Classical:NEXT Innovation Award

Rosemary Nalden with the 2017 Innovation Award on behalf of Buskaid Soweto String Academy of Performance and Teaching, by Graham de LaceyRosemary Nalden with the 2017 Innovation Award on behalf of Buskaid Soweto String Academy of Performance and Teaching, by Graham de Lacey.


Discover 28 outstanding music projects - The Longlist

We are happy to present to you this year’s nominees for the Classical:NEXT 2018 Innovation Award. Each project or person has been singled out by one of the 23 expert members of the nominating committee for their outstanding profiles from amongst the myriad of other candidates in their respective home countries and across the globe.Inclusion in the Classical:NEXT Innovation Award Longlist is a distinction of which each nominee can be very proud.

2018 Innovation Award Longlist
28 outstanding orchestra projects.

This year for the first time, our Nomination Committee were given a theme for their selections. They were asked to choose the most outstanding projects involved with orchestras or large ensembles. The focus could be narrow or wide, the connection direct or indirect. And now, without further ado, we invite you to explore these 28 current and outstanding orchestra projects and people:


On the Innovation Award

Longlist, Shortlist, Public Vote - How it works: After each nominating committe member has named their choosen projects, the same experts then vote collectively to reach a ten-strong shortlist. Once the shortlist has been determined you - the delegates - will have your say. The entire Classical:NEXT community, made up on more than 4,000 delegates who have attended Classical:NEXT since 2012, have the opportunity to place an online vote to decide the winners of the Classical:NEXT Innovation Award 2018.

The Classical:NEXT Innovation Award was a new initiative to the 2015 edition, designed to place the spotlight on forward-thinking activities taking place around the world. The new award is complementary to already existing industry awards, The goal of this honorary prize is to raise awareness about innovative activities going on all over the world. The composition of the Nominating Committee (see below) is intended to inform classical music professionals about worthwhile experiments and approaches taking place beyond their own respective national scenes or from locations which receive much publicity.

"This award aims to give international recognition to the people who are doing the most to push things forward with daring yet intelligent, effective and successful “out-of-the-box” thinking, planning and action. I firmly believe the time has come to add such a distinction to the list of already existing awards. As with Classical:NEXT itself, the Innovation Award is a global, democratic, community effort"

Jennifer Dautermann, Classical:NEXT Director


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