• 13 - 17 May 2024
  • Berlin, Germany

Conferences & Project Pitches


Asbjørn Keiding
Photo by Edyta Sørensen

Asbjørn Keiding (Denmark)

executive secretary, LandsdelsOrkesterForeningen

Asbjørn Keiding is director of the business organisation Danske Ensembler, Orkestre og Operainstitutioner (DEOO) and boasts more than 20 years of experience in managing cultural organizations nationally and internationally. His expertise spans audience development, digitalization of classical music, music education programmers and EU projects. DEOO and Keiding are leaders in green transition, diversity, digitalization, and audience development in Denmark. With a unique background in leadership, classical music, and music education, Keiding brings a distinctive perspective to his work. He has also served on boards and state committees, enhancing his expertise in policy development. Keiding excels in organizational management, project creation, fundraising, and relationship-building with DEOO's members, political stakeholders, and industry partners.



Jahangir Salimkhanov

Jahangir Salimkhanov (Aserbaidschan)

cultural policy expert, arts manager, president of the administrative council of UNESCO IFPC

Jahangir Salimkhanov is an initiator, curator, facilitator, and promoter of projects in various cultural fields, including several multidisciplinary performance productions in the field of classical, traditional and contemporary music.

He is a lecturer, panelist, speaker and moderator at festivals, conferences, symposia and other cultural events in Azerbaijan and abroad - from Abu Dhabi to Vancouver and from Oslo to Bangkok. For nearly three decades, he has regularly taught courses on a variety of topics - from contemporary music to cultural politics to creative processes. Recent notable publications include 6 of 50 essays in "Re-visiting Museums of Influence. Four Decades of Innovation and Public Quality in European Museums," Routledge, London & NY, 2020.

Jury member for the BUMA Prize, Netherlands (2008 & 2009). Jury member for the RPS Chamber Music Composition Award (2008, 2009, 2010, & 2011). FormHe is an advisor to the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, a member of the European Parliament of Culture, a member of the Coordination Office of the Silk Roads Living Heritage Network, and a member of CPDN - Cultural Policy Designers Network.


Katja Frei
photo by Stefan Höderath

Katja Frei (Germany)

director of Education and Outreach, Berliner Philharmoniker

Katja Frei has been the Berliner Philharmoniker's Director of Education and Outreach since September 2020. She is responsible for expanding sustainable partnerships in educational, social, and digital fields, as well as developing music education programs for people of all ages in Germany and abroad. Prior to her current position, she led the education department of the Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna for five years, establishing a new branch within the seasonal programme with a focus on community music projects and the development of inclusion programs. From 2010 to 2015, she was part of the establishment of the Otto Group’s CSR music project "The Young ClassX". Before this, she was an active orchestral musician in Germany, and holds a master’s degree in music management and music education as well as graduate diplomas in violin performance. Her activities as a conference speaker and lecturer have taken her to the U.S., Switzerland, Austria, and various universities in Germany.

Berliner Philharmoniker




Thomas Posth
Photo by Claudia Soto Villena

Angela Acuña (Chile)


Angela graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Catholic University of Chile in 1995. She collaborated with bands and soloists such as Ángel Parra, Quillapayun, Intiillimani Histórico and Manuel García. Together with Javiera Parra and Cristián López, she founded the group Malabia in 2004, with which she released a record. In 1998, she composed the music for the play Madame de Sade, and thus began a career that has led her to many soundtracks for theater, film, and television. In the theater, she has collaborated with many directors and performers, including Andrés Pérez Araya, Juan Radrigán and María Izquierdo. She has had extensive tours in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Cuba, Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Bolivia, USA and throughout Chile.

Angela is the winner of the Pulsar award for Best Music for Audiovisual, "Bestia" the stop motion short film (2021). During the year 2022 and with an upcoming release date, she composed and performed the music for the medium-length film "Las Cenizas" by Stjepan Ostoic. In the year 2022, she was appointed musical director of the National Dramaturgy Showcase.

During 2023 she composed and performed the original music for the shorts 'Wingka' by Ernesto Garrat and 'Emilia sends greetings' by Lando Ohmke. She is currently working with the prominent filmmaker Elisa Eliach for the animated series "Cuentos Nanay".




Jacob Greenberg
Photo by Jessica Slaven

Jacob Greenberg (Germany/USA)

artist, member of the International Contemporary Ensemble

Pianist and multi-keyboardist, Jacob Greenberg’s work as a soloist and chamber musician has received worldwide acclaim. He is a longtime member of the International Contemporary Ensemble, with whom he has performed throughout the Americas and Europe. In his home base of Berlin, he directs Close Range, a teaching venue with diverse keyboards for canonical and modern repertoire. His touring concert series, Keyboard Play, spans centuries of music with period-specific and anachronistic instruments in a colorful historical dialogue. Recent highlights include concerts at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Boulez’s Sur Incises with the Seattle Symphony, and summer concerto appearances with the International Contemporary Ensemble at Lincoln Center and TIME:SPANS. His solo discs on New Focus Recordings include works from the Baroque to the present, with many new commissions. Mr. Greenberg is on the faculty of the Tanglewood Music Center, and has taught at Hunter College, The Juilliard School, and the State University of New York at Buffalo. His podcast, Intégrales, explores meaningful intersections of music and daily city life.




Hendrik Storme
director Klarafestival / Flanders Festival / B'Rock Orchestra Gent

Hendrik Storme (Belgium)


Hendrik Storme (1977) is a Belgian cultural manager originally from Ghent. Immediately after his studies in communication sciences and social work, he started his career in the Flemish classical music and cultural world. He gained his first work experience as a communications officer at the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen and Muziekcentrum De Bijloke. In 2005, he co-founded the baroque orchestra B'Rock, which he managed until 2020. Under his artistic and general leadership, this Flemish baroque orchestra grew into a successful international period orchestra that has given concerts on prestigious stages in all corners of the world. The orchestra is distinguished by its broad repertoire and its many interdisciplinary collaborations with stage directors and choreographers. Between 2009 and 2020, Hendrik Storme also headed the Klara Festival (Festival of Flanders Brussels) as artistic director. During that period, the Klara Festival grew into a popular and indispensable player in Brussels in the field of classical music. His accessible and adventurous approach allowed the festival to attract a large and diverse audience. Since 2020 Hendrik Storme has headed the international art center De Singel in Antwerp, one of the largest Flemish art institutions and also the only center in Belgium where music, theater, dance and architecture come together at the highest level.

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