Jury Members 2018
The Classical:NEXT 2018 Jury is made up of six international members who select the Showcases, Conferences and Project Pitches and hand-pick the most promising and innovative ideas for the Classical:NEXT 2018 programme.
Additionally two specialist curators select the Club Showcase programme, which had its successful debut at last year’s Classical:NEXT edition.
For the 2018 edition, the Classical:NEXT Jury is, in alphabetical order:
Antonia Valente (Italy) – Pianist
Dedicated chamber musician and music promoter, Antonia is pianist partner of prominent musicians on international stages. Founder of "Ritratti Festival", a successful project launched in 2005, and Ensemble '05, a group conceived through combining outstanding young musicians with established professionals, focusing on contemporary, classical cross-over as well as jazz musical programs. She is currently collaborative pianist at the Hochschule fuer Theater Musik und Medien Hannover, at the Madrid Escuela Superior Reina Sofia, as well as professor for piano accompaniment in Lecce Conservatory. She had her discographic debut in 2015 with "Mauro Giuliani, rarities and masterpieces" (SMC Records)
"A unique opportunity, unmatched anywhere in the world - as far as I know - to radically expand your whole perspectives on the classical music professional world, and its expressions and power in our present and future. I expect to encounter personalities and projects who take very seriously their role in society, who have awareness of our past and visions of the future, and potential to create formulas, collaborations, projects informed by those two directions: tradition and innnovation".
Catherine Le Bris (France) – Managing Director
Catherine Le Bris studied harp in Paris and New York, and was a freelance player before turning to arts administration. As an artist manager, she worked for Harrison Parrott before setting up CLB Management in London in January 2000. Back in Paris, she has launched a new music series at a non-classical venue, Le Cabaret Sauvage.
"Classical:NEXT is a melting-pot of ideas, experiences and acquaintances,which allow to re-think, re-engage and re-capture the essence of classical music. Reinforcing the necessity for it to exist, maintaining its level of excellence, whilst re-inventing new concert formats with a view to reach out to a wider audience across society, brings great hope that art can play a huge role on all levels in making the world a better place".
John Kieser (US) – Executive Vice President and Provost
John Kieser is EVP and Provost of the New World Symphony and oversees musician advancement, communications, community engagement and media. Prior to this, John was general manager at the San Francisco Symphony. His work included strategic planning and management of presentations, facilities, capital improvements, touring, retail, union negotiations.
While at SFS, he created SFS Media which produced the multi-media project Keeping Score, Grammy award winning recordings and won Emmy Awards for The San Francisco Symphony at 100 and Sweeney Todd.
"Classical:NEXT is your chance to capture the attention and reactions from a group of professionals drawn from every facet of the art form. I am looking for programs, concepts and ideas that will create a strong and secure future for classical music that redefine, reimagine and reaffirm its traditions".
Marshall McGuire (Australia) – Harpist, and Director of Artistic Planning, Melbourne Recital Centre
Marshall McGuire studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, the Paris Conservatoire and the Royal College of Music, London. He has premiered more than 100 new works for harp, and has been a member of the ELISION ensemble since 1988. He’s appeared internationally at festivals in Aldeburgh, Melbourne, Milan, Geneva, Brighton, Moscow, Vienna, Huddersfield, Huntington and Adelaide, amongst others.
He is founding President of the New Music Network, and is currently Director of Artistic Planning at Melbourne Recital Centre.
"Classical NEXT continues to grow in the way it challenges the status quo, and brings us all together to celebrate the past, to rejoice in the present, and to imagine the future. In 2018 I look forward to provocative ideas to assist artists, agents, venues and audiences to continue to challenge, invent and delight".
Neil Wallace (Scotland, UK/The Netherlands) – Programme Director
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.
Vanessa Reed (UK) – CEO
Vanessa leads the UK's most pioneering funder of new music and talent development where she's launched numerous initiatives to support musicians of all backgrounds. She recently won the music category in the Hospital Club's awards for UK creative industry influencers and is Board member of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
"I'm very happy to be part of the Classical:Next jury this year because it's the most significant international meeting point for the classical music industry and it's important that the conference content continues to evolve and be driven by a wide-reaching community of stakeholders, music companies, artists & composers. I'll be looking for proposals that reflect the quality and increasing diversity of our international community. I also hope we'll receive proposals which are covering topics, ideas or experiences which will be new to the Classical:Next regulars; subjects which nobody else has thought of which might be crucial to the future of the art form we're all so passionate about".
CLUB SHOWCASE CURATORS
Harriet Moss (UK) – Global Creative Manager
Manners McDade is a London-based music publisher and agency, specialising in new classical since 2001. Their roster includes Nils Frahm, Federico Albanese, Poppy Ackroyd, Joby Talbot & Matthew Herbert, as well as Creative Services for Berlin Classics’ Neue Meister and Sony Classical.Harriet is Manners McDade’s Global Creative Manager, she has a background in PR and brand-building for agencies such as WildKat PR: working with Max Richter, Ben Frost and The Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Centre.
Harriet is recognised on the 2017 Music Industry Alternative Power 100 List.
Photo by Ana Lemos
Etienne Abelin (Switzerland) – Conductor/Violinist
Etienne Abelin is a conductor, violinist and communicator. He initiated and co-founded the Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra and Sistema-inspired initiative Superar Suisse, the Ynight - Classical-in-Club series, the Apples&Olives Indie Classical Festival Zurich and the music visualization initiative Music:Eyes - See what you Hear. Etienne was a musical collaborator of Claudio Abbado for many years and is a double time TEDx speaker/performer. "An icon of new times in classical music" Musica Viva Magazine Brazil, 2015.