography and was active as an instructor's assistant at New York City's International Center of Photography. In Berlin, Jennifer joined the British Council's Arts and Creative Industries department in 2000 and for over seven years was active in projects across the innovative arts spectrum. In 2009, she independently initiated the C3 Festival (Club Contemporary Classical), a showcase for contemporary music mixing elements of new classical and electronica. It has taken place in various cities in Europe and has been supported by the Berlin Capital Cultural Fund, the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. She is also the founding Director of Classical:NEXT.

C:N NET profile

Gabriel Prokofiev (UK) – artistic director, composer

Gabriel Prokofiev is a London-based composer, producer, DJ and founder of the nonclassical record label and club night. Composing music both embraces and challenges western classical traditions, he has emerged at the forefront of a new approach to classical music in the UK at the beginning of the 21st century.
Photo by Hannah Lucy Jones

C:N NET profile