Eight acts from eight countries, spanning Europe, the Middle East, Oceania, Central and South America, have been selected as the official Showcases for the ninth edition of Classical:NEXT.
From solo shows to a 14-member all female ensemble, the showcases present diversity, inclusion, cultural combinations and musical innovation that are not only true to Classical:NEXT style, but also paving the way forward for what the future of art music entails.
Showcases take place during the day as well as in the evening, offering delegates a number of opportunities to discover new talents, new styles and new approaches to classical music. The Classical:NEXT Jury selected the acts from an international pool of proposals, hand-picking the most promising and innovative ideas for the 2020 programme.
"As a jury, we wanted to make sure that the different aspects of the music we represent, its cultural angles and its diversity, all came together for Classical:NEXT 2020. It has been a wonderful experience to view so many proposals, with all the wonderful variations that classical music offers and with its artists, not just being performers, but really giving their heart, soul and musical expertise."
- Matthias Lutzweiler, jury member
"The 2020 Showcase is a panorama reflecting what adventurous classical
musicians are doing across the world, from fresh ways of playing the
classical canon to daring and beautiful new works from the next generation
of composers. I feel very grateful to every artist who submitted a
proposal, as they were of such high quality that it made our job as jurors
very hard but ultimately very satisfying. The 2020 delegates are in for a
- Lyle Chan, jury member
“Classical next is a creative hub where tout (new) classical music is represented. We feel privileged to present our project Black Angels in this vibrant hub of artists, promoters and managers, where we hope to start up interesting dialogues and buzzing fresh collaborations.”
- Ragazze Quartet (The Netherlands)
"I am so happy to be selected. It is the dream opportunity that I have been hoping for, for more than two decades."
- Maestra Zenaida Romeu, Camerata Romeu (Cuba)
For the complete list of Classical:NEXT 2020 Showcases and for further information, please visit our website. Press photos can be downloaded here.