• 18-21 MAY 2020

Innovation Award Shortlist 2019

This is the Shortlist for the Classical:NEXT 2019 Innovation Award. These nominees were named and voted for by the 30 expert members of the nominating committee from the Longlist. Longlist, Shortlist, public vote - read here how our Innovation Award works.

The winner of the award is determined by an online vote open to the entire Classical:NEXT community, including all delegates who have registered for any of our editions and who are linked via C:N NET. The winner of the Classical:NEXT 2019 Innovation Award will then be announced on-site at the closing ceremony of Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam on 18 May 2019.


Photo Manfred Daams

Brigitta Muntendorf (Germany)

Muntendorf is an allrounder: Composer, curator, professor and artistic director. In her interdisciplinary work she focuses on the social and referential aspects of creating music. Topics of the individual, single or communal in the overwhelming sphere of digital culture and condition raise questions of musical function and ability of reflecting the status quo of humans: Where are we? Where do we go?


Fondation Royaumont (France)

The Voix Nouvelles Academy is open to composers and performers who wants to improve their interpretation of contemporary music. During composing sessions, the academy provides individual and collective lessons, workshops rehearsals, concerts. The academy re-creates the complet process of composition, from the command to the concert.

Ligia Amadio (Brazil)

The Brazilian conductor Ligia Amadio is currently the director of the Montevideo Philharmonic, in Uruguay. She has held the same post at the National Symphony (Brazil), the Bogota Philharmonic (Colombia) and Mendoza Philharmonic (Argentina). As guest, she has performed throughout Latin America, Europe and Asia. Amadio was the first woman to win an award in 30 years at the Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting in 1997, and she won the first prize at the II Latin-American Competition for Young Conductors in Santiago, Chile in 1998. She was considered the “Best Conductor of the Year” (2001 and 2011) in Brazil. She was the first woman to conduct several of the orchestras she has worked with. Together with 3 colleagues, she created the International Symposium Women Conductors in 2016, a permanent space of reflection on the role of woman conductors in the professional setting of Classical Music, seeking for mechanisms that allow women conductors to have the same opportunities as their peers. In 2016, the Symposium took place in São Paulo, and in 2018, in Montevideo.


Photo David Andrako

Luna Composition Lab (USA)

Luna Composition Lab, founded by acclaimed composers Missy Mazzoli and Ellen Reid with Kaufman Music Center, is a program that addresses the gender imbalance among professional composers. Luna Composition Lab provides aspiring young female, non-binary, and gender non-conforming composers ages 13-19 from across the United States with one-on-one mentorship and bi-monthly Skype lessons with an established female composition mentor, a culminating performance opportunity in New York City, and instant access to a network of professional performers and composers. By connecting young women with established female professionals Luna Lab provides positive role models, fosters confidence, and gives these young women an outlet for unique self-expression. Luna Composition Lab is the only program of its kind in the United States, and was founded in partnership with Face the Music at the Kaufman Music Center in New York City.


Photo Zafyro Giménez

MadWomenFest (Spain)

MADWOMENFEST is much more than a festival, it is a movement led by great women of the Arts and committed to the present to give viability to new models for our future society. And to this adventure have joined very important names of all artistic disciplines and, among them, great women of music. Each activity is linked to a social cause and many of the artistic creations that emerge within the festival are consolidated as pedagogical projects that are later transferred to schools and universities. Art in excellence is the best tool for social transformation and we have decided to demonstrate it through all our activities: MEGACONCIERTO against Gender Violence, MADKIDS IN ART for children in difficult situations, MADWOMEN AWARDS that focus the great women creators of the different artistic disciplines, MADWOMEN EXPERIENCIES and ‘International MadWomenFest Short Stories Contest’ that in its first edition has received more than 800 stories. MADWOMENFEST has been awarded by the Government of Spain and recognized by the United Nations and the European Parliament.

Methexis Ensemble - Project "Women Composing in the Balkans" (Greece, in cooperation with Romania)

Women Composing in the Balkans wish to encourage young female composers to introduce their work abroad, rehearse with new musicians and develop a network of young generation interpreters and composers in the Balkan area. The project was firstly addressed through a call for scores to composers from Greece, Bulgaria and Romania, aiming to include more balkan countries in the future. The selected compositions were performed by Methexis Ensemble, consisted of violin, clarinet, accordion and piano, giving prominence to the important role of these instruments in both traditional and contemporary music of the area.


PRS Foundation - Keychange (UK, international)

"Keychange is a pioneering international initiative which empowers women to transform the future of music and encourages festivals to achieve a 50:50 gender balance by 2022. 60 emerging artists and innovators from across Europe will be invited to international festivals to take part in a series of showcases, collaborations and a programme of creative labs. Backed up by an innovation fund for the network to test new projects and ideas, Keychange aims to accelerate change and create a better more inclusive music industry for present and future generations. Keychange is led by PRS Foundation, supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, in partnership with Musikcentrum Sweden, Reeperbahn Festival, Iceland Airwaves, BIME, Tallinn Music Week, Way Out West, Liverpool Sound City and Mutek. Find out more keychange.eu"


Marin Alsop and Lina Gonzales, photo Chris Lee

Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship (TCCF) (USA)

The mission of the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship is to mentor, promote, and encourage talented women conductors in the early stages of their professional careers. Our two-year program offers a unique opportunity for women conductors to immerse themselves in the art and business of orchestral leadership under the guidance of world-renown conductor Marin Alsop and is tailored to the specific needs of selected Fellows, providing ongoing artistic mentorship by Marin Alsop and other career professionals. Fellows also receive a yearly stipend to support their participation in our program.


Photo Suzy Bernstein

Umculo - Shirley Apthorp (South Africa)

South Africans - a huge majority of them living below the poverty line - sing opera. From her home base in Berlin, South African-born music journalist Shirley Apthorp watched the evolution of post-Apartheid South African opera, and decided to found an organisation bringing together European know-how with South African talent and insight. Since 2010, Umculo has produced ten operas in, with, and for South Africa’s disadvantaged communities, using old and new music to tackle such social issues as gender-based violence, crime, corruption and poverty. Social outcomes show growing success, while Umculo’s work wins consistent acclaim for its artistic achievements and courage. European houses can learn from South Africa’s fresh take on historic forms, while South Africa’s underserved communities are quick to accept opera as a necessity, not a luxury; the stage is a safe space to address burning issues. Umculo’s 2019 production “The Gift” will be created by an all-female team from Langa, near Cape Town, addressing the controversial topic of “corrective” rape.


Resonancia Femenina (Chile)

Collective of women in music, Chile. Resonancia collective was born in 2012 in the city of Valparaíso, Chile, as a project that seeks to vindicate the situation and presence of women in music, mainly from the composition, transforming over the years into a platform for dissemination and promotion of work Musical performed by women. The collective came together to create the first phonographic record with works by Chilean composers of the 21st century. In this record there are works by Katherine Bachamnn, Natalie Santibañez, María Carolina López, later they make a record together with Comuarte México and Murmullo de Sirenas España. They have carried out other projects that seek to open spaces for work and appreciation of women musician by establishing the first international gathering of women in Music in Chile, awarding the Añañuca prize to a woman outstanding for her career and musical contribution to the country.