• 13 - 17 May 2024
  • Berlin, Germany
Classical:NEXT Innovation Award

The Award goes to...

The first online broadcast of the Innovation Award

For the very first time, the Classical:NEXT Innovation Award was broadcasted online. As voted for by the international community, Classical:NEXT is pleased to present this year's three Innovation Award recipients.

The decision was made to offer a digital version immediately following the announcement of the postponement of the 2020 edition of the annual art music gathering. Given the current climate, innovation has become integral to the further development of the global ecosystem and to recognise the leading projects taking place around the world was very much in tune with the state of affairs.

The online version of the 2020 Innovation Award was hosted by Mischa Kreiskott of NDR Kultur . The ceremony is now available to view again here and through the official Classical:NEXT YouTube channel.



And the recipients are...

Liza LimLiza Lim and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Composing Women

Liza Lim and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Composing Women (Australia)

For being the only higher-level composition programme for women demonstrating a sustained, strategic commitment to change. Liza Lim and the Composing Women programme has a strategic vision, resilience and ongoing commitment to excellence. It represents a successful model which could be – should be – adopted far and wide. Liza Lim sent in a special video message from Sydney to accept the Award:

It's so fantastic to see the range of projects happening all over the world, that show music's power to connect and inspire people and to make real social change. [...] Thanks to Classical:NEXT for this honour and international recognition of the Composing Women programme.

Liza Lim, Sculthorpe Chair of Australian Music, Sydney Conservatorium of Music



Partones Sustainable Sound. Alternative materials for instrument building (Finland)

For addressing the urgent ecological problem and representing the future direction of instrument building. Partones is taking ground-breaking steps forward in this field, designing their materials according to certain three-dimensional structures in the anatomy of wood which can also be applied to materials of animalia in order to achieve durability, workability and acoustical equality of the paragons.
Armin Seebass, co-founder and head of product development, joined the ceremony via Zoom to receive the Award on behalf of Partones.


SplendorSplendor by Peter Lodder

Splendor Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

For showing great ability to survive and thrive (financially and politically) in desperate times. The musicians never cease to pursue their own passions and dreams about music making, while involving audiences to make them part of their inspiring world.

To receive this award at this moment is very poignant and very special and very, very valuable. [...] To get this award at this moment, is such a boost. It's a confirmation of the little thing that we do here and it feels so very local, right in the middle of Amsterdam, but to feel bigger reverberations all over the world and see that it's being noticed and being rewarded, thank you so much.

Mattijs van de Woerd, Splendor musician & chairman of the board of the Splendor Foundation

Learn more about the 2020 Recipients