• 27 - 30 SEPT 2021

Who will they be and how will we find them?

Session 4 | Presentation/Discussion | Thursday, 15. May 2014 | 16:00 - 16:45 | Lecture Hall

Classical:NEXT is one of many outlets for exceptionally talented young artists vying for their big break into a lucrative and fulfilling international career. It is a tough place to be and luck, talent, determination, innovation and nerves all play a role in deciding who makes it and who doesn’t. There are numerous initiatives to promote, train and support the next generation of musicians but are they in tune with the demands of a rapidly changing music industry? How do we identify musicians with star qualities? Are competitions still relevant and how are they adapting? What is our collective responsibility towards these young artists and towards our audiences? On the panel alongside competition specialist Susanne Barthelmes will be Uffe Savery, chief executive of the Copenhagen Phil, and Christiaan Kuyvenhoven, a young Dutch pianist with a thriving career.

Chaired by


Susanne Barthelmes (Germany/UK)

General manager, Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition

Susanne Barthelmes is a freelance arts manager and consultant. She is a specialist in international music competitions, having worked with the Hannover International Violin Competition, the Vendome Prize and the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, which she has managed since 2002. (Photo: Roger Wilson)



cancelled!!! Uffe Savery (Denmark)

Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Copenhagen Phil

Uffe Savery is chief executive of the Copenhagen Phil. He began his career as a founding member of the Safri Duo, a successful classical percussion group which later evolved into a dance and electronica project. He then studied for a Master’s degree in cultural leadership before taking up his current role. (Photo: Stine Thomas Larsen)



Christiaan Kuyvenhoven (The Netherlands)

Pianist, presenter and producer

Christiaan Kuyvenhoven is a pianist, presenter and producer. In 2005 he won the third prize at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht. He regularly presents and produces TV and radio programmes. In 2013, he released his CD Liszt and the Great Italians and premiered his theatre production Cosima. (Photo: Allard Willemse)

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